Welcome to York Illustrated

This website aims to provide virtual visitors and real-world tourists with a brief introduction to key places of interest in the historic city of York, England.

Content is being uploaded on an occasional basis via a series of illustrated articles. Each article focusses on a place or topic that might appeal to someone planning a 'real-world' sightseeing visit to this fascinating city. There are currently 70 articles available and they can all be accessed via the Articles page. Additional articles will be added on an occassional basis throughout 2017-18. In a bid to tempt you to 'virtually explore', summary information for eight of the most popular articles is displayed below.

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The historic defences form a key attraction for most first-time visitors to York. A stroll along at least part of the wall-top walkway is highly recommended. Read more

Photo-Montage: York's City Walls: a photo-montage comprising four photographs of the famous Wall Walk.

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The lower portion of the Grade I listed Multangular Tower is the base of the second century* western angle tower of the Roman legionary fortress of Eboracum. Read more

Photograph: Exterior view of the Multangular Tower (York) from the southwest.

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Clifford's Tower (a.k.a. 'the King's Tower' or 'the Great Tower') is the keep of York Castle. Its 'quadrilobate' (four-lobed) design is unique in England. Read more

Photograph: Clifford's Tower (York) and the steep steps leading up the daffodil-covered motte.

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Micklegate Bar is the grand cermonial entrance to the city of York. It has protected and controlled the city's southwestern approaches since the 12th century. Read more

Photograph: The outer face (southwest elevation) of Micklegate Bar (York).

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The Shambles is York's iconic medieval street. It gains much of its charm and character from the higgledy-piggledy arrangement of its historic buildings. Read more

Photograph: The Shambles (York) at its junction with Little Shambles.

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Skeldergate Bridge has ornate ironwork and lighting. The decommissioned lifting section allowed tall ships to access the wharves and warehouses further upriver. Read more

Photograph: The ornate Skeldergate Bridge and the River Ouse in York.

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Rowntree Park is one of York's hidden gems. Its facilities include wide-open green space, an ornamental lake, an exciting children's playground and a cafe. Read more

Photo-Montage: Four photographs of Rowntree Park, York.

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King's Staith was the main landing stage during the medieval period. It is now a popular and characterful leisure location (except when the river is in flood). Read more

Photograph: King's Staith quayside (York), moored leisure boats, al-fresco diners and old buildings.

The Explore Using Maps option offers an alternative method of accessing the same material. Coded marker-pins are displayed on Google Mapping for each place of interest with a published article. Summary information (similar to that displayed above) can be viewed by clicking / tapping on the markers.

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