York is an ancient cathedral city situated in the county of Yorkshire, in the North East of England. It has an extremely rich history that dates back to before Roman times and, along with Manchester, is one of the most visited cities in England after London. York is called the 'City of Festivals' due to the large variety of festivals that take place here throughout the year. It also hosts some of the best preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe. So, if you want to emerse yourself in English culture and heritage, York is for you! The fascinating history of this fairly small city takes shape in the year 71, when the Roman founded a fotress city here called 'Eboracum'. In 866 it was captured by the Vikings who transformed it into an important urban settlement and center of trade. The Vikings also renamed it as 'Jorvik', pronounced 'Yor-vik', which shaped the name of the city we know today. In the 1970s the Coppergate excavations uncovered much of York's ancient Viking past and one of the must-see attractions in York is the Jorvik Viking Center, that allows you to discover a snippet of the past yourself. In this entertaining and popular attraction, you can walk around the reconstructions of Viking-Age streets that appear as they would have 1000 years ago. When visiting medieval York, finding a place to stay that offers local colour, friendly hosts and a great location is easy when you search with Wimdu! When you're trying to decide whether to visit the York Minster or spend your time walking around the medieval city walls or discovering the alleys and narrow streets of the 'Snickelways' that thread the city together, it can be helpful to have the advice of a friendly local. Whether you'd rather stay in your own private apartment in York or rent a budget room in a local Bed and Breakfast, Wimdu can help you find a temporary home close to all the attractions. York is one of the premier tourist cities in the UK and is a must-see destination for anyone wanting to capture a little bit of English life. You can use Wimdu to search local offerings ranging from apartments in the walled city center to homey cottages in York all around the city. This storybook town on the banks of the Ouse River is full of things to see and do. Let Wimdu help you find just the right place to sleep in the middle of all that York has to offer.
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