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York is a historic city (dating back to Roman times) in North Yorkshire, England in the UK. As of 2005, York had an estimated population of 137,505.

York is perhaps most famous for being enclosed by medieval city walls (the most complete surviving fortifications of this type in England), and for being home to York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe.

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Here are some facts about York:
  1. York is a city in North Yorkshire, England.

  2. The city is located at the confluence of the River Ouse and the River Foss.

  3. York is enclosed by medieval city Walls, which are the most complete city defended of this type remaining in England. An entire circuit around the Walls is about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). The walls enclose an area of about 263 acres (106 hectares).

  4. At the centre of is York Minster, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe.

  5. York is also famous for its Snickelways (sometimes misspeltm quot;Snickelways"), narrow lanes, usually not wide enough for vehicles, and suitable only for pedestrians, that lead through the city.

  6. Main roads connecting to York are the A19, A64, and the A1079. The A64 meets the A1(M) and the M1 about 10 miles from the city. Additionally, the M62 which provides a route to Liverpool and Manchester is just 20 miles (32 kilometers) away from York.

  7. York has extensive rail connections, and is on both the East Coast Main Line, TransPenine Express.

  8. An hourly direct train on the TransPenine Express provides easy access to Manchester Airport.

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Insight Guides Great Breaks York (Insight Great Breaks)

By Insight Guides

Guides Insight
Paperback (128 pages)

Insight Guides Great Breaks York (Insight Great Breaks)
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The awe-inspiring York Minster, stunningly preserved medieval walls and fascinating Jorvik Viking Centre: York is one of the UK's most appealing destinations. Great Breaks York is a collection of 11 illuminating walks and tours in and around this historic city, guiding you through the narrow streets, quaint half-timbered buildings and world-class museums of York. Plus there are excursions further afield to the picturesque Yorkshire coast, elegant spa town of Harrogate, and the dramatic scenery of the North York Moors - all accompanied by vivid full-colour photographs, clear maps and plenty of recommendations for where to eat and drink.
This handy pocket-sized guide is packed full of ideas to inspire you, with the 10 top attractions in York, including the city's loveliest street the Shambles and the superb National Railway Museum; plus sections on active holidays and themed breaks. Features on York's art scene, Roman and Viking York and the North York Moors National Park provide a cultural backdrop to the city, while practical information and our selective accommodation listings make planning your trip a breeze.

Short Walks In The North York Moors

By Collins Maps

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Short Walks In The North York Moors
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A practical little walk guide to the North York Moors endorsed by the Ramblers. All the walks are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less that 3 hours. 20 walks are included and use clear Ordnance Survey maps to show the route plus easy to follow walk descriptions.

Rick Steves Great Britain

By Rick Steves

Steves Rick
Released: 2016-05-10
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Rick Steves Great Britain
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Explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. With Rick Steves on your side, Great Britain can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Great Britain you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring England, Wales, and Scotland
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from Stonehenge and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to local distilleries and corner pubs
  • How to connect with culture: Try homemade haggis, catch a show in SoHo, or chat with friendly locals in a cozy Welsh tavern
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a pint
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
  • Detailed maps for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on London, Windsor, Cambridge, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells, Avebury, Stonehenge, Salisbury, South Wales, The Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ironbridge Gorge, Liverpool, the Lake District, York, Durham and Northeast England, Conwy, Caernarfon, Snowdonia National Park, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St. Andrews, Oban and the Inner Hebrides, Glencoe and Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness, and more
Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Great Britain.

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Fodor's England 2016: with the Best of Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Inc Staff Fodor s Travel Publications
Released: 2015-12-08
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Fodor s England 2016: with the Best of Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

With its irresistible mix of storied heritage and cosmopolitan pizzazz, England attracts more than 3 million Americans each year. Fodor's England captures the most memorable sights and experiences in dazzling color, from fabulous historic houses and age-mellowed towns to cozy country pubs and London's cutting-edge galleries.

This travel guide includes:

· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information

· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks

· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path

· In-depth breakout features on The Tower of London, Stonehenge, and English gardens

· Major sights such as Yorkshire Dales, Brighton and Its Seafront, Bath, Stonehenge and Avebury, Hadrian's Wall, London, Oxford and Cambridge, Coastal Cornwall, Cotswold Villages, and Lake District

· Coverage of: London; The Southeast; The South; The West Country; The Thames Valley; Bath and the Cotswolds; Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England; Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District; The Lake District; East Anglia; Yorkshire; The Northeast; Wales

Planning to focus on London? Check out Fodor's travel guide to London.

Historic Walks in and around York: 25 Leisurely Country and City Rambles

By Brian Conduit

Carnegie Publishing
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Historic Walks in and around York: 25 Leisurely Country and City Rambles
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York is one of the UK’s favorite cities: a beautiful historical center that is both a destination in its own right and an excellent base for touring the delights of the surrounding region. As well as York itself, there are – to name but a few – Harrogate, Beverley, Ripon, Castle Howard, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, castles, abbeys and many picturesque villages, all just a short drive or bus ride away.
Whether you fancy the grandeur of a stately home, castle or cathedral, the atmospheric site of a bloody battle, or a peaceful riverside amble, there really is something in this book for you. And while you enjoy the walk, stand to admire the views and relax in one of the many cafes en route, nuggets of historical information are provided to add interest and variety.
The routes in Historic Walks in and around York are all short and manageable, ideal for all ages and abilities, with enough variety and interest to satisfy everyone. In short, this lovely book really is all you need to have a grand day out all year round.


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