Encircled by intact Roman walls, the ancient city of York has been a city of influence in the north of England for centuries. Located roughly 200 miles north of London, York has countless stories to tell, many of which are preserved in the fabric of the cities ancient winding streets and charming historic buildings.
York has been a home to Vikings and has played a significant role in the Roman empire with Constantine being declared Roman emperor from York. In more recent history, York has largely helped in the development of England’s railway network, as well as being a home for innovation in the chocolate industry, which continues to this day…there are still days where the city is immersed in the rich smell of chocolate!
Much of the heart of the city lies within the ancient walls. It’s compact framework and largely pedestrianised streets make it a beautiful city to explore on foot, attracting over 6 million tourists from around the world every year. York is also home to about 20,000 students studying at two major universities and has a population of roughly 200,000. For those living here as well as its many visitors, the city has a vast array of cafes, restaurants, pubs and boutique shops to explore as well as galleries, theatres and music venues to enjoy.
Surrounding York are areas of picturesque English countryside, with the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors being national parks within easy reach. The county of Yorkshire, within which York sits, is a region of great local pride with a strong identity and cultural history. The region is becoming a capital for cycling and recently hosted part of the Tour de France.
The short film below, created by production company Hewitt and Walker will hopefully give you a great feel for York.
“Advantages: Friendly, quirky, excellent bars, restaurants and attractions that will suit everyone. Disadvantages: Other people know this too and come in the hundreds.“
“But the city is much more than its eminent monuments, and much more than its dazzling sights being routinely registered on a tourist tapestry of tick-boxes. York rightly revels in its reputation as a domain of historical significance. But it thrives beyond that, richer for its lesser-known attractions and better for the life that goes on amid the fabric of centuries past. Look beyond the bygone and you’ll discover that contemporary York is graced by smaller but no less important venues. Hidden gems, no less.“
“Friendly, fascinating York is worth walking every cobblestone.“ – Kitt Walsh