From the remains of a Viking settlement discovered deep beneath
Coppergate Street, to the medieval wall surrounding the old city
and the splendour of Castle Howard (the setting for TV's
), York is a city richly steeped in
Founded in the year 71 AD, York is located at the convergence of
the Ouse and Foss Rivers, and was thus a strategic Northern hub,
passing through the hands of the Romans, Saxons, Vikings and
Normans respectively. The varied history of the city is evident in
its magnificent architecture - from Viking ruins and the walled
city to York's most imposing building, the spectacular York Minster
cathedral. Northern Europe's largest Gothic Cathedral, the Minster
took more than 250 years to complete, and is an impressive and
photogenic structure surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Other popular attractions in the city include the fascinating
Jorvik Viking Centre, the York Maze, the York Dungeons and the
Shambles, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cobbled streets.
The Shambles area is well worth an afternoon stroll, with its
winding narrow lanes, picturesque buildings and quaint shops.
Alternatively, a more 'otherworldly' way to experience this
historic area is on the York Ghost Hunt - a fun and fascinating
tour that operates rain or shine through the city streets, in
search of York's more illusive residents.
This is not just a city of history, however, and the presence of
York University makes for a lively mix of the old and the new.
There are plenty of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants, and weary
travellers in York can spend their afternoon in one of the city's
excellent tea rooms or coffee shops, while the evenings offer West
End-style shows at reasonable prices, and plenty of places to find
some solid English pub grub.