My absolute favorite place in the whole of England. I’ve been to this city three times and every time I went I had to visit the Minster. I could spend hours there. Especially interesting is the absolutely visible shift from Roman to Anglo-Saxon to Viking to Norman to Gothic and so on in the history of the building. Excavations under the church have made apparent the remains of the old Roman fort, tombs in the crypt from the Norman period, and a room full of treasures from the entire span of the Minster’s long history. And that’s not even taking into account the gorgeous stained glass, the amazing sculptural pieces, and more throughout the church.
Something you have to do at least once is take the climb up to the top of the Minster and look out over the whole of the Yorkshire countryside. It’s a view you never, never forget. This was a cloudy and dreary day in April, but if you manage to get to York on a bright and sunny day, the view is as near to majestic as you’re ever likely to find.