City introduction

York

York, a wonderful and lively city. The well-preserved walls, streets and buildings make people feel like walking in the middle ages. Come here, don't miss the classic afternoon tea, the gorgeous York Minster, and the famous Butcher Street!

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Background
Attractions
Activities
Cuisines
Transport
Tips & Tricks

Background

The origins of York's history can be traced back to the Roman Empire. As early as the Roman Empire, York was the largest and most important Roman town and military camp in the north of England. At that time, the Romans called York Eboracum, which may refer to the yew. In the 3rd century AD, the Romans built a stone wall and a bathhouse to show their prosperity and importance.

Later, The Saxons renamed York to Eoforwick and was thought to refer to "Wild boar settlement"; in 866, the Vikings invaded North England and York and renamed York. For Jorvik, it means Wild Boar creek. Because of its location in York, the Vikings established York as the capital of the new Viking kingdom. People at the time were mainly engaged in the production of iron, ceramics and wool.

By 1066, the Normans ruled the United Kingdom, and York had its current name, York. At this time, York trade was developed, many wines were imported from Europe, and York's textile industry also flourished. After the 18th century, the rapid rise of neighboring cities made York's economic strength eclipse.

However, the population of York continues to grow, and in recent years the government has actively promoted tourism, so that it still retains its important position. The well-preserved York city walls, The Shambles in the Middle Ages and York Minster are York's precious cultural heritage.

Attractions

York City Walls

From York Railway Station, you can see the York City Wall, which was first built by The Romans. Later, the Vikings invaded and added wooden fences to the walls to Norman in the 13th and 14th centuries. People changed the wooden fence to the stone fence, which is the wall we see now. With a total length of 3.4 kilometers, the city wall is one of the longest and best preserved walls in the UK. It takes about 2 hours to complete the journey, with a total of 5 bars or gateways.

York York: York Minster

York Minster

York Minster is considered one of the finest churches in Europe; it is also the most important building in York. The history of York Mind can be traced back to the Saxon church in 627 AD; the current church is a Gothic building built by The Normans from 1220 to 1472. After 250 years, it was the largest church in the UK at the time. The medieval stained glass in the church is wonderful, and the top floor is a clear view of York.

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday | 9:00-17:00
Sunday | 12:45-17:00

Ticket fare
Adult £10|Student, respect for the elderly £9
If you need to buy a tower, you can purchase a joint ticket for adults £15|Student, respect for the elderly £14

Clifford's Tower

The Crest Tower is part of the remains of York Castle. Originally built by King William I to suppress the northern rebels, he experienced two major fires and was finally rebuilt by King Henry III. If you are at the top of the tower overlooking the panoramic view of York, you can see the importance of strategy.

Opening hours
03/24 ago|10:00-16:00
After 03/25|10:00-18:00

Ticket fare
Adult £4.2|Student, Seniors £3.8|Children £2.5

Activities

2019 Christmas event

After entering November, the whole Britain is a festival atmosphere. There are also many related activities in York. What is different is that York continues the beauty of the Middle Ages, when Christmas lights are lit, decorations are hanging, and food and wine vendors gather on the streets. The atmosphere was warm and retro. York is also known as the best city for Christmas.

Activity time 2019/11/14 – 12/22

York York Christmas

2020 JORVIK Viking Festival

The history of York is closely related to the Virgin. York’s Viking Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to the York Grand Prix. The event is held every February and is the largest “pirate festival” in Europe. It is also a commemoration of the "JOLOBLOT" ceremony that the Vikings used to hold in February, sending away the traditional celebrations of winter and spring.

Activity time 2020/02/15 – 02/13

Cuisines

Yorkshire pudding

Historic traditional cuisine, usually served as a side dish for a meal. The outer layer is a crispy bread with a crispy beef and pork in the middle. There is a good specialty store in the city of York, "The York Roast Co."

address 78 Low Prtergate, York, 7O1 7HZ

Traditional cuisine Yorkshire pudding. Photo by Serina Su

Betty's Tea Room

The Bettys Cafe Tea Room has been around for nearly a hundred years. The founder was from Switzerland. He had a superb craft of making bread and came to England to open another chapter of his life. So he opened the first Betty Tea House in Harrogate, Yorkshire in 1919. . There are now many outlets in Betty Tea House.

Harrogate shop
1 Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2QU
York City Store
6-8 St. Helen's Square, York YO1 8QP

Transport

train

FromLondonDeparting from King's Cross Station to York Railway Station, about 2 hours drive. FromEdinburghDeparture from York Waverley Station to York Railway Station, approximately 2.5 hours drive. Walk to Yorktown from York Railway Station, about 10 minutes away.

Tips & Tricks

Hey Harry Potter fans! Super like a street in a diagonal lane

The Shambles, because there are many butcher shops on both sides of the street. Butcher Street is one of the most preserved Middle Century streets in the UK; it is also a source of inspiration for the movie Harry Potter. Do you feel it? Here is the Diagon Alley street that is considered very similar, where the magicians buy magic books and props. But the real shooting place isLondonOh!

York’s famous Butcher Street is one of the scenes of the movie version of Harry Potter.