York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England.
The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence.
As a result of its popularity there are plenty of facilities for visitors to York. Most sites have guides in several languages, there is a good range of shopping and there are lots of sources of information and organisers of day trips in the surrounding region. Naturally there are also a range of good quality hotels in York. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities.
York was founded by the Romans in 71 AD, under the name of Eboracum. It became in turn the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik.
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 hub of the railway network and a
confectionery manufacturing centre. In recent decades, the economy of
York has moved from being dominated by its confectionery and
railway-related industries to one that provides services.