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Beautiful, and Historical York is considered by many as an amazing tourist hot spot. With its scenic views, variety of shops, bars, and restaurants, and many excellent attractions, York is definitely one of the cities everyone needs to visit at least once in their lifetime.
With so many activities to choose from when you are here, we decided it might help to put a list together of some of the top york attractions just for you.
The York Minster
The Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, and since the 7th century, it has been at the centre of Christianity in the north of England. The Minster was built for the glory of God, and every aspect of this ancient building – from the exquisite, handcrafted stone through to the unrivaled collection of medieval stained glass – tells the story of Jesus Christ. The Minster invites you to marvel at its magnificent architecture and discover the sacred place that it is, a place that has attracted people from across the globe for more than 1000 years.
York’s City Walls
York’s City walls leave a lasting impression of this beautiful city. Built mainly in the 14th century, the walls incorporate some of the city’s original Roman structures and totals some three miles in length. The stretch of wall between Bootham Bar and Monk Bar offers excellent views of the York Minster. You can also visit the Richard III Experience in Monk Bar and the Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar. These two top York attractions offer a fascinating take on the lives of two of England’s best-known medieval kings.
Clifford’s Tower is located next to the Castle Museum which is between Fishergate and Skeldergate Bridge. The original building ‘York Castle’ was built of wood by the Normans in 1068 and Clifford’s Tower which is the oldest remaining part was Constructed in the 13th century as a replacement for the wooden fortress and named after Roger de Clifford, who was executed here in 1322 as leader of the Lancastrian party.
York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum is built on the same site as Clifford’s Tower which is the same site as the original ‘York Castle’. York Castle Museum offers a marvelous insight into the English way of life throughout the centuries. One of its best features is the recreated Victorian Kirkgate Street, complete with an operating old-fashioned sweet shop.
The shambles is one of York’s biggest tourist attractions, it’s a narrow 14th-century thoroughfare with lovely overhanging timber-framed buildings, filled with a mix of shops, restaurants, tearooms, and boutiques. The Shambles is very popular with Harry Potter fans due to its resemblance to Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films, and because it hosts a few well-stocked Harry Potter merchandise shops down there too.
Jorvik Viking Centre
The Jorvik Viking Centre in Coppergate shows visitors the daily lives of the Vikings in 9th-century Jorvik. The site includes a sit-down ride that takes you around a reconstruction of Viking dwellings and medieval workshops and you can view the remains of a 1,000-year-old wooden house that the centre is built over.
The National Railway Museum
The National Railway Museum has an impressive array of locomotives and carriages dating from 1820 to the present day. Among the many exhibits in the Great Hall are a Victorian mail train from 1838, turn-of-the-century freight and steam trains, and luxurious Edwardian Pullman carriages. It also houses a collection of royal trains and carriages, as well as over a million artifacts related to Britain’s rich railway history.
The Yorkshire Museum & Gardens
The Yorkshire Museum contains a superb geological and natural history collection, as well as many important Roman and Anglo-Saxon archaeological artifacts, and a 1000-year-old Cawood sword which is the best-preserved Viking weapon in the world. You can also spend time in the beautiful museum gardens for free, with 10 acres, the gardens are home to over 40 species of birds, trees, flowers, and shrubs, and it is where the ruined walls and arches of St. Mary’s Abbey preside.
The Yorkshire Air Museum
The Yorkshire Air Museum is one of the largest independent museums of aviation in the United Kingdom. The museum sits on the former site of RAF Elvington in North Yorkshire, a World War II airfield used extensively by Allied Bomber crew during the war. It is a registered charity dedicated to the history of aviation which was also set up as a Memorial to all allied air forces personnel, particularly those who served in the Royal Air Force during WWII. Their unique assets are:
- An authentic WWII Bomber Command site with original buildings, offering a unique atmosphere and strong national and local heritage.
- The only complete restored Halifax Bomber aircraft in Europe.
- A site of historical significance as it was home to the only two French heavy bomber squadrons of WWII between 1944 and 1945.
- One of the rare reproductions of the Cayley Glider, the first British manned flying vehicle, created by Scarborough-born Sir George Cayley.
Murton Park is a one-stop Living Museum for those who love to create memories that can span the eons of time. Perfect for all generations and crafted especially to engage the young. It plays home, and host, to some of the best-known and most accomplished historical re-enactment Societies in the North of England. Look out for the special events held throughout the year when groups like the cowboy Trail Blazers Western Re-enactment society, Jorvikingi Viking Re-enactment society, or Jorfor’s Hall Early Medieval Re-enactment and Living History Group, take up residence at Murton Park. With its own Museum, Railway, Animals, Playground, and Living History Sites – they have something for everyone.
Piglets Adveture Park
Piglets Adventure Farm is a perfect attraction for those with younger family members! It’s a fantastic mix of play, animals, and food. With lots of different areas to explore, piglets will keep your kids entertained all day long.
The Web Adventure Park
The Web Adventure Park offers something for everyone, whatever the age. They have a huge indoor play area, a large outdoor adventure park, a water play area, and an Animal zone! There is also a large high ropes course – Wired – which you can book separately. On weekends and holidays, they open their fairground rides, all included in the ticket! New to the Park this season is the Jurassic Mini Golf and indoor Ninja Course. They also have an expanded Animal Area and large event space which hosts events at different times of the year.
York’s Chocolate Story
York’s Chocolate Story is a fascinating fully guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. On the tour find out how to cocoa is transformed from bean to bar, unwrap the secrets of York’s most famous brands, learn to taste chocolate like an expert, and marvel at the skills of their professional chocolatiers!
With so many fantastic places to visit and enjoy, it’s no wonder that so many people recommend York as the place to go for a break!
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