North Yorkshire Off The Beaten Path

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    Roman Column, York
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    Selby Abbey
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    Shrine of St. Margaret Clitherow
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North Yorkshire Off The Beaten Path

  • City - Miscellaneous

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Mansion House is the beautiful red-coloured house located at St Helen's Square. It certainly is an eye-catcher! It is the official residence of York's Lord Mayor and was built from 1725 to 1732 for exactly that purpose. The style is Early Georgian. The interior is said to be equally fine and exquisite, and there is a collection of silver and...

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  • Riverside

    York Off The Beaten Path

    The New Walk was created during the Georgian period to provide a space for the high society to promenade and socialise. It was laid out in 1730 as an avenue along the river Ouse. By 1824, 820 trees had been planted. The gentry and other fashionable people could take some fresh air and enjoy each other's company and the possibility to present...

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  • Whip ma whop ma gate

    York Off The Beaten Path

    What a great name for a street. I wish more streets had great names like Whipmawhopmagate - it's rather more interesting than Castle St. or High St. Only 32 metres long, It's very easy to miss this street, which starts at the end of Colliergate and ends at the junction of Pavement and Stonebow. Despite the plaque on the wall claiming the street...

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  • Castle Howard

    York Off The Beaten Path

    14 miles. By bus including entry £15. Pay the driver board at Bootham Bar, across from the tourist info. This is where the TV series 'Brides-head Revisited' was filmed. The castle grounds are worth walking round too.

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  • Stamford Bridge

    York Off The Beaten Path

    This is a pleasant village to the east of York that is well known locally for its fish and chips and pubs. Also there is a river here with pleasant walks and it is generally a popular place for people to come and relax here. The Battle of Stamford Bridge on 25 September 1066 marked the end of the Viking era in Britain. The settlement was called...

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  • Helmsley

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Helmsley lies about 20 miles west of York and is one of England's loveliest market towns. This is really the perfect English town - a large market square with a beautiful church and castle commanding itself over the town. There are some good quality shops and eating places and it is a pleasant town to spend a few hours in. Also see the Walled...

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  • Shambles

    York Off The Beaten Path

    A sacred site in York that might be easily missed is the Shrine of Saint Margaret Clitherow, located in a small medieval house on The Shambles. St. Margaret met a rather gruesome martyrdom in 1586 for being a Catholic in a newly Protestant England. The life story of Margaret Clitherow, which can be read on the wall of the shrine, is at once...

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  • Yorkshire Moors

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Victoria wanted to see the Moors, so on our way to Edinburgh we disembarked the train in York for the soul purpose of making Victoria’s dream come true. Once in the station we had no idea where exactly “The Moors” could be found. The station master pointed us in the direction of a bus headed out of town. To this day I cannot remember the name of...

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  • Yorkshire Musem, Gardens, Etc.

    York Off The Beaten Path

    When you enter the Museum Gardens from Museum Street, there is a ruin on the right-hand side. This is St Leoard's Hospital. The ruin now looks rather small, but in the Middle Ages this was an impressive building and a very important institution. The hospital was built in 1137 upon the remains of an even older hospital that had been destroyed by a...

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  • Scarborough

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Take a trip to the beautiful holiday resort Scarborough by train. The journey takes only 45 minutes. Scarborough has a north and a south bay, between them lies Scarborough castle (see photo). Moreover the town offers an elegant Esplanade and fine gardens. Up the Yorkshire coast there are more interesting villages like the maritime town Whitby,...

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  • Minster

    York Off The Beaten Path

    At the edge of Dean's Park you can see a section of ancient arcading, looking like a ruin and not attached to any other building. It is used as a war memorial, as you can see by the poppy wreaths laid down there. In the Middle Ages, this arcading connected two buildings: The Archbishop's palace and his chapel, which is now the library. The...

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  • Yorkshire Air Museum

    York Off The Beaten Path

    If you like airplanes and travel to North of England you MUST COME HERE! Yes, this originally small air museum is quickly becoming a menace for London's or Duxford's. Why? Come here and discover Elvington Airfield -or York Air Museum-. Still not much referenced at trip pages or leaflets, this astoundlingly well prepared and assorted museum may...

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  • Thirsk

    York Off The Beaten Path

    We stayed near Thirsk and, with our penchant for the village life overriding our city desires we opted to have a look around Thirsk, a town we'd passed through the night before on our way to our B&B. This led us to the "All Creatures Great and Small" museum which is the very home in which the creator of the famous aforesaid series lived in. Now,...

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  • Fountains Abbey

    York Off The Beaten Path

    The monks elected Prior Richard abbot, but by 1133 they were forced to look for outside help in order to survive. They turned, naturally enough, to the source of their inspiration, the Cistercian Order, and specifically, to Bernard of Clairvaux. in 1135, the abbey was admitted to the Order, and eventually gained the patronage of wealthy nobles in...

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  • Shopping

    York Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to do some grocery shopping, or get petrol before returning home, or you fancy 'mall'-type shopping, try Monks Cross. It's about 2 miles north-east of the city-centre & features most of the familiar 'High Street' names. There's also a 'Park & Ride' bus service at Monks Cross. York city-centre, because of its quaint nature, is not...

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  • Yorkshire Dales

    York Off The Beaten Path

    West of York is the naturally beautiful area of the Yorkshire Dales, designated as one of England and Wales ten national parks. The Dales lie between Kirkby Stephen in the north, Leyburn in the east, Skipton in the south, and Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh in the west. More remote and less dramatic than the Lake District but easier to get away from...

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  • Thwaite

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Thwaite is a little cluster of stone houses and farms in the Dales which seem to all huddle together as if in protection (probably against the winter here). The village was founded Norsemen and Thwaite means ' a clearing in woodland'. There are not so many trees now. The trees were felled to create farmland and never given the opportunity to...

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  • Eden Camp

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Brilliant day out for any age. Second world war memorabilia, sounds morbid but it is great, even a mess hut for lunches, very reasonable and good choice of food.Takes at least 2/3 hours to see all the huts, and the outside displays of aircraft etc. Approx £5.00 entrance fee but it was a couple of years ago that I went.Highly recommended.

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  • Beverley

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Beverley. It is a small market town approx 35 mile between York and Hull. It has a large Minster which could rival York but is sadly overlooked by most tourists. The town is nice for an hour or two, Some nice pubs with good food and beer and also has a market on a Saturday. Ideal for going to Hull to catch the ferry to the continent.

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  • Merchant Adventurer's Hall

    York Off The Beaten Path

    This building was built in 1357 -61 and is one of the largest of its kind in Britain. "The timbered Great Hall was where merchants conducted their business and held their courts and social events. The Undercroft or hospital is where they cared for the poor." (from website) It's quite an interesting building and the floor is very wonky, pretty much...

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  • City Walls - General

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Micklegate Museum seems quite unknown - it's a very small museum inside the Micklegate building (I guess there's an exact term for that one... uh, I'll try to find out). Not like smashingly astonishing supergood, but it's quite nice and it has the priceless feature of free photo sessions with Roman helmets, some other armour items and this...

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  • Knaresborough

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Knaresborough is a lovely town on the banks of the river Nidd and with a huge bridge across it. You can fall for the tourist trap of 'Mother Shipton's petrifiying well' but you can also just wander around a lovely small town where people greet you in the streets, look at the castle ruins (the castle is where Thomas a Beckett's murderers fled to...

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  • Castle Bolton

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Castle Bolton gives a glimpse into life in the 'middle ages.' It is in a state of half-repair. There's is enough detail left to get an idea of how castle life was. The castle, having been home of 11 generations of the noble Scrope family, is most notable for having housed Mary, Queen of Scots, in a sort of house arrest in the 16th century. This...

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  • Whitby

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Whitby is a coastal town of North Yorkshire and is found on one of Britain's finest stretches of shoreline at the inlet of the Esk River. It was famous as a whaling port and closely associated with Captain James Cook and the Endeavour. Whitby's beauty has inspired many writers and painters. Even the town's darker corners have been immortalised in...

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  • Jorvik Viking Centre

    York Off The Beaten Path

    Jorvik Viking Center Deep beneath the pavement of Modern York, archeologists have uncovered what Viking life was really like. Now you too can journey back 1,000 years to experience Jorvik, its atmosphere, sounds and smells. I was absolutely fascinated by this place...It started out like a bad amusement ride, but it just got better from there. It...

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  • Thatched cottages

    If you're travelling around the area, keep a lookout for old thatched cottages -- not many of them left these days -- I noticed this really nice one in the small village of Rievaulx whilst visiting the abbey there. There's so much to see in the North Yorkshire area it's easy to miss the simple things of village life ...

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  • Bishopdale

    One of the most overlooked Yorkshire Dales, Bishopdale is one of my favourites. It looks like a miniature Lake District with soft fells, and I guess the reason most people don't visit is because the main road through the dale is still one of the smaller, and nature is the major sight here, not castles or museums. Hannah Hauxwell of TV fame lived...

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  • Bellerby

    A tiny but oh so pretty village on the road between Richmond and Leyburn, Bellerby just has a main road through it, with a little beck and a handful of gorgeous stone cottages opposite the Real Ale village pub. What more can you want?

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  • Wandering off the beaten path

    One thing I appreciated at Castle Howard: they didn't have those annoying little "stay on the path" signs scattered everywhere through the gardens and on the grounds. For the most part, the grounds are open for wandering, and the visitor may rely on her/his own discretion in deciding where to go.Of course, that means if you fall down a ravine and...

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  • Knaresborough

    The little town of Knaresborough is an often overlooked gem between York and Harrogate. If you go by train between those two, you will go across the famous Victorian railway bridge in Knaresborough but if you stop on the way, you will also see the bridge from below - an impressive sight. The river Nidd flows through town and you can rent boats for...

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  • Middleham

    The little village of Middleham is located just outside the Yorkshire Dales national park boundaries and less visited than many places around it. Still, it deserves a visit for the great ruins of Middleham Castle, once the childhood home of Richard III. On top of that, the village is a racing horse centre so the whole village is full of stables....

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  • Thirsk

    Thirsk (meaning "swamp" in the old Scandinavian dialect used here), is a small town in the Vale of York with not that much more than a racecourse and most people do not have it on their itinerary but those who do come for one thing only: James Herriot's veterinary surgery. Alf Wright, as he was called in real life, set up his base here when...

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  • Helmsley

    This delightful quaint market town is just a few miles from the North Yorkshire Moors in Ryedale. In its heyday it was a weaving centre in the seventeenth century. Today several fine coaching houses can be discovered along with the ruins of a castle and a half timbered rectory.Today many walkers start here at the market cross to begin England's...

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  • Country Cottage

    The scenery around Rievaulx Abbey is idyllic and you'll notice charming country cottages with typically thatched roofs and english gardens in bloom to compliment the scene - straight off a chocholate box lid!

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  • a very scenic walk for the reasonably...

    A great way to spend a day is to take the 10 mile (approx) round trip from ravenscar to robin hoods bay and back, you need to be reasonably fit as it is quite steep in places but well worth undertaking for the magnificent views that you get whilst walking. Start off at ravenscar by the national parks office, follow the path down that goes in front...

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  • Nun Monkton

    Nun Monkton is situated in the Lower Nidderdale along the course of the River Nidd which flows towards the River Ouse at Nun Monkton. Nun Monkton once housed a small community of Benedictine nuns and was founded in the middle of the 12th century.Its normally a sleepy village with its few houses and pub centred around th duck pond - until VT'ers...

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North Yorkshire Hotels

  • The Groves

    The Groves is in a quiet cul-de-sac just outside the gate at Bootham so it’s an easy short walk in...

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  • Fairhaven Country Hotel

    We spent one night at the Fairhaven Hotel as wished we could have stayed longer. Excellent hotel...

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  • The Crescent Hotel

    The Crescent was our Hotel for this years Rotary Conference. Hote, rooms, staff, food were of the...

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  • The Coniston Hotel

    Coniston Cold, Skipton, BD23 4EA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Wensleydale Heifer Hotel

    West Witton, Yorkshire Dales National Park DL8 4LS, England

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Rudding Park Hotel & Golf

    As an experienced user of good hotels there is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the finest...

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  • The Old Deanery

    Minster Road, Ripon, HG4 1QS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • The General Tarleton

    Ferrensby, Knaresborough, HG5 OQB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Best Western Solberge Hall Hotel

    Newby Wiske, Northallerton, Yorkshire DL7

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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