Places to see in York and North Yorkshire
Here are a few places we think you'd enjoy visiting whilst staying in one of our holiday rental apartments!
York Minster (10 min walk)- the largest medieval gothic cathedral in northern Europe with some of the oldest stained glass in the world.
Clifford’s Tower (3 min walk) – steeped in history, the tower was built by Willima dn Conqueror on a large mound that is covered with daffodils in spring and now looked after by English Heritage.
Treasurers House (10 min walk) – One of York’s most famous ghost stories is set in the Treasurer’s House. It is now looked after by the National Trust.
National Railway Museum (20 min walk) – a must visit venue for all train lovers. Features the Mallard (world’ fastest steam locomotive), Japan’s bullet train and the Royal saloons from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II
Yorkshire Museum (15 min walk) – you can see the famous Jorvik/Viking helmet found in York among other archaeological finds – some of the best in Europe
York Castle Museum (3 min walk) – go back and walk the Victorian streets of York. A museum for all the famiy to enjoy
Jorvik Viking Centre (5 min walk) –explore York’s Viking history on the site where archaeologists found the remains of the Viking city of Jorvik, now recronstructed including the smell!
Fairfax House (4 min walk) – the finest Georgian townhouse in England, built by Lord Fairfax as a dowry for his daughter Anne. A special treat is in store for those who visit at Christmas!
York Art Gallery (20 min walk) – recently refurbished with installations changing periodically, not to mention a nice cup of coffee!
Barley Hall (10 min walk)- forgotten until a few years ago, excavation in the 1980s revealed a surviving example of a medieval townhouse
The Quilt Museum (15 min walk) - Europe's first museum dedicated to quilt-making and textiles and home of the world's oldest quilt.
Entertainment & Leisure
York Racecourse (20 min walk) – one of the best race courses in England hosted Ascot in 2005. A real fun day out even if you’re not the betting type!
Ghost Stories (6 min walk)- York is reported to be the most haunted city in Europe. The original ghost walk meets at the King’s Arms Pub on the river at 8.00pm every night.
Boat Trips (15 min walk) – take a trip down past the Archbishop’s Palace or explore in a little boat on your own.
Bike Hire – York can be easily explored on bike (no hills!) with many bike paths out in to the countryside 01904 720003
Theatre Royal (20 min walk) - renowned for its wide range of programming and superb visiting artistes.
Grand Opera House (6 min walk)- a beautiful Edwardian Theatre which brings the biggest shows and the brightest stars around. It also offers theatre tours and conference facilities
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Stephen Joseph Theatre (1 hr by car)- see Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s world premiere’s before they hit the West End!
Don’t limit yourself to the city centre, there are many other places to explore within an hour of York. Here are just a few ideas:-
Castle Howard (20 min drive) – stately home where “Brideshead Revisited” was filmed www.castlehoward.co.uk
Eden Camp (30 min drive) – step back in time to WWII at this prisoner of war camp now providing a thorough look at that period of time
Riveaulx Abbey (40 min drive)- became one of England’s wealthiest monasteries before its dissolution by King Henry VIII.
Fountains Abbey (1 hr drive)- Britain's largest monastic ruin and most complete Cistercian abbey with 800 years' history.
York Maze (15 min drive)- carved out of 1.5 million growing maize plants and covering the area of 15 football pitches it is thought to be the largest maze in the world!
Filey Bay (1 hr drive) – panoramic bay where John Paul Jones spoke his most famous phrase - "I have not yet begun to fight!"