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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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Grape Lane

Photo: Grape Lane with Low Petergate and the East End towers of York Minster in the distance.

Grape Lane is now an attractive retail street in the heart of the medieval quarter. However, for centuries it was home to workshops, warehouses and brothels.

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One star rating.

Gray's Court

Photo: Courtyard (with pollarded willow trees) and southeast facade of Gray's Court (York).

Externally, Gray's Court dates mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries, but it includes 12th century masonry (perhaps from the Medieval Treasurer's residence).

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Two star rating

Guildhall

Photograph: Leisure boat on River Ouse (York), Guildhall and Common Hall Lane gated archway.

York's Grade I listed Guildhall was built in 1449. It was restored during the 1950s after being severely damaged by fire during a bombing raid on 29 April 1942.

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Two star rating

High Petergate

Photograph: A few pedestrians enjoying the early morning sun on High Petergate (York).

High Petergate in York follows the alignment of the northwestern end of the Via Principalis (one of the main roads through the Roman fortress of Eboracum).

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Historic Latrines

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

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.

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Two star rating

Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate

Photograph: The tower and porch of Holy Trinity Church (York), viewed from the southeast.

The earliest fragments of Holy Trinity Church (Goodramgate, York) date from the 12th century. The 15th century tower has a modern, but rare saddleback roof.

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Horse Repository Building

Photo: The facade of the former horse repository on Tanner's Moat in York.

This attractive facade on Tanner's Moat, with its gothic arches and contrasting brickwork, is all that remains of what was once York's premiere horse hotel.

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Two star rating

Hospitium

Photograph: The Hospitium in Museum Gardens (York), viewed from the west.

The Grade II listed Hospitium was probably built as a guest house for pilgrims visiting St Mary's Abbey in York. The oldest parts are 14th-15th century.

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One star rating.

Ice House

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

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.

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Jewish Massacre Memorial

Photograph: The memorial plaque for the infamous Jewish Massacre of 1190.

A plaque commemorating the Jewish population of York who died in 1190 during a period of civil disorder that has become known as 'the Massacre of the Jews'.

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One star rating.

John Snow Memorial

Photo-montage: The John Snow Memorial in North Street Gardens (York) with blue plaque inset.

In 1854, York-born physician John Snow confirmed the link between cholera and polluted water by removing the handle of a communal water pump in London's Soho.

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One star rating.

Jorvik Viking Centre

Photograph: The exterior of the Jorvik Viking Centre in Coppergate Walk (York).

The Jorvik Viking Centre is a purpose-built commercial visitor attraction that tells the story of the Coppergate area of York during the tenth century.

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King's Fishpond

Photograph: Weeping willows, River Foss, Peasholme Green Bridge & Foss Islands Road (York).

'The King's Fishpond' was a large man-made lake that was created by damming the River Foss. It formed a key part of York's city defences for almost 600 years.

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King's Manor

Photograph: Front of east range of King's Manor (York) from Exhibition Square.

The King's Manor site has housed the Abbot of St Mary’s Abbey, the President of the 'Council in the North', a Royal Mint, several schools and York University.

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King's Square

Photograph: Ice-cream cart and people in King's Square. York Minster crossing tower beyond.

King's Square (York) lies on the site of a Viking palace. The triangular 'square' was created in 1937, after the redundant Holy Trinity church was demolished.

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Three star rating

King's Staith

Photograph: King's Staith & Cumberland House (York), moored leisure boats, al-fresco diners.

King's Staith was York's main quayside during the medieval period. It is now a popular and characterful leisure location (except when the river is in flood).

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Lady Row

Photograph: Goodramgate (York) featuring Lady Row (a 14th century timber-framed building).

Lady Row (60 to 72 Goodramgate) is the oldest-known timber-framed building in York. It was built in 1316 on land owned by the adjacant Holy Trinity Church.

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Leeman Road War Memorial Garden

Photograph: Leeman Road War Memorial Garden (York) in early autumn.

This small formal garden between Leeman Road and the River Ouse was created to provide a pleasant contemplative setting for York's main war memorial.

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Lendal Boatyard

Photograph: Lendal boatyard and slipway beside the River Ouse (York).

Lendal Boatyard is now the operating base for York's commercial tour boats, but the site originally provided moorings for water-born visitors to River House.

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Lendal Bridge

Photograph: River Ouse, Lendal Bridge (York), canal barges and a 'coxless pair' rowing boat.

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.

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One star rating.

Lendal Bridge Sub-Station

Photograph: The former 'Lendal Bridge Sub-Station' building on Wellington Row, York.

This attractive little building was constructed circa 1920 by York Corporation to house an electricity sub-station. It was converted for commercial use in 2010.

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Two star rating

Lendal Tower

Photo: Lendal Tower beside the River Ouse, with the west end towers of York Minster beyond.

When Lendal Tower was built in the early 14th century, it was a small drum tower, similar to Barker Tower on the opposite bank of the River Ouse in York.

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Little Shambles

Snapshot: A jettied, timber-framed building on corner of Little Shambles and Shambles, York.

Little Shambles links York's famous Shambles with Newgate Market. Narrow streets and jettied, timber-framed buildings give the area a 'medieval' character.

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Two star rating

Low Petergate

Photograph: Low Petergate busy with pedestrians. York Minster southeast tower beyond.

Petergate is named after York Minster, which is dedicated to St Peter. The first recorded use of the names High Petergate and Low Petergate dates from 1736.

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