York is one of the main urban areas in the north of England with buses running to here regularly from other major cities, including Leeds and Bradford. Leeds is 22 miles away and buses leave every twenty minutes from 9:40 a.m. Monday to Friday, and at half hour intervals before then. The journey takes 45 minutes. From Bradford the distance is 29 miles and the journey takes two hours, running from 9.15 a.m. Also on the bus route are towns such as Seacroft, Tancaster, Heworth, Stockton-on-the-Forest and Malton. Once in York buses stop at many of the major areas including the university stops, the city centre and the train station. The main bus provider in the North is Transdev York but other providers include First in York, East Yorkshire Motor Services and Connexions.
York is one of the oldest cities in the north, this being largely reflected in its architecture. The town was originally a Roman fortress and the ruins of the old city walls can still be seen. A walk along a street known as the Shambles takes visitors back to Tudor times due to its old-style structures. This area is also the starting point of the famous Ghost Walk. One of the best known building's from the city is York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe. Home to the Archbishop of York, it comes as no surprise that York is the UK's second important religious town after Canterbury. Another string to York's bow is the National railroad Museum, one of the biggest in the world, featuring 100 locomotives and and a replica of George Stephenson's Rocket. Here, guests can also step back in time and view the royal trains used by Queen Victoria and Edward VII.