The City of York (1), Yorkshire, England
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The City Walls and York Minster, York, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain

The history of York goes back nearly 2000 years to when the Romans were here. It has a fascinating town scape with two thirds of its medieval town walls remaining and a maze of narrow cobbled streets which formed the heart of medieval York.

You cannot fail to notice the iconic York Minster with its soaring towers, from parts of the town wall, or the River Ouse which flows through the middle of the city. We were here for three days in September 2010.

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The West Front, York Cathedral, York, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain

York Minster is the largest medieval church in Northern Europe and is certainly very impressive when first seen from the outside. This shows the West End with its two tall towers and the Great West Window between them.

York Minster is also a cathedral. The title "Minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo Saxon period as missionary teaching churches and now, although frequently used, is an honorific title. Its formal title is "The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York".

Building began, in the Gothic style, in 1220 and continued into the 15th century. There's no sense in rushing these things is there?

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Clifford's Tower, York, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain

Built in the late 13th century Clifford's Tower is the only remaining park of York Castle.

In 1322 the tower gained its present name when Roger de Clifford was executed by Edward II for treason and hanged in chains from the walls of the tower. The building has been known as "Clifford's Tower" ever since.

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The River Ouse, York, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain

The River Ouse showing a tower which was once the south-west tower in the wall of St. Mary's Abbey and beyond can be seen Lendal Bridge; a cast iron structure opened in 1863 to replace the ferry service which had been the only way to cross the river near the railway station beforehand.

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The Steam Locomotive 'Olton Hall', National Railway Museum,York, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain

'Hogwarts Castle', in the National Railway Museum, used in the Harry Potter films to haul the Hogwarts Express. Its real name is 'Olton Hall', No. 5972 a GWR 4900 Class 5972 steam locomotive.

If you are at all interested in railways and particularly steam trains then you must visit the National Railway Museum in York. This place is both fascinating and HUGE and it would be easy to spend hours wandering around here.

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