One of the best places to experience historic Britain is the northern city of York. Once England’s capital, York has plenty of reminders of both the Vikings and the Romans, and is still encircled by its 13h century city walls; it is also supposedly one of the most haunted places in Britain.
The Vikings built a settlement here and a visit to the Jorvik experience will take you on a trip back in time. The Disney inspired ride recreates the sites, sounds and smells of a Viking village and also allows visitors to see excavations still in progress.
The city’s huge cathedral, or Minster, is one of the largest in the world and was built in the 13th century. The area below the main building has Roman remains, including the home of the emperor Constantine. Two other York museums focus on more recent British history, the National Railway Museum and the Castle Museum, with displays of everyday British life during the last 100 years.