Founded by the Romans almost 2 millennia ago (originally named Eboracum), this ancient city feels like a walk back in time. It is located at the confluence of two rivers – the Ouse and the Foss. Many of the historic buildings are still standing, including large parts of the old city walls, the keep of the old castle (Clifford’s Tower) and hundreds of buildings dating from a range of interesting periods. After the Romans had left, the city spent centuries as the capital of the Viking invaders’ English kingdom, Jórvík. The rich and often violent history of the place seeps out from the ancient cobbles, perhaps try starting your tour with a visit to one of the city’s many museums – from the excellent yet traditional, to some of the most unique and interactive exhibition experiences in the country. It’s a great way to learn a bit about the huge wealth of history York has, and the streets come alive once you learn a little about them.
Containing more attractions per square mile than any other UK city, including London, this small yet densely packed northern focal point is sure to have you entertained for days. Many of the locals who live in the surrounding areas choose to visit York in their own free time – a testament to the quality of the city as a destination. There are hundreds of quaint cafes, traditional pubs, historic markets and ancient buildings like the York Minster to explore. Consider buying yourself a York pass – this excellent scheme grants you access to many of the best and most popular attractions and has the potential to save you a lot of money during your trip.