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Things to Do in York

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York city is to be found located where the rivers Foss and Ouse meet and situated in the heart of the area of England referred to as North Yorkshire. For anyone who chooses to visit or stay in one of the hotels in york city centre, there are lots of things to do in York. Step out of York railway station and you immediately start to experience the city's history.

Castle Museum Victorian cobbled streets, old shops and prison cells are part of a six hundred year tour of British life. York Castle Museum is a museum of everyday life, displaying thousands of household objects including historic toys, fashion, armour, weapons, tools, printing presses, cooking utensils, farming equipment.

At Clifford's Tower enjoy panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside from the top of the tower, built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebellious north and rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century.

Jorvik Viking Centre is set on the site where the remains of the City of Jorvik were discovered, the museum recreates life at the end of the first millennium. Over 800 original Viking items, which were discovered on the site, are displayed along with recreated Viking towns.

At the National Railway Museum discover the history of the train at the world's largest Railway Museum. Royal trains, the Japanese Bullet Train, the record breaking Mallard, a replica of Stephenson's Rocket, are just a few of the exhibits. Admission is free of charge.

The Richard III Museum presents the story of Richard III, in the form of a 'trial'. Visitors give their verdict when Richard is charged with the murders of the Princes in the Tower. Housed in Monk Bar, where the Medieval Gatehouse boasts a very rare example of a working portcullis, which was last lowered in 1953.

With River Cruises take a trip by boat down the River Ouse, regular trips sail three miles downstream, as far as the Archbishop of York's residence at Bishopthorpe.

The Shambles is a narrow street crammed with gift shops and cafes. The current street, dates from the Elizabethan period, and is referred to as "Europe's best preserved medieval street", and is so narrow, in places, that it is possible to touch buildings on both sides by stretching your arms.

Treasurer's House is a medieval town house in the shadow of York Minister, where the ghosts of a Roman legion are said to haunt the cellars. Four centuries of history, including a model ship made from bones, are displayed.

York Minister York is second only to Canterbury in the Church of England hierarchy and the splendour of the Minster reflects this. Stained glass windows, which are up to 800 years old, can be found in the largest Medieval Gothic cathedral north of the Alps. Open daily subject to services.

At the Yorkshire Wheel see the sights of York from the air, a 60 metre high wheel outside the National Railway Museum offers spectacular views of the city, and surrounding area.

There are plenty of reasons to go to York, especially in the centre of town, which is why it's always a good idea to book one of the hotels in York city centre and start planning what to include in your itinerary as soon as you can.

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