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York is a beautiful city with a fascinating history spanning more than 2,000 years. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in England.
The photographs below give a flavour of some of the views that await a sightseeing visitor.
Within the heart of the city, there are visible standing structures from virtually every major period of English history since the Romans first occupied the site in circa AD 71. These include:
- some of the best examples of surviving Roman masonry in Great Britain (Multangular Tower);
- the longest circuit of standing medieval defensive walls in England (see An introduction to York's historic defences);
- the largest medieval building in England (York Minster);
- the remains of one of the largest hospitals in medieval England (St Leonard's Priory Water Gate and Hospital);
- the picturesque ruins of a 13th century Benedictine abbey (St Mary's Abbey Ruins);
- the only 'quadrilobate' (four-lobed) castle keep in England (Clifford's Tower);
- the attractive 14th century Merchant Adventurers' guildhall (Merchant Adventurers' Hall);
- one of the best known medieval streets in England (Shambles);
- a 14th & 15th century church which boasts an intricately-carved Norman-era doorway and some of the oldest stained glass in York (St Denys Church);
- the 14th century Abbot's house, which became the headquarters of the 'Council in the North' during the late 15th and early 16th centuries (King's Manor);
- a fascinating defensive gateway with 12th century barbican, 15th century oak gates, 16th century timber-framed rear extension and evidence of damage sustained during the 17th century Civil War (Walmgate Bar);
- a delightful tree-lined riverside promenade created circa 1730-32 (New Walk);
- a cute (but very practical) late eighteenth century precursor to a refrigerator (Ice House); and
- a 19th century single-bascule lifting bridge that predated London's Tower Bridge by more than five years (Skeldergate Bridge).
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