York, England, United Kingdom – The year of the Viking

Where is it and why there?

York is a historic walled city at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The municipality is the traditional county town of Yorkshire to which it gives its name. Rich in ancient history, romantic atmosphere and fun activities, York is the perfect holiday destination for couples, families, groups and the solo tripper.

How to get there?

York is not located near any major transportation hubs, so once you have arrived in the UK you will need to make arrangements to travel to the city from the port of entry which you have chosen. Most national public transport networks will drop you off at York Train Station.  Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds/Bradford airports are within easy reach and the ports of Hull and Newcastle are both within a two-hour drive.

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What to do and see?

National Railway Museum – York’s National Railway Museum – the biggest in the world, with more than 100 locomotives.National_Railway_Museum_-_York_-_(5)_-_geograph.org.uk_-_2928406

York Minster – The remarkable York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in all of Northern Europe, and one of the world’s most beautiful Gothic buildings.

Jorvik Viking Centre –  It was created by the York Archaeological Trust in 1984. Its name is derived from the Old Norse name Jórvík for York. The center was badly damaged by flooding over Christmas 2015, but was repaired and reopened on 8 April 2017.

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York Castle Museum – The York Castle Museum shows how people used to live through a collection of thousands of household objects and recreated rooms, shops, streets – and even prison cells.Castle-Museum-Exterior-Red-Jester-Photography-640x280

The Shambles – This is the best preserved medieval street in the world and one of the reason why York is so charming. Many of the buildings on the street today date back to the late fourteenth and fifteenth century. The name “Shambles” comes from the Saxon “Fleshammels”, which means, “the street of the butchers”, for it was here that the city’s butcher’s market was located. Nowadays, Shambles is one of the premier shopping areas in the city of York. The Shambles was the inspiration for the Diagon Alley (Harry Potter)PI-york-guide.jpg

Ghost tours -The most haunted city in Europe In 2002, the International Ghost Research Foundation said it was the most haunted city in Europe, with 504 hauntings within the confines of the ancient walls. There are ghost tours where the dark side of York can be explored.

Castles: Mysterious Baile Hill & Clover-Shaped Clifford’s Tower – The more obvious of these two castles in York is colloquially known as ‘York Castle’. However, there’s little of the fortress still remaining. Virtually the only remnant is
‘Clifford’s Tower’, an intriguing, shell-like tower which stands proudly on a tall Motte in the heart of the city.
The ‘other’ castle is much harder to track down. It’s called Baile Hill and it’s hard to imagine, but this neglected little hillock used to equal the might of York Castle back in early Medieval times. It certainly invites investigation today

YorkBoat City Cruises – A great photographic opportunity and chance to see the fascinating buildings, bridges and historic sights on the River Ouse in York. There are a range of trips to suit everyone from daytime sightseeing cruises, evening cruises, package cruises, party cruises and much more.

Where to stay?

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