The walled city of York has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later 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.
Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions including the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower.York Minster
York Minster is one of the largest cathedrals of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England. The title "minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title.
Marvel at the medieval stained glass Great East Window, described as the English Sistine Chapel. Within this elliptical treasure-house of stained glass you will discover a forgotten artist for the first time - England's lost Vermeer or Michelangelo. Enter the Orb, a dome of discovery and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see, at close range, some of the world's most important art. Take a two-thousand year journey through time in Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft. Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and discover the stories of some of the people whose lives have been influenced by York Minster.