England's medieval gem
The ancient walled city of York offers its many visitors the opportunity to step back in time and explore its Viking and Roman history. You will also enjoy trendy shops, tearooms and museums. York has well-preserved medieval houses, streets and the awe-inspiring York Minster, a gothic masterpiece.
York is an excellent base to tour the Yorkshire Dales and is also ideal for staying a few nights before heading for Scotland. The Romans thought York was the perfect place to launch invasions into Scotland. Your ‘invasion route’ will be a gentle Driver Guided tour along the spectacular Northumberland Coast with a stop at Hadrian’s Wall. The magnificent ancestral home of the Howard family, Castle Howard is a short hop and well worth a tour from York with your Driver-Guide.
York has a sweet side, confectionery and chocolate are still produced here in large volumes. Therefore, York is known locally as The Chocolate City. Think; Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Your tour guide will introduce you to some classic English sweets (candy) and chocolate bars.
At its heart is the genuinely magnificent York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Europe. Completed in 1472 having taken several centuries to build it is dedicated to St Peter. Its windows are a significant feature and enable light to flood into the Cathedral. Perhaps the most remarkable is the Great East window which is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass globally. Another is the Five Sisters window which is over 53ft (16.3m) high.
Built-in 71 AD the walls are remarkably well preserved and at some 2.6 miles long are the longest medieval walls in England. Long sections of the wall are accessible on foot, and the views are spectacular - not to be missed. Many of the ancient city gates remain such as Micklegate Bar, which is still used by vehicles.
Jorvik Viking Centre
Offering perhaps one of the most exciting time-travelling experiences; the Jorvik Viking Centre takes the visitor down, under the streets of York, to ride on a mini-train through the streets Viking York, inside some of the excavated houses, shops and yards. Authentic sounds and smells add to the historical experience.
York's reputation as a centre of chocolate excellence comes from two famous chocolate brands, Rowntree and Terrys. Henry Rowntree founded his fledgling business in 1862. While he was an excellent chocolatier, he was less useful as a business person. Rescued by his brother Joseph the business flourished. From modest beginnings, the factory is today a significant employer in the town. Another well-known brand which started life in York was Terrys.
An iconic shopping street filled with quirky independent shops, much of the houses are over 500 years old. Strolling down the Shambles makes you feel like you are in a Harry Potter movie; indeed The Shambles is Diagon Alley's inspiration in the Harry Potter films.
Touring and accommodation
York is one of England's must-see destinations; we recommend at least a two-night stay with a maximum of four nights. The Grand Hotel York is our choice of Hotel, centrally located with luxurious accommodations. Our Classic tour of England itinerary features the city of York and can be customised to match your personal requirements.
The Great Historic City of Northern England
Tour York Minster, City Walking tour and Shop
- Tailored Tours
- Expert DRIVER GUIDED Tour
- Private Expert Tours of York Minster
- Stay overnight and tour the Yorkshire Dales nearby
- England's Medieval Gem
York - The famous Shambles
York - Petergate
York Minster Nave
Betty's famous Tea Shop