North Yorkshire Things to Do

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North Yorkshire Things to Do

  • Minster

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    It is impossible to explain in words just how magnificent a building York minster is. It's not just its size or its architecture; it's the fact that it was built at a time when the stones were carved by hand, when they were lifted into place by wooden winches and manpower, when men climbed to the heights using only wooden scaffolding. If you visit...

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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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  • Clifford's Tower

    3.5 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • National Railway Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    Titled 2016, because the exhibits change from time to time,example Mallard and The Flying Scotsman are here in Feb 2016. The National Railway Museum is in Leeman Road York, North Yorkshire England.The largest and best railway museum in the world.! Admission is free. Donations welcome. Watch for demos and talks at sites around the museum, the museum...

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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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  • 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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  • Monk Bar - Richard III Experience

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Multangular Tower

    3.5 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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  • Architecture

    York Things to Do

    Sir Thomas Herbert house is in a street called Pavement York.at one end of the Shambles. Sir Thomas Bart was born in this house in York in 1606, he became a Traveller and historian, he was close to King Charles 1 ,and was Gentleman to the Bedchamber of the King. The narrow building to the left of Herbert house is the the Fleece pub, famous for...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Holy Trinity Goodramgate - Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Things to Do

    Holy Trinity church is tucked away between Goodramgate and Deangate and, quite frankly, it is extremely easy to miss. Do try not to miss it if you have any interest in history: it really is an ancient and hugely atmospheric Medieval church, with a wonderfully uneven floor (it's all the burials underneath), magnificent box pews and many original...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • City History

    York Things to Do

    Stamford Bridge near York ( 8 miles ) was the site of the Battle of Stamford Bridge in September 1066. King Harold of England defeated his brother Tostig and King Hardraada of Norway here on 25 September 1066. He went on to the south and was defeated at Hastings same year. Bus number 10 from York is every 30 minutes and takes about 30 minutes.

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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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  • St. Martin Le Grand Church - Admiral's...

    York Things to Do

    The church of St Martin (sometimes called St Martin Le Grand) has stood on its Coney Street site for over a thousand years. The original church was wooden, of course, built on a busy street which was at the heart of the city's commercial life. It is thought that the first stone building was constructed sometime around 1080 and that building was,...

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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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  • 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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  • Bootham Bar

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Walmgate Bar

    York Things to Do

    Walmgate Bar is the most complete of York s gates, it is the only one to retain its barbican ,portcullis and inner doors. The oldest part is 12th C., Barbican 14th C , Wooden gates 15 th C.. The timbered framed building on the city side 16th C . Access to the city walls of York is free.has is Walmgate Bar. As of 2016 a new access to the top of the...

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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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  • Beningbrough Hall - Daytrip

    York Things to Do

    Beningbrough Hall is a large Georgian mansion and was built in 1716 by a York landowner, John Bourchier. It has had a number of owners but the house design today centres on the period from 1916 to 1957 when the house was bought by Enid Scudamore-Stanhope, Countess of Chesterfield,who immediately set about its restoration, filling it with...

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  • Dean's Park

    York Things to Do

    Dean's Park is right next to York Minster and is maintained by the Dean & Chapter a very pleasant city-centre park, with benches, lots of grass to sit upon (it's very popular with those taking their lunchbreak), a variety of trees and excellent views of the Minster and Chapter House exteriors. There's also a refreshment stand (ice-cream, drinks...

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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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  • St. Michael le Belfrey Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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