York – Alive with vibrant history Part 1

York Clifford's Tower

A place of rich and colourful historical character, England’s ‘Eternal City’ born in AD71, is the home to relics of harmonic titans; Roman Eboracum and Viking Jorvik in the modern setting of Victorian and Edwardian Streets …

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As Rome fell around the 5th century, the Anglo-Saxons moved in before the Vikings’ ruled the 9th to 11th centuries and a later Norman occupation shaped York’s trading prowess yet further – its siting at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss compelling. York’s walled town is guarded by imposing Bars, once defensive wooden gates built on the stone foundations laid by the Romans that today guard only history, sights and sounds of the past so they can still clearly be sensed by visitors today. Our visit to this ‘Eternal City’ starts at North Westerly Bootham Bar, a 14th century gate giving clear line of site of the Minster and from the Minster, before we work Southerly through the town. The medieval walls built by Henry III around 1220 can be accessed here and walking the three miles of walls is a great method of getting around the city.

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