The historic city of York founded by the Romans, is situated in the Vale of York, halfway between London and Edinburgh at the confluence of the River Ouse and River Foss. The A64 Leeds to Scarborough road is the main link road to the A1(M) and M1 motorways and the city lies at the intersection of the A19 road from Doncaster to Tyneside. The East Coast Main line provides a regular service to London and Edinburgh and long distance trains on cross country services.
York has over the centuries been one of the most important cities in the country and evidence of its past can be found in the many museums. The medieval walls still surround the city with narrow pedestrian routes called Snickelways but perhaps the most famous street is the Shambles. The Romans established a fortress which lies beneath York Minister and the Vikings captured York naming it Jorvik.
The story of the Vikings time in York is told in the Jorvik Viking Museum. In the 16th century Guy Fawkes was born in York and in 1739 Dick Turpin was convicted at York Assizes, hanged and then buried in St Georges churchyard. York became the railway transportation hub for the north of England in Victorian times and remains so today. However, Rowntrees and Terrys, who have recently moved abroad, have also made the city famous for chocolate. York Minster, National Railway Museum, York Racecourse and the University of York situated at Heslington, are also well known landmarks.
The city centre, whilst compact, has a number of apartment buildings some of which are converted warehouses like Popeshead Court and Grade II listed Rowntree Wharf. There are apartments overlooking the river and eco-friendly homes in Hungate.
York benefits from an inner and outer ring road but within a few miles of the city centre are residential areas and villages such as Osbaldwick,
Dringhouses, Middlethorpe, Bishopthorpe, Knapton, Upper Poppleton, and Nether Poppleton all of which have easy access to the A19, A64, A59. Other sought after residential areas are Copmanthorpe, Strensall, Dunnington, Skelton, Rawcliffe, Clifton, and Heworth with the nearby York District Hospital .