York is an ancient city, situated in the North East of England, at the centre of the four Yorkshire counties. It was first occupied by the Romans around AD 0000 (plus or minus), then by the Vikings during the so-called 'Dark Ages', before settling down to peace and prosperity from the Middle Ages onwards (except for a brief period during the Civil War - late 17th century - when the City was under siege).

The University

The University of York is one of the UK's newer Universities, established in 1965 on a campus site about 2 miles from the centre of York. For a current view of the University try our interactive web-cam (requires a Java-enabled browser). The current weather is also available.


The nearest airports are Manchester, and Leeds/Bradford.

York is a major railway hub, with frequent fast connections to London (approx. 1h50m) and Edinburgh (2hr). See the location page for rail and road travel details. Alternatively, if you're traveling from Northern Europe, North Sea Ferries operates to/from Hull (with direct rail services to York).