York, a visitors guide to the city

York is located in the north of England and is the capital of the county of Yorkshire. The city has a charming feel and draws a large number of tourists with its museums and attractions. The city centre is largely pedestrianised and most attractions are within easy walking distance. York has a long history dating back to the times before the Vikings and has occupied a strategic place in the English countryside as the last major city before heading north towards Scotland. The city was built on the intersection of two rivers, the River Ouse and River Foss.

York is one of the few remaining medieval walled cities where you can still walk around the walks.

One of York's most famous attractions is York Minster which is located close to the city centre. The Minster was built over 800 years ago and is the largest gothic medieval cathedral north of the Alps. York Minster is a great place to walk around and get a feel for some of the history of not just this city but the entire United Kingdom. There is a small charge for adults and senior citizens to enter the Minster.

York is awash with a host of other attractions as well, from the York Dungeon, to the Castle Museum. Another attraction is the Jorvik Viking Centre which takes you on a tour beneath the city streets to the time when Vikings visited York.

Close to the Castle Museum is Clifford's Tower which is the last remaining element of York Castle.

The National Railway Museum is also located in York and is a wonderful attraction where you can see trains from the past and present and learn about the railways in Britain.

Another museum is the Yorkshire Museum which is located a short walk from the Minster and set in beautiful gardens. Learn about the geology and archaeology of the region.

One of York's most famous streets is known as The Shamble's and dates back hundreds of years as one of the city's surviving medieval streets.

When you've finished exploring York's history for a while why not take a boat ride on one of the river cruises and see the city from a new angle.

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