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Lendal Bridge offers superb views along the River Ouse. It was built to link York's commercial district with the railway station and it opened in 1863.
The bridge itself is very ornate and it deserves a two-star rating in its own right. However, the third star is earned by the views that it affords the visitor:
- The view downstream is an attractive cityscape, with the Guildhall and its watergate stealing the show.
- The view upstream has a more rural feel, especially on a sunny day when the trees are in full leaf.
- During the summer, a steady procession of tour boats, narrow boats, leisure cruisers and rowing sculls adds both colour and interest.
- During the winter, when the Ouse is in flood, the view in either direction can be both fascinating and terrifying in equal measure. One is forcibly reminded of the power of nature, and of its ability to massively alter the landscape in just a few short hours.