York: A Historical City

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A historical guide to the City of York, located in North Yorkshire, England. We take the through the historic attractions that the city has to offer and what you should plan to see on a visit to York.

A Background to York

York is a walled city located in North Yorkshire, England. The city offers a wealth of political and historical heritage and significance and is also a popular destination for those looking for culture and sport.

The city was originally founded by the Romans in 71 AD as was the Roman capital of the Britannia Inferior. It was first and foremost known as a wool trading city, later becoming known for its railway hub and role in the confectionery manufacturing industry.

Today, the University of York brings a lot of revenue to the city, their health services provide many jobs and tourism is an important element of the local economy.

A Visit to York

York really is a city worth visiting for the weekend. It's perfect for families with older children looking to learn a little bit about England's history and it's perfect for a romantic weekend getaway with your partner. There are a variety of hotels in York that cater for all budgets and requirements so it's easy to find the kind of accommodation you're looking for.

York doesn't just have history to offer, it has award winning shopping centres and shops as well as a variety of gourmet restaurants and beautiful cocktail bars, including cheaper eats for those on a budget.

There are plenty of historic attractions that you should include on a visit to York including the York Minister and the Jorvik Viking Centre.

York Minster

This is Northern Europe's largest Gothic cathedral and it's definitely worth a visit when you're visiting York. The Archbishop of York has his seat at this Minster which is the second highest office of the Church of England.

This Gothic style church dates back to the 12th century as is thought to have been built around 1220. The church has had many alterations and additions to the structure and style since then. The structure comprises of a chapter house, perpendicular choir and north and south transepts.

You can climb the Central Tower's 275 steps to the top for the best views of York and don't forget to explore the hidden gardens and areas beyond the courtyard. For a real taste of history, take a tour of the Glass Conservation Studio at the Bedern Chapel which is an 800 year old stained glass treasure house.

The Minster will be undergoing a £10.5 million restoration project starting in October 2012 and scheduled to last 5 years. It will include the introduction of multi-media art galleries, new and improved historic collections and displays and new interactive education and training opportunities. It will be an exciting few years for the Minster. You can find out more about the York Minster's exciting project here.

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum and visitor attraction in the centre of York. About thirty years ago the York Archaeological Trust uncovered remains of the Viking-Age city, Jorvik which was lived in over 1,000 years ago.

The archaeologists removed over eight tonnes of rubble and uncovered over 40,000 artefacts. The Jorvik Viking Centre was built on the same sight to display what this Viking-Age city would look like. It was built with the determination to keep everything as factually correct and authentic as possible, giving visitors the ultimate Viking experience.

On this interactive journey there are working craftsmen, gossiping neighbours and you can even smell what's cooking insight some of the houses. This museum is interactive, education and is really really entertaining. A Viking Festival is also held in Jorvik every year which has real life demonstrations of Viking fights and craftsmanship. Check out the website, for a bit of pre-Viking entertainment.

Other Historical Attractions.

There are many other attractions definitely worth visiting when you are in York including the Yorkshire Museum, York Dungeons and the National Railway Museum.

The York Castle Museum is another popular historical and tourist destinations and a tour guide can be included of the various castles around York, including Clifford's Tower. The York City Sightseeing Bus is a great way to see the entire of the city and learn about lots of different historic elements of the city. A York boat ride along the river is a romantic and fantastic way to spend an afternoon in the summer.

Have you visited York? What other historical and cultural attractions would you recommend to visitors?


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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice article with great information about York.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Well done...I too love York and all the places you mention...thank you..

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author avatar Roger Russ
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Did you forget to publish the details about National Railway Museum?

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author avatar Roger Russ
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Here is the <a href="http://www.nrm.org.uk/">website</a>


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author avatar Denise Larkin
14th Apr 2012 (#)

A fabulous star page on York.

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author avatar mistyleaf
15th Apr 2012 (#)

Beautiful. Thanks.

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author avatar travelwyse
16th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks very much for all the comments, York is such a beautiful city and is worth a visit if you are ever in England.

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