Flights to York
The historic city of York is situated in north east England in the county of Yorkshire. With a heritage dating back several thousand years York is a popular tourist destination and has many attractions to suit all ages and tastes.
Flights to York are best served by the Manchester Airport (airport code: MAN), though it’s not exactly the closest. It is the best airport that has direct rail service to York though, making it the most convenient choice for travellers. A flight to York with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic or South African Airways will all make the same connection in London, and Lufthansa stops in Munich. Most flights to York are around 15 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of York:
York is an ancient city that was founded by the Romans in 71AD and they stayed here up until 415AD. Following the Romans rule York changed hands several times, though the city is most famous for when the Vikings ruled between 866 and 954. Today there are attractions relating to different periods in York’s history, including the Vikings period and these are some of York’s most popular attractions.
York Minster is the city’s most prominent landmark and most famous structure. This impressive gothic cathedral stands on the site where earlier churches have also stood, and this one dates from as early as 1338. The huge York Minster has many beautiful features and is particularly stunning at night when illuminated. It’s the second largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe.
York City Walls
Since Roman times there have been walls surrounding and protecting the city from invasion. It’s not just the Roman walls that remain to this day but sections from different periods in history including some Roman remains can be seen within York’s city walls. Walking along the extent of the walls, which are more intact than any other city in England, is a popular attraction, and as you go you’ll find a selection of other treats along the way.
The Multangular Tower is one such attraction. This is the most intact structure remaining as part of the city walls and it’s within the York Museum Gardens which in turn is another popular attraction. York Museum Gardens is a botanical garden with free admission.
Museums in York
York is a city of many museums covering a variety of subjects and periods in the city’s history. The Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the best known and most popular, especially with families. The interactive displays keeps kids entertained while it’s also interesting and engaging for adults too.
York Castle Museum is situated where York Castle once stood. The castle itself dated back to William the Conqueror’s times while the museum, which is housed within an old prison that was built on the site of the castle, has numerous displays showing life in Victorian and Edwardian times.
If you know where to look York still has many pretty streets and of these The Shambles is the best known. It’s a narrow medieval street that has shops and nice boutiques and tea rooms on it, all housed within charming historic buildings that don’t seem to have changed since the day they were built!
When Should You Visit?:
With its temperate climate York never really gets too hot or too cold so you could really visit at any time of the year. From May to September temperatures are mild to warm, peaking in July and August when the average high is 21C. Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year though on average there’s a little more in the summer so pack a raincoat.