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Yorvik - York Yorkshire

City of York



Visit York and be enriched in one of Europe's most inspiring cities:

York  York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The walled city of York has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia existence.

The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD. They called it Eboracum, a name perhaps derived from one used by the British tribes who inhabited the area. The Romans made it the capital of their Province of Britannia Inferior. While the Roman colonia and fortress were located on high ground, by 400 the town itself was victim to periodic flooding from the rivers Ouse and Foss and lay abandoned. In the early 5th century the area was settled by Angles,  who called the town Eoforwic. Reclamation of the flooded parts of the town were initiated in the 7th century under King Edwin. The city came to be the episcopal, and later, royal centre of the Kingdom of Northumbria. The Vikings captured the city in 866 AD, and for the period between 866 and the final incorporation of Northumbria into the Kingdom of England in 954, York is sometimes referred to by modern writers by its Scandinavianised form, Jorvik

Jorvik: The Scandinavian York is a term, like the terms Kingdom of Jorvik or Kingdom of York, used by historians for the kingdom of Northumbria in the late 9th century and first half of the 10th century, when it was dominated by Norse warrior-kings; in particular, it is used to refer to the city controlled by these kings. York used to be a centre of Scandinavian power and rule in the British isles. The name in its modern form "York" was first used in the 13th century. In the Middle Ages York grew as a major wool trading centre and the ecclesiastical capital of the northern province of England. The Province of York has remained one of the two Church of England ecclesiastical provinces, along with that of Canterbury.

York's location on the River Ouse, in the centre of the Vale of York and half way between the capitals of London and Edinburgh means that it has long had a significant position in the nation's transport system. The 19th century saw York, under the influence of George Hudson, who also built Georgian houses on the West Cliff in Whitby, become an important hub of the railway network and a manufacturing centre. In recent decades, the economy of York has moved from being dominated by its confectionery and railway-related industries to one that provides services for the touring public. The University of York and health services have become major employers. Tourism also boosts the local economy because the city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural activities. In 2009 it was the 7th most visited city by UK residents and the13th most visited by overseas visitors. York Racecourse and Bootham Crescent, the home of York City FC, are the most prominent sporting venues in the city and the River Ouse provides opportunities for both sporting and leisure pursuits.

York is a city of contrasts and exciting discoveries. York is a place where the old encompasses the new, Yorks historic past meets Yorks modern and the commonplace meets with the unexpected. Broaden your mind with a visit to the world class museums, British Railway museum for its history of the railway engines and carriages, the Jorvik center to see and smell village life under the vikings,  tour the walls and cobbled streets with a York guide or visit a variety of festivals held throughout the year, catering for all ages and interests.

Places to visit in York:  

York  York Minster
is a Gothic cathedral in York, England and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe alongside Cologne Cathedral. The Minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and is the cathedral for the Diocese of York; it is run by a dean and chapter under the Dean of York. The formal title of York Minster is The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York. The title Minster is attributed to churches established in the Anglo Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title. Services in the Minster are sometimes regarded as on the High Church or Anglo-Catholic end of the Anglican continuum.

York Dungeons  York Dungeons
The dungeon operates on the basis of tours where visitors are led around a sequence of shows and exhibitions which are loosely based on historical events and practices. The Great Plague show is set in 1551 with a recreation of medieval York streets and culminates with a performance from an actor playing a plague doctor. There is also a recreation of a York pub the Golden Fleece Inn where visitors are told ghost stories. Other shows include the Judgement of Sinners where visitors are accused of various crimes and the Torture Chamber where visitors are shown demonstrations of torture devices. During the tour actors playing plague doctors, innkeepers, Viking cohorts of Eric Bloodaxe, judges, torturers and Dick Turpin's executioner tell visitors gruesome stories.

York Railway Museum  York Railway Museum
The NRM in York displays a collection of over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other items of rolling stock, virtually all of which either ran on the railways of Great Britain or were built there. Also on the 20 acres (8.1 ha) site are many hundreds of thousands of other items and records of social, technical, artistic and historical interest, exhibited mostly in three large halls of a former motive power depot next to the East Coast Main Line, near York railway station. It is the largest museum of its type in Britain and has more visitors than any other British museum outside London.