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Place York

York is a cathedral city with Roman origins at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. It is the historic county town of Yorkshire. The city has long-standing buildings and structures, such as York Minster, York Castle and York city walls. It was a county corporate, outside of the county’s council and the ridings. The City of York unitary authority area includes the city, the town of Haxby, and surrounding villages and rural areas. The City of York Council is responsible for providing all local services and facilities throughout the district.
The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Deira, Northumbria and Jórvík. In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool-trading centre and became the capital of the northern ecclesiastical province of the Church of England, a role it has retained. In the 19th century, York became a major hub of the railway network and a confectionery manufacturing centre, a status it maintained well into the 20th century. During the Second World War, York was bombed as part of the Baedeker Blitz; although less affected by bombing than other northern cities, several historic buildings were gutted and restoration efforts continued into the 1960s.The city had a population of 153,717 in the 2011 census and is in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

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Atlas Obscura 2017
0.53km
Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate: The Oddest Street Name in York

One of the shortest streets in the historic city has an especially odd name.

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.42km
‘Constantine the Great’

Discover 'Constantine the Great' in York, England: This sculpture marks the spot where one of the greatest Roman rulers was proclaimed emperor.

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.47km
Kings Square Gravestones

Discover Kings Square Gravestones in York, England: This popular square's history as the former site of a church is hidden in plain sight.

Brutalism
2.67km
Central Hall, University of York
Atlas Obscura 2018
0.49km
Shambles of York

Discover Shambles of York in York, England: Follow the original medieval paths that wind through this intriguing section of the city.

Brutalism
0.51km
Assembly Hall, Bootham School
Atlas Obscura 2018
0.6km
The ‘Rocket’ Locomotive

Discover The ‘Rocket' Locomotive in York, England: This innovative steam machine was no doubt the most famous of the pioneer locomotives.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.54km
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Atlas Obscura 2021
1.78km
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Atlas Obscura 2021
0.36km
The Roman Bath

Discover The Roman Bath in York, England: The remains of an ancient bathhouse sit inside this aptly-named pub.

Audio Guide
1.62km
Audio Guide
The changing face of York
en
Atlas Obscura 2018
0.43km
York Minster Astronomical Clock

Discover York Minster Astronomical Clock in York, England: This memorial to World War II's fallen airmen shows us the movements of the stars that once guided them.

Atlas Obscura 2018
4.9km
York Solar System Trail

Discover York Solar System Trail in Bishopthorpe, England: Cycle the solar system—from the sun to Pluto—right here on earth.

Audio Guide
0.81km
Audio Guide
Soldiers and Zeppelins: WW1 in South Bank, York
en
Atlas Obscura 2020
1.87km
Hob Moor and Plague Stones

Discover Hob Moor and Plague Stones in York, England: When the plague struck York, this stone was used to leave supplies for the sick.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.67km
Baile Hill

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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.46km
Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate

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Audio Guide
0.78km
Audio Guide
York
en
Atlas Obscura 2021
0.41km
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Audio Guide
0.4km
Audio Guide
York: chocolate, Vikings, ghosts & kings
en
Atlas Obscura 2021
0.31km
‘Printer’s Devil’

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Audio Guide
0.5km
Audio Guide
aardappel york
en
Audio Guide
1.38km
Audio Guide
A walk around South Bank in York
en
Audio Guide
1.01km
Audio Guide
Bishy Road in York: a shopping street in time
en
Atlas Obscura 2018
0.39km
The Snickelways of York

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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.47km
The York Ghost Merchants

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Audio Guide
0.73km
Audio Guide
Hidden Clementhorpe
en
Atlas Obscura 2020
0.93km
Dick Turpin’s Tombstone

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