York – Historic City
York is one of the UK’s most historic cities, and has been at the heart of many major events during its 2,000 year history. This walled city retains much of its medieval character, with winding streets and timber-framed houses, and the breathtaking York Minster, one of the most important cathedrals in England. There are also famous streets such as the Shambles, and fantastic museums charting the city’s history from the Vikings to the railways.
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York is an easy place to get to by car or public transport, making it perfect for a long stay or a day trip if you’re staying elsewhere in the north of England. From our ferry port in Newcastle you can drive to York in around 1 hour 40 minutes, taking the A19 through Middlesbrough. Or there are regular trains from Newcastle station to York that take just under an hour. It’s also around half an hours drive from Leeds, or 20 minutes on the train.
What to See in York
Visiting York gives you a huge range of attractions to choose from, both in and around the city. There’s no better place to start than with a walk around the Minster Quarter, where the quaint cobbled streets lie in the shadow of the gothic spires of York Minster. You’ll find great shopping on Stonegate, and a perfect photo opportunity in the Shambles, the city’s most picturesque street.
The Minster itself is a must-see, and is just as impressive inside as it is outside. Soaring arches and ancient tombs adorn the interior, with some truly breathtaking stained glass windows. You can also delve beneath the Minster to see the ruins of the original Roman fort, and also see how the great columns of the tower have been anchored in place.
Another of York’s most popular attractions is the JORVIK Viking Centre, a journey back in time to see how the city looked 1,000 years ago. There are the remains of actual Viking houses and many incredible artefacts, and a ride through a recreated Viking York where you can see how they lived.
The National Railway Museum is a must for train fans, but is a fascinating exhibit for anyone who wants to see the history of this world-changing invention. Inside you’ll find famous locomotives and carriages, including a collection of royal carriages used by monarchs from Queen Victoria to the current Elizabeth II.
Just outside York you have some beautiful countryside and historic attractions, such as the magnificent Castle Howard with its sweeping gardens and grand rooms, or nearby Stamford Bridge, site of the famous battle that dictated the course of England’s history, and marked the end of the Viking age.
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Why Visit York?
York is one of the most popular tourist destinations in England, and for good reason.
Most people will have a particular image in their head when they imagine an English city, and that image will probably look a lot like York.
Medieval streets and quaint shops nestle within the ancient city walls, along with a castle and the imposing Minster.
Exploring the streets of York is an attraction in itself, but there are also some fantastic places to visit, such as the National Railway Museum and the JORVIK Viking Centre.
There is also a great range of shops and independent boutiques, as well as larger high street stores.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes and restaurants too, as the city is home to some famous establishments such as Betty’s Tea Rooms and the Guy Fawkes Inn, birthplace of the famous plotter.
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