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  • 1 Castle Howard Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - York YO60 7DA

    The park is one of the greatest surviving examples of the golden age of landscaping. Various different compositions display views and architectural follies to best effect: the gateway into the park; the fountain of Atlas (to the south); the lake surr..

  • 2 York Minster Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Deangate GB - York YO1 7HH

    The largest gothic church north of the Alps is 160 m long and 76 m wide at the transept. The vault is 27 m high and the steeple 60 m. The main façade, completed between 1430 and 1470 by the addition of the towers, gives it a French-style 13C shape. T..

  • 3 National Railway Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Leeman Road GB - York YO26 4XJ

    Adjoining the National Museum of Science and Industry, this museum is a fascinating journey through the history of the railway in Great Britain since its invention. The Great Hall houses numerous locomotives, including legendary models (such as Stirl..

  • 4 Castle Howard Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - York YO60 7DA

    With its 24m-high dome, Castle Howard is John Vanbrugh's masterpiece. The statues, such as those in the entrance, were among the objects the 4th Count of Carlisle had shipped backfrom Italy. Among these treasures are the altar from the Temple of the ..

  • 5 The Walls Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bootham Bar GB - York YO1

    The 13C walls follow the line of the old Roman fortification to the north of the cathedral and are built on the defensive embankment built by the Vikings. The Normans built fortified gates in the talus, known as bars today, where certain roads leadin..

  • 6 Rievaulx Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Nr Helmsley GB - Rievaulx YO62 5LB

    The first major monastery to be built by Cistercians, Rievaulx was founded in 1132 and the monastic buildings were probably completed in the early 12C. The nave dates back to 1135-1140. The sanctuary walls in a 13C Early English style still stand thr..

  • 7 York Castle Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Eye of York GB - York YO1 9RY

    The former debtors' prison and women's prison now house a museum of daily life. Kirkgate is the exact reproduction of a Victorian street, with a Hansom cab, named after its designer. The Saxon Coppergate Helmet, found while digging in the Jorvik Cent..

  • 8 Fairfax House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castlegate GB - York YO1 9RN

    Built by Viscount Fairfax for his sister Anne in 1755, this Georgian house was used for 50 years as a dancehall and cinema, then was saved from destruction in 1983-84. It now houses a collection of furniture, paintings, clocks and Georgian porcelain...

  • 9 Jorvik Viking Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    Coppergate GB - York YO1 9WT

    In 1976, archaeologists unearthed four rows of houses from the Viking city containing remarkable objects such as boots, shoes and pins, as well as preserved plants and insets. Two rows show an archaeological dig, the other two have been carefully reb..

  • 10 Merchant Adventurers' Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Picadilly Street GB - York YO1 9XD

    This superb house located below Fossgate and Picadilly Street, near the houses dating back to the Middle Ages, belonged to the Holy Trinity Merchant Adventurers' Guild. This corporation was the richest and most powerful in York, wich explains the pre..

  • 11 Shambles Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Shambles GB - York CT1 7LX

    Lined with corbelled houses, this is the most popular of the many picturesque streets in the city. Nearby, Pavement, with its church dedicated to all saints, is thus named because it was the first paved street of the Middle Ages.

  • 12 Clifford's Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Tower Street GB - York YO1 9SA

    The tower was built between 1250 and 1275 by Henry III to replace the wooden fort of William the Conqueror that was burned down in 1190 by the people who besieged the Jews who had hidden there. It is named after Roger of Clifford who, after his captu..

  • 13 Assembly Rooms

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Blake Street GB - York YO1 7FD

    Designed by Richard Boyle, third count of Burlington, and built in 1731, these rooms include an Egyptian Room of admirable proportions, with Corinthian columns and clear windows. The rooms were devoted to dancing and games following the development o..

  • 14 Yorkshire Museum

    Museums and art

    Museum Gardens GB - York YO1 7FR

    This museum relives the history of York and its surroundings from the Roman invasion via the Viking period and Middle Ages. The Middleton Jewel and the Middleton Ring, both of which were probably linked to the Neville family from Middleton Castle (so..

  • 15 York City Art Gallery

    Museums and art

    Exhibition Square GB - York YO1 7EW

    Vast collection of paintings from 1350 to the present day, with many portraits and studies of nudes by William Etty (1787-1849), a York-born painter buried at St Olave's Cemetery in Marygate.

  • 16 Treasurer's House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Minster Yard GB - York YO1 7JL

    Rebuilt in the 17 and 18C, the treasury house of York Cathedral has a magnificent line of rooms containing furniture and paintings from different era. The great room has an unusual staircase dating back to 1700. The ceiling of the dining room (early ..

  • 17 Helmsley Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castlegate GB - Helmsley YO62 5AB

    North of the village stands this castle, protected by walls and moats. Its original D-shaped keep was destroyed after the Civil War. The western wing and the tower are built on 12C foundations and became private apartments in the 16C.

  • 18 Duncombe Park

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Helmsley YO62 5EB

    In this baroque style house, with Palladian elements, the main rooms are decorated with Edwardian style and hung with family portraits. The bedrooms are furnished in the French and Italian styles, and in the cellar, the servants' quarters house archi..

  • 19 Rievaulx Terrace

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Rievaulx YO62 5LJ

    The natural terrace was arranged in a country style that was in fashion in the 18C to become a long grassy terrace with views over the ruins of Rievaulx Monastery and a part of the Rye. To the south, there is the circular temple in a Tuscan style and..

  • 20 Castle Howard Chapel

    Religious buildings

    GB - York YO60 7DA

    The chapel has fine stained-glass windows designed in the 19C by Edward Burne-Jones and executed by William Morris in 1872. The subject matter is classic Pre-Raphaelite; from left to right: The Annunciation, The Nativity, The Adoration of the Magi an..

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