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10 Apr 2012

Inspirational Settings: York

I'd actually forgotten that I'd taken tons of pictures last August of York. Now, if there is ever place I would love to live it's York. It's absolutely beautiful. Seriously, London looks shabby compared to this city. York is located in the North of Yorkshire and for a little bit of background here's a description of it from Wikipedia:

The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD, under the name of Eboracum. It became in turn the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik. In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool trading centre and became the capital of the northern ecclesiastical province of the Church of England, a role it has retained.

In the 19th century York became a hub of the railway network and a confectionery manufacturing centre. In recent decades, the economy of York has moved from being dominated by its confectionery and railway-related industries to one that provides services. The University of York and health services have become major employers, whilst tourism has become an important element of the local economy.

From 1996, the term City of York describes a unitary authority area which includes rural areas beyond the old city boundaries. In 2001 the urban area had a population of 137,505, while in 2010 the entire unitary authority had an estimated population of 202,400.
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What I love about York is how it keeps it heritage and shows it off with pride through buildings, museums, all surrounded and enclosed by the York Wall.  Walking through the city centre you're surrounded by crowds of people making their ways through The Shambles or snickelways, constantly stopping to talk photos of the magnificent architecture.  Dressed up Victorian men on stilts are walking through the streets, handing out leaflets to advertise their ghost walk.  They really take on the part cackling at you and daring you to come back as night falls for a spooky experience.

Newgate Market is busy with people searching the stalls while owners yell at you, trying to entice you with their products.  It's actually quite hard to walk through the streets as people bump and bash into you.  Every single time I've been to York I don't think the streets have been empty and quiet.  It's always crammed with locals and tourists.

You'll have a McDonalds or Burger King someway but if you're going to eat at York, the York Hogroast is my favourite place to go.  You can smell roast beef, ham or pork cooking with soft roast potatoes and sauces staring at you from the shop window.  If you thought you weren't hungry just passing this shop will get your stomach rumbling.

One of the most haunted pubs in the city
A Snickelway of York
The Shambles
The York Wall (part of it - it's very long!)
The ghostly history and medieval history could spur a thousand novel ideas for you. A truly inspirational setting and a beautiful place to visit. 
Here's the wikipedia link if you want to read more about it's history and a tourist website for more awesome sights to see and better quality pictures than mine. ;)


  1. My wife and I honeymooned in York. We really enjoyed walking around, seeing all the historic sites--a really lovely city. I particularly remember visiting the Viking digs. They had a tour set up where you got in a car and it took you through a recreation of Viking life in York, with models of people using tools and weapons recovered from the archeological excavations. It was like a Disney World ride. Cool stuff! :)

  2. A couple of years ago I went to the Jorvik Viking festival where there was re-enactments, market stalls, and at a church these people were displaying clothes, materials, weapons, musical instruments etc from the Viking era. They'd explain and demonstrate to people how Vikings lived and were selling these products too. I love how they bring history to life at York. :)

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    University of York