The last two stops on my trip were York and Windsor.
York is a historic medieval city. In fact, it was one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire. For many centuries, it was a major port and trading center because it is set on the Rivers Ouse and Foss.
York is a beautiful city and, if you go, I recommend walking it. It is the best way to see everything and gain a true appreciation of the city. I walked everywhere, including the entire city wall, which is about three miles.
There are tiny alleyways and historic buildings all over York. One of the alleyways, The Shambles, inspired Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. At the center of all of the historic buildings and medieval streets is the York Minster. The York Minster is a magnificent work of architecture. Construction on the Minster began in 1220 and it took more than 250 years to complete. It is definitely worth a visit.
The Yorkshire Museum has quite the collection of artifacts, but the gardens impressed me the most. They are gorgeous. The ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey stand in the gardens. St. Mary’s Abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII during the Reformation of the church. After a day of walking around, the gardens are a great place to relax and have a picnic.
Windsor is a small town built around Windsor Castle. It’s a cute town, but, of course, the highlight is the castle, which was built by William the Conqueror. It is the oldest inhabited castle in the world. A tour of the castle takes you through the State Apartments, which are quite opulent.
Have you visited York or Windsor?
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