York - From Roman to Viking
The transforming city – Eboracum, Eoforwic and Jorvik
On All Saints Day, 1 November 866, the great Viking army attacked and captured Eoforwic, capital of Northumbria – modern day York. This attack, followed 10 years later by permanent settlement here and a ‘sharing out of lands’ between the successful invaders laid the foundation for the creation of the Viking city and kingdom of Jorvik. In this tour of York, led by former York City Archaeologist John Oxley, we will explore the city, looking in detail at the impact and legacy of the Viking settlers. We will consider what the city was like before the Vikings arrived and how it was transformed by the influx of triumphant Scandinavians into a city of culture and learning, epitomized by the work of Alcuin. York is a beautiful and complex historic city which is also wonderfully set out for exploration by foot. The almost complete circuit of defences enclose a city rich in archaeological stories. Starting with its earliest beginnings, we will trace the history and archaeology of York from the foundation of Eboracum in AD 71 up to the medieval glory of the city.
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Day 1 - York -
Today we arrive in York and start our exploration of the city with the York Minster. Beneath the Minster are the remains of the Roman legionary headquarters building – the place where in all probability Constantine the Great was acclaimed emperor after the death of his father. This Roman building was to become the location of the first church in York. There has been a church here ever since. Today York Minster holds perhaps the greatest and most accomplished example of medieval stained glass in the country, the Great East Window.
Day 2 - York -
This morning we will venture to the world class Jorvik Centre built in order to recreate the Viking city on the basis of the incredible excavations carried out in the 1970s, which uncovered a section of the city, along with a plethora of artefacts, including organic materials preserved in the wet clay. We will are privileged to have a behind the scenes visit here, including a handling session. After lunch, we will have a walking tour of the city, starting with the ancient city walls and the 15th century Church of St Cuthbert located in Peaseholme Green. We continue to the wonderful Church of St Denys, built on the site of a Saxon church and possibly a Roman temple, which contains the oldest stained glass windows in the city, as a wonderful Norman portal. The walking tour ends with York Castle, whose keep, commonly known as Clifford’s Tower, was the site of the massacre of 150 Jews in 1190.
|Meals included||All meals included|
Day 3 - York -
We spend the morning in the fantastic Yorkshire Museum which houses the most important artefacts from the region, including the York Helmet and the Ormside Bowl. We will have a special access visit in which guests are given in depth talks about some museum’s items. After lunch, we have another walking tour of the city, starting with St Mary’s Church in Castle, built in the 11th century and renovated in the 15th century. We proceed to the Church of St Marys Bishophill Junior, an 11th century church built using Roman spolia. The walking tour continues to Holy Trinity, a medieval church with a 15th century stained glass window and to Tanner Row, named after the artisans who plied their trade here, before ending in the historic North Street.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Lunch|
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|19 March 2021||ASVI210319||19 March 2021 (Friday)||21 March 2021 (Sunday)||John Oxley||£595
|13 August 2021||ASVI210813||13 August 2021 (Friday)||15 August 2021 (Sunday)||John Oxley||£625