The City of York itself is steeped in history. In its streets, England’s history comes alive: York is probably the only place in the world where you may encounter Romans in the morning, Vikings at lunchtime and stand next to The Mallard (the world’s fastest steam engine) in the afternoon.
You can admire the remains of the Roman tower in the museum gardens, wander through streets with Viking names, walk on the mediaeval city walls, take tea at the elegant Treasurer’s House (complete with Roman ghosts in the cellar!) or perambulate through elegant Georgian terraces and on to the race course.
York’s history has a link to Christianity since Roman times. The Minster was built on top of the headquarters of the Roman fortress. Its vast expanse holds one of the biggest collections of mediaeval stained glass windows. Step down into the undercroft to experience the Minster’s history since Roman times. Don’t miss hearing the magnificent organ and the sublime voices of the choir. There are many more smaller churches in York, often hidden away. Almost all hold their own secrets and treasures and are worth being explored.
And there is more history in the many museums (Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum, Yorvik Centre, National Railway Museum). The Art Gallery always has interesting special exhibitions on offer and also a small but very fine collection of paintings. It also houses an outstanding collection of ceramics.
Quiet walks along the River Ouse to Rowntree Park or the racecourse are an alternative to the bustle of the narrow mediaeval streets of the city centre.