North Yorkshire Things to Do

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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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  • Spa Complex

    Scarborough Things to Do

    Scarborough Spa Complex is located in Scarborough’s picturesque South Bay and is one of the most prestigious venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events on the Yorkshire Coast. Since the Futurist theatre closed recently it remains the towns sole theatre. It is certainly impressive and The Spa has a Grand Hall, which seats nearly...

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  • Prison and Police Museum

    Ripon Things to Do

    This is a rather sombre museum housed in an actual old police station and prison that today tells the story of prison life and police work in Ripon. The police artefacts such as medals , uniforms and even a police motorbike are interesting but it the prison that is full of interest. You can actually image the cold and awful conditions the prisoners...

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  • Minster

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    York Minster is known as the Heart of Yorkshire and is a architectural masterpiece built between the 1220s and the 1470s. There are tours to be made around the Minster and a book and gift shop. The website has details.

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  • The Spa Bridge

    Scarborough Things to Do

    One of the most impressive bridges in England - it was built because there was quite a deep descent to the sea-front from the St. Nicholas Cliff area of the town and a link across the valley to the town centre was needed. In 1826 a new company, The Cliff Bridge Company, leased the Spa from the corporation and in order to maximise its commercial...

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  • Setting The Watch

    Ripon Things to Do

    Ripon is the only place I know of in the UK where a horn blower sets the watch each night at 21.00. The ceremony takes place in the market square every night of the year and setting the watch dates back to 886 when Vikings threated the town. A watchman sounded his horn each evening to assure the townsfolk the area was safe and even though there is...

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  • National Railway Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    You do not have to be a train fan to visit here but I guess it helps. The museum is a look at England's railways over the years and is set partly in the old roundhouse of the York engine sheds. The trains are beautifully restored and there is even a Japanese Bullet train to see. Some engines are cut in half so that the workings can be seen. Re -...

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  • Workhouse Museum

    Ripon Things to Do

    One of the best museums I have ever visited. Workhouses were abolished in England in 1947 but until then had been home to thousands of destitute people and were very harsh places , especially for families with children. The Ripon museum manages to create this austere and cold vision of what workhouse life must have been like. The staff are...

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  • Castle Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Court House Museum

    Ripon Things to Do

    The Court House museum consists of three rooms: the Jury Room, where there are a pair of Halberds displayed on the wall - these were carried during a ceremony to open each Quarter Sessions in a procession of Magistrates with the Gaoler and Master of the House of Correction. The Justices' Retiring Room where there are portraits of many past...

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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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  • Ripon Cathedral

    Ripon Things to Do

    The first stone church on this site was founded by St Wilfrid and dedicated in 672, although it has been rebuilt several times since and the ancient Saxon crypt, one of the oldest in the country, is the only part of Wilfrid's original church that remains to this day. The cathedral also has many other interesting features, not least the medieval...

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  • City Walls

    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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  • 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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  • Jorvik Viking Centre

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    If you are expecting Jorvik to be some sort of theme park ride, you'll be disappointed. It's not.......it's an attempt to present the findings of an incredibly important excavation to the general public, whilst raising funds for continuing research. The unique waterlogged conditions of the Jorvik site enabled all sorts of organic material to be...

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  • Clifford's Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    When they conquered England in 1066 the Normans (from what is now Normandy in France) were very keen on building castles as a demonstration of power and to keep the local population under control. All Norman castles followed the same pattern: first the construction of a high earthen motte (a mound), surrounded by a ditch and palisades, with a tall...

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  • Monk Bar - Richard III Experience

    4.5 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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  • 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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  • Ghost Tours

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    York is known as one of the most haunted cities the world I came across the this stilted person giving out Ghost Walk pamphlet's, took one, and then took his photo! I read the pamphlet and wished I had the time to take the walk, it sounded interesting! Tales are told..... THE Orphans of Bedern is a famous story of the ghosts of the York...

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  • City Gates - Bars

    York Things to Do

    In Medieval times the walled city of York had four gateways and Micklegate Bar, the southern entrance, was the most important. It's name comes from 'mickle' (great)' and 'gata' (street) and it is through this gate that, over the centuries, at least six kings and queens have entered the city. The lowest part of the structure dates from the 1100s...

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  • Shambles Market - Newgate Market

    3.5 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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  • Dick Turpin's Grave - St George's...

    3 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    The grave of " Dick Turpin " Highwayman is in St Georges graveyard York. Real name John Palmer was born in Hempstead Essex in 1705 and executed on the Knavesmire York in 1739, aged 33. Held in York Prison, now York Castle Museum, cell can be seen today.

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  • Merchant Adventurers' 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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  • York Dungeon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Yorkshire Museum

    York Things to Do

    If you don't know much about York's history and its importance as an English city then it really is worth visiting the Yorkshire Museum. It is set in the Museum Gardens and, although its displays are modern and rather more spaced-out than I personally prefer and its explanatory texts and videos clearly intended to be accessible to all they are not...

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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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  • 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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  • St. Mary's Abbey & Hospitium

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    The ruins of St Mary's Abbey, once a Benedictine monastery, lie within what is now York's Museum Gardens. The first church on the site was built in 1055 and dedicated to St Olaf ll of Norway. The abbey expanded over subsequent centuries (there were a few kerfuffles along the way, with a group of monks leaving to set up Fountains Abbey in 1132)....

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  • River Foss - River Ouse

    York Things to Do

    The River Ouse is a focal point of the city. It is a great place to get some “space” away from the tourist masses and for a bit of light exercise. It also causes disastrous flooding from time to time, but hopefully not during your visit.

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  • Museum Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    There is no doubt that the 10-acre botanical Museum Gardens are a real gem, right in the centre of historical York. The gardens, first established in 1830, are always beautifully-maintained, with flowerbeds, squirrels, birds, trees and vast swathes of lawn to sit upon. And sit upon the lawns (and the benches) many people do, both locals and...

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  • Walking Tours

    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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  • Art Gallery

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    New in 2016 is the garden at the rear of York Art Gallery.This is a new area not open to the public before. It is enclosed by the Abbey wall . Access is by the side of the Art Gallery front by the Abbey wall. Access no charge.The tower of St Marys is in the garden corner,

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  • Cat Trail

    5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Multangular Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    During Roman times York...known as Eboracum...was a massively important city. Although its first Roman fort just had turf-and-soil defensive banks they were soon replaced by stone walls. It is not clear whether those first stone fortress walls were either rebuilt or strengthened during the reign of Emperor Septimus Severus, who made Eboracum his...

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  • All Saints Church, Pavement

    York Things to Do

    All Saints Pavement stands on what was once one of the first paved streets in the city...hence its name. There's been a church on this site from well before the Norman conquest in 1066. The church is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1068 but an Anglo-Saxon grave cover (visible inside the church), dating from the 900s, is proof not only that a...

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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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  • Roman Bath Inn

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • King's Manor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Bus Tours

    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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  • 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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  • Boat Hire

    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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  • St William's College

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    St Williams College is a beautiful half-timbered building located close to the Minster. It was shown to me during our VT meeting and I thought it strikingly beautiful at once, especially when the sun was shining and the white looked so bright. The house was built in 1461 and it was a school for the young men educated at the Minster to become...

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  • Lendal Tower

    York Things to Do

    Lendal Tower is at the city end of Lendal Bridge over the River Ouse, on the way to and from York's railway station and railway museum. You could easily pass it by without realising how old it is and how important it once was. The tower dates from the 1200s. Although it isn't open to the public it's worth looking closely at its stonework because...

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