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

    York Things to Do

    The size of York Minister and its architecture are striking. It's over 500 feet wide and has a central tower almost 200 feet high. While you are looking around the Minster bear in mind it took over 250 years to complete and the only tools they had then were simple levers, pulleys and hoists. Many Masons and Carpenters spent their entire working...

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  • Shambles

    York Things to Do

    When visiting Yorks almost nobody misses the Shambles which is an old picturesque street with overhanging timber-framed buildings. Some of them are dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles (or Fleshammels literally 'flesh-shelves'). The word for the shelves that butchers used to display their...

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  • Jorvik Viking Centre

    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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  • Clifford's Tower

    York Things to Do

    A tower dedicated to Clifford. It sits on top of a hill and the views are good. Inside there is a shop and not much else. I would think this was not worth the entrance fee really. It is not cheap and my tip is don't bother, hope this is useful.

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  • Castle Museum

    York Things to Do

    I spent an afternoon exploring the York Castle Museum and the prison. The museum is designed for visitors to travel in the past and relive how local people lived over the last 400 years. There are exhibitions about the English Civil War, The Siege of Hull, The Storming of Selby and The Siege of York. There are replicas of rooms such as a Victorian...

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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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  • 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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  • National Railway Museum

    York Things to Do

    The National Railway Museum in York tells the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society. Railways drove the industrial revolution of the 19th century. Where previously goods had to move by horse and cart, canal barge or ship the railways meant factories were no longer tied to the watermills or the coal-seams that provided power....

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  • City Walls - General

    York Things to Do

    When I saw the Red Tower I was really surprised because it looked totally different compared to the other gates and towers of the city walls. When I read the information sign, I learned that this is because the lower part of the tower is now buried in the earth, so what we see is only the top - together with a rough stone base, it would look much...

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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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  • 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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  • Merchant Adventurer's Hall

    York Things to Do

    Set in beautiful gardens in the centre of historic York, the Merchant Adventurers' Hall is a medieval guildhall and was one of the most important buildings in the medieval city. It is open for public use as a fully functioning museum, wedding and hospitality setting and meeting place. There are three main rooms in the Hall where the medieval...

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  • Treasurer's House

    York Things to Do

    The Treasurer's House also features a wonderful garden, and the great thing is that this garden is free to visit - you don't need to pay the entrance fee to the house to go there. There is a small gate in the wall surrounding the garden, and you can just walk in. This must be one of the favourites of all the wonderful gardens I visited in the UK....

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  • Riverside

    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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  • 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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  • Barley Hall

    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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  • Yorkshire Musem, Gardens, Etc.

    York Things to Do

    The Museum Gardens were another of my very favourite places in the city. They are a wonderful area stretching from the river to the Yorkshire Museum, and featuring some interesting sights such as St Mary's Abbey, the Hospitium and St Leonard's Hospital. But apart from these sights, they are just a perfect area to relax. I loved coming here in the...

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  • Surroundings

    York Things to Do

    While I stayed in York, I did five day trips in total. My first one was to Scarborough, where VT member Colin showed me around. Scarborough is very easy to reach from York, and it is a nice seaside town with the ruins of an old castle, a pretty harbour and connections to the Bronte sisters. Picture 4 shows Scarborough harbour. Two days later, I...

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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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  • Monk Bar

    York Things to Do

    Located in Monk Bar, there is another small museum, the Richard III Museum. The gate was constructed in the early 14th century and the large gatehouse (the largest of any of York's) includes three different rooms. Each room could be defended separately, therefore the gate was a small fortress in itself. The portcullis is still there and the last...

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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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  • Fairfax House

    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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  • 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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  • Market

    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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  • 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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  • Stonegate Area

    York Things to Do

    Eboracum was a fort and city in Roman Britain. The settlement evolved into York. We had an interesting excursion around Roman remains. You will also find the statue of Constantine the Great outside York Minster. He came to Eboracum and in 306 became the second Emperor to die there. Substantial remains of the headquarters building of the Roman...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Births & Deaths

    York Things to Do

    Dick Turpin was not born in York, he was just executed here. Don’t be upset, Mr. Turpin was a bad man. He started out life in the south and was born in 1706. He grew up without too much fuss and was best friends with his own schoolmaster. He married, became a butcher, and then began to thieve livestock. In those days such theft was punishable by...

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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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  • 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

    St. Helen's Square is a lively area in downtown York. There's lots of people, cafes, benches and an old church here: St. Helen's dating back to the 13th century. Back then it was the chuch for the local glass painters.

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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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  • 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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  • Brimham Rocks

    Don't miss visiting Brimham Rocks if you are anywhere near Harrogate or Pately Bridge. They are such an incredible sight!! We have visited twice but unfortunately the second visit was bitterly cold.The rocks are scattered over an area of 50 acres on Brimham Moor, which is at a height of over 300 metres. The land belongs to the National Trust and...

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