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History and Heritage in York, England

August 11, 2012

If you are looking for a place to stay in England that is filled with history, culture, good food, great activities, and a lively atmosphere than look no further than the city of York. Settled at the confluence of two rivers, the Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, the city has something to delight every traveller, no matter their taste. A weekend here is easily filled, with so many historic sites, museums, shops, and architecture to explore, leaving you with fond memories and a yearning to return.

The city of York has a rich history, beginning with its founding by the Romans in 71 AD with the name of Eboracum, continuing through the time of the Vikings, the Middle Ages, the War of the Roses, right up to modern times. This long history is written all over the beautiful city, in its grand cathedral, eclectic architecture, and industrial heritage, leaving the visitor enchanted.

York Cathedral
No visit to York is complete without stopping at the immense York Cathedral. The architectural marvel that is York Minster was built between the 1220s and 1470s and is considered to be Europe’s greatest gothic cathedral. Join in on one of the guided tours that happen throughout the day to learn all the secrets of this ancient building, or just wonder around by yourself and be awe inspired by the beauty.

The Shambles
Just a minute's walk from York Cathedral you will find the most picturesque street in Britain, the famous Shambles of York. This old fashioned medieval street was once a butchers market, but today is filled with shops, tourists, and a healthy dose of good old fashioned charm.

York Boat Cruise
Get a view of the city from a completely different perspective when you take to the waters of the famous River Ouse on a York Boat cruise. Cruise by day to take in the beauty of the cityscape and river, or cruise by night to see the city lit up beneath the stars.

Chocolate: York’s Sweet Story
Learn all about the history of chocolate and sweets in York with a visit to the city’s newest visitor attraction, Chocolate: York’s Sweet Story. Here you will learn all about the families that put York at the centre of England’s chocolate industry and the influence that this had on the city. Make sure to visit with an empty stomach though, as there are lots of free samples to be had!

About the Author: Amanda is a writer at Sykes Cottages, the UK’s leading independent holiday cottage rental agency. If you are looking for holiday accommodation in York, or anywhere else throughout the UK and Ireland visit to view a great range.

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