York city, in the county of Yorkshire, England is a city of contrasts, of old and new. The narrow cobbled streets mingle with modern shopping malls and historical sights, are equalled in excitement by a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene. Things to see and do during a stay in York are wide ranging. So, careful planning is recommended. Read on this article to know what to see when you visit York, UK.
Sights and attractions
Of all the cathedrals in Northern Europe, York Minster is the biggest. It's built on what was the headquarters of a Roman Fortress. Minster Undercroft museum
The Minster Undercroft museum displays Roman relics discovered at the site.
The Central Tower The Central Tower offers an opportunity to climb 275 steps to its peak, and to discover some of the best views of York and the surrounding countryside.
JORVIK Viking Centre Thirty years ago, the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking city of Jorvik were revealed. York Archaeological Trust had excavated eight tons of rubble and removed 40,000 artefacts. A replica of Viking city was then created on this same archaeological site. The JORVIK Viking Centre was formed and has been entertaining visitors for 25 years.
The National Railway Museum This is a spectacular warehouse of polished, railway treasures. See some of the famous names in trains such as The Japanese Bullet and a replica of Stephensons Rocket. View Royal Carriages, conservation work on The Flying Scotsman, live demonstrations, workshops and special events.
Yorkshire Pass The Yorkshire Pass permits entry to 27 attractions in the city of York and ten nearby sites. Visit Yorkshirepass.com for further details.
This company offers open top bus tours of York. With multi-lingual commentary, a hop-on hop-off service and experience of offering city tours around the world, City Sightseeing will offer a memorable tour.
Exploring York Visit Exploringyork.com for further details on the tours offered by this company. They have set tours to follow or tailor-made guided walks and tours to your requirements. Some areas and themes of the city that Exploring York can organise tours for are the following: - Chocolate Production in the city
- Everything Roman in York
- The Railways
- Georgian York
- The English Civil War
For a comprehensive list of events in York, visit Whatsonyork.com. Some of the popular events to be held at the city include racing at York Racecourse, the Galtres Festival and the JORVIK Viking festival. With lots of things to see and do in York, trip to the city will be full of fun, activity and history.