York Vacations, Tours, Travel Packages & Experiences
York is a city with a long history which dates back to Roman times and has a medieval charm about it. In parts, it is like stepping back into the Middle Ages with its overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shops. Many of its buildings are well-preserved. Its original walls from the 13th Century are still an integral part of York. You can walk on them and have views of the city below. They are the longest city walls in England.
York is a cathedral city. York Minster, which is one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe and is a beautiful gothic building, dominates the skyline. The present minster was built mainly between 1220 and 1480 and is the seat of the Archbishop of York. It is second only to Canterbury Cathedral in importance. The best views of the city are from the top of the 275 steps that climb up York Minster’s Central Tower to the highest point in the city. From here you can look down on York and admire the rooftops of the old and new buildings and the River Ouse which flows through the city.
Probably the most famous place in York is a street called The Shambles which is one of the best preserved medieval streets in the world. The street is part of the rabbit’s warren of narrow, twisting cobbled lanes in York dating back to the 14th and 15th Centuries. You can find many independent shops, cafes and pubs in these streets. The Shambles is so narrow that when walking down the lane it is possible to stretch out your arms and touch the buildings on both sides. Interestingly, in The Shambles, most of the shops used to be butchers when they were first built. a number of the shops on the street still have meat-hooks hanging outside.
York is known as England's "City of Festivals" as there are regular cultural festivals annually. The official festivals are the Viking Festival, the Festival of Angels, Early Music, Late Music, Horse Racing (the "Ebor Race Meeting"), Multicultural Food and Arts, Chinese New Year, Mystery Plays, Christmas St Nicholas' Fair, and the Food and Drink Festival.
The JORVIK Viking Centre is a very popular attraction which takes visitors underground to view exhibits that recreate what life was like during the Viking invasion of Britain. This is done by monorail while you watch multimedia exhibits with state-of-the-art technology. The remains of a Viking settlement were found in York in the 1970’s. The old name for York was Jorvik.
York's National Railway Museum is the largest in the world with more than 100 locomotives housed in a series of giant railway sheds. The museum also includes a high-tech simulator experience of riding on the Mallard which set the world speed record for a steam locomotive in 1938. Highlights include a replica of George Stephenson's Rocket, the world's first 'modern' steam locomotive, a 1960s Japanese Shinkansen bullet train and an exhibition dedicated to the world-famous Flying Scotsman, the first steam engine to break the 100mph barrier.
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- 10 Days
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- US$ 2,012
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- Family Vacations, Small Group Touring