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What to see by foot: York
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
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.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Quality Hotel York
Travelodge York Tadcaster
Knavesmire Manor Hotel
Ramada Encore York
Holiday Inn York
Le Meridien York
Ramada Jarvis Abbey Park
Holgate Hill Hotel
York Pavilion Hotel
York Moat House
The Queens Hotel
Heworth Court Hotel
York Marriott Hotel
Ramada Jarvis York
The Grange Hotel
Travelodge York Central
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