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Seniors Discover An Historic Adventure In York

maxresdefaultYork, seniors learn, is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers.

The city walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III.

Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is the perfect holiday destination for senior travelers. So get your coffee and let’s explore York this morning. Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city, just two hours by train from London.

Search out The Shambles, a medieval street in York as well as the Mansion House that is home to the Lord Mayor of York. It is historic and beautiful.

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.

Seniors Awed By Beautiful Gothic Cathedral

LonelyPlanet notes that seniors will discover history at every turn and nowhere in northern England says ‘medieval’ quite like York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its pre-industrial lustre.


A magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls enclose a medieval spider’s web of narrow streets. At its heart lies the immense, awe-inspiring York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world.

In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool trading center. Archaeological evidence suggests that Mesolithic people settled in the region of York between 8000 and 7000 BC. By the time of the Roman conquest of Britain, the area was occupied by a tribe known to the Romans as the Brigantes.

 Seniors Awed Even By Train Station


York lies at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in town. If you arrive by train, you will discover that even the station in York is awesome. The University of York has a building unlike any other you have ever seen. I know that my wife and I would enjoy an evening at York’s Grand Opera House.

Seniors can enjoy a High Tea at Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms.  TripAdvisor has over 300 things for you to see and do in York. Explore their site as you will also find lodging, restaurants and even vacation rentals.


The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination for millions.

You will find York England to be an adventure.  Enjoy all that this historic city has to offer. -jeb

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