North Yorkshire Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by tim07
  • Things to Do
    by tim07
  • Things to Do
    by tim07

North Yorkshire Things to Do

  • Shambles

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    The Shambles is the name of a street in the old city centre. It’s an example of the preservation of much of the city’s medieval centre. It is well worth wandering around the narrow, cobbled streets in the area to see the old buildings. Much of the area is pedestrianised, but it can be claustrophobic on account of the tourist hordes. Early morning...

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  • York Minster including St. William's...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    On my 2nd visit to York in June 2007, we did visit the interior of the Minster and joined a included walking tour through the Minster that was extremely informative. The guide structured the tour around 2 themes, that of the 3 different styles of architecture (Early English, Perpendicular and Decorated) and the three fires that occured at the...

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  • Clifford's Tower

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    There was once a formidable castle defending the city of York. Built originally by the Normans as a bulwark against the rebellious Britons and Vikings that inhabited this conquered land, it remained a bastion an explosion rendered it useless. But in truth, by the time of the explosion in the 17th century, the threat it had been built to quell no...

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  • Castle Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    The castle museum of York was the highlight of the city for me during my short stay. Much of the museum centres on victorian England with pretty reconstructed rooms & shops from that era. In fact the prettiest room in the museum is a cobbled street lined with victorian-like shops & dim street lighting with a horse & cart. This really was a superb...

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  • Jorvik Viking Centre

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    Many Vikings travelled here from their Scandinavian homeland during the period from 800 to 1050 AD until wars led to the end of their time. Although they gained a fearsome reputation originally they were full-time fishermen and farmers who spent much of the year at home. Only in the summer months did they rally to the call of a local leader and...

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  • National Railway Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    I went to the National Railway Museum as a child with my family. I haven't been there for a very long time until this year (July 2015) when I made return visits to see joint theatre productions by the York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum. The York Theatre Royal has its temporary residence at the museum with The Signal Box Theatre...

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  • City Walls - General

    York Things to Do

    Unlike its castle, York retains much of its original medieval city walls. It has to be one of the most complete and best maintained stretches of defensive walls in the world. The original walls were built by the Romans, but little of that is left today. They were in ruins by the time of the Danes, who destroyed the towers and rebuilt the wall. The...

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  • Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate.

    York Things to Do

    Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is probably York's most famous street and this is because it is the shortest street of them all. There are apparently several theories about how the name developed, the most probably being that it was named "Whitnourwhatnourgate" and then developed its present name because it became the place of the town's whipping pillory. It...

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  • River Cruise

    York Things to Do

    Britannia2 suggested a boat cruise down the River Ouse when we met up on the Ettiewyn in Yorkshire VT meet during July 2012. I have done the same cruise in the past but was keen to do it again in order to appreciate the city more from a river perspective and learn more about York in general. Besides it's an opportunity for me to do a positive tip...

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  • Walks, Tours, Etc

    York Things to Do

    I've done the free walking tour given by the Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York twice now, the tours leave from Exhibition Square near the City Art Gallery. The 1st time, we were lucky enough to get a retired teacher who enjoys history who gave us a very thorough explanation of the origins of York from the Romans to the Normans to...

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  • Merchant Adventurer's Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    I saw Theatre in the Mill's Jekyll & Hyde at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall undercroft (Please read my review here) in March (2015). The Merchant Adventurers' Hall, built in 1357, is a medieval guildhall with the Great Hall and the undercroft, was originally a hospital/almhouse for York's poor. The building played an important role in York over...

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  • Treasurer's House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    It may have been used by the treasurers of York Minster since medieval times, but the Treasurer's House feels like a time capsule of Edwardian grandeur. It's easy to imagine oneself, while enjoying the shade of the Minster in its landscaped gardens, that you are back in turn of the century England, sipping tea and smiling while agonizing over...

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  • Yorkshire Musem, Gardens, Multangular...

    York Things to Do

    St Marys is a ruined benedictine abbey,in York Museum Gardens.. When dissolution of the Abbey came in 1539 ,it was the largest and richest Abbey. William Thornton was the last Abbot. The Abbey has been the setting backdrop to York Mystery Plays,in the openair,, for several years. Dame Judy Dench played in the Mystery Plays revival in three...

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  • Richard III & Henry VII Experience, Monk...

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    The bars are the gates in York's city walls. Micklegate is probably the most famous, but Monk Bar is the biggest and most ornate of them all. It's a formidable structure - look closely and you'll see its design is not just for show. The gate comes complete with loopholes for arrows and murder holes for pouring burning pitch onto the heads of...

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  • Stonegate

    York Things to Do

    Stonegate is an attractive pedestrianised shopping street in the centre of York. The street is lined with many interesting & pretty shops including jewellers, antique centres, tea rooms, restaurants & gift shops. Not forgetting the beautiful Mulberry hall shop either which is a medieval building dating back to 1434 with prices catering for the...

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  • Shambles Market aka Newgate Market

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    I was surprised! EVERY DAY THEY HOLD A MARKET IN YORK, and even on a cold and wet day, the Market was being held. Early morning, and people were setting up in the rain, I really felt sorry for them! I had a browse around, found stall's selling home-made craft's, quite a few with fresh fruit & vegetable's, and quite a few with clothing. Not the...

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  • City Gates - General

    York Things to Do

    York must have had so many gates in the past . There are still numerous gates to be seen. On arrival we were faced by one of these gates- a large central arch for traffic and smaller side ways for pedestrians. The ones I can remember are Walmgate, Skedergate,Gillygate, Monkgate, Stonegate, Goodramgate, Fossgate Housegate, Davygate, Petergate,...

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  • York Dungeon

    York Things to Do

    The York Dungeon is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. A series of costumed professional actors take you through the gruesome escapades of York's past. You become familiar with some of the most famous residents such as Guy Fawkes and are also 'invited' to join in the frivolities. I was ordered into the dock and tried for being a witch and Gareth...

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  • Red boats - self-drive

    York Things to Do

    A great way to see York from the river by hiring a Red Boat for one hour - everyday from approx. March 31 to November 4. The boats are self drive and can take up to 8 people but you must be over 18 to hire a boat and hires start from 09.45 each day. Seasonal prices from £25-£35 per hour plus a £20 returnable security bond.

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  • Micklegate Bar Museum

    York Things to Do

    Micklegate Bar originally dates back to the 1100s, but only the lower storeys are from that time. The upper parts were added in the 14th century. In the Middle Ages, it was the most important of York's city gates. This also becomes evident in the name, as "Micklegate" derives from Mykill Gata, meaning "great street". In order to defend the city,...

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  • St. George's Church and graveyard...

    York Things to Do

    For those who may not be familiar with the name -Dick Turpin was a notorious highwayman robber who gained his 'fame' through his criminal activity. Not only a robber, he was a convicted horse thief, poacher, burglar & ultimately a killer. He was held within the York castle prison -now a museum- before he was sentenced to death by hanging aged 34....

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  • King's Manor

    York Things to Do

    The Kings Manor was originally built for the Abbott of St Marys Abbey. When the Abbey was dissolved in 1539 , King Henry VIII instructed that it be the seat of the Council of the North. King Charles I stayed here in 1633 and 1639. It is now part of the University of York,and is open to the public.A café is available. The entrance to Kings Manor is...

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  • Fairfax House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    I had the opportunity to visit Fairfax House when I saw a York Theatre Royal Theatre Youth production of Danusia Iwasko's In My Father's House (my review of the production is here) . The play offered an insight into Lord Fairfax and Lady Anne who were originally residents of this Georgian Town House. John Carr designed the townhouse; it served as...

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  • College Street

    York Things to Do

    St William's is one of the most beautiful buildings I know in York, and one you should particularly visit if you are interested in York Minster since this is where many of its offices are and where you can learn more about it. Founded in 1461, it was built to house the Minster's Chantry priests when it was ready in 1467 and as such it is the only...

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  • Cat trail

    York Things to Do

    When we were in the tourist information centre I noticed the cat tour which takes you around various places of the city centre looking for cat sculptures on the side of various buildings. It's another way to see the city centre and takes you to a few places that you would not see. enjoyed by me anyway

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  • City Art Gallery

    York Things to Do

    The York Art Gallery opened its doors to the public in 1879, then in 1892 became the City Art Gallery. The gallery looks out over Exhibition Square, also created in 1879, and to the city walls and York Minster. The centrepiece of the square is a statue of York artist William Etty which was erected in 1911 and a fountain. The Art gallery display's...

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  • All Saints Church, Pavement

    York Things to Do

    This church dates since the 1500 although traditional and archaelological sources suggest that this was built for St Cuthbert, a Durham Bishop, in 685 AD and that the site existed since the 1100s. The lantern tower and other features were added during the 15th Century with which the tower held a lamp to service as a beacon for the Forest of...

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  • Bus tour

    York Things to Do

    The distinctive red buses you see around the city are those from York City Sightseeing - one of the two companies that offer a bus service around the city for tourists. Prices are:- Adult £9.00 Concession (over 60 or student) £7.00 Child £4.00 Family (2 adults and 3 children) £20.00 Special for 1 adult, 1 child £10 (2008 prices) Closed on Christmas...

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  • Homestead Park

    York Things to Do

    The Homestead Park is York"s secret .A relaxing and lovely park opened in 1904 by Seebohn Rowntree, son of Joseph Rowntree the local chocolate manufacterer [ Aero, Smarties,Kit Kat etc ].The Homestead Park is open to the public all the year round.Admission is free.The park is in Water End between Clifton Green and Clifton Bridge, there is a car...

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  • Goodramgate including Our Lady's Row

    York Things to Do

    This row of joined together Cottage's are known as "Lady Row." They date from 1316 and are the earliest row of houses surviving in the city. The houses are very simple, made of plastered timber framing with roofs of curved tiles. The original row was 128 feet long and only 18 feet deep, and had two storeys and eleven bays. Each bay formed a...

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  • Lendal Bridge

    York Things to Do

    It seemed to me as if Lendal Bridge was something like York's main bridge, at least concerning the city centre. It is the pretty bridge located close to the entrance to Museum Gardens and Lendal Tower, and you need to cross it to get to the train station and to do the walk upon the city walls. Usually it is quite busy here, and many locals and...

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  • St. Michael le Belfrey

    York Things to Do

    Churches have occupied this site since the 8th Century and the current building since the 16th Century. The Belfry is designed in a Tudor gothic style influenced with renaissance touches. The bell tower was replaced in 1848 alongside the gradual replacement of the Belfry's interior over the centuries. St Michael's Belfry still functions as a place...

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  • Roman Bath Inn

    York Things to Do

    The Roman Baths Inn is situated in a lovely position overlooking Samsons Square in the centre of York. In 1930 it was discovered that the site of the Roman baths was in the foundations below the Pub. Following excavations and superb discoveries, the Baths were opened to the Public and to create one of the most interesting and little known Museums...

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  • Barley Hall

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    Barley Hall is a former medieval building which has been turned into a museum. The house was restored from the 1980s on and gives the visitor an idea of how it was to live in medieval York. Several exhibitions, temporary as well as permanent ones, are centered also around medieval life in York. Barley Hall’s oldest parts date back to 1360. Its most...

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  • Bootham Bar

    York Things to Do

    Bootham Bar is my favourite of York's gates - firstly, because I passed it everyday when I walked into the city, and secondly, because I thought it to be the most beautiful. Somehow I just really liked the style of the gate, and its atmosphere of ancient history. There has indeed been a gate on this spot since the year 71A.D., it was a Roman gate....

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  • Yorkshire Wheel - closed

    York Things to Do

    I rode on a similar attraction in Manchester and my friend wanted to ride on the Wheel of York. So Ruth kindly treated me for a ride and we were given great views of York down below including the York Minster and the City Centre. It's recommended to ride on the wheel on a clear day as you can get the most out of the views. The rides are 8.50 gbp...

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  • King's Square

    York Things to Do

    King’s Square is a triangular square, partly built on the spot of a former cemetery. On an elevated piece at the southeastern side of the square, you can still see some of the former tombstones. It was the cemetery of the former Christ Church which was demolished together with its graveyard in 1937. If you love street artists, buskers and similar...

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  • Maize Maze - seasonal

    York Things to Do

    The famous York Maze will open between July 18th and September 6th in 2009. Seven days per week from 10.00 to 18.30 ( last admission 16.30). £7.95 adults and £6.95 for children. This year it will be bigger and better than in the past and remains at the site at Elvington Lane. This should be the worlds biggest maze this year and will cover the 45...

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  • Walmgate Bar

    York Things to Do

    To my mind, Walmgate Bar looks quite different to the other ones, and the reason is that it is the only gate that still has its barbican and portcullis, and it also features a wooden building. The main archway dates back to the 12th century, while other parts of the gate were built in the 14th century. The wooden construction is 15th/16th century,...

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  • Lendal Tower - not open to the public

    York Things to Do

    Lendal tower is from 1299 was first known as St Leonards tower and was part of the medieval defences.It was the other end of the iron chain across the river from Barker tower. Today Lendal Tower is luxury accomadation for hire.

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  • Fishergate Bar

    York Things to Do

    After passing along Clifford's Tower, you get to another very picturesque stretch of the walls, and this is where Fishergate Tower and Fishergate Bar are located. Fishergate Tower was built between 1504 and 1507 and apart from the roof which was installed in the 16th century it has not changed its appearance since then. The small archway next to...

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  • Visitor Information Centre

    York Things to Do

    The York Visitor Information Centre opposite the Art Gallery is housed in a building from 1842 that used to be the Officers Mess for the Yorkshire Hussar Regiment, it is a great place to go and pick up some information on ther many things to do. They will help you plan your day (or days) and you can get maps of routes between the places that you...

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  • Roman Column

    York Things to Do

    Opposite the Statue of Constantine there stands a Roman column which was found during excavations in 1969. It was once one of some 36 columns that formed a part of the Roman Great Hall that once stood where the Minster is now.

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  • Guy Fawkes Inn - alleged birthplace of...

    York Things to Do

    This place is hidden inside a hotel, but now the secret can be revealed! Guy Fawkes is immortalised every year in the UK on November 5th on what is known as Bonfire Night. His effigy is burned and fireworks set off to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Guy (also known as Guido) and 12 conspirators smuggled 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar...

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  • Cornish Pasty Bakery

    York Things to Do

    Lunch time came along, and once again was the problem of what to do. One thing York is not short off, is food place's ranging from reasonable to expensive, there was a good choice. We had been "hanging out" for a Cornish Pasty, and Colin [Brittania] had told us there was a good pasty shop here. Luckily, on my walk to meet my husband for lunch, I...

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