York City

Map of York City centre, showing the entrance gates (bars) and the city walls

York City is dominated by the Minster, the largest Gothic cathederal in Northern Europe. It is a colourful, historic, busling city with a unique atmosphere and so much to see and do.

York began as a fortress built in AD71 by the Roman 9th Legion, but it was the Vikings, who during their brief reign, gave York its name derived from Jorvik.

The Minster, city bar walls, historical buildings, well preserved medieval streets such as Shambles and Stonegate, also the many alleyways, yards and courts known collectively as the Snickelways, are all free for you to explore.

The shopping facilities are excellent, with all the big high street stores, but without the artificial and sanitised atmosphere of a modern enclosed shopping mall.

There are many really excellent museums, such as the Yorshire Museum, Castle Museum, National Railway Museum and the not to be missed Jorvic Viking Centre.

Around 2000 years of history is crammed into this city and it is worth taking the time to explore it thoroughly. There are many organised guided tours available if you prefer, these can be on foot or opened top bus, and are perhaps the best way to introduce yourself to York. The tourist information office also provide free guided tours of the City. This link will take you to a street map of the city indicating the main attractions.

York is a very busy city and parking is limited and also expensive, so to make the most of your visit whether it is to see the many attractions or just shopping, you are advised to take advantage of the Park and Ride services at easy accessed points on the main approach roads to the city.