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Although Yorkshire has long been divided into four counties, York is still considered the capital of this lovely corner of Northern England. It’s also the ecclesiastical capital of the Church of England, the Archbishop of York being second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Lord Mayor of this medieval city enjoys the same status as his counterpart in London, and the Duke of York title is given to the second oldest son of Britain’s sovereign. The city is filled with things to do and with attractions that reveal the many layers of its long history. It’s also home to York Minster, the largest medieval church in England, as well as the longest circuit of medieval city walls, nearly three miles long and offering marvelous views of the city. A handy hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus takes in most of the major points of interest to tourists.

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