So what makes York so special and one of the most visited cities in Britain (as listed by The Telegraph Travel)? The history, the architecture, the Viking link York has – reinforced by the great newly refurbished Jorvik Centre! Or could it be that we are home to Judi Dench, Berwick Kaler and his infamous Christmas pantomimes, or indeed Joseph Rowntree, known for many skills including being a chocolatier – which looks like it took off nicely!
There always seems to be a vibrant yet intimate buzz around York – be it food festivals, St. Nicolas markets, craft fairs at The Merchant Adventurers Hall, which all adds to it’s charm and beauty!
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Legend has it that there is still a law on the statute books that makes it legal to shoot a Scotsman in York? But only with a bow and arrow and definitely not on Sundays. We strongly recommend not testing this out, as little matters like the law of murder would over-ride any such archaic remnants; and some of our best friends are Scottish.
The famous conspirator Guy Fawkes who plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament was born in Stonegate. Records in the Minster Library confirm that Mr and Mrs Fawkes lived on the street. Guy attended St Peter’s School, Bootham, York and to this day the school refuses to burn effigies of their famous alumni on November 5th. The fabulous Guy Fawkes Inn sits on High Petergate offering fine ales, good food and lodgings.
Fab facts about our famous York Minster: It holds 60% of England’s medieval stained glass. It is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. This massive cathedral took 250 years to build, from 1220 till its consecration in 1472.
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