Since we have come from a country with a European history of a little more than 200 years it can be daunting to comprehend the lengthy and convoluted history of Britain.
We decided to catch the train to York and immerse ourselves in some of that city’s long history. First, we had to compete for space on the train with all of the race-goers as Saturday was the final day of race week in York. The train was packed with many who had already started on the Moet and Bollinger by 10am. I am not too sure of how much of the races they would actually see!
After leaving the railway station, our first view was of the ancient city walls. These were originally built by the Romans almost 2000 years ago but have been largely rebuilt and restored during the Middle Ages. York has the most intact walls of any city in Britain.
We walked along a section of the wall and then headed for York Minister, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Although it is easy to gaze around a building as magnificent as this, we found that joining a guided tour reveals so much more and enables a deeper appreciation.
The Undercroft was amazing and had a magnificent display of the history of the Minster. We could even see a remnant of the original Roman church which was unearthed during excavations to underpin foundations of Minster in the 20th century.
We left the tranquil and contemplative atmosphere of the cathedral and headed through ‘The Shambles’ where we met this character promoting ghost tours of the city.
Our next stop was the Jorvik Viking Centre which is located on the site of the archaeological dig which uncovered an incredible amount of detail of the Viking occupation of this area from the 7th century. Here are a couple of characters who escaped onto the street.