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Located in northeast England, York is magical walled city featuring one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe and cobblestone streets and buildings that reveal their medieval heritage. With history dating back to 71AD, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich history and splendor of this grand city.
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The York Minster is the top attraction with an imposing stone structure that is 524.5 feet long and towers that soar 235 feet in the air. The original wooden church structure was erected in 627 where throughout the decades, fires, invasions and time took its toll on each building effort, until work began on the current structure in 1220. One of the highlights of the Minster today are the nearly 2 million pieces of stained glass in the 128 stained glass windows. Tours are offered daily, with some including access to the Central Tower.
The Jorvik Viking Center in York shares the stories the Vikings have on York history. Invading the city in 866 the Vikings held control the city until William the Conqueror marched into York in 1068.
The Shambles is one of the top draws for visitors to York. Dating back to 1350, the cobblestone streets and timber buildings once were the open-air slaughterhouse and meat market. The hooks where meat once hung can still be seen today, where a variety of shops, baked goods and confections welcome visitors.
Other popular attractions in York include the walking the walls that surround the city, taking a ghost tour, visiting the National Railway Museum, or visiting the York Castle and Museum. When you are ready to take a break, there are plenty of classic pubs where you can sip on some ales and craft beers.
An abundance of restaurants dish up a variety of culinary delights. From the traditional fish and chips and pub fare, to more exotic flavors heralding from Japan, Korea, Italy and traditional British dishes there is something for every taste and budget.
No trip to a historic city like York is not complete without sipping some afternoon tea. Many classic tea rooms are throughout the city, serving a wide selection of classic teas and delicious pastries.
For desert, go no further than the closest chocolate shop. With over 300 years of chocolate making history, there is a wide selection of sweet confections in a variety of flavors.
Whether you are looking for longer stay or a quick weekend break, there is plenty to see and do in the majestic, historic city of York.