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Unlock the magic of York

York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its home to a massive 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster which has medieval stained-glass window and two bell towers. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. York is a compact city packed full of exciting, unmissable experiences including The Monk Bar gate which houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III.

Attractions in York

Clifford's Tower
The original tower was built after the Norman conquest of York in 1068 - a tumultuous history continued for centuries after.
Shambles
A fourteenth century street with overhanging eaves, some have traced the history back to the 1068 Domesday Book.
York Minster
Dedicated to Saint Peter, the cathedral of York dates back to the 15th century and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.
Parliament St
Enjoy a stroll down the quaint, shop-lined Parliament Street for a feel of the city of York from days gone by.
St Helen's Square
Named for St Helen's Church located in the square, the area has been a gathering place for locals for nearly three centuries.
York Guildhall
The guildhall began as a meeting house for guilds in the 15th century. It was bombed in a blitz during WWII and was reopened with a new stained glass window after the war.
York Theatre Royal
Built on the site of a former hospital, the theatre began showing pays in 1744 and remains operational today.
Museum Gardens
Covering over 10 acres in the center of the city, the York Museum Gardens are well-maintained, sprawling botanical gardens.
Helmsley Castle
Built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Rye, Helmsley Castle is a medieval castle situated in the market town of Helmsley, within the North York Moors National Park.
Helmsley Walled Garden
The garden is nestled at the bottom of the North York Moors between Duncombe Park and the scheduled ancient monument of Helmsley Castle.
Rievaulx Abbey
Located in the valley of the North York Moor, Rievaulx Abbey are impressive ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries.
Mallyan Spout Waterfall
The waterfall is located in the village of Goathland and has a vertical drop of 70 feet. The water finds its route downhill until it has nowhere to go but over the edge of Mallyan Spout, creating a beautiful, natural setting among the eroded cliffs and riverbank.
Wheeldale Roman Road
An enigmatic mile-long stretch of an ancient road amid wild and beautiful moorland which still has its hardcore and drainage ditches.
Goathland Station
A beautiful village station and attraction in its own right, but Goathland’s claim to fame is definitely its appearance as Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone'.
Kilburn White Horse
The White Horse was designed and financed by Thomas Taylor, who marked out the figure of a horse on a hillside and a team of volunteers deposited 6 tons of lime on the naturally greyish rock beneath to whiten it.
Lake Gormire
Formed by glacial erosion over 20,000 years ago, Lake Gormire is full of myths and mystery around its formation as it has no major inflow or outflow of water - confounding people who wondered how the lake was fed.
Roulston Scar
The largest of a series of promontory forts located along the west and north edges of the Hambleton Hills. The defences surround the entire promontory (some 24 hectares or 60 acres) make it the largest and strongest prehistoric enclosure in Yorkshire.
Castle Howard
Built for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle and taking over 100 years to complete, today Castle Howard remains home to the Howard family.
Brideshead Revisited
In both film versions of Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard is used as the stately home of the Flyte family. The grounds were used extensively throughout filming as well.
The grounds at Castle Howard
Covering an astounding 8,800 acres, the grounds of Castle Howard are the idyllic location to enjoy a walk filled with rich history and colourful cinematic tales.
Castle Howard Mausoleum
Renowned as one of the largest free-standing mausoleums in northern Europe, it remains the private burial grounds for the Howard family for generations.
The Temple of the Four Winds
Designed in the early 18th century, it was used by the family as an oasis on the grounds to read and enjoy refreshments.
City Walls of York
Built mainly in the 13th century and extended for 2 miles, York’s City Walls offer a splendid elevated walk around the city.
St Mary’s Abbey
It was established in 1088 as a Benedictine monastery inside the city walls of York and became one of the largest and most powerful monasteries in the north of England.
River Ouse
The Ouse flows for 60 miles through the city of York and the town of Selby to join the River Aire. The name Ouse is of Celtic origin and is formed from the word 'USA' which means water.
Coneysthorpe village
Only 4 miles away from Castle Howard you can find this beautiful small village and civil parish were The Centenary Way long-distance path runs through.
Howardian Hills
Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1987 the Howardian Hills covers 77 square miles of woods, farmland and historic parkland which take their name from the Howard family whose great mansion still dominates this area.
Coxwold Village
Coxwold is a small attractive village on the South-western edge of the North York Moors, just inside the boundaries of the National Park.
Grays Court
Hidden down the narrow Chapter House Street between the Minster and the walls, with a history dating back to the 11th century, it's possibly the city's oldest continuously lived-in private house, originally built for the Archbishop of York's first Treasurer.
York & Selby Magistrates Court
This building is listed under 'Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas' as amended for its special architectural & historic interest.
High & Low Petergate
Petergate is one of the most fascinating streets in York divided into High Petergate and Low Petergate and named due to its proximity with the Minster dedicated to St Peter.
Stillington
An attractive village about 10 miles north of York.
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