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 time. The interior of the quality looks quite modern, though, very spacious and with a lot of light. There are paintings from the 14th to the 20th century, and from many different countries. In addition, there is also pottery. However, the gallery will be closed until Easter 2015 because of refurbishment.
The building and the square are still worth a look. On the square, there is also a nice fountain and a statue of William Etty, a painter who was born in York in 1787.
York was once home to chocolate production at Terrys and Rowntrees factories in the city. This attraction takes you on a journey of chocolate from its roots in South America to the secrets of chocolate making in York. You can see how chocolate is made and the history of famous English chocolate bars such as Smarties, Kit Kat, Aero, Rolos , Black Magic and of course the famous Terrys chocolate orange.
You can save 20% on admission prices by booking on line in advance.
I have never been here but in my quest to bring you a comprehensive York site here is a museum that will appeal to people interested in military history. The Royal Dragoons are an old established regiment that can trace its history back to 1685 and here you will see memorabilia from early times to current conflicts and times.
There is a small gift shop and good disabled access.
I must admit to never having visited but my son has and he says its good fun. I only include as part of my plan to make really informative York pages.
I do have one 2010 2 for 1 entry voucher - the first person to send me a message here at VT will get it.
St Anthony's Hall was Originally built as the headquarters of a religious guild in the 15th century and has had many uses over the years including a chapel, workhouse, hospital, prison and a school, It is now the home to Europes only Quilt Museum and Gallery and is the headquarters for the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles
Prices for 2010:
Adult - £6.00
Child - £2.00
Concessions - £5.00
OGBI Member - £3.00
Group Bookings 10% discount for pre-booked groups of 10 or more
Monday to Saturdays- 10am to 4pm from April to September
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm from October to March
It was known for a long time that York was of Roman Origin. But if you have a pub in the 1930s and want to have a cellar room digged out, you don’t expect the remains of of a roman bath to be found. So no cellar for the pub, but archeological excavations. As a visitor you can have a look at the remains and explanatory boards help you finding out where all the rooms were made for. It is also interesting to see how medieval architcts simply put the walls of the new building (where the pub is now) on top of the old stones. Indeed a very interesting experience and with very friendly staff, a nice place to go. The Roman Bath is not really big (do not expect such a big thing as in Bath…), so half an hour is more than enough for this tiny museum. When at the Roman Bath ask for the free discount card for the “hidden secrets” of York. If you pay the full price at one of these attractions, you will only pay half the price at the other four. The “hidden secrets” are Barley Hall, the Richard III museum, Micklebar Gate Museum, the Roman Bath and the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall.
Richard III is one of the most controversiol characters in British History and one of the most interesting. When his nephew, Edward V, inherited the throne from his father and Richard’S brother Edward IV, he was merely 12 years old. Did Richard had him imprisoned in the tower and later had him killed just to gain power for himself? Did he see a boy king as a potential danger to the country in such times of instability? Did Richard want to prevent the Woodvilles, the family from Edward V’s mother, to gain more power? Or is Richard just a victim from a complot of the Lancastrain, the opposing party in the War of Roses which was still going on?
Judge for yourself in the Richard III Museum where you can read about all the facts surrounding the boys’ assasination as well. The exhibition has a tabloid-style covery (including one issue where you can dial a phone number to vote on who is the culprit), many explanatory boards, some dolls with pre-recorded voices. Its not modern standard, but lovely made and interesting for everyone interested in this part of history. The museum is supported by the Richard III society and is maybe biased in favour of Richard III. However, it is not more biased in favour of him as places and texts relying on Shakespeare only are biased against him. A handful of non-Richard related items are also there. Among them are a prison cell for catholics and an exectuion chamber (ecumenical…). The porticullis of Monk Bar, the only one preserved in York, can be operated by visitors (though not fully levelled, so no chance to kill innocent pedestrians). I also liked the confession book where you can confess some sins like adultery and gluttony. When at the Richard III Museum ask for the free discount card for the “hidden secrets” of York. If you pay the full price at one of these attractions, you will only pay half the price at the other four. The “hidden secrets” are Barley Hall, the Richard III museum, Micklebar Gate Museum, the Roman Bath and the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall.
I enjoy art and I enjoyed this gallery. It had a wide range of artists from different times and styles. I don't remember it costing anything. I think it was a volunteer donation. I spent about an hour in here and it was a relaxing hour.
With four different sets of Hornby models, this is a must for anyone seriously into railways or for parents with young children to entertain. Here you have models of the Orient express but also an ordinary 125 train which you can then see for real in the station just behind the museum. There is of course also some focus on Thomas the Tank Engine for the younger visitors.
Possibly one of York's best kept secrets is this fascinating Museum situated in York's tallest and most impressive Medieval Gatehouse - Monk Bar. Built in the 14th Century as part of York's famous City Walls it was originally a guard house and has been both a prison and a police house, lived in until 1914.
The bar boasts a rare example of a working portcullis, last lowered in 1953. Largely original, the ancient mechanism still works and can be operated by visitors.
There are three rooms in all, the uppermost is said to have been added by King Richard himself in 1484, allegedly supervising its construction and paying for it out of his own money.
In 1992 it was decided to convert Monk Bar into the Richard III Museum, in honour of the King many felt had been unjustly maligned by historians.
As well as the exhibition where Richard is put on trial there is an extensive gift shop, offering books, prints and general souvenirs. Many of these are exclusive to the museum.
( Taken from the website )
The King's Manor, one of historic York's most attractive and unusual sites, is enjoying a renaissance which is both physical and intellectual. As home to University of York staff and students, its buildings and grounds epitomise the sensitive and appropriate use of historic structures. In 1995 the Department of Archaeology (incorporating the former Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies) joined the Centre for Medieval Studies in the complex of buildings that form the King's Manor. They were joined in 1998 by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. The conjunction of these major areas of scholarship has been the spur to flourishing inter-disciplinary projects.
As the city-centre premises of the University of York, the King's Manor has a sure place in the future. The staff of Archaeology, Medieval Studies and Eighteenth Century Studies have built up unparalleled reputations through innovative teaching and world-leading research, characteristics which have become the hallmark of the University.
And this group of largely Grade I medieval buildings is a vivid evocation of the past. Originally the Abbot's House of St Mary's Abbey, the King's Manor served the Tudors and Stuarts as a seat of government, becoming residences in the 18th century and a school in the 19th. The history of the King's Manor weaves a continuous thread in the history of York since medieval times.(Taken from the official web site)
View by appointment but you can walk in the grounds.
This can be found in Aldwark just under the city walls and is a medieval hall dating back to the 14th century.
Admission is free and the hall s open for viewing from 10 - 16.00 between May and October. Used mainly as an exhibition and confernce centre or for functions it is worth seeing if time permits.
Located right next to the Railway Station, roughly near the Station car park entrance on Station Road.
This spot features a series of Model Railway layouts in various gauges - mostly OO + N Gauge, which you can "play" with by pressing buttons to make various bits of it work.
Also includes a well stocked Model / Gift shop stocking GRAHAM FARISH British N-Gauge items, alongside the usual OO (Hornby) type stuff & postcards.
There's a new observation wheel in York attached to the National Railway Museum. While the museum itself is free, it costs to go on the wheel. It just opened and is going to be there for 3 years at least. It's 54 metres high, and the pods will hold 8 people, so the website says. I think they would have to be small people or kids though because it's more likely that 6 adults could fit and then, a bit squashed. When we went, there were four of us, two aside and that was great. You go around once as they are stopping to fill up the 42 air conditioned pods and then go around 3 times so it's pretty good value for money. It will be open in the evenings up to 9 p.m. all summer and after that until 6. Costs are 6 pounds per adult, 4 per child, kids under 4 are free. Family rates and concessions available. One VIP pod available for hire and you can also get a private pod for a price.
You can access it through the museum or from the street. The museum and wheel are just behind the railway station though not a long walk from the city center either.
The impressive building outside the city walls near Bootham Bar is the City Art Gallery, has a small collection of English and medieval paintings.