can be reached by train in under 1 hr from Newcastle.This medieval walled city is popular with tourists and shoppers alike. The city is steeped in history from the Romans, Vikings, and Normans.The River Ouse and Foss flow through the city, and a tranquil boat ride will take the visitor to the Bishop’s Palace further downstream.There are many attractions to see including York Minster, Castle Museum, York Dungeons and Yorvik Viking Centre.With many fine shops and restaurants the visitor is spoilt for choice.
York Minster was built between the 12th and 15th
centuries, and is one of the finest cathedrals in
Northen Europe. Situated amongst the narrow
medieval streets of York, it stands tall and majestic.
Its stained glass and intricate stone architecture
reflects the different styles used over the centuries.
The Walled City
The walled city of York, originally built by the
Romans, surrounds most of the city centre. It
makes a perfect walk overlooking the chimney tops
and gardens of this medieval town. Early in the
year the grass slopes below are covered in a
“host of golden daffodils”.
This quaint street with its medieval architecture
was voted the most picturesque street in Britain
by Google in 2010.The houses are so close together
on the first floor, that it is possible to shake hands
with someone in the opposite house. It has lovely
artisan shops including a chocolatier and small cafes.
One of four gatehouses into the walled city. It
was built in the early 14th century and is the only
‘bar` with a portcullis.There is a small museum
dedicated to Richard 111.
Many fine timber-framed buildings can be found
along the quaint streets.These are well-preserved,
and include the Merchant Adventurer’s Halls.
The black and white appearance constructed
from oak timbers and plaster ‘daub and wattle’,
reflects the ‘Tudor’ period of architecture, of
which York has many such buildings.
Dedicated to the Vikings who invaded and
made York a fine river port in the 9th century.
Archaeological remains were discovered in
1976, and you will see many fine exhibits from
this period, as you travel back in time on a