The city dates back to 71 AD and is rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and vibrance.
The river Ouse runs through the centre of the city has contributed to it being a city because it connects it with Selby and Goole before joining with the River Trent at Trent Falls.
York Minster is without doubt one of the finest cathedrals in the UK. It is the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps and towers over the city. It is visible from almost anywhere in the city and nearby since a historic dictate prevented higher buildings being constructed.
The Minster is 158 m long and each of its three towers are 61m high. The cathedral was completed in 1472 with the construction of the two western towers. Through the centuries the cathedral has been plagued by major fires in 1829, 1840 and 1984.
Today York is one of the major tourist cities in the UK. It is bustling even outside holiday periods. Quaint and unusual independent shops abound in the small maze of narrow ancient streets, which give visitors much to fill their day in addition to viewing the major sites.
Apart from the cathedral, among the sites of special note are the town walls, still providing a picturesque walk around the city – the National Railway Museum – the Jorvic Centre museum with its sites, sounds and smells of the ancient city – the street markets – and the ancient Shambles street with timber-framed buildings having their upper floors overhanging the narrow street.
Below is a Gallery of the centre of York.
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You can view this area of York in this Google Map in a separate page.