10 acres of beautiful gardens in the centre of York, it's a nice place for walking or having a picnic.
It's a big park with flowers, trees and lawns. It also contains The Yorkshire Museum, and the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey.
There is an entrance near Lendal Bridge
Take A Walk Around The City Walls
York is entirely surrounded by it's walls and you can walk large sections of them.
From the walls you get a great view of some of the citys buildings, including some fantastic views of the Minster. My favourite section of wall is that part that runs from lendal Bridge past the railway station and on to the top of Micklegate.
The site of Clifford's Tower was used by the Romans as a cemetery. The bronze and pottery evidence confirms Saxon and Viking occupation. Standing high on its mound, the 11th century Clifford's Tower is the last remaining part of York Castle. In 1068 William the Conqueror built a mound and the round tower, of wood, to establish his control in the North. The castle's most tragic event took place in 1190, when half of the city's Jewish population took refuge from persecution there. They and the then wooden tower were burned. Later, in the 13th century, it was rebuilt in stone by Henry III . The tower, is known as 'Clifford's Tower' because in 1322, Edward II had the rebel Lord Robert Clifford hanged in chains from the walls. It was the central keep of the castle. There were more buildings, surrounded by great walls and then a moat around the whole fortress.
National Railway Museum
Hey is FREE, and there are trains and you can get into them! And sometimes ride them! There is also the Yorkshire Wheel- it however costs money. But there are some amazing trains and carriages and exhibits around train travel and memeroablie. It is a nice place. The cafe has some nice food too. And Queen Victorias train carriages are there and they are amazing!
On The Outskirts
York has three out-of-town shopping sites catering for different aspects of shopping.
Clifton Moor has DIY, electrical and household type goods, as well as a food hypermarket, multiplex cinema, 10 pin bowling amd pizza & burger joints.
Monks Cross has 'city centre' stores in an out-of-town location, stores such as Next, BHS, Boots, Woolworths, Burtons, Dorothy Perkins, W.H. Smiths and so on. There are two food hypermarkets and the biggest travel store I have ever seen!
McArthur Glen is a 'Designer Outlet' and has stores by Ted Baker, Rockport, Armani, Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabanna, Cerutti, Reebok, Calvin Kline and so on. The stores sell surplus stock and discontinued lines, but there are definite bargains to be had if you're not too much of a fashion snob. There are also household goods, perfumes, watches and a good food court.