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English Holiday Guide - Guide to find the English Holiday you require
English Holiday Guide - Guide to find the English Holiday you require
York Holiday Guide

For a snapshot of English history, head straight for the city of York using our York Holiday Guide and select your bargain Hotel Cottage Holidays Online. The famous words of King George VI, who stated that ‘the history of York is the history of England’, still hold true today. Ask any of the city’s modern day inhabitants and they will proudly tell you that if you ‘walk a hundred yards in York and you don’t look where you’re going … you could miss a thousand years’.

York was originally constructed as a fortress by the Romans, in 71 AD, and named Eboracum. This stronghold later became a city guide and was renamed Jorvik or Yorwik by the Vikings. But it was not until the Normans made their mark upon the city that York became one of Europe’s most important centres of commerce, government, bargain, religion and communication. By the eighteenth century, the city of York was also recognised as a stylish holiday resort, frequented by the well-heeled and genteel. So it becomes an excellent choice of feature for us in our York Holiday Guide.

York is not all about history. It is also one of the most exciting, forward looking cities in Britain. This is why online you will find so many bargain Hotel Cottage Holidays Online! Of course it oozes historic interest, wherever you happen to be in the city, from its famous landmarks to the myriad mediaeval streets (many named after ancient trades), with half-timbered overhanging houses and well-preserved Georgian architecture. Reminders of the past are everywhere. But this is history with a twist; this is not the yawn-inducing type of history so coveted by culture vultures. York, like no other city in Britain, has somehow managed to make history come alive with a fascinating bargain blend of old and new that attracts visitors on holiday in their droves from around the world. Even shopaholics cannot escape the grim realities of York’s notorious past, for that bastion of British lifestyle, as a guide Marks & Spencer, now stands on the spot where public executions once took place! A good hotel or cottage is a plenty to! Holidays here are a must!

If you only have time for a whistle-top tour of York, make sure that you visit York Minster, first. The largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, York Minster is also the largest mediaeval edifice in Britain. It took over 250 years to build and was finally completed in 1475. Stained glass enthusiasts will have a bargain feast day, as the Minster has the largest area of mediaeval stained glass, in the world. A visit to the Central Tower is a must, if only to get your bearings. This is not an easy climb, but the panoramic views of the city, from the top, make it well worth the effort before you retire to your cottage or hotel. Again make sure you book with us and find your bargain Hotel Cottage Holidays Online!

Other must-see-and-dos in our York Holiday Guide:

Jorvik Viking Centre (Coppergate): Step back in history, to a reconstruction of life in Viking times. Experience the unforgettable sights, sounds (and smells!) of a typical alley way in York, under Viking rule. The reconstruction is based on archaeological findings unearthed at Coppergate, the current site of the Jorvik Viking Centre.

National Railway Museum (Leeman Road): The largest collection of railway exhibits in the world (also online), the National Railway Museum covers everything from Stephenson’s famous ‘Rocket’ to a modern day holiday on Eurostar! Tour guides also available (hotel or cottage residences nearby). (Open Bank Holidays)

York Castle Museum (The Eye of York): Housed within the city’s former prison (graffiti still extant!), York Castle Museum is one of the best museums depicting everyday life in Britain, throughout the ages. Price discounts make this a bargain tour. (Open Bank Holidays)

York City Walls : Although fragments of the original Roman walls and ramparts still exist, the three-mile length of carefully preserved walls date back to mediaeval times. The walls encompass the city, with access via the famous ‘Bars’ or gateways with a cottage and hotel a plenty.

Clifford’s Tower (Tower Street) (also online): Originally a wooden structure erected by William the Conqueror, Clifford’s Tower was rebuilt during the reign of Henry III, in the thirteenth century, as a keep for York Castle. The original wooden tower was destroyed in 1190 when Jews who sought refuge in the city were burnt alive in a mass suicide pact, having refused to be baptised. (Open Bank Holidays)

York Dungeon (Clifford Street) (also online): Not for the faint-hearted, York Dungeon recaptures the grim realities of torture and punishment, including drowning, boiling, branding, and beheading, in centuries gone by – scarily realistic!

Finally, if sightseeing just seems like too much effort, why not hit the many specialist shops or relax in the attractive cafés, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants which York boasts in abundance. Tempted - then browse our York Holiday Guide and find you bargain Hotel Cottage Holidays Online!

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