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Hilton York

Hilton YorkHilton York is behind Clifford's Tower, two blocks from the ancient city wall, and approximately 30 miles from Leeds Bradford Airport. The Jorvik Viking Center and Castle Museum are one block from the hotel, the Cathedral ...more

Park Inn York

Park Inn YorkSituated within the city walls, this modern hotel has views over the River Ouse and York Minster. An ideal place from which to explore the excavated Viking streets, the Park Inn York has a Innaction health and fitness centre ...more

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The city of York, considered the capital of northern England and the second city of the realm is one of the world's most historical cities. Located in the northeastern section of England at the confluence of the Ouse and Foss Rivers, York is the capital of Yorkshire. Population is approximately 137,000.

Beginning as a fortress built by the Romans in 71 AD to hold off the brigantes, a Celtic tribe, it soon grew into an important city. A portion of the city walls, which were part of the original Roman fortification, date from that time period. Originally named Eboracum by the Romans, the city is the site where Constantine the Great was made Roman Emperor in 306 AD.

Today's name is derived from the names Jorvik and Yorvik, which the city was called when the Vikings ruled northern England. York began to flourish during the initial centuries of British rule as the Norman kings made the city a vital center of government, commerce and religion for the northern part of the country. The construction and completion of York Minster, the largest cathedral in England, cemented the city's importance.

During the 18th century, York became a fashionable resort with many new Georgian style buildings constructed to give the city elegance apart from its medieval edifices. In 1839, entrepreneur George Hudson brought the first railway line to York, marking the start of a new era of prosperity. Today the city is home to the British National Railway Museum, the largest railroad museum in the world.

Although trade and industry are still important to the city, the preservation and presentation of York's long and varied history is its main concern. In addition to its rich historical heritage, York is considered to be the most haunted city in Europe. York is a Sister City to Dijon, France, and to Munster, Germany.

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