5 Historic Sites of York

Founded by the Romans in 71 A.D., the ancient city of York is best-known today as an ecclesiastical capital of the Church of England. Here are five interesting places to visit in York that will impress you, and educate you about England’s rich history.

York Minster

Otherwise known as the Heart of Yorkshire, York Minster is the stunning medieval cathedral that dominates the city’s skyline. One of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe, its exquisitely hand-crafted stone and formidable stained glass has looked down on York’s inhabitants and visitors for over 1,000 years.    

The City Walls

York has the longest intact city walls of any town in England. A stroll along the stone walls of the city-center affords a comprehensive view of the town’s array of shops, churches, and historic houses. 

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**Long post alert** Hello 2019! Can you believe we’re a week in already?! – – So I spent the first weekend of this year not saying hello to the new year, but saying goodbye to the last. On Friday night I headed down to York after work and packed up my old flat, handed over the keys and drove all of my furniture/belongings back home to Cumbria and up to my little room in Edinburgh. And now the goodbye finally feels real… – – New Year is often a time of excitement, but this year I’m feeling the sadness of goodbyes a lot more amongst the prospect of new adventures. For honesty’s sake (because let’s be real, Instagram is rarely an honest place), saying goodbye to 2018 has been a tough one for me. It was both the most incredible and hardest year of my life and I wouldn’t have changed any of it. I made some amazing new friends, sadly lost touch with some close ones and re-kindled old ones. I finished my masters in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York with a distinction and an award for the best dissertation (!) after the most stress I’ve ever experienced. I moved from York to Edinburgh, which has easily been one of the hardest, loneliest and most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I started a new job as an Assistant Consultant in the heritage sector. Saw Bryan Adams live in concert (I’m sorry but this definitely deserves its own mention 😂). Gave up chocolate for the entire year! Went on many day and weekend trips with friends in the UK, discussed life and the future over coffee and reminisced about the past over the occasional glass of wine. And ended the year with a tonne of memories, a mixture of fear and excitement for what 2019 will bring, and a huge feeling of thankfulness for the people I have in my life. – – So after this weekend I’m turning towards the coming year and looking ahead. I have small goals for 2019 which I might share in time. But for now, Happy New Year to those I haven’t seen or spoken to yet! Hope it’s a good one for you… 🧡✨ – – – 📸: @katrina.mayy 🧡 #happynewyear #hello2019 #goodbyesarehard #timeflieswhenyourehavingfun #reflections #newyeargoals #york #yorkcitywalls #visityork #myengland #visualsoflife #visualcollective

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Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience what the city might have felt like in the age of the Vikings. Derived from the Viking name for the city of York (Jorvik), this museum offers a life-like tour of its living history. 

Clifford’s Tower

Clifford’s Tower, otherwise known as York Castle, is situated atop the remains of a Norman mot-and-baily castle structure and overlooks the town-center.  It has served as a castle, a law court, and a prison. Originally built by William the Conqueror to dominate the Viking town of Jorvik, in more recent history the castle was used as a prison up until 1929.     

York Castle Museum

Leading the visitor through centuries of the English way of life, the museum offers exhibitions on Victorian toys, the cells of the old debtor’s prison and the music and fashions of the swinging 60s. This will certainly complete your tour of some of the most iconic sights that the city of York has offered to her countless visitors over the centuries.