Tourist Information in York
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York City Town Information

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York is a thriving modern city with a history stretching back at least 2,000 years.

Within its city walls there is abundant evidence of its Roman, Viking and Medieval history mixed with classic architecture of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

The majestic York Minster towers above the city which can best be seen from the viewpoint of Clifford's Tower or by walking along the three miles of city walls which surround the medieval city...

...These walls were in places built over Roman foundations, and the route is interrupted with occasional towers and the four original gateways to the city - Bootham Bar, Micklegate Bar, Monk Bar and Walmgate Bar.

The Vikings also chose Jorvik, from which the name York is derived, as their principal town, and they have left a wealth of archaeological relics for the present day visitor to explore at places such as the Jorvik Viking Centre in Coppergate.

The Normans too realised the strategic importance of the city of York building two castles and establishing many religious foundations including hospitals, chapels and churches. St. Mary's Abbey was founded in this period. In the middles ages, York continued to be a centre of activity with considerable prosperity derived from trading in wool. York was a centre for cloth making and dyeing and became a major exporter of these products. Many fine buildings, like the Merchant Adventurer's Hall (1357), were built during this period. The rivers were important as a means of transport and York was a major inland port.


  York Minster showing the central tower which provides on of the best viewpoints of York and the surrounding countryside - if you can manage the climb to the top!

Today the visitor is spoilt for choice in exploring this wonderful city. In addition to the Minster, there are at least a dozen fine medieval churches in the city, and several fine museums all worthy of a visit. All these treasures are easily explored on foot, or seen from the top deck of a double decker tour bus.
The city has a modern shopping area, and close by is The Shambles, a narrow cobbled street with fine shops and cafes along its length.

Street names are peculiar and a study in themselves as are the narrow passageways between the streets known as snickelways - look out for streets called 'gates' and gateways called 'bars'.

The Shambles - Photo Judges Postcards

York is well known as a centre for the railways, and the railway station is said to be one of the finest examples of Victorian railway architecture in the country. Until recently railway locomotives and wagons were built in York, and today the great railway age is represented by the National Railway Museum which has a unique collection of engines, trains, paintings and photographs.
York is a University town and is also renowned for its chocolate making factories originally owned by famous names like Rowntrees and Terry's of York.