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5 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About York

Published on 14th February 2024

Did you know that Romans created York? 

How about when Vikings invaded them?

Today we’ll have a quick overview of some of the most interesting and fun facts about the great city of York 🏰

Spoiler alert – It may get spooky 👻

BOO!

A Pub A Day

There are allegedly 365 pubs in York – one for each day of the year. 

York boasts historic establishments like ”Ye Olde Starre Inne”, operating since 1644. 

Photo Credits: Wikimedia and Malcolmxl5

Every pub has its unique selling point. “The Shambles Tavern” is nestled into the famous Shambles street offering a cozy atmosphere and a wide selection of drinks.

Alternatively, “The Golden Fleece,” reputedly one of the most haunted pubs in York, combines a rich history with ghostly tales and traditional charm, creating an unforgettable pub experience. 

Haunted City

Founded by Romans, invaded by Vikings, conquered by the Normans, and fought over during the English Civil War – York’s bloodstained history makes it the most haunted city in history. The International Ghost Research Foundation declared so based on over 500 ghost hauntings within ancient city walls. 

Photo Credits: cityexperiences.com

The Shambles, often called the most haunted street in England, is home to eerie tales of ghostly apparitions and supernatural occurrences. For an immersive experience, venture to locations like the York Dungeon or take a ghost tour with experts.

Shortest Street in England

York city centre is home to England’s shortest street which lies between Fossgate and The Shambles. What’s more fun is the name of this street which is impossible to pronounce without a smile: Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate !  

Photo Credits: Wikimedia and Spudgun67

In 1505, this street was known as Whitnourwhatnourgate, which translates to ‘what a street’! While visiting York make sure to pay attention to street names, as you’ll notice that York is filled with funny and weird-sounding names due to the city’s medieval origin.

Odd Names

Continuing with the theme of odd ways of naming things you may find yourself confused while walking through the medieval-era gates or gateways that lead to York city centre as they are called bars Monk Bar, Bootham Bar, Micklegate Bar, and Walmgate Bar.

Photo Credits: York Travel Expert

Roads in York are called gates, derived from Viking ‘gata’ – Scandinavian word for street. Similarly, the word ‘Minster’ means important church – just something you may want to know when seeing the biggest Minster in England.

All Aboard! 

York is a destination city for train lovers as it is home to the largest train museum in the world, The National Railway Museum. It’s also one of the best things to do in York for free! 

Photo Credits: Wikimedia and The Basingstoker

Among many artefacts, the museum houses the largest collection of train carriages in the world and it’s the only place in the world outside of Japan to see a Bullet Train, and the fastest steam train in the world, The Mallard.

As you see York promises a captivating journey through time and spirits. If you’re ready to explore the enchanting blend of spooky stories, vibrant nightlife, and railway wonders York is truly a unique destination.

 

This concludes our exploration through York. Keep an eye out for more interesting posts about Prague and Edinburgh along with the rest of the best Safestay destinations. 

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