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

  • York Minster

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    The York minster is a favourite with tourists & locals alike. The best photographic view is the side view unless you have a wide-angle lens with the cramped angle view. Visitors can sit & pray but a fee is required if you want to wander inside with your camera. A fee is also required to go up the cathedral towers to see the view over the city.

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  • Shambles

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    The Shambles isn't named after the shambolic nature of the teetering old half-timbered buildings that cramp along the street. Despite being old - some dating back to the 14th century - they are all in excellent condition. Its original name was The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the old word for shelves, and butchers would line up their wares...

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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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  • 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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  • Jorvik Viking Centre

    3.5 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

    First off; i have no real interest in trains unless i need one to take me from A to B. However, the large collection of trains, carriages & railway items on show is quite interesting for all family ages. Highlights included the Mallard, the japanese 'bullet' train, the flying scotsman & a HUGE chinese steam locomotive. As an amateur photographer i...

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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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  • Walks, Tours, Etc

    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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  • Merchant Adventurer's Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    Discovering the Merchant Adventurer's Hall is like entering the Secret Garden. Walking down busy Fossgate, skirted as it is by modern shops, you wouldn't know that behind these facades lies one of the largest medieval buildings in the country. But step through the covered alley and you enter a world behind the shops, and it's like stepping back...

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  • City Gates - General

    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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  • 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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  • City - Miscellaneous

    York Things to Do

    I had first heard about Holy Trinity Church right here on VT and really wanted to see it, and it did not disappoint me. It is a wonderful, cute little church in a beautiful setting, and absolutely worth a visit. Moreover, there are some very interesting and ancient features to see in this church. The present church was built in the 13th century...

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  • Monk Bar

    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 Area

    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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  • Riverside

    York Things to Do

    York is trisected by two beautifully languid and important rivers, the Ouse and the Foss. The Ouse is the main waterway, and it is here that you will find a host of attractive buildings, both ancient and modern, and a string of restaurants, bars and hotels. The right bank is especially lively, while the left bank offers paths with magnificent views...

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  • Eating & Drinking

    York Things to Do

    You can enjoy a free night of adventure and whisky tasting with Glenfiddich and Walking With The Wounded. Date: Thursday 11th July 2013 Time: 19:00 - 21:00 Location: Royal York Hotel, YO24 1AA York Glenfiddich invites you to enjoy a free whisky tasting masterclass and adventure talk by wounded serviceman Capt. Ibrar "Ibi" Ali. At this event you...

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  • Yorkshire Musem, Gardens, Etc.

    York Things to Do

    While York Minster survived the reformation, all that is left of the once great Abbey of St. Mary's are ruins. It was once one of the richest, most powerful abbeys in England, so famous that it made it into the original legend of Robin Hood. Unfortunately it didn't escape the notice of King Henry's VIII's auditors. He took its rich lands, closed...

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  • Other Museums, Galleries & Attractions

    York Things to Do

    Exhibition Square is a pretty square that I passed every day while I was staying in York, either on my way to the railway station or when I walked into town. It is also the location of a beautiful building that is home to the Art Gallery. The building was purpose built to house fine arts and was opened in 1879, the square was created at the same...

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  • The Bars of York

    York Things to Do

    Micklegate was one of the most important gateways to York and the city entrance to and from the south of England. Amongst its more gruesome history is the fact that it was used to hang the heads of executed people from, to show the citizens of York what would befall those who tried to rebel against the King. One such rebel was Richard III's father...

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  • Fairfax House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    This small great Georgian masterpiece is another great visit you may do at York. With a rich history behind it's another survivor of XXth century turbulences. Adquired and restored by York Civic Trust in the eighties, it suffered a long and awful decay for decades. Only the history of rescue and restoration of the building is a fascinating one and...

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  • Surroundings

    York Things to Do

    Major Percy Stewart founded these wonderful gardens in the early 20th century and they are dedicated to his life as an explorer who made 8 round the world tours between 1906 and 1926. The fascinating museum here shows how , and where, he travelled to. It contains artefacts he brought home with him. The two lakes are home to a National Collection of...

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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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  • Market

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    There's been a market on this site for hundreds of years and there are over 100 stalls selling a huge variety of things, with a particularly good selection of fresh foods. The market is open daily from 9am to 4pm and even if you're not buying it's a fascinating place to wander around. It's in a historic part of the city with interesting old...

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  • Shopping

    York Things to Do

    Quaint shop's, I had never seen so many of them, I loved them, they brought back to mind the English television show with the two "Ronnies!" I found some interesting ones too, like the animated shoe maker mending shoe's, I had to stop and watch, I bet children love it even more! There was an Icecream shop, and a delightful Cake shop, many gift and...

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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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  • All Saints'

    York Things to Do

    As said in the previous tip, All Saints Pavement is the Guid Church of York, and therefore the coats of arms of the different guilts are on display at one wall inside. I thought it was much fun to have a look at them, although I did not know all the words. In my picture you can see: 1. the guild of cordwainers - a cordwainer is a shoemaker, but...

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  • Births & Deaths

    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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  • Goodramgate

    York Things to Do

    Goodramgate has a funny name which some people say comes from King Guthrum (Guthrumgate is the older name of the street) who was defeated by King Arthur, or it was named after a local warrior. Others say it was named after a lady called Gudrun, and to me as Swedish, this makes sense since the street was laid in the 11th century late Viking times to...

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  • The Town Of Halifax

    York Things to Do

    Another more unusual building which displays Victorians show-casing their wealth is Wainhouse Tower (1875). At 253 feet high, it dominates the Halifax skyline. The grandeur of these buildings was a reflection of the tremendous growth in industry happening in Halifax at the time.

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  • Micklegate Bar

    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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  • Festivals & Events

    York Things to Do

    Sometimes you get really lucky when you travel. That was the case for us as the one full day we had in York was the 1700th anniversary of the Roman Emperor Constantine's coronation, which took place in York. We came across this ceremony in front of Yorkminster. There were a number of church officials there for the occasion and they had a service in...

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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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  • Out-Of-Town Shopping

    York Things to Do

    One of the major outlet centres in the UK. There are over 80 stores, soon to increase to 160, selling designer and branded goods at discounts ranging from 30% upwards. Names include: The Body Shop, Armani, Ted Baker, Whittards of Chelsea, Calvin Klein, Jaegar, Le Creuset

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  • St Helens

    York Things to Do

    This is an old church. The building that stands here today is medieval, but it is built upon churches that go back to the birth of Christianity. Its name even tells you a story - it's dedicated to St Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great. He was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity and was also proclaimed as emperor, here, in...

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  • Red Tower

    York Things to Do

    When walking the city walls and you leave them at the Red Tower you will pass an "impassable swamp". At least that's what this area used to be - that's why there is no wall here! Now this is your chance to see a little bit of "New York" ;-)

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  • Racecourse

    York Things to Do

    If you're here at the right time, go to The Races. The York Knavesmire racecourse is one of the finest in the country. Races usually take place from Tuesday to Thursday at various times throughout the summer. The racecourse is about 15 minutes walk out of the city centre. When it's not a race day, the road by the course (Knavesmire Road) makes a...

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  • White Scar Cave

    White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in England and is not very well advertised so unless you were looking for something like this to do you wouldn't come across it easily. I didn't know this place existed until a couple of days before I went. I would really recommend that if you are in Yorkshire that you visit White Scar Caves. It's a...

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  • TOUR DE FRANCE

    The Tour du France will be following a route through the beautiful Yorkshire dales in 2014. On the 5th July the cyclists will make their way from the start of the race in Leeds through beautiful countryside towards Skipton in North Yorkshire. They will then travel through the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate where the first stage will finish.The second...

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  • Bolton Abbey

    Bolton Abbey is a prior in ruins located near Skipton in North Yorkshire overlooking the River Wharf. After the Priory closed in 1539 the nave of the priory reopened as a Parish Church. Besides wondering around the ruins of the Priory you can walk over to the bell tower and around the river bank. You can even walk across the river on the stepping...

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  • Mother Shipton's Cave

    Mother Shipton's Cave is located in the Knaresborough area of North Yorkshire and is considered to be one of the oldest attractions in the UK. Mother Shipton was a witch from North Yorkshire who predicted some of England's most terrible tragedies such as the great fire of London and predicted other events such as the Spanish Armada. When purchasing...

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  • Fabulous Falconry Centre

    Lovely country location. Not a big place so makes a nice half day out.The Centre is open 7 days a week from the 1st of March to the 31st of October.They have three displays per day at 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30 which are well worth seeing and really informative. It's fantastic to see the birds flying, the falconers are very knowledgable and obviously...

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  • Richmond Castle

    Richmond's castle is the main attraction to visit in Richmond and is a must do.Centrally located in the town, it was built by the Normans on the Riche-Mont (strong hill,) hence the name Richmond.Work began on the castle in 1071, by Allan Rufus, kinsman of William the Conqueror. It's the oldest stone built Norman castle in the country and it's well...

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  • Ripley Castle

    Privately owned by the Ingilby family, this is a great castle to visit. It's open all year and guided tours are the norm. We didn't like the idea of this but it turned out to be very interesting and great fun.The castle has been awarded the Best Small Visitor Attraction and justly so. Not only do you get to see the castle and all it's beautiful...

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  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway

    Definitely go on this railway line. It is beautiful. But don't just stay on the train - get off and explore the region (just beware of muddy 'public footpaths' - see Grosmont travelogue). A must for fans of Harry Potter, Heartbeat and Wuthering Heights.

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  • Have a look at St Marys Church, Raskelf

    Apparently unique in Yorkshire this small church has a tower with wooden boards as seen in the photo. The church dates back to the 15th century and if you step inside you'll be delighted to see the use of wooden beams around the altar.Another feature I really liked about the church is the living churchyard concept where locals are using some of the...

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