The city dates back to 71 AD and is rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and vibrance.
The river Ouse runs through the centre of the city has contributed to it being a city because it connects it with Selby and Goole before joining with the River Trent at Trent Falls.
York Minster is without doubt one of the finest cathedrals in the UK. It is the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps and towers over the city. It is visible from almost anywhere in the city and nearby since a historic dictate prevented higher buildings being constructed.
The Minster is 158 m long and each of its three towers are 61m high. The cathedral was completed in 1472 with the construction of the two western towers. Through the centuries the cathedral has been plagued by major fires in 1829, 1840 and 1984.
Today York is one of the major tourist cities in the UK. It is bustling even outside holiday periods. Quaint and unusual independent shops abound in the small maze of narrow ancient streets, which give visitors much to fill their day in addition to viewing the major sites.
Apart from the cathedral, among the sites of special note are the town walls, still providing a picturesque walk around the city – the National Railway Museum – the Jorvic Centre museum with its sites, sounds and smells of the ancient city – the street markets – and the ancient Shambles street with timber-framed buildings having their upper floors overhanging the narrow street.
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Micklegate from the south-west , the city wall runs either side of this
View along the west wall – the views and ambiance so much better than roadside pavements
Looking nort-east towards the York Minster from the west wall.
York Railway Station opened in 1877 and so has the high arched roofs to cater for steam locos; it originally had 13 platforms but only 7 now remain. It benefits visually from being a a slight curve.
View south-east from the west wall to the luxurious Cedar Court Grand hotel. refurbished in 2010, rooms can cost up to £300 per night.
View from level 2 Tanner Row car park shows the wealth of architectural delights
View north-east from Lendal Bridge.
View west from Lendal Bridge along the River Ouse.
View south-east from Lendal Bridge along the River Ouse.
View west from Lendal Street.
York Minster from Museum Street.
View from the south of the two west towers.
York Minster south transept and central tower.
Daveygate viewed from Stonegate with St Helens church.
York Minster east end.
York Minster central tower.
View north-west along Low Petergate has some surprising historic detail; the MInster is in the background.
View north-west along Low Petergate to the Minster.
The most famous street in York, the Shambles, dating from the 14th century with its overhanging timber-framed buildings.
Guitar model shop in the Shambles brings back memories!
Clifford’s Tower formed part of York castle has panoramic views over the city.
View north-east from Stonegate to the MInster.
The Punch Bowl in Stonegate; built over four hundred years ago it was first licensed in 1761. A must for a pint!
Teddy Bear shop in Petergate has good traditional english teashop above good street views
Tea rooms, cafes and restaurants abound but looking above street level is rewarding.
The York Ghost Walk is well advertised.
The Mansion House at the meeting of Lendal and Coney Street; home of the Lord Mayors of York during their term in office. The Georgian building was completed in 1732.
Gems found in a shop around Low Petergate.
Trinkets available in independent shops.
Market stalls are very varied in product.
Very inviting fudge stall.
Market in Parliament Street looking south-east.
View south-east from Ouse Bridge along the River Ouse.
Gert & Henry’s restaurant in a Tudor building at 4 Jubbergate.
St Martin church dating from the 11th century most famous for its clock above Coney Street.