York City Break
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For a spring city break, we head to the City of York.
York is a beautiful and historic walled city at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. It is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.
The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jórvík. 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. The economy of York is now dominated by services. The University of York and National Health Service are major employers, whilst tourism has become an important element of the local economy.
The City of York local government district includes rural areas beyond the old city boundaries. In 2011, it had a population of 198,051.
Architectural jewels include York Minster, York Castle, the city’s medieval walls, Fairfax House, the Mansion House and many more. Culturally, the city boasts a number of museums and other attractions.
The above text is freely adapted from Wikipedia, the full York page being accessible here.
A quick overview of the weekend.
Arrive late afternoon on Friday, all go out for a meal on the Friday evening.
Saturday morning, after breakfast, we can either join a local ODL walk, or go on the hop-on, hop-off bus around the city.
Saturday afternoon, free time to visit your own choice of attractions.
Saturday evening, pub meal out, linking in with local ODL social.
Sunday morning, free time before check-out at midday.
Food & drink
No food or drink is provided.
Food and drinks are available in the hostel, but generally we will be going out to eat.