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Virtual Visit

This set of pages provide a whistle-stop virtual tour of York (England). All of the featured places are located within or adjacent to the city centre.

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College Street and College Green

Photo: College Green, with the East Front of York Minster beyond.

College Street is named after St William’s College on the northeast side. The creation of College Green has opened-up a lovely view of the Minster's East Front.

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Coppergate Walk and St Mary's Square

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

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

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Cross-sections through Defensive Bank (Rampart)

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

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.

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Cumberland House

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

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

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Davy Tower

Photo: Davy Tower and the west end of the city wall beside Tower Gardens (York, England).

The base of Davy Tower dates from the early 14th century. Its alternative name is 'The Tower of the Friars Minor', which referred to a nearby Franciscan Friary.

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Dean's Park

Photograph: Visitors relaxing in Dean's Park (York) amidst trees, grass and floral displays.

Dean's Park is part of the Minster Close. For centuries the area was the residence of the Archbishop of York, but it is now managed as a delightful public park.

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Deanery

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

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.

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Debtors' Prison Building (originally the County Gaol)

Photograph: Eye of York and front facade of former County Gaol / Debtors' Prison building.

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.

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Ditch and Earth Bank Beside Northeast City Wall

Photo : The city wall, daffodil-covered earth bank and ditch beside Lord Mayor's Walk, York.

York's perimeter defenses consisted of a wall (with towers) built on an earth bank beside a deep ditch. The ditch is now only visible to the north of the city.

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Duncombe Place

Photograph: The NRM's "road train" on Duncombe Place and the west front of York Minster.

Duncombe Place was created between 1859 and 1864 when the southeast side of Little Blake Street was demolished to open-up views of York Minster's west front.

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Edible Wood

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

The Edible Wood is a small publicly accessible (wheelchair-friendly) garden in central York. It is dedicated to plants containing at least one edible component.

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Esplanade / Dame Judi Dench Walk

Photo: The Esplanade in York, with a cherry blossom tree adding a touch of spring colour.

The Esplanade was constructed in 1842 to reduce flooding in Museum Gardens and provide a pleasant riverside walk. It was re-named Dame Judi Dench Walk in 2000.

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Exhibition Square

Photo-montage: Four views of Exhibition Square including York Art Gallery and Bootham Bar.

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.

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Eye of York

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

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'.

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Fairfax House

Photograph: Front facade of Fairfax House (Castlegate, York), as seen from Clifford's Tower.

Fairfax House is an attractive Georgian town house on Castlegate. It was constructed between 1755 & 1762 to a design by John Carr. It is now a museum.

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Female Prison Building

Photograph: Southern end of the Female Prison building and the 'Eye of York'.

The central section of York's Female Prison was built between 1780 and 1783. The two wings were added in 1802. The podium and steps were added circa 1820-1850.

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Fishergate Bar

Photo: The external (south) elevation of Fishergate Bar, viewed from Paragon Street, York.

York's Fishergate Bar was once a very important gateway and it would have been a much grander structure than the simple set of openings that we see today.

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Fishergate Postern

Photo: Fishergate Postern (York) from Piccadilly showing stonework details.

Fishergate Postern in York was constructed circa 1440. However, it was dismantled and rebuilt approximately 65 years later when the adjacent tower was built.

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Fishergate Postern Tower

Photo: Fishergate Postern Tower and the adjacent postern and daffodils.

Fishergate Postern Tower was built on the eastern bank of the River Foss in circa 1505 to defend the adjacent postern and the nearby dam across the River Foss.

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Foss Barrier

Photograph: Foss Barrier, houseboats in Foss Basin and Inner Bailey Walls of York Castle.

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.

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Foss Basin

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

Foss Basin (also known as Castle Mills Lock Basin) lies on the River Foss between the Foss Barrier and Castle Mills Lock (York).

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Foss Bridge

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

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

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Fulford Ordnance Wharf and Military Tramway System

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

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

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Goodramgate

Photograph: Goodramgate (York) including Lady Row shortly after collision repairs in 2018.

Goodramgate links the heart of the city with Monk Bar. It is wider than most of York's medieval streets: a reflection of its importance and prosperity.

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