Ye Olde York…

A city of discovery!

A historically captivating city and one of the most well preserved examples of English heritage, York has stood its time throughout the ages. With historical its roots dating back to the Romans and Vikings, the city does a fine job in retaining its heritage. Over the centuries invaders from different eras have come and go and gave the historic city their own names. Starting with the Romans who gave the name Eboracum, to the Saxons is was known as Eoforwick. The invasion from the Vikings left a lot of remnants within the city, which can be made evident as you walk around the city, in addition to all of this some Viking invaders chose to settle down in the City. Just to solve your curiousity the Vikings call York, Jorvik which is very similar to its present day name.

Inside its ancient, encircling walls York’s medieval streets and buildings are charmingly unspoiled. The city centre is virtually vehicle free making it very pleasant and enjoyable to walk around and enjoy taking in the culture. There is ample space for parking within the city with reasonable prices.

Not only is York popular for its rich history it is also a place where one can spend a lot of money shopping, the two places to watch out for would have to be Stonegate and Petergate, York’s two most chic shopping streets, still maintain the same trading routes as they did 2,000 years ago, when they were called Via Praetoria and Via Principalis and led to the massive Roman headquarters which once occupied the site where the vast gothic Minster stands today, overlooking the city.

York Minster is a  glorious building took 250 years to form and was consecrated in 1472. It holds England’s greatest concentration of medieval stained glass, including the great east window which, measuring 186 square metres, is thought to be the biggest area of stained glass in the world.

There is nothing more reminiscent of York’s medieval era than the narrow streets and snickleways, snaking haphazardly through the city centre. These days they are home to fashionable boutiques and cafes, with unforgettable names such as Coffee Yard, Swinegate, Grape Lane (formerly Grope Lane), Mad Alice Lane and – most famous of all – The Shambles.

With maze of winding walkways, York also has a supernatural quality in where the city centre is actually partially haunted. Ghost walking tours can be found throughout the city, you will also stumble upon boards and plaques with their own spooky story etched into them.

York is also home to the National Railway Museum, the attraction is must for those who are interested in the UKs historic trains. Trains are one of the many things that draw in visitors from all around the world, another thing that York has gained a reputation for is chocolate. York is the home to Rowntree’s and Terry’s during the 20th Century. York is home to some big names in the chocolate aisle, Rowntree’s created Kit Kat, Smarties and Aero, whereas gave us the chocolate orange. This makes a York a place for pilgrimage for chocoholics.
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York is one of the best cities that can give you a true understanding of history within the UK.

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