If the Romans and the Vikings could see York as it is now I wonder how they would feel? It was 71AD when the Romans arrived in York and 866AD when the Vikings first paid a visit, but also there were other well known visitors to York. William the Conqueror marched on the city in 1068 and Henry VIII visited with wife number 5 in 1541. I think that these past visitors would be pleased by the way that York has retained much of its history and at the same time added some new attractions such as The Railway Museum and the famous Bettys Cafe Tearooms.
Of the many attractions in York I would recommend the Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and The York Dungeon as well of course the must see attractions of York Minster and The Shambles. York is rich in culture and you can easily spend a few days in this walled city. Buying a York Pass is good value for money as you can use it to see York’s Chocolate Story, Clifford’s Tower and another 30 York attractions. Once you have seen York there are many other attractions nearby worth visiting. You can see an original World War II prisoner of war camp at nearby Eden Camp or visit the outstanding Castle Howard where the Howard family have lived in their magnificent 18th century residence for over 300 years.
You can travel to York with Virgin Trains from London in 2 hours and by car it is just 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network.
For more information go to Visit York
Here are some photos I took on my visit to York this week.