York, walled city with minster

The Romans built a fortress on the banks of the River Ouse at this place, later the Vikings founded a colony, then the Normans built a castle, and later the city obtained prosperity from the wool trade.

shopping shops in York

castle york minster

The city is built on the original Roman plan, most of the medieval city walls are intact, and one can walk the ramparts for about three miles round the city. Four gates lead through the walls as they did in Roman times.

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city walls

The crowning glory of the city is York Minster, which took 250 years to build between 1220 and 1470

Within the city the streets are narrow, and many of the houses timber framed. A full view can be seen from the top of York Minster

York walls and minster

old houses

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