There’s no doubt our city is ancient, and with that comes heaps of history. In this blog, our boutique York hotel shares some of the most interesting facts about our magnificent city.
York was once called Eboracum
According to history, 5,000 men from the ninth legion marched from Lincoln to set up camp and named the city Eboracum. Romans ruled the next 300 years, turning Eboracum into a city of global importance!
A Viking Invasion
On November 1st 866AD, the Vikings invaded York. They succeeded, and renamed the city Jorvik. Despite their bloody and gory history, they were actually a pretty peaceful bunch, who farmed land and improved agriculture. They were also said to be great tradesmen, craftsmen, artists, engineers and shipbuilders.
Largest cathedral in Northern Europe
Our most iconic landmark, York Minster is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. This magnificent building wasn’t a small job, taking over 250 years to build, with work starting in the 1200s until 1470! It has to be our York hotel’s favourite attraction.