"York: One of My Favorite Cities" York by Tom_Fields

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York, or Jorvik

This is the best-preserved medieval city in northern England. Its ancient walls remain almost intact; within those walls, much of the city appears to have changed very little in many centuries. With a colorful history dating back to Roman times (71 AD, to be exact), York has more to offer than any other city in the North.

The name "York" comes from the old Viking name "Jorvik", reflecting the city's Scandanavian heritage. During the Dark Ages, a large number of Vikings settled here, and their heritage has been part of this city ever since.

A visit to York should last overnight--preferably three to four days. It has far too much to cover in a single day trip, including many interesting activities in the evening. Anyone with an interest in ancient or medieval history will find this old city to be endlessly fascinating and intriguing.

York Talk

Yorkshire has its own local dialect, with a considerable Scandanavian influence. In York, a "pub" is a bar, a "bar" is a gate, and a "gate" is a street. So most gates lead to a bar, with pubs along the way. Are we all clear on this, now?

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  • Pros:One of the finest medieval cities anywhere
  • In a nutshell:If you visit the North, see York first
  • Last visit to York: Feb 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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