One of the most attractive and interesting cities in England, York has been at the centre of countless invasions over its long and colourful history. Originally a Celtic settlement, York was invaded by the Romans in AD71, who swiftly set about taking advantage of the city's prime position at the confluence of the Rivers Foss and Ouse. The city bears the marks of its turbulent past in its jumble of architecture, from the medieval higgledy-piggledy shops of the Shambles and elegant Gothic spires of the Minster, to the turreted remains of the fortified city walls. At the end of a hard day's sightseeing, reward yourself with a visit to one of the city's famous tea rooms for a cream tea or to an atmospheric old pub for a pint of bitter.
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