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York


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.


Key Facts about York


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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)

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Insight Guides
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.

North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds including York and the Coast: Local, characterful guides to Britain's special places (Bradt Slow Travel)

By Mike Bagshaw

Bradt Travel Guides
Released: 2018-04-07
Paperback (216 pages)

North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds including York and the Coast: Local, characterful guides to Britain s special places (Bradt Slow Travel)
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This new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt's North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds, part of the distinctive ‘Slow travel' series of guides to UK regions, remains the only full-blown standalone guide available to this region of contrasts, from the magnificent cliffs and beaches of the Heritage Coast and rolling hills of the North York Moors to the tranquil chalk downland of the Wolds. Nestled at the heart of it all is the ancient historic city of York, with its stunning Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. As well as featuring all the main sights, Bradt's North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds includes places and aspects of the region not detailed by other guidebooks and, while making a virtue of being selective, nonetheless covers the whole region in considerable detail. It also includes personal anecdotes and the views of local people as well as tapping into the Yorkshire-based author's considerable knowledge of the region, especially his experiences as an outdoor enthusiast, naturalist and beer connoisseur.

With Bradt's North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds, discover what makes this area tick. The annual Tour de Yorkshire has helped to establish the region as a biking Mecca, while the Yorkshire Nature Triangle in the east is renowned for its birds and wildlife, from adders to barn owls, otters to dolphins. Wildlife lovers will also find details of whale-watching tours. Included in the guide is information on the 10 long-distance paths which cross the area, plus tips on the sandy beaches and rocky coves that make this an ideal family destination. Local food and drink, from seafood to meats, cheeses and breweries, is covered, too.

Also included are details of festivals, steam train journeys as featured in the Harry Potter films, the Georgian opulence of Castle Howard as featured in Brideshead Revisited, sea-bird colonies along the Heritage Coast, the only mainland colony of gannets in England at Bempton Cliffs, and the tallest standing stone in Britain. Written in an entertaining style combining personal narrative with authoritative information, Bradt's North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds has all the most up-to-date information you could need for a successful visit.

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

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Fodor's Travel
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.

Urban Rambles: 20 Glorious Walks Through English Cities

By Nicholas Rudd-Jones

Frances Lincoln
Released: 2018-07-26
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An illustrated city walking guide like no other. Whether you’re a city-dweller who wants to explore your home turf, or a keen country walker who likes the idea of trying something different, or a discerning weekend breaker who wants to get under the skin of a city in a day or two, Urban Rambles is the book to inspire you to get out and explore your nearest city on foot.

Each of these 20 walks includes:
  • a GPS enabled map configured for your mobile device
  • specially commissioned illustrations of the route and walk data
  • inspiring photographs of the things you will see along the way
  • information on green spaces and architectural gems
  • recommended cafes, pubs and independent shops
England's cities have become much more walkable places in the last decade, with huge investments in green spaces, redevelopment of old industrial areas and a complete urban planning re-think in favour of pedestrians. Walking in a city is the healthy lifestyle choice, offering you the chance to exercise and the calming powers of green spaces.

Choose from cathedral cities like York and Lincoln, seats of learning like Cambridge and Oxford, trading ports like Bristol and Liverpool, cities designed for pleasure like Brighton and Bath. Choose to visit Victorian industrial cities Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham, and of course the nation’s capital, where a new 25-mile circular route takes you from urban regeneration through the Olympic Park and past rivers, parks and palaces.


 
 
 

 
 
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