Icons of England takes you on a journey of discovery of England's most renowned sites, cities and landscapes. You'll experience English icons including the colleges of Cambridge, historic York Minster, the classic countryside of the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Roman Baths, the enigmatic Stonehenge and the grandiose Windsor Castle.View this tour
Our city guide to York
Touched by England’s inhabitants throughout history, everyone including the Romans, Vikings, Anglo Saxons and Normans have left their stamp on the city. As a result the city offers a feast of historic landmarks not least the stunning centerpiece of the city at York Minster. However, alongside its long history York keeps its finger on the pulse of modern life; its tangle of cobbled streets and arcades have paved the way for a thriving cafe culture, street entertainment and some of England’s finest shopping opportunities. And all the while the rugged natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors remains on your doorstep.The story of what would become York begins in the First Century AD when Roman settlers constructed their strategic Fort here on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Fosse. Parts of the original Roman construction can still be seen today within sections of the city walls and other Roman locations including the impressive Aldborough Roman Site and Museum.
By AD803 the city was invaded by the Vikings who gave the city its name (York from the Scandinavian Jorvik) and left their mark for us to discover buried deep beneath the city. Over recent years, excavations in York mark some of Britain’s most important archeological finds. Viking Artefacts can today be viewed alongside other exhibitions at the ever-popular Jorvik Centre and the new Dig both of which truly bring the era to life.
Almost equidistant in location between London and Edinburgh, York grew in size and economic importance throughout the middle ages when it also found itself as ecclesiastical capital of the north of England. In the 13th century work began on York Minster which remains today one of England’s largest and most impressive cathedrals; with stunningly beautiful gothic features and expansive stained glass windows, York Minster, dominates the city’s skyline and is a must-see for anyone visiting Yorkshire.
Throughout this time and within the medieval city walls, a warren of winding streets spread around the central market square; today these alleys are home to cafes, restaurants and some of York’s boutique shopping. Not to be missed is the Shambles, Britain’s oldest shopping street, where lurching timber facades lean over the narrow cobbled lane below. Beneath the old town you can explore York’s reputedly haunted dungeons, whilst above the town you can explore the hilltop Clifford’s Tower which was constructed as on of William the Conqueror’s original strongholds in Northern England. The encircling city walls and gates (or “bars” as they are known) reconstructed in medieval times, today offer pleasant walks overlooking the historic city and river.
If you prefer your history more recent then you’ll see there are also influences and sights relating to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Don’t miss the Georgian elegance of manor life at Fairfax House, or the reconstructed Victorian street-life at the York Castle Museum not to mention the host of exhibits, including the Flying Scotsman, heralding from the Industrial Revolution housed at York’s National Railway Museum.
Set amidst the tranquility of the Dales and Moors, with a picturesque riverside location, intricate architecture, iconic sites and over 30 musuems and exhibitions within its central area, it is not surprising that York is one of Britain’s most popular visitor cities.
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Experience English icons, a number of heritage cities and the tranquil beauty of the English countryside as you traverse the England's rail network. Smooth rail rides will take you from capital London to York, Liverpool and the Bard's Stratford upon Avon.View this tour
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Indulge in a unique tour taking in two of Britain’s unique nations as you explore the sights and sounds of England and Scotland. Your driving tour will take you through the rural landscapes of England and Scotland before returning your vehicle in Edinburgh and returning to London by rail. The trip will take in the beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, Lake District and Western Scottish Highlands not to mention a host of elegant cities including York, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.View this tour
Experience the contrasts of two distinct British cultures on this in-depth tour of England and Wales. Enjoy the contrasting vistas of the patchwork fields of the Cotswolds, the rustic Yorkshire Dales, the mountains of Snowdonia and the coastlines of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Not to mention icons of English and Welsh history at Conwy Castle, York Minster, Shakespeare’s Stratford, Cardiff Castle and Stonehenge.View this tour
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Utilize the extensive English rail network to explore the corners of the English nation. From the Salisbury Plain and West Country coasts , Lake District and Cotswolds to the charming heritage cities of Bath, York, Stratford upon Avon and Chester. This is the ultimate rail tour of England.View this tour
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