Minster Yard, York

York is the traditional county town of Yorkshire. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York, and home to two universities. Founded in AD 71 as Eboracum, it was the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior. Later it was the centre of the Viking kingdom of Jorvik. Today it is still an important centre of industry, education, and tourism. Many significant medieval buildings have survived, including the magnificent York Cathedral. Minster Yard is across the road from the cathedral entrance.

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The Yorkshire Dales now hold a special place in my heart.  A few years ago, we purchased a beautiful Georgian farmhouse on the edge of the bustling market town of Hawes in Wensleydale.  We look forward to our stay in our lovely home each year, but when we are elsewhere, it is available as a vacation rental.  The house is large, with 4 ensuite bedrooms, sleeping 7 guests.  It is an ideal location for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, suitable for several couples or a group of friends.  Walking, cycling, and interesting drives in James Herriot country are right on the doorstep.  Hawes offers pubs, restaurants, two small supermarkets, and a variety of independent shops. Around the corner is the world famous Wensleydale Creamery making local cheese of a style that has been made in the valley since the 12th century.