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York - a major city since Roman times

York dates back to Roman times as Eboracum when it was a major centre for the Roman empire

Its ancient walls can be walked, and the famous York Minster visited. Another attraction is the Museum based in the Castle built by William the Conqueror.

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York grew in the Middle Ages as a wool trading centre and signs of Viking influence abound – many street names in York ending in -gate showing their Viking origins. The Jorvik attraction in York shows how the Vikings lived.

The railway boom in Victorian times led to York becoming a major railway centre. Joseph Rowntree established his confectionary business in the city, its status diminished since being taken over.

York is a bustling city which has much to see. Open top tourist buses circulate and tourist boat trips are offered on the River Ouse which flows through the city centre. Downriver at Bishopthorpe is the Palace of the present-day Archbishop of York.

There is a direct train service between London and York. Car parking is difficult and the park-and-ride schemes are advised.

Holidays in the York area

The River Ouse flows through York but is subject to high water flooding from rain in the Yorkshire Dales. There are river trip boats but no hire-boats in the area.

Check out tours which visit York in our selection of touring holidays in the UK

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