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Exhibition Square was created in 1879 to provide a pleasant public space between Bootham Bar and York's new art gallery. It has an attractive fountain.
Exhibition Square is arguably one of the best viewpoints in York: in addition to the fountain and Statue of William Etty, it offers attractive views of Queen Margaret's Arch and Bootham Tower (aka Postern Tower), York Art Gallery, the Old Blind School Principal's House, the King's Manor, the De Grey Rooms, York Minster and Bootham Bar.
The square originally included a central garden surrounded by railings, but this was removed in 1972 and replaced with the fountain with paved surround that we see today.
All this makes Exhibition Square a pleasant place to relax for a while, despite the constant stream of traffic on St Leonard's Place and Bootham nearby.