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What to see by foot: York

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Few cities in England are as rich in history as York, and much can be explored by taking a walking tour of the city. York's crowning glory is its Minster, or cathedral, which originates from the early 7th century; much of the present building, however, dates from the 13th century. York Minster is characterized by three towers built in the 15th century. The central tower is lantern-shaped, and from the top of the tower on a clear day there are panoramic views of York and the Vale of York.

Close to York Minster is the York Museum and Gardens, which displays collections of Roman and Viking artifacts, as well as dinosaur bones. Another excellent museum is York Castle Museum, one of the finest folk museums in the country. Its unique feature is a re-creation of a Victorian cobbled street, Kirkgate, named for the museum's founder, Dr. John Kirk. There are also period rooms ranging from a neoclassical Georgian dining room to an overstuffed and heavily adorned Victorian parlor.

At some point in your exploration, you may want to visit the Shambles. Once the meat-butchering centre of York, it dates from before the Norman Conquest. The messy business is gone now, but the ancient street survives, filled today with jewellery stores, cafes, and buildings that huddle so closely together that you can practically stand in the middle of the pavement, arms outstretched, and touch the houses on both sides of the street.

Another of York's historical attractions is the City Walls. Built in Roman times, they've been added to and rebuilt over time and now have parts from across the centuries. Originally built as defenses, the focus is now on conservation. Whilst on the walls why not call into the Micklegate Bar Museum, a fascinating museum devoted to the history of York.

Alternatively, the Jorvik Viking Centre is devoted to the study of the Viking city, discovered many feet below present ground level. It was reconstructed as it stood in 948, and in a "time car," you can travel back through the ages to 1067, when
Normans sacked the city.

For a fine example of medieval architecture in York visit the Merchant Adventurers' Hall. Built in 1357-62, it is the largest timber-framed building in York and tells the story of the city's growth, prosperity and power. Otherwise, you can disappear into the Snickleways of York to find Barley Hall, a wonderful Medieval townhouse now restored to its former glory.

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Travelodge York Tadcaster

Knavesmire Manor Hotel

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Black Bull

Elmbank Hotel

Ramada Jarvis Abbey Park

Holgate Hill Hotel

York Pavilion Hotel

York Moat House

The Queens Hotel

Monkbar Hotel

Novotel York

Heworth Court Hotel

Kilima Hotel

York Marriott Hotel

Ramada Jarvis York

The Grange Hotel

Hilton York

Aldwark Manor

Travelodge York Central

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