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York


York is a historic city (dating back to Roman times) in North Yorkshire, England in the UK. As of 2005, York had an estimated population of 137,505.

York is perhaps most famous for being enclosed by medieval city walls (the most complete surviving fortifications of this type in England), and for being home to York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe.


Key Facts about York


York Minster:
Here are some facts about York:
  1. York is a city in North Yorkshire, England.

  2. The city is located at the confluence of the River Ouse and the River Foss.

  3. York is enclosed by medieval city Walls, which are the most complete city defended of this type remaining in England. An entire circuit around the Walls is about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). The walls enclose an area of about 263 acres (106 hectares).

  4. At the centre of is York Minster, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe.

  5. York is also famous for its Snickelways (sometimes misspeltm quot;Snickelways"), narrow lanes, usually not wide enough for vehicles, and suitable only for pedestrians, that lead through the city.

  6. Main roads connecting to York are the A19, A64, and the A1079. The A64 meets the A1(M) and the M1 about 10 miles from the city. Additionally, the M62 which provides a route to Liverpool and Manchester is just 20 miles (32 kilometers) away from York.

  7. York has extensive rail connections, and is on both the East Coast Main Line, TransPenine Express.

  8. An hourly direct train on the TransPenine Express provides easy access to Manchester Airport.


Attractions and Places of Interest in York


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Insight Guides Great Breaks York (Travel Guide with Free eBook) (Insight Great Breaks)

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Insight Guides
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The awe-inspiring York Minster, stunningly preserved medieval walls and fascinating Jorvik Viking Centre: York is one of the UK's most appealing destinations. Great Breaks York is a collection of 11 illuminating walks and tours in and around this historic city, guiding you through the narrow streets, quaint half-timbered buildings and world-class museums of York. Plus there are excursions further afield to the picturesque Yorkshire coast, elegant spa town of Harrogate, and the dramatic scenery of the North York Moors - all accompanied by vivid full-colour photographs, clear maps and plenty of recommendations for where to eat and drink.
This handy pocket-sized guide is packed full of ideas to inspire you, with the 10 top attractions in York, including the city's loveliest street the Shambles and the superb National Railway Museum; plus sections on active holidays and themed breaks. Features on York's art scene, Roman and Viking York and the North York Moors National Park provide a cultural backdrop to the city, while practical information and our selective accommodation listings make planning your trip a breeze.

Back Roads Great Britain (Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2019-01-22
Paperback (264 pages)

Back Roads Great Britain (Travel Guide)
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Take to the open road with Back Roads Great Britain and discover 25 leisurely drives through the country's beautiful villages and stunning landscapes.

Explore the spectacular scenery of the Lake District, follow a whiskey trail through the Highlands or discover picturesque coastal villages in Cornwall. Packed with insider tips and information, this easy-to-use guide reveals incredible sights, hidden gems, and authentic local experiences that can be discovered only by road.

Inside Back Roads Great Britain:
- A free laminated pull-out road map of Great Britain helps you navigate with ease
- 25 easy-to-follow driving tours, each lasting one to five days
- Guided walks take you through Great Britain's historic towns and villages
- Experts suggest the best off-road activities in each area, from whiskey trails to water sports
- Contains essential travel tips, including our pick of where to stay, eat, and shop, plus useful travel, visa, and health information
- Covers all the UK rules of the road
- Includes postcodes for use with GPS, plus information on road conditions and parking tips
- Covers Cornwall, Devon, the Jurassic Coast, Salisbury, Bath, Glastonbury, the Cotswolds, the Chilterns, the South Downs, Brighton, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, the Brecon Beacons, West Wales, Snowdonia, Offa's Dyke, the Peak District, Yorkshire, the Lake District, Northumbria, Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel, Fife, the Scottish Highlands, the Scottish Lochs, Aberdeen, Inverness, and more

Staying for longer and looking for a more comprehensive guide to Great Britain? Try our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Great Britain.

About DK Eyewitness Travel: DK's award-winning Back Roads guidebooks take the work out of planning a road trip, with easy-to-read maps, tips, and tours to inform and enrich your journey. DK is the world's leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in more than 120 countries.

Rick Steves Great Britain

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-05-08
Paperback (1080 pages)

Rick Steves Great Britain
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Explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. With Rick Steves on your side, Great Britain can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Great Britain you'll find:
  • Comprehensive coverage for spending two weeks or more exploring England, Wales, and Scotland
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from Stonehenge and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to whisky distilleries and corner pubs
  • How to connect with culture: Try haggis or a Scotch pie, catch a show in SoHo, or chat with locals in a cozy Welsh tavern
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with the help of Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a pint
  • Self-guided walking tours of charming villages and historic sites and museums
  • Detailed maps for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on London, Windsor, Cambridge, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells, Avebury, Stonehenge, Salisbury, South Wales, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ironbridge Gorge, Liverpool, the Lake District, York, Durham and Northeast England, Conwy, Caernarfon, Snowdonia National Park, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St. Andrews, Oban and the Inner Hebrides, Glencoe and Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness, and more

Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Great Britain.

Visiting the UK? Try Rick Steves Best of England!

Fodor's Essential Great Britain: with the Best of England, Scotland & Wales (Full-color Travel Guide Book 2)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-12-18
Kindle Edition (785 pages)

Fodor s Essential Great Britain: with the Best of England, Scotland & Wales (Full-color Travel Guide Book 2)
 
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Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Great Britain is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to England, Scotland, Wales and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Great Britain travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring some of the most exciting parts of Europe.

Great Britain remains a perennial favorite with travelers who come for the busy streets of London, the cozy thatched-roof villages of the Cotswolds, and the wild moors and lochs of Scotland. From Edinburgh to Cardiff, discover worthwhile destinations and savvy travel tips with the full-color Fodor's Essential Great Britain. Our selective collection of the best of England, Scotland, and Wales will guarantee you make the most of your trip.

Fodor’s Essential Great Britain includes:

    •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Fully updated top attractions and experiences in every region of Great Britain from Scotland to England to Wales—from cities to great castles to stately homes to quaint country villages—with plenty of new options for dining, lodging, shopping, and nightlife.
    •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A spectacular color photo guide highlights the ultimate unmissable experiences and attractions throughout Great Britain to inspire you.
    •DETAILED MAPS: Full-color and full-size street maps throughout will help you plan efficiently and get around confidently.
    •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Rich, full-color features invite you to experience the best of Great Britain. Colorful spotlight features on British food, Welsh castles, Roman relics, and more provide insight into contemporary life as well as the past.
    •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Multiple sample itineraries to help you plan and make the most of your time. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
    •INDISPENSIBLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Our Great Britain Planner offers transportation information and money-saving tips. Each city or regional chapter contains an orientation map that also highlights the top reasons to visit; a Planning section suggests best times to go and how to organize your trip within the region and get around. Throughout the guide, clear, easy-to-read maps show covered sights and key roads.
    •SPECIAL EVENTS COVERAGE: Every summer, the Edinburgh Festival draws lovers of music, theater, and comedy while Hogmanay is the most Scottish way to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
    •COVERS: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Manchester, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Wales, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Inverness, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, and more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Looking for more guides about Great Britain? Check out Fodor’s England, Fodor’s Scotland, and Fodor’s London.

Insight Guides Great Breaks York (Travel Guide with Free eBook) (Insight Great Breaks)

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Insight Guides
Released: 2020-06-30
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Insight Guides Great Breaks York

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Inspirational travel guide making the most of the British Isles through clearly laid-out walks and tours, now with free eBook.

Explore the best of York with this unique travel guide, packed full of insider information and stunning images. From making sure you don't miss out on must-see, top attractions like York Minster cathedral, York Castle Museum, and the city walls, to discovering cultural gems, including the picturesque shops, pubs and teashops of medieval Stonegate, the beautiful period interiors of Georgian Fairfax House, and the higgledy-piggledy timbered buildings of The Shambles - York's most photogenic stree, the easy-to-follow, ready-made walking routes will save you time, and help you plan and enhance your great break in York.

Features of this travel guide to York:
11 walks and tours: detailed itineraries feature all the best places to visit, including where to eat along the way
Local highlights: discover the area's top sights and unique attractions, and be inspired by stunning imagery
Historical and cultural insights: learn more about the York's rich history with fascinating cultural insights throughout
Insider recommendations: where to stay and what to do, from active pursuits to themed trips
Rainy day recommendations: uncover plenty of options, whatever the weather throws at you
Practical full-colour maps: with every major sight and listing highlighted, the full-colour maps make on-the-ground navigation easy
Key tips and essential information: from transport to hours of operation, we've got you covered
The ultimate travel tool: download the free app and eBook to access all this and more from your phone or tablet
Covers: The Heart of York; Shopping Streets; Markets and Museums; An Aerial View of York's Railway History; Steam Trains and Dinosaurs; Narrow Streets and Hidden Treasures; From Riches to Rags; Excursion to Yorkshire Coast; Excursion around Harrogate; Excursion to James Herriot Country; Excursion to Castle Howard

Looking for a comprehensive guide to England? Check out Insight Guides England for a detailed and entertaining look at all the country has to offer.

About Insight Guides: Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps, as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

York (England) - Wink Travel Guide

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The ancient cathedral city of York has a history which dates back over 2000 years. It is situated in North Yorkshire, England and is the unofficial capital of the entire region of Yorkshire, with some of the best preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe.

Most visitor attractions are within or just outside these walls, so you will seldom find yourself venturing into York's outer neighbourhoods. However, if you do, you will find them pleasant and residential, mostly containing red brick houses from the 19th and 20th centuries.

There is a modern university campus around Heslington in the south-eastern suburbs, a large racecourse called the Knavesmire in the south-west, and extensive parks along the Ouse's journey through the northern and southern suburbs.

This urban sprawl is bounded by a modern day city wall of sorts: the ring road separates York from its rural surroundings, the well-endowed farmlands and villages of the Vale of York.

Wink Travel Guides introduce you to the best world travel destinations, in a clear and concise way, illustrated by photos.



 
 
 

 
 
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