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York Visitor information

An Introduction to York

York remains one of the great attractions of the North due to its historic importance throughout the ages and is often seen as the Norht's key city. York is Renowned for its exquisite architecture, cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster.

Attractions in York

The city houses several museums including the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Lesser known attractions include Barley Hall, Fairfax House and the Treasurer's House. You can also enjoy guided walks of the city, boat trips on the River Ouse and simply wandering through York's winding cobbled streets or seeing the "Shambles", an old street in the heart of the city. 

Getting to York

By Air

Leeds Bradford International Airport is 45 minutes drive from York. There's a regular daily shuttle service to London's Heathrow Airport. Manchester Airport is two hours drive from York. There are frequent direct trains to York from Manchester.

By Coach and Bus

You can travel to York from destinations all around the UK via National Express. Frequent Park and Ride bus services operate into the city centre from sites adjacent to the A64, A19, A1079 and A166. Some of the bus services, such as Arriva and First are from larger groups but the majority of the companies are independent.

By Road

York is served by the A64, A19, A1079 and A166 routes into the city and is situated at least 3 and a half hours from London.

By Rail

York is on the East Coast Main Line. It takes less than two hours to get to York from London by rail. Edinburgh is only two and a half hours from York. There are also direct services from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and the South West. York railway station is situated to the west of the city centre, just outside the city walls.

History of York

Before the Roman invasion of York in AD43, Britain was ruled by a confederation of Celtic tribes known as the Brigantes. In AD71, the Roman Govenor of Britain set up a camp which became a permanent fortress. Over 300 years of Roman occupation of York ended about AD400 when Roman legions were withdrawn to serve in Gaul. In the 5th century, the Germanic tribes of the Anglo Saxons invaded the country.

Ivar the Boneless took advantage of Northumbria being in the middle of a civil war and the Vikings captured York on 1st November 866. The Viking warriors settled down to a more peaceful farming existence, and the village became a major river port, part of the extensive Viking trading routes throughout northern Europe. In the years 1056-66 York changed hands following local rebellion the defeat of the Norwegian army at Stamford Bridge. 

Over the next 300 years York grew to become the second largest city in the country and was the northern capital of England. During the 1400s, the population was declining, and the all-important wool industry was moving elsewhere. Although the Wars of the Roses (1453 - 1487) did not have a great impact on York, their aftermath did. King Edward IV never forgave York for its Lancastrian sympathies, and ruled the city harshly. Trade and manufacturing were in decline, but York's role as the social and cultural centre for wealthy northerners was on the rise.

The railway came to York in 1839, brought by an entrepreneur called George Hudson. Ten years later York was a major railway centre.

Reviews For York

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Based On 3689 Reviews

Overall great visit.It was hard in the dark to find the reception to check-in which was not at the building itself.It wasn’t until we trawled through the Booking Info that we found this out.I think this should be made clearer on all information. Other than that, great visit.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

Paperwork did state that all rooms had a colour TV . Not the case. Only ground floor single rooms had a TV, we were allocated a 1st floor room. We were offerd this alternative, but not acceptable.

(Review Of Wentworth College, University of York)

Information from reception person could have been more comprehensive. Felt like we were a bit of a nuisance. Directions to room were direct but up stairs & when pulling suitcases not the best way to go. Along the road would have been easier. We weren't given a map & only got one later, thanks to the very helpful security man. Breakfast was excellent as were the staff there.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

Better directions to Franklin House and clearer instructions that the reception is at Alcuin and to head for this first. Information booklet in the room should make it clear where the breakfast room is.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

Convenient location, clean room with plenty of power outlets & Internet access. Check-in process is a bit confusing, and access to the building from parking is a bit inconvenient. It would be helful to include check-out instructions on the website & in-room materials. Otherwise, an excellent experience!

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

Pass key to rooms did not work, but porter was quick to come and rescue us! Sound insulation is poor between rooms and corridor so night was noisy! Signage around the campus was confusing for us as we did not know the site well. However we enjoyed our stay and surroundings.

(Review Of James College, University of York)

There was only a tiny bit of toilet roll provided and had to walk to alcuin reception for more. Would have expected a better shower set up for a B and B (rather than student accommodation) ie a proper cubicle as the whole bathroom was soaked after a shower. Otherwise the room was fine and the breakfast was amazing!

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)

A very enjoyable stay. Very clean rooms with everything we needed. Thanks also for the tour round the Campus which was very informative for my students.

(Review Of James College, University of York)

An excellent accommodation - basic but perfectly fine. A special mention for the excellent breakfast which was far better than many (much) more expensive hotels.

(Review Of Franklin House, University of York)
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