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.
York Minster is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.
The Gothic style in cathedrals had arrived in the mid 12th century. Building continued into the 15th century.
Before noon, the town was getting pretty crowded.
Here is a busy part of the town with lots of restaurants and shops:
Below is the Merchant Adventures Hall, the world’s finest Medieval Guild Hall with 650 years of history.
We than walked through the narrow medieval street.
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…
To avoid capturing the crowd in photos, I aimed my camera upward to get a closer look of these unique buildings and store signs.
The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD.
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.