The one and only Jorvik – the only attraction of its kind that is based on a real archaeological dig – and the authenticity of Jorvik makes it unique. York was the trading hub of the Viking world. Jorvik has attracted over 13.5 million visitors in 20 years and it has become one of Britain’s top visitor attractions.
2. York Minster
The largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe – York Minster. This massive cathedral took 250 years to build, from 1220 until its consecration in 1472.
The fastest ever steam engine in the world – The Mallard – is at the National Railway Museum.
4. The great outdoors
We have two of the country’s most beautiful national parks right on our doorstep – the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. The North York Moors Steam Railway at Goathland was the location for the first Harry Potter film.
York has a long history of chocolate making – Nestlé (formerly Rowntrees) and Terry’s (now owned by Kraft) chocolate factories grew up here. All of the famous names are made here, Kit Kat being the biggest seller. Some 150 bars are eaten every second.
6. Eating out
Finally, don’t forget there are a lot of new things in the city – if you haven’t visited for a year or two you will find a multitude of new bars, cafes and award-winning restaurants.
The biggest festival of food and drink in Britain takes place for 10 days in autumn.
York has the longest and best-preserved town walls in England.
The Treasurer’s House in York was in the Guinness Book of Records for having the ‘Ghosts of Greatest Longevity’. Built over the main Roman thoroughfare leading into York, the house was the site of a remarkable apparition in the 1950s. The Original Ghost Walk of York meets every night at the Kings Arms at 8pm.
10. York Races
The best racecourse in Great Britain – York Races run from May to October. Did you know the Romans started racing in York in 208 AD?
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