Exploring beautiful Medieval York in northern England

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When William the Conqueror arrived in York the city became his strategic base. It was during this time that Clifford’s Tower was built (circa 1069), the city walls strengthened, and fortified gates were added to defend it. York grew to be prosperous and a vital component in the history of all of England. It was a key player during the Wars of the Roses and it’s when some of its most famous buildings were added to its skyline.

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Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere! This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British blogger, photographer and actor based in the USA. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.

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I am definitely going to have to add York to my list of places to visit!!


It’s a must. I wish London wasn’t always a major focus for American travellers when there are so many amazing things further up the country.

Laura Stokowski

True Story. I went to York in 1982. Ambling along the Shambles, I saw a chess set in a window that I really liked, but I didn’t buy it. I returned home to Anchorage, and thought about that chess set, but I didn’t even know the name of the shop. No internet in 1982. I sent a letter to “Shop with Alice in Wonderland Chess Set in the Window, The Shambles, York, UK.” on the envelope, with my telephone number inside and an explanation. I got a phone call from the shop owner, and I purchased the chess set over… Read more »

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