Clifford's Tower is part of the Norman castle of York, and it's all that remains of it. It was built on a manmade hill above the city and between the two rivers where it is. Its origins date back to the time of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman invasion into Great Britain, as its architectural style denotes. With circular and in ruins, the building exemplifies the architecture of the time and also facilitate some views from an elevated position of the city of York, without regard to those offered by the cathedral.
Howards Castle is one of the most important houses or mansions recognized in Britain. For those who are fans of Harry Potter- my apologies this has nothing to do with the castle of the books and movies, only the name is the same. Its about three centuries old and yet, it is still in use. It has served as the backdrop to many series and movies such as "Brideshead Revisited". In my opinion its more impressive from outside than inside, set in a spectacular natural setting, with thousands and thousands of feet of green fields, lakes, rivers, bridges, temples, and classical sculptures. This is a real joy to the fans of this kind of places, no doubt an essential stop.
In the historic center of York is the Jorvik Viking Centre, built on the remains of the ancient Viking city. In this center we can see the findings made by the York Archaeological Trust between 1976 and 1981, which included a collection of houses and workshops dating back a thousand years. Downstairs, we came to a room where we could walk across a glass floor and see the excavated remains below. After a walk through an actual-size re-creation of Jorvik, we found a series of rooms with more information about the life of the Vikings in Jorvik. The center is perfect for both adults and children, with everything coming to life in a way that's far more interesting than a typical museum with exhibits hidden away in glass cases.
PS: our ticket to the Viking Centre gave us a free ticket for another exhibition called "Gladiators: a Cemetery of Secrets", located in an ancient Roman cemetery where remains were found of individuals who might have been gladiators.
We stayed here for a weekend. Saturday was spent in York, a beautiful city! And very welcoming. We will definitely return! We then went to Leeds, which is a city like no other, with an intense nightlife. We returned home on Sunday.
York station is situated in the center of town, and is one of the main Midlands, UK train stations. In England there are several railway companies. York is two hours away from London, and is a nice trip if you want to get away from the capital for a little while. The trains tend to be expensive and you'll have to find a ticket online in advance but it leaves you about 42 pounds lighter in the pockets (they are 50 euros, 12 euros compared to Salamanca, at the same distance from Madrid to York from London). Two months earlier, the return on the same day leaves you 30 pounds lighter in the pockets. And it'll be even less if you buy the youth card, or the Network Railcard, which costs £ 20 and you get a third of the weekend off. Very useful if you're going to take a lot of trains.
The church of the Holy Trinity in York hides itself in a little downtown alley, surrounded by one of these parks or cemeteries that are so typical of British churches where it's completely normal to see a local sit down and eat their sandwich for lunch. The church dates back to the 12th century, although most of the architecture that remains is from the 15th century. What is striking in this beautiful church is not its architecture and the atmosphere that permeates the interior even though it is impressive that the interior is still intact, even without being restored for 200 years. No artificial light, which illuminates only the magical space occupied by banks locked in a kind of boxes, Georgian era, is entering its medieval stained glass THROUGH. Admission is free, but a donation is requested. Opening times vary according to the daylight hours.
The Shambles is a very special pedestrian street that is located in the medieval center of York. You will find many souvenir shops, as well as a few shops selling culinary delights. Don't miss the intriguing old wooden houses.
Sometimes, after visiting a city, to see cathedrals and souvenir shops, you might want to get a bit lost and wander aimlessly, without too many worries. So, when I got to the bed of the river (and also to the city walls, but that's another "corner") I was incredibly surprised by the sound of ships and the relaxed atmosphere I found here.
Heading out and still wondering what to do in York? Keep reading and the information below will clear up any questions you may have about the city.
One of the first things to do in York is to visit the old town, a point of attraction for tourism in the city. You can see the Clifford Tower, one of the two towers that the Normans built on each side of the river. The tower is one of the must-see attractions in York. The west tower no longer stands, but the east tower was reconstructed in the thirteenth century.
Another one of the places to visit in York is the Castle Museum, which is one of the most important ethnographic museums in the UK. Next on the list of things to see in York is the Debtor's Prison, built in 1705 by Sir John Vanbrugh. It is an extension of the museum, with a collection of everyday life on its first floor and arms on the second.
Culturally, the City of York Art Gallery is very important. It is a gallery with paintings by Guardi, Lely, Reynolds, and Domenichino and is one of the must-see York attractions for art lovers. Some York activities for religious tourists include the Cathedral and the Church of All Saints, a mid-fourteenth century building which has striking stained glass and works of art. Some other stuff to do in York may includes a tour of La Guildhall, Yorkshire Museum, and the Treasurer's House. It is a city rich in heritage and worth visiting for any avid traveler. Visit Minube to learn more about York and make hotel reservations.