York is Englands finest example of a medieval town, so well preserved that it has become one of the worlds most interesting historic cities, with a rich mix of activities for the visitor. This fortified town is surrounded by high stone walls that protected it from attackers in the past and then from modernization. The walls, dating to the Middle Ages and still 95 percent intact, are nearly three miles long, making it the nations longest continuous stretch of medieval fortifications. Today York is a lively place filled with culture, entertainment, shops, characters, legends and fine restaurants. The rich history will come to life in your visit because many of the old forts, palaces, churches and streets are preserved just as they were centuries ago, and several museums help tell the long story.
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