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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.

Tower 32 (aka New Tower)

Photo: Daffodils in front of the New Tower (Tower 32) and the City Walls near Jewbury, York.

Tower 32 on York's City Wall has been known as the 'New Tower' since at least 1380, so it's not really 'new' at all.

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Tower 34 (aka Lathorp Tower or Layerthorpe Tower)

Photograph: Tower 34 (Lathorp Tower, York) from southeast and adjacent wall walk access arch.

Tower 34 (aka Lathorp or Layerthorpe Tower) was constructed in 1370 to strengthen an angle in York's City Wall. Its unique design incorporates re-used stonework

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Tower 39

Photo: Tower 39 and adjacent sections of York's City Walls, with flowers in the foreground.

Tower 39 was constructed circa 1345 (at the same time as the adjoining sections of York's City Wall). It was altered to support artillery in the 17th-century.

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Tower Gardens

Photograph: Paths & colourful trees / shrubs in Tower Gardens, York. Clifford's Tower beyond.

Tower Gardens is a small formal garden conveniently located between the River Ouse and Clifford's Tower. It was the first public garden in central York.

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Two star rating

Treasurer's House

Photo: The garden and entire front facade of the Treasurer's House in spring.

The Treasurer's House in York is a mostly 17th century building (now a National Trust property), but its story extends from Roman times to the 21st century.

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Victoria Bar

Photo: The exterior face (SW elevation) of Victoria Bar, with Victor Street visible beyond.

The central arch of Victoria Bar was inserted into a plain section of York's city wall in 1838. During the work, the remains of an earlier gate were discovered.

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Walmgate Bar

Photograph: Barbican of Walmgate Bar (York) and adjacent pedestrian archway from southeast.

Walmgate Bar is the most complete of York's fortified gateways and the only one to retain its barbican. The latter still bears the scars of the Civil War.

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Water Tower

Photograph: Archway for the Esplanade beside Marygate Landing Tower (aka Water Tower), York.

The Water Tower (aka Marygate Landing Tower, York) was built beside the River Ouse circa 1320-24 during works to strengthen the defences of St Mary's Abbey.

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York Army Museum

Photograph: Part of Tower Street and the buildings that house the York Army Museum.

The York Army Museum on Tower Street houses the collections of The Royal Dragoon Guards, The Yorkshire Regiment and Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire.

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York Art Gallery

Photograph: York Art Gallery facade, Exhibition Square fountain and statue of William Etty.

York's award-winning 'family-friendly' art gallery was built in 1879. It was extensively refurbished during 2013-15 at a cost of £8 million.

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One star rating.

York Castle Inner Bailey South Angle Tower

Photograph: The South Angle Tower of York Castle's inner bailey wall.

The South Angle Tower forms part of the perimeter defences for York Castle's inner bailey. It was built in the thirteenth century on the orders of Henry III.

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York Castle Inner Bailey Southeast Tower

Photograph: The southeast tower of York Castle's inner bailey wall.

The semicircular Southeast Tower forms part of the 13th century perimeter defences for York Castle's inner bailey. The standing remains are all grade I listed.

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York Castle Inner Bailey Walls

Stitched-panorama: York Castle inner bailey walls, gatehouse foundations and drawbridge pit.

During the 13th-century, many of York Castle's timber fortifications were rebuilt in stone. The inner bailey walls are believed to date from this period.

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Two star rating

York Castle Museum

Photograph: Canada geese and daisies on the 'Eye of York' and York Castle Museum entrance.

York Castle Museum stands within the grounds of York Castle (hence its name). The museum focusses on social history and the everyday lives of Yorkshire people.

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York Castle South Gate Foundations and Drawbridge Pit

Photograph: The foundations and drawbridge pit of York Castle's south gate.

The only remains of York Castle's 14th century south gate are the foundations and part of the 12 feet deep drawbridge pit. The rest was demolished circa 1701-8.

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York Explore Library and Learning Centre

Photo: Front facade of the 'York Explore Library and Learning Centre', Museum Street, York.

'York Explore' is a community owned reference and lending library, local history archive, learning centre, exhibition space and cafe in the heart of the city.

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York Minster

Photo-montage: 4 views of York Minster. South transept, east end, grotesque and west front.

York Minster was built between 1154 and 1472. It is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe and the largest medieval building in England.

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York Observatory

Photograph: Plants frame the path beside the York Observatory (Museum Gardens).

York Observatory opened in 1832. A transit telescope installed in 1844 allowed citizens to set their clocks. As each visit cost sixpence, time really was money.

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York Railway Station

Photograph: York Railway Station glazed canopies and class 185 train in FTPE livery.

York is connected to the UK's national rail network via an impressive Grade II* listed railway station. The oldest parts of the structure date from the C19th.

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Yorkshire Museum

Photograph: People sitting on terrace in front of Yorkshire Museum in Museum Gardens, York.

The Grade I listed Yorkshire Museum building was built during 1827-29 to house the Yorkshire Philosophical Society's geological and archaeological collections.

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