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Medieval York - only 2 hrs by train north of London

York Minster is tightly wedged into the old town making it difficult to get a photo showing the entire church; it's England's finest Gothic church

York Minster is tightly wedged into the old town making it difficult to get a photo showing the entire church; it's England's finest Gothic church

York Minster, also a cathedral, is the largest Gothic church north of the Alps (540 feet long and 200 feet tall); there's more medieval stained glass here than in the rest of England combined

York Minster, also a cathedral, is the largest Gothic church north of the Alps (540 feet long and 200 feet tall); there's more medieval stained glass here than in the rest of England combined

Our day in York was the one rainy day we had in the 3 weeks Lee was with me; the York Art Gallery marked the starting point for our interesting walk around this city of 200,000 people

Our day in York was the one rainy day we had in the 3 weeks Lee was with me; the York Art Gallery marked the starting point for our interesting walk around this city of 200,000 people

One of the smaller entrances to the York Minster; Dame Judi Dench was raised in York as was Guy Fawkes and W.H. Auden

One of the smaller entrances to the York Minster; Dame Judi Dench was raised in York as was Guy Fawkes and W.H. Auden

The Shambles is one of the most photographed streets in England; in the 16th century this was the butcher's street with the old buildings now leaning every which way

The Shambles is one of the most photographed streets in England; in the 16th century this was the butcher's street with the old buildings now leaning every which way

The Merchant Adventurer's Hall is one of the finest medieval guildhalls in the world, dating from 1361; a feature of central York is the Snickelways, narrow pedestrian routes, many of which lead towards the former marketplaces

The Merchant Adventurer's Hall is one of the finest medieval guildhalls in the world, dating from 1361; a feature of central York is the Snickelways, narrow pedestrian routes, many of which lead towards the former marketplaces

Clifford's Tower is all the remains of the old York Castle; the 2.5 mile walk around the old city walls was a highlight since they are set on high ramparts offering great views

Clifford's Tower is all the remains of the old York Castle; the 2.5 mile walk around the old city walls was a highlight since they are set on high ramparts offering great views

Constantine was in York when his father died so his troops declared him Roman Emperor at this site in 306 AD; six years later he legalized Christianity and in 314 York got its first bishop

Constantine was in York when his father died so his troops declared him Roman Emperor at this site in 306 AD; six years later he legalized Christianity and in 314 York got its first bishop

This 12 sided tower from 300 AD was likely a catapult station built to protect the town from enemy river traffic; Rick Steve's says York is one of 3 must sees in England along with London and Bath

This 12 sided tower from 300 AD was likely a catapult station built to protect the town from enemy river traffic; Rick Steve's says York is one of 3 must sees in England along with London and Bath

This fine Neo-Classical building houses the Yorkshire Museum focusing on local archaeology; unlike many other UK cities, the museums in York were not free

This fine Neo-Classical building houses the Yorkshire Museum focusing on local archaeology; unlike many other UK cities, the museums in York were not free

St. Mary's Abbey dates to the age of William the Conqueror with his son Rufus establishing a great church here; this was yet another monumental abbey destroyed by Henry VIII

St. Mary's Abbey dates to the age of William the Conqueror with his son Rufus establishing a great church here; this was yet another monumental abbey destroyed by Henry VIII

The precious stained glass from the York Minster survived WW2 because locals had hidden it in stately homes throughout Yorkshire; the church has one of the widest Gothic naves in Europe, built between 1280 and 1360

The precious stained glass from the York Minster survived WW2 because locals had hidden it in stately homes throughout Yorkshire; the church has one of the widest Gothic naves in Europe, built between 1280 and 1360

Under Henry VIII, the Abbot's Palace became the King's Manor; Henry VIII stayed here for 17 days and brought along 1000 troops to cement his rule

Under Henry VIII, the Abbot's Palace became the King's Manor; Henry VIII stayed here for 17 days and brought along 1000 troops to cement his rule

The old Roman wall had a walkway down the center but the wall on the far left was made much later; the Romans left York around 410 AD and little is known of the city's history during the Dark Ages

The old Roman wall had a walkway down the center but the wall on the far left was made much later; the Romans left York around 410 AD and little is known of the city's history during the Dark Ages

You could walk along the three remaining sections of city wall; Lee and I were greatly relieved to return the rental car with no new scratches or dents

You could walk along the three remaining sections of city wall; Lee and I were greatly relieved to return the rental car with no new scratches or dents

York placed this ancient column upon the site of the old Roman headquarters just before celebrating the 1900th anniversary of the founding of the city; York is 94% wite compared to 85% fr the country

York placed this ancient column upon the site of the old Roman headquarters just before celebrating the 1900th anniversary of the founding of the city; York is 94% white compared to 85% for the country

We returned our rental car in York with Lee taking the train back to London and then flying home to the US so I needed another way to travel; actually, I'll be using a Britrail pass which is a bargain compared to the expensive local ticket prices

We returned our rental car in York with Lee taking the train back to London and then flying home to the US so I needed another way to travel; actually, I'll be using a Britrail pass which is a bargain compared to the expensive local ticket prices

Bootham Bar, a 4th century Roman gate, marks the NW entrance into the old town; the ancient gates serve to keep traffic out but create major congestion outside the walls

Bootham Bar, a 4th century Roman gate, marks the NW entrance into the old town; the ancient gates serve to keep traffic out but create major congestion outside the walls

The huge York Castle Museum is like time travel back through English history; it has remakes of rooms from the 17th to the 20th centuries and one-off exhibits on a wide range of topics

The huge York Castle Museum is like time travel back through English history; it has remakes of rooms from the 17th to the 20th centuries and one-off exhibits on a wide range of topics

Kirkgate is a recreation of a Victorian street when Britain was at the peak of its power; it featured old time shops staffed with guides in period dress (Rick Steve's liked the Castle Museum more than I did)

Kirkgate is a recreation of a Victorian street when Britain was at the peak of its power; it featured old time shops staffed with guides in period dress (Rick Steve's liked the Castle Museum more than I did)

York had many fascinating structures in addition to York Minster (the second most important Anglican church after Canterbury); the National Railway Museum is the largest in the world with 100  locomotives on display

York had many fascinating structures in addition to York Minster (the second most important Anglican church after Canterbury); the National Railway Museum is the largest in the world with 100+ locomotives on display

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