The walled City of York is a popular tourist destination in North Yorkshire. This is the county town of Yorkshire situated by the Rivers Ouse and Foss. York was a Roman city founded in 71 AD. The city was an important strategic defence against the unconquered north and it became the capital of the Roman province.
When the Romans left the city was captured by the Vikings and became an important River Port for Viking trade routes to Northern Europe. The city gets its name from the last Viking ruler Jorvik.
After the Norman Conquest of England the city started to become more prosperous. In medieval times The Shambles, a medieval street and popular tourist destination today would have been full of traders selling wines, cloth, wool, grain and butchers shops.
Guy Fawkes was born in York. The walls and keeps of the old medieval fortifications give York it own unique character. This is the most complete example of its type in England and the city walls are also popular walking routes. Visitors will find plenty to do and see in the city of York.
To appreciate it fully the open top tour bus is recommended. For Railway enthusiasts York has the National Railway Museum. The city is also home to the York Minster which is the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe.
With its narrow cobbled streets, cafes and tea rooms and abundance of interesting and historic buildings, York is a delight for visitors. The city is well known for its churches and pubs but it is so much more. If you are visiting the UK and want to see a typical English town then you won't go far wrong with York.
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