With the ancient walled centre of York offering more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK, York is without a doubt THE town to visit for history buffs. Explore York’s Roman, Viking, and Medieval past plus a wealth of attractions such as York Minster, JORVIK, the National Railway Museum, Castle Museum and Cliffords Tower. So much awaits you in this stunning historic town. Once you book your Travelodge rooms in York you’ll be spoilt for choice over what to visit first.
One of the largest Gothic Cathedrals in Northern Europe, York Minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second highest office in the Church of England. The first records of a church being built on the site go back as far as 627, when a hastily built wooden church was erected in order to baptise King Edwin of Northumbria. The first stone structure was built here in the 630s and it’s seen a rather tumultuous time since, resulting in an awful lot of structural damage. It has been destroyed by fire, damaged by William the Conqueror’s campaigns in the North, destroyed by the Danes and a lot of damage was done to the Cathedral during the Reformation in a bid to rid it of any Roman Catholic attributes. After that it was restored, however it still suffered from an arson attack, an accidental fire and even a lightning strike!
This rather unlucky building however has stood the test of time, and is a must visit during your time in York. It features amazing architecture, stunning stained glass windows and innovative interactive experiences which make this a wonderful place to see.
JORVIK Viking Centre
On the site of one of the most famous archaeological discoveries in the world, this recreation of the city of Jorvik is a fantastic place to visit for adults and children alike. Archaeologists removed eight tonnes of rubble and 40,000 artefacts from the site. They later went on to build a replica of right where it once stood. Here you can walk through the reconstructions of Viking streets, with the remains of 1,000 year old houses being revealed beneath your feet. You can see the artefacts retrieved from the digs and time travel in state of the art time capsules. Encounter the Norse speaking residents of Jorvik, find out what they ate, how they lived, even smell their cooking and watch them work. It’s an attraction that simply cannot be missed.
Known as one of York’s best kept secrets, Mansion House was home to the Lord Mayors of York. TheStateroom shows the house at its resplendent best, with exquisite carvings, gold leaf gilding and impressive portraits, this would have been an amazing place in which to attend a banquet back in its heyday. Still in use today as a meeting venue, you are able to tour the house accompanied by a guide. York and its surrounding areas really do have an awful lot to offer. Journey out of York itself and you’ll find such attractions as the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby, National Centre for Early Music, Byland Abbey, Barley Hall and The Moors National Park Centre. Why not combine a stay in York itself with a few trips to some of the other attractions in the area? The surrounding countryside is picture postcard perfect and just waiting for you to explore as part of your trip to this historic city.