The Town Walls Surrounding York
York is surrounded by the medieval walls thus making it England's only "wall city". The walls extend for 4km and were built during the 13th and 14th centuries. There are four gates within the walls themselves. It is possible to walk around the circumference of the the walls by way of a series of foot paths.
Walmgate Bar I
This bar is interesting for its portcullis and gate and also for the remaining Barbican, built in the reign of Edwarxd III, - the only surviving one in York. The wood and plaster on the inner side is from the Elizabethan period too.
Badly damaged by battery fire from Parliamentarians in 1644 it was restored in 1648 and renovated in 1959.
The arms of Henry Vare are on the outer side
You may kill Scotsmen!
There is still a law which allows people to kill Scotsmen, providing they carry bow and arrow. Despite that law, I am not sure, if you can rely on this law on your then following trial for murder. Anyway, I was really brave when I put on my tartan pattern chucks on my walk through York. As you maybe already guessed, I wasn't killed. To be honest, I didn't even draw anyone's attention. OK, I didn't wear a kilt, I didn't talk with a heavy accent and neither am I a Scotsman. Maybe I am also not that tough at all, but at least, I told you something about this archaic law.
A Store With a View
Our excellent walking tour guide told us about this one, head into the Marks & Spencer department store at 9 The Pavement, I think we entered on the Parliament Street side, go up the escaltors to the top floor and find the large picture window with a stunning view of the York Minster. You can barely see the scaffolding from this angle!
St Mary's Abbey
The ruins of St Mary's Abbey stand amidst the lawns of the Museum Gardens. The abbey was once the most important and influential benedictine monastaries in the north of England. It was founded in approximately 1088 by King William Rufus and thrived until the 16th century when it was demolished by King Henry the VIII.
St Mary's Abbey is also associated with the legend of Robin Hood. Supposedly a friend of Robins', Sir Richard of the Lee, borrowed some money from the Abbot and being unable repay the money was about to be foreclosed upon and have his lands seized. Robin Hood lent him the money and Little John went with Sir Richard to York to repay the debt.