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Content for this website is being uploaded via an occassional series of illustrated articles. Each article focusses on a place or topic that might appeal to someone planning a 'real-world' sightseeing visit to the historic city of York. Summary information for each of the available articles is displayed below (and on the overflow pages).

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(Applies to Places of Interest only)
(Applies to Places of Interest only)

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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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Contemporary accounts relating to the design, construction and operation of Skeldergate Bridge, York. Read more

Photograph: A tour boat on the River Ouse about to pass beneath Skeldergate Bridge (York).

Place of Interest
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This attractive magnesian limestone wall in Dean's Park once formed part of an arcade associated with the 12th century palace used by the Archbishops of York. Read more

Photograph: Poppy wreaths laid beside Kohima Memorial, Dean's Park (York).

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The Artist's Garden is a pleasant outdoor space designed specifically to display temporary art installations and to host occassion outdoor arts events. Read more

Photograph: The "Foundation Myths" art installation in the Artists Garden (York).

Place of Interest
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York Castle has been used to dispense 'justice' for almost 1,000 years. The Assize Courts Building in the inner-bailey was constructed between 1773 and 1777. Read more

Photograph: The front steps and pedimented portico of York's assize courts building.

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The Blue Bridge is a manually-operated double-leaf bascule footbridge across Browney Dyke (a section of the River Foss near its confluence with the River Ouse). Read more

Photograph: The Blue Bridge across River Foss (York) showing double bascules and lifting mechanism.

Place of Interest
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Castle Mills Bridge was built in 1955 and 1956 to carry Tower Street (part of York's Inner Ring Road) across the River Foss (aka the Foss Navigation). Read more

A photograph showing parts of Castle Mills Lock, Castle Mills Bridge and the River Foss in York.

Place of Interest
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Castle Mills Lock is 34 metres long x 6 metres wide. It was built in 1796, widened in 1889 and is now the only operational lock on the Foss Navigation. Read more

Photograph: The River Foss at Castle Mills Lock / Foss Basin (York).

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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.

Place of Interest
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Coppergate Walk and St Mary's Square are relatively recent additions to York's modern shopping area, opening to the public in 1984. Read more

Photograph: Coppergate Walk and St Marys Square (York), with tourists and shoppers.

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These interpretive cross-sections through the ramparts of York's city defences show how the size and shape of the earth bank evolved over time. Read more

Photograph: Interpretive cross-sections through the rampart of York's city defences.

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Cumberland House is the oldest surviving commercial riverside building in York. It was built circa 1710 by William Cornwell as his townhouse and warehouse. Read more

Photograph: River barge moored alongside King's Staith (York), with Cumberland House beyond.

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The Deanery is the private residence of the Dean of York Minster. The Dean is responsible for the day to day running of the Minster. Read more

Photograph: The neo-Georgian facade, gravel drive and front lawn of the Deanery (York).

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The Debtors' Prison was built in the attractive 'English Baroque' style between 1701 and 1705. Originally the County Gaol, it is now part of York Castle Museum. Read more

Photograph: York's former County Gaol (aka the Debtors' Prison Building) and the 'Eye of York'.

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The 'Edible Wood' is a small publicly accessible (wheelchair-friendly) garden dedicated to plants that contain at least one edible component. Read more

Photograph: The "Edible Wood" garden and the rear of the York Art Gallery.

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Exhibition Square was created in 1879 to provide a pleasant public space between Bootham Bar and the City's new art gallery. It has an attractive fountain. Read more

Photo-Montage: Four photographs of Exhibition Square (York)

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The 'Eye of York' is a small oval of grass in the middle of York Castle's inner bailey. It was previously known as 'Castle Yard', then the 'Eye of the Ridings'. Read more

Photograph: A carousel fairground ride (aka a 'galloper') on the Eye of York.

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The Foss Barrier forms a key part of York's flood defences. It allows the River Foss and neighbouring low-lying areas to be isolated from the River Ouse. Read more

Photograph: Foss Barrier (York) with Foss Basin houseboats and York Castle Inner Bailey Walls beyond.

Place of Interest
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Foss Basin (also known as Castle Mills Lock Basin) lies on the River Foss between the Foss Barrier and Castle Mills Lock (York). Read more

Photograph: Boats moored in Foss Basin, plus York Castle's South Angle Tower and Inner Bailey Walls.

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The single arch Grade II listed Foss Bridge was built between 1811 and 1812. The central 'heritage style' lamp standards were installed in 1975. Read more

Photograph: The stone-built, single-arch Foss Bridge (York) and its reflection in the River Foss.

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The wharf and 18-inch guage tramway system were constructed in 1878 to serve a complex of military stores and workshops associated with Fulford Barracks. Read more

Photograph: Remains of 18-inch gauge military tramway beside New Walk, near Fulford (York).

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Between tower 31 and the site of tower 30, a pair of historic latrines (toilets / urinals) have been set into York's city walls beside the wall-top walkway. Read more

Photograph: A pair of historic latrines set into York's city wall beside the wall-top walkway.

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The original purpose of the Grade II listed, 14th-15th century Hospitium is uncertain, but it may have been a guest house for pilgrims visiting St Mary's Abbey. Read more

Photograph: The Hospitium in York's Museum Gardens, viewed from the west.

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The Ice House is partially buried within the rampart (earth bank) beside the north-eastern section of York's City Wall. Most visitors see it from the Wall Walk. Read more

Photograph: The Ice House in York, viewed from the adjacent section of the Wall Walk.

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