This is an ancient city with a history that dates back to before Roman times. The city is located in North Yorkshire, England and has some of the very best preserved historical buildings and structures in all of Europe. York is also known as England’s “City of Festivals”. The official festivals which are held here are the Viking Festival, the Festival of Angels, Early Music, Late Music, Horse Racing, Multicultural Food and Arts and many more. York is a fascinating city for both young and old.
York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. It dominates the skyline and dates all the way back to the 8th century. It is one of the places most visited by tourists who come to York.
Jorvik Viking Centre is world famous and a popular tourist attraction. It gives visitors the opportunity to journey through reconstructed Viking-age streets and see how they looked 1000 years ago.
National Railway Museum is the largest of its kind in the world. It is responsible for the conservation and interpretation of the British national collection of historically significant railway vehicles and other artifacts.
York Castle Museum has exhibitions which are enjoyed by both young and old. Among the exhibits are Kirkgate, a Victorian street, Half Moon Court, an Edwardian street and costumes and toys as they were through the ages. Since the museum was built in a part of a former prison. Visitors can also explore the old cells.
Clifford’s Tower represents the medieval castle of York and is located in the centre of town. Here visitors can get panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside from the top of the tower.
Merchant Adventurers’ Hall building is Europe’s finest medieval Guildhall and is an ancient monument. There are three rooms serving three functions of a medieval guild business, charity, and religion. Above is the superb Great Hall and below is the Undercroft or Hospital and Chapel.
Eboracum Legion Bathhouse is one of York’s oldest attractions and here visitors can see the remains of ancient York and get an inside look at Roman military life and hygiene. It is also a great venue for food, drink and entertainment.
Take an interesting walk along one if the most-visited streets in Europe. This is a narrow cobblestone land called the Shambles. It is lined with Tudor buildings which date back to the 15th century. They overhang so much that they might just seem to meet directly above your head. It is a medieval looking street that will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time. Its odd name The Shambles comes from a Saxon word shamel which means “slaughterhouse”. Back in 1862 along this street there were 26 butcher shops.
All of this and so much more awaits you when you come to visit York. All around there is also scenic beauty and you’ll feel like you have left the modern world if just for a short time while you explore all this city has to offer.