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York is a historic walled city in the North East of England and has been the location of many major political and military events of importance throughout its two 2000 year existence.
It was founded by the Romans in 71AD, and was named the capital of that region due to its strategic position. The Emperors Hadrian, Septimius and Contsantius all held court in York and the fortress held over 6000 soldiers.
In 866 The Vikings raiders and conquered York and it became a major trading route due its being located on the confluence of the river Ouse and Foss.
In 1068 two years after the Norman Conquest of England, the people of York rebelled, but they were eventually put down by William the Conqueror.
Yorks appearance in Braveheart the smash hit movie with Mel Gibson, increased visitor numbers, especially from America and Asia, even if the Hollywood version of events were not quite accurate!!
York is also the birth place of Guy Fawkes, the man who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. This event is commemorated with ‘Bombfire Night’, which takes place on the 5th November every year, whereby people make large bombfires and set off fireworks!
With this much history in one town, image the buildings, architecture and tours that visitors can enjoy?
Dominating the city centre is York Minister Cathedral, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
York Castle is a fortified complex of castles, prisons and law courts build over 9 centuries ago.