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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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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.
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.
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.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of York: Landmarks & Hidden Gems
The walled city of York was founded by the ancient Romans and is famed for the huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, The Multangular Tower and its ancient cobbled streets. On your private walking tour with a former York police officer, you will:

  • Walk along the ancient city walls with spectacular views of the York Minster.
  • See local curiosities, like  the oldest inhabited house in York
  • Visit of the historic Roman column and the Multangular Tower, which is over 2000 years old
  • Walk along The Shambles, York’s famed street - believed used as an inspiration in the Harry Potter films
  • Finish your tour with a drink along the river at an old engine house, where you can settle in for a cozy rest of your day.
With a history dating back to the ancient Romans, the walled city of York is home to a massive 13th-century Gothic cathedral. The city’s walls form an interesting walkway for both visitors and locals alike. Though the city is compact, each street and historic building is steeped in centuries and even millennia of history. Uncover the magic of York with your private local guide. Pop into The Grand Hotel, where you'll learn about the history of the railways stations in York  and the way trains revolutionized the country, while making York the epicentre of travel in the North East.  Marvel in the spectacular views of York Minster,  one of northern Europe’s largest cathedrals and an architectural masterpiece that emits a radiating glow over the city. 

Let history continue to unfold before you, as you pass the place where Guy Fawkes was born, now a pub with his namesake. Weaving through the city, you'll discover 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 Grade I listed building situated on the river Ouse. The tour finishes at The Star Inn, an old engine house which sits on the edge of the Museum Gardens by the River Ouse. Now a lovely restaurant, and your guide's favourite place to eat, it's a real taste of Yorkshire. 
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