The spectacular York Minster, formally titled ‘The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York’, is a world renowned masterpiece of architecture and design. One of the largest of its type in Northern Europe it is of cruciform design with an octagonal Chapter House.


The peaceful and picturesque abbey ruins of the Yorkshire Museum Gardens belie their illustrious past.
St Mary’s Abbey, York, the largest and wealthiest of all Benedictine institutions in northern England certainly wielded the most power. Its abbot was recorded in the Domesday Book as being one of the city’s leading landowners.


The Treasurer’s House, in Minster Yard, York, was built in the late 11th century as a home for the Minster’s treasurer, a role it fulfilled until 1547; after the Reformation it came under private ownership, and had many different owners.


Holy Trinity Church is a real find – if you can find it! Out of sight of nearby Goodramgate its secluded peaceful churchyard is just a stone’s throw from one of York’s main shopping streets. It is accessed via an 18th-century brick archway adjoining buildings whose original role seven centuries ago was as artisans’ workshops.


One of the great attractions that York is most recognised for are the City Walls guarding the perimeter of the once much smaller city.
Stretching 2.75 miles (including the gaps) the wall encircles an area of 263 acres, that’s over 130 football pitches.


Rowntree park is located on the riverside of the Ouse on Terry Avenue. A gift to the City of York by Rowntree & Co in 1921 this park was created to improve the life and well-being of the Rowntree staff and the people of York in commemoration of the 200 staff who died during the first world war. This was York’s first municipal park.



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A street full of discoveries, Stonegate runs above the main Roman road the Via Praetoria, now several feet below the busy shopping street. The Roman r ...


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Coppergate, an almost hidden find, leads off from a small opening in Nessgate to where York’s modern and popular shopping complex, with high-street ...

Mansion House, St Helen’s Square

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The Mansion House, in St Helen’s Square, York, is an architectural masterpiece housing an extensive collection of civic regalia and artefacts. I ...

Ye Olde Starre Inne

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Ye Olde Starre Inne, one of York’s most historic pubs, is a Grade II listed building said to date back to 1644, the year of the siege of York by [&h ...

Coney Street

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Coney Street, is recognised by its large landmark clock that protrudes above the shoppers below. One of York’s main shopping thoroughfares it is as ...

St Martin-le-Grand, Coney Street

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The church of St Martin-le-Grand is situated on the south side of Coney Street; it is known simply as St Martin, Coney Street. The church is named aft ...

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