Seems like everyone’s been to York! Anglo-Saxons, Romans, Vikings, Scots, monks, Kings, Lords of the Manor, craftsman and now the locals and tourists. They have all left their mark on York. The earliest mention of York is found on an old Roman tablet, circa 95-104 AD. Roman roads and abbeys, castles, stately homes, open-air museums, cathedrals are still evident of times gone by in this fine little town. The best way to get to know York is to make the 2+mile walk on top of the medieval walls. You will see that old town is just cute with narrow little streets lined with beamed two and three-story shops. Tea shops, pubs, great restaurants, lace shops, milliners, galleries and bakeries all find a home in old town. Many streets do not have car traffic. York Minster is the largest cathedral in Northern Europe and hovers over the city. When you visit, make sure you get a tour by one of the guides – it has a fascinating history and is worth the time.
The town of York is quite large and home to about 200,000. The area enjoys a pretty mild climate – the average daily temperature in January is 39F and in July, it gets up to 65-70 degrees F, with about 25 inches of rain each year. You can easily find a one-bedroom flat just outside core area for $800 a month US, utilities included. York sits on the intersection of several large roadways and is a 200 mile drive south to London. The closest big city is Leeds. The closest big airport is in Manchester. There are two hospitals in York. It is a major train hub between London and Edinburgh, Scotland. York has been a train stop since the first train arrived in 1839 and London is a two hour train ride away. York is a great walking town as there are several bridges over the River Oust leading in and out of the city center. If you were retire in York, England, you would certainly find plenty to do. Rather centrally located, it is an ideal place to see a lot of the country.
One of the many fine things to do in York is visit the National Railway Museum. Home to hundreds of historical engines, rolling stock and memorabilia, the museum has been awarded several honors including the European Museum of the Year Award in 2001. The massive collection is housed in both indoor and outdoor areas and is a short walk from the downtown modern railway station. The collection is shared with other museums and heritage railways. The Brits love their trains! Of note are the “Palaces on Wheels” including Queen Victoria’s private cars. There are also imported trains from all over the world including China, Japan, France and Germany. Don’t even think about going here if you are short on time!