"The history of York is the history of England" (George VI). 2000 years of being the capital of the North and, for a time, of the whole country has left York with buildings from the Romans through the Saxons, Vikings and Normans and, if that wasn’t enough, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe with the finest medieval stained glass in the world!
York is no home to many world famous museums celebrating our history – the Jorvik Viking Centre, The Castle Museum and, reflecting the cities importance in more modern times, The National Railway Museum, the largest Railway Museum in the world. York was never an industrial City but maintained its importance as the county town. This led to the city’s importance in Education and York is now one of the top university cities in the UK. The beautiful old town lends itself to visitors and the city is a top choice for short breaks, for weekends away for many young people and as a shopping destination, especially during our many festivals.
York is under 2 hours from London by train and only 2.5 hours from Edinburgh. We are about 50 minutes from Leeds airport and have a direct link to Manchester airport in a little over 90 minutes.