As you can see in the video below York, the northern capital of medieval England has a wealth of tourist attractions and places to visit, such as the Jorvik Viking Centre, the York Castle Museum or a wander along the path of the old city wall.
York is surrounded by the spectacular rolling countryside of the Yorkshire moors and is a place of wild romance and remote villages.
One of the most spectacular sights one can visit in York is the Minster, Northern Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral and a magnificent old building to tour. It is full of history, intrigue and pleasure; its rose window is one of the most magnificent examples of medieval stained glass work around.
York Minster’s story
The cathedral at York was started in 1220 and finished some 200 years later, prior to its last incarnation the church at York was built and destroyed on a number of occasions starting as far back as 671, although evidence exists that there was a place of worship on the site before this.
Even in modern times the cathedral has come under threat and the last great fire occurred on the 9th July 1984 when a fire started by lightening destroyed the roof of the south transept.
Guided Tours of York Minster
Every weekday and Saturday between 9am and 3pm you can take a guided tour around the Minster with experienced tour guides who will happily explain the history and significance of the marvellous building.
Visitors can climb the 275 steps that lead out on to the top of the famous tower and are able to gaze down on the medieval gargoyles, the narrow streets below and the beautiful panorama of the Yorkshire countryside. The undercroft beneath the tower is also worth exploring as here in the 1960’s workers discovered the remains of old Roman York and visitors today can still see these ancient remnants of the city’s early history.
Another popular trip around the cathedral takes in the West End, the crypt and the walkway above the Five Sisters windows. The highlight of the tour is a walk through the Mason’s loft above the vestibule.
One of York Cathedral’s greatest assets are the breathtaking 128 stained glass leaded lights and visitors can not only look at these wonderful windows but also go behind the scenes of the 13th century studio where they are still cared for today.
Where to stay in York
Whilst staying at the Park Inn hotel in York (North Street, York, YO1 6JF) you will find that you are much closer to the lively surroundings of the city centre and within easy walking distance from the Minster. The accomodation provided at York Park Inn includes 200 impeccably furnished rooms, with at least a quarter being afforded glorious views across the river Ouse.
There is plenty to keep you entertained on a holiday in York but one of the most memorable times you can have is by taking a turn around the cathedral, steeped in history, gloriously lit and magically situated its worth the trip even if you only visit York for a day.