York Hotels - The beautiful and historic city of York lies
between the River Foss and the River Ouse. It is
the capital of Yorkshire and was once the ancient
capital of the North of England. Few places have
the rich history and heritage that York possesses
and every year millions of people flock to the city
to sample its many charms. York has 27 conservation
areas, 2084 listed buildings and 20 scheduled ancient
monuments in its care, as well as one of the countries
As you will no doubt notice whilst exploring York,
the two main influences are the Romans and the Vikings.
England was invaded in 43AD by four Roman legions
and in 71AD the 9th legion arrived in what is now
York. Its fine buildings, baths, temples, amphitheatre
and forums gave York such importance that emperors
came to stay here. Two emperors even expired here
– Septemus Severus and Constantius Clorus,
indeed Clorus’ son, Constantine was proclaimed
in York – the only city outside of Rome where
this has occurred. He later became Constantine the
Great and his statue can be seen outside the south
transept of York Minster.
The Vikings, who arrived out of the blue, sailing
in hundreds of longboats up the Ouse, defeated the
Saxons and changed the city’s name from ‘Eoforwick’
to ‘Jorvic’. The last Viking King of
York was Eric Bloodaxe. Much more can be learnt
about this period in the city’s history by
paying a visit to the fascinating Jorvic Centre.
York is a walled town and its walls can still be
walked today. They were originally constructed of
wood, but were rebuilt in stone between 1250-1315.
The city has many links with famous (and infamous)
people and many sites of historical interest. Dick
Turpin was imprisoned in York Castle and hanged
near to York Racecourse on 19th April, 1739. He
is buried across from St. George’s Church
in York. Guy Fawkes was born and baptized here in
1570. The excellent York Dungeon is a must see,
bringing 2000 years of gruesomely authentic history
back to life.
York Minster is the largest medieval church in
Northern England, and there has been a place of
worship on the site of the Minster since 627. It
is worth visiting just to see its fantastic examples
of stained glass.
‘The Shambles’, is perhaps one of the
most photographed streets in Britain. It is also
the oldest street in York and was mentioned in the
Domesday Book of 1086, under its Latin name, ‘In
Macello’. In 1872 it was recorded that the
‘The Shambles’ possessed 26 butcher’s
shops! It is now home to a number of fascinating
shops and has lost none of its ‘olde worlde’
Another place not to be missed is the Yorkshire
Museum. Set in 10 acres of beautiful gardens, it
tells of a thousand years of the region’s
heritage. For culture vultures, the York City Art
Gallery displays six hundred years of European painting.
York has the reputation as being one of the most
haunted cities in Britain, with a reputed 140 ghosts
within the old city walls. Why not embark on one
of the city’s famous ghost trails with a knowledgeable
Those seeking refreshment will find that they are
well catered for – it is said that the York
area possesses a pub for each day of the year! Add
to this the 200 restaurants, countless cafes and
coffee shops, entertainment complexes, cinemas and
theatres, including York’s Grand Opera House.
The city also offers superb shopping facilities
with over 2000 shops, and several large shopping
centres and department stores.