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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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One star rating.

Lower Priory Street Children's Playground

Photograph: Children's playground on Lower Priory Street, with St Mary's Church (Bishophill) on skyline.

If you're doing York's famous Wall Walk with young children, the small but well equipped children's playground on Lower Priory Street is worth a short diversion

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One star rating.

Mansion House

Photo: The attractive Georgian facade of the Mansion House, St Helen's Square (York).

This attractive building is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of York. Built between 1725-1733, it is the oldest surviving mayoral residence in England.

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One star rating.

Margaret Clitherow's Chapel and Shrine

Photograph: St. Margaret Clitherow's Shrine at No. 35, Shambles (York).

35 Shambles (York) is a chapel and shrine dedicated to Margaret Clitherow, a devout Roman Catholic who was crushed to death in 1586 for hiding a Jesuit priest.

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Two star rating

Mason's Lodge

Photo: Three stonemasons working in the Mason's Lodge, with York Minster beyond.

As part of the never-ending process of repairing York Minster, stonemasons use the Mason's Lodge to carve replacements for damaged and weathered stonework.

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Three star rating

Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Photograph: Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York (southwest elevation, garden & cherry blossom).

The Grade I listed Merchant Adventurers' Hall is a picturesque 14th century guildhall set in a peaceful small garden beside the River Foss in York (England).

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One star rating.

Micklegate

Photograph: Five Georgian townhouses on Micklegate (York) with parked cars and people.

Micklegate links Micklegate Bar with York city centre via Ouse Bridge. The blend of medieval, Georgian and more recent buildings create a unique atmosphere.

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Three star rating

Micklegate Bar

Photograph: The outer face (southwest elevation) of Micklegate Bar (York).

Micklegate Bar is the grand cermonial entrance to the city of York. It has protected and controlled the city's southwestern approaches since the 12th century.

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Two star rating

Millennium Bridge

Photograph: Pedestrians & cyclists crossing the River Ouse via the Millennium Bridge, York.

York's Millennium Bridge is a combination of footpath, cycle-route, bench-seat, viewpoint and sculpture that spans the River Ouse close to Rowntree Park.

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Minerva 3D Bookshop Sign

Photograph: Three-dimensional sign featuring Minerva, books and an inscription.

This carving of Minerva with books, owl and theatrical mask was installed in 1801 to promote a bookshop on the corner of High Petergate and Minster Gates, York.

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Two star rating

Minster Gatehouse

Photograph: People walking beneath the 16th century timber-framed Minster Gatehouse (York).

The Minster Gatehouse straddles the original alignment of College Street. The gates controlled access into the precinct of York Minster from Goodramgate.

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One star rating.

Minster Library

Photo: The Minster Library (York), with crocuses and people sitting on bench seats in Dean's Park in the foreground.

The Grade I Listed Minster Library building in Dean's Park incorporates the remains of the 13th century chapel of the Medieval palace of the Archbishop of York.

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Two star rating

Minster Yard (north)

Photo: Side and rear of 3 Minster Court plus the gates of Gray's Court southwest garden.

Minster Yard (north) is a relatively quiet street within the Liberty of St Peter, to the north of York Minster and the Dean's Park.

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Two star rating

Minster Yard (south)

Photo: Minster Yard (south), including roman column and St Michael-le-Belfry Church (York).

Minster Yard (south) is a pleasant and popular pedestrianised street adjacent to the south transept of York Minster, within the Liberty of St Peter.

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Three star rating

Monk Bar

Photograph: Northeast elevation of Monk Bar (York) with Goodramgate visible through arches.

Monk Bar is the tallest and strongest of the York's four main gateways. It was built in the 14th - 15th centuries to protect the city's northeastern approaches.

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Three star rating

Multangular Tower

Photograph: Southwest elevation (exterior) of the Multangular Tower in Museum Gardens, York.

York's Grade I listed Multangular Tower incorporates the base of the second century* western angle tower of the Roman legionary fortress of Eboracum.

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Three star rating

Museum Gardens

Photo-montage: 4 views of Museum Gardens (York) including St Mary's Abbey and 21 gun salute.

Museum Gardens is a beautiful park set within the walls of the ruined St Mary's Abbey, right next to York city centre. It is perfect for a peaceful walk/picnic.

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Two star rating

National Railway Museum (NRM)

Photograph: The road train outside the Station Hall entrance of the National Railway Museum.

The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York claims to house the largest collection of railway-related objects in the world.

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One star rating.

New Street

Photo: Cumberland Row - a terrace of high-quality Georgian town houses on New Street (York).

New Street was created between 1744 and 1747. The work involved demolishing two derelict properties: Davy Hall on Davygate and a house on Coney Street (York).

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Two star rating

New Walk

Photograph: Deciduous trees and their colourful leaves on the New Walk (York) in mid-autumn.

New Walk is a ¾ mile (1.2 km) long riverside footpath and cycle route linking Tower Gardens and the South Esplanade in York with the Millennium Footbridge.

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One star rating.

Newgate

Photograph: Old buildings on NW side of Newgate (York) and 2 people looking at shop display.

Newgate is neither new, nor a gate. It is a fascinating cobbled street in the heart of York that was first recorded (as 'Le Newgate') in a document dated 1336.

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Two star rating

North Street Gardens

Photograph: Cherry blossom on the trees in North Street Gardens (York).

This pleasant oasis beside the River Ouse was donated to the city of York in 1959. The site was previously occupied by a flour mill and Rowntree’s Cocoa Works.

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One star rating.

North Street Postern

Photograph: The arches of North Street Postern (York) and the riverside walk (Wellington Row).

The triple arch beside Barker Tower (York) dates from the Victorian period. It replaced an earlier small defensive gateway known as North Street Postern.

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One star rating.

Ogleforth

Photo: Some of the houses (nos 11, 13, 15, etc.) on the northeast side of Ogleforth, York.

Between the late 13th and the early 18th centuries, Ogleforth was home to one of the gateways that separated the Minster Precincts from York city centre.

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Two star rating

Ouse Bridge

Photograph: The Ouse Bridge (York) with canoes, geese and swans on the River Ouse.

The current (Grade II listed) Ouse Bridge is the third on this site in the heart of the City of York. It was constructed in two stages between 1810 and 1820.

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