Fossgate dates back to Roman times when it formed the south easterly route out of the city. It became a proper street when the Vikings arrived, building a wooden bridge over the River Foss.
Fossgate was home to York's fishmarket, with traders coming from the east coast with supplies to sell, a tradition that continued right up to the Victorian era.
The street became very fashionable in the first part of the 20th century, and York's first purpose-built cinema was built here in 1911 - you can still see the building today, now occupied by Cosy Club.
The street is awash with history, from the smallest pub in York, and the 14th Century Merchant Adventurers' Hall, to the details above shop doorways that give hints to their former use.
Today, Fossgate is a vibrant, lively area, full of independent businesses, cafes, bars and shops, and any visit to York should really start (and end), in Fossgate.