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1. History of York
York is famous for the history it has on display, which can be traced back nearly 2,000 years. The city began with the Romans and was called Eboracum. The Saxons settled on the site and called it Eoferwic and then the Vikings came along and called it Jorvik. The city’s medieval Bar Walls are still visible today and are the longest town walls in the country. The medieval windi...Read more
2. Now in York
Tourism is a big part of York today, as visitors flock from all over the world to soak up its history and visit its historic buildings. The city also has plenty of modern shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, festivals and other attractions to entice visitors. The University of York, which opened in 1963, now claims to be one of the top 10 universities in the country and has over 13...Read more
3. Events in York
York Racecourse has plenty of fixtures on its calendar during the racing season. Annual festivals in York include the Jorvik Viking Festival, Early Music Festival, Festival of Food and Drink, the Roman Festival, Festival of Discovery and the SightSonic Festival. The city’s museums and galleries offer a variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year.
4. Attractions in York
The Jorvik Viking Centre is York’s most famous attraction and is based around an unearthed Viking village from 1,000 years ago. Visitors are taken around reconstructed Viking streets and exhibitions. The National Railway Museum is free to visit and tells over 300 years of railway history. There are over 100 locomotives on display. York Castle Museum tells everyday history. A ...Read more
5. Things To Do in York
Among the historic buildings to visit in the city is Fairfax House, a Georgian townhouse preserved in its original style inside and out. Barley Hall is a medieval townhouse, which has been restored for visitors to enjoy. The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is a medieval guildhall and The Treasurer’s House has many stories to tell. Visitors wanting to walk around the medieval wal...Read more
6. Business in York
Traditional industries still exist in York, and tourism is also a big part of the city’s economy. The shopping facilities cater for all tastes. The medieval cobbled streets are the setting for independent shops and boutiques. The city also has all the high street names and a designer label outlet village.
7. Transport in York
Rail links to York are good from the rest of the UK, including direct routes from London, Edinburgh and Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. There are four airports within reach of York: Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Humberside and Robin Hood Doncaster/Sheffield. It takes just 20 minutes to get to the M1 and M62 from York, giving good access to the rest of the UK.
8. Entertainment in York
The National Centre for Early Music is based in a medieval church in the city and offers a programme of live music events and festivals from the jazz, world music and folk scenes. Theatre venues in the city include Friargate Theatre, Grand Opera House, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York Barbican Centre and York Theatre Royal.
9. Famous Landmarks in York
York Minster is an icon of the city of York, built between the 1220s and 1470s. Visitors can enjoy the architecture and stained glass, take a guided tour and visit the shop.
10. Interesting Facts about York
York Minster has its own police force. There is only one other cathedral in the world that can make this claim, and that is St Peter’s, in Rome.
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01 September 2013 - 30 September 2013
This festival takes place over 10 days in September and aims to promote local food and drink. A food and drink market takes place in Parliament Street in the city during the event. This area also has a demonstration area, beer tent and information point. A marquee is s ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
This festival runs for two days in June and celebrates the Roman history of the city. It aims to educate and entertain at the same time. The event has been taking place since 2003 and attracts thousands of visitors. It is aimed at all ages. Films are shown during the ...more
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