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.

Nearby Attractions

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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.
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.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of York
Stroll amongst beautifully preserved historic buildings within York’s ancient encircling walls to discover a 2,000-year past and a vibrant, modern-day culture. On your private walking tour of York, you will:

  • Discover a magnificent array of architecture spanning a rich variety of styles and eras in a fine walled city founded by the ancient Romans.
  • Marvel at the city’s most resplendent and iconic landmarks including Guildhall, York Minster, Theatre Royal, Parliament Square, Multangular Tower and The Shambles.
  • Visit York Minster and marvel and the spectacular views from the old city walls.
  • Delve into cobblestone side streets, stone squares and medieval lanes backdropped by the banks of the River Ouse.
  • Admire ancient relics including hilltop Clifford’s Tower, built in Henry II’s reign more than nine centuries ago.
  • See the inspiration for York-born poet W.H. Auden (1907), and the Bloomsbury literary group who met in York regularly between 1904 and WWII.
  • Enjoy a pint or house wine at a pub while your guide gives you their local recommendations. 
First, the largest remaining part of York Castle, Clifford’s Tower - once a centre of Government and one of the city’s best-loved landmarks. A stroll down the hill takes you to The Shambles, one of the world’s best-preserved medieval streets as mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. From skinny 14th century alleyways and overhanging timber buildings, venture to the wide sweeping boulevard of Parliament Street, popular with jugglers and street artists. St Helen's Square is dominated by the grandeur of the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s official residence. Similarly resplendent, Guildhall is located beyond the Mansion house, and is an imposing first Grade I listed 15th pile situated on the River Ouse.

Next to Roman-era defensive structure Multangular Tower (209AD-211AD) before visiting magnificent York Minster, Northern Europe’s largest cathedral and an architectural masterpiece that emits a radiating glow over the city. Your tour finishes with a drink at a local pub, where you can enjoy a pint or a glass of house wine, while your guide gives you the definitive local guide to York. 


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