discover York - The Viking Capital of England

discover York - The Viking Capital of England


discover York - The Viking Capital of England

York: Located halfway between Edinburgh and London, just 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network, York is located at convenient travel times for most areas of the UK.

With many award-winning attractions, York will surprise, inspire and motivate you. With its stunning cathedral, the best railway museum in the world, and the finest Viking attractions in the UK, York boasts many major attractions.

However, smaller gems like medieval guildhalls, Georgian town houses, National Trust and English Heritage properties.

discover York - The Viking Capital of England

York (England) turbulent history can be traced back nearly 2,000 years. It began in earnest in 71 AD when the Romans, at the height of their power, conquered the Celtic tribes known as Brigantes and founded Eboracum which by the 4th century was the capital of Lower Britain.

The city was ravaged by William the Conqueror, but by the Middle Ages it had gain become an important commercial centre. In the 16th and 17th centuries Tudor and Stuart kings were among its visitors, in Georgian times it was the social capital of the north.

5 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in York, England


1. The Jorvik Viking Centre


the jorvik viking centre york (england)

The Jorvik Viking Center opened in York, England, in April 1984 and has since received more than 12 million visitors through its doors to return in time to the Viking era. Now, a new chapter in Jorvik's history has opened, following 20 years of academic research into the excavations of the site on which the Jorvik Viking Centre now stands. In a major redevelopment, this research has been used to transform the Jorvik Viking Centre into new JORVIK - a must-see for all visitors to the city of York.

2. Castle Howard


Castle Howard york (england)

Magnificent in its scale and breath-taking in its beauty, Castle Howard is a spectacular eighteenth-century palace which has been home to the Howard family for over 300 years.  Set on 1,000 acres of gardens with vast meadows, stunning fountains, lakes and forests.

3. Yorkshire Museum


Yorkshire Museum york (england)

Set in 10 acres of beautiful gardens in the centre of York, The Yorkshire Museum offers 2000 years of Yorkshire’s fascinating heritage. Discover some of the finest archaeological collections in Europe, spanning Roman, Anglo- Saxon, Viking and Medieval times, including the famous Middleham Jewel.  


4. Micklegate Bar Museum


Micklegate Bar Museum york (england)

Visit the ancient gateway and witness the pageantry and barbaric history that has unfolded within these walls. Above, upon the battlements, the heads of traitors rotted. Below, Kings and Queens triumphantly rode. Within gatekeepers and their families lived through peacetime, pestilence and war.

5. Water Views - York Boat


Water Views - York Boat

Voted ‘Best York City Tour’ by visitors! Enjoy the sights of York from a different perspective by taking to the river with YorkBoat. Whatever the weather, put your feet up and enjoy a leisurely 1 hour guided river trip through 2000 years of history with commentary.