Thursday Travel: City of York (Part 1)

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During our staying in London, we took three day trips outside of London. York was the first city we visited.  We first took a subway to the King’s Cross railway station to catch the train to York.  It actually was a rather long walk from the subway station to King’s Cross.  The station had a major restoration in 2014, and the result was quite impressive. I should do a post just for that.

A 2-hour train journey (four stops in between) brought us to the York station. From there, we walked up to the city wall to the town.

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York Minster is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.

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The Gothic style in cathedrals had arrived in the mid 12th century. Building continued into the 15th century.

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Before noon, the town was getting pretty crowded.

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Here is a busy part of the town with lots of restaurants and shops:

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Below is the Merchant Adventures Hall, the world’s finest Medieval Guild Hall with 650 years of history.

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We than walked through the narrow medieval street.

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We didn’t bother to pay attention to the street signs or map from the TI, decided to follow the crowd.  I wasn’t sure most people knew where they were…

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To avoid capturing the crowd in photos, I aimed my camera upward to get a closer look of these unique buildings and store signs.

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The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD.

In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool trading center and became the capital of the northern ecclesiastical province of the Church of England.

In the 19th century, York became a hub of the railway network and a confectionery manufacturing center. In recent decades, the economy of York has moved from being dominated by its confectionery and railway-related industries to one that provides services.

Thank you for visiting!

73 thoughts on “Thursday Travel: City of York (Part 1)

  1. I love these pics! What a beautiful place this is, and the medieval look is still maintained! Thank you for sharing this, it made me feel like I was there too (and that might have saved me some money :D)!

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  2. Lovely to see these photos of York. 🙂
    What I remember from there were some tiny cobbled streets, where the shops almost met overhead as the upper stories were bigger than the lower and jutted out. 🙂 It was like taking a step back in time 🙂

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  3. Amy I was just readign an article about how public transportation in Europe makes touring so economical. I couldn’t agree more. The architecture you have shown is jaw dropping. Looks like an extraordinary trip.

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  4. How wonderful! I have never thought of exploring the areas outside London, but it definitely looks like York is worth a visit:) I have to say York Minster looks very impressive!

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  5. Lovely tour of York, Amy! I really enjoyed it. I have never been able to make time to visit there, it seems like a very interesting city, particularly the old parts.

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  6. The history that is seeped right into this place feels as though one is actually still in Medieval Times. Blown away by your pictures, Amy!!! I noticed that people really did not look happy at all with not one smile in place. Were they all just confused as to where they are? That street sign had me laughing! How can anyone know where they are going with that many choices? Beautiful, well thought out post, and one I really really enjoyed!! Thank you!! ❤

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  7. Great photos of a beautiful city Amy, makes me want to go back – but then I want to go everywhere! York was far luckier than here, they didn’t suffer as much damage in the blitz, so far more old buildings remain.

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  8. How lovely to sit back in a comfy chair with a cup of coffee and let you do all the walking and carrying the camera gear and just enjoy the great outcome of ut all. 🙂
    Lovely impressions, Amy.

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