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Martin is Yorkshire born and has lived within the ancient walls of York since 2003. He has worked within the tourist and entertainment industry for 23 years. His knowledge of the city and Northern England is extensive.
Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. The building has been lovingly restored to its original splendor with stunning high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames and possibly the only horn window in England. It has been decorated to replicate what it would have looked like as the Snawsell home around 1483 and boasts a magnificent Great Hall.
In 1936 the founder of Bettys, Frederick Belmont, travelled on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary. He was so enthralled by the splendor of the ship that he commissioned the Queen Mary’s designers and craftsmen to turn a dilapidated furniture store into his most sophisticated branch yet – an elegant café in the land-locked location of St Helen’s Square. Today, as you sit in Bettys surrounded by huge curved windows, elegant wood paneling and ornate mirrors, you can almost imagine yourself aboard a luxury liner.
York Castle Museum
Take a tantalizing trip through time as you step into the world famous recreated street - Kirkgate. Experience the sights and sounds of Victorian Britain and discover a whole lot more in this amazing museum of everyday life famous for its collections of costumes, textiles, military and social history.
Special Exhibition - York Castle Prison: See York Castle Prison's infamous residents and fascinating history brought to life in the latest exhibition. Experience a brutal and crooked prison system - and meet the most notorious inmate: the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin!
City of York Walls
No visit to York would be complete without a walk around the City Walls. At 3.4 kilometers long, the beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England. About 2.5 million people walk along all or part of the City walls each year, enjoying some amazing views. The completion of the entire circuit will take approximately 2 hours. There are five main bars or gateways, one Victorian gateway, one postern (a small gateway) and 45 towers. The walls weigh approximately 100,000 metric tons.
Clifford's Tower / York Castle
Clifford's Tower stands as a proud symbol of the power of England's medieval kings. Originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north, it was twice burned to the ground, before being rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century. With sweeping panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside, it isn't hard to see why Clifford's Tower played such a crucial role in the control of northern England.
Cold War Bunker
The York Cold War Bunker uncovers the secret history of Britain’s Cold War. Enter the blast-proof doors and investigate the more unusual side of York’s heritage. In active service from the 1960s–1990s the bunker was designed as a nerve-centre to monitor fall-out in the event of a nuclear attack.
Deans Park Garden
Managed by the Dean and Chapter of York Minster, Dean's Park is one of York's best loved places offering magnificent views of the Minster.
With a brilliant cast of professional actors, 11 shows, authentic sets and costumes and amazing special effects, you experience a unique thrill-filled journey through 2000 years of York's murky history. Meet York's most infamous villains, rogues and rascals, including highwayman Dick Turpin, the infamous Guy Fawkes and Viking King Eric Bloodaxe. Discover the Labyrinth of the Lost Roman Legion and the fate of the Yorkshire Witches. Plus, see the back-breaking work that goes on in the torture chamber, be judged in the courtroom and feel the effects of the plague.
Fairfax House is one of the finest Georgian town house in England and a classical architectural masterpiece of its age. Originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax, its richly decorated interior was designed by York's most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr, and houses the superb Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, described by Christie's as one of the finest private collections of the twentieth century.
Fish & Chips
There is nothing more British than a delicious serving of Yorkshire's Finest Fish & Chips. Don’t leave York without having eaten fish & chips the traditional British way, freshly cooked, piping hot, smothered in salt and vinegar, whilst strolling through York's historic surroundings.
Holy Trinity Church
A Glimpse of the Medieval world behind a busy street. Holy Trinity Goodramgate has the air of a hidden treasure. It stands in a small, secluded, leafy churchyard, with the Minster towering behind, tucked away behind Goodramgate - one of York's busiest shopping streets. To visit, you pass through an 18th-century archway tacked on to buildings that served as artisans' workshops in the 14th century.
Jorvik Viking Centre
At Jorvik Viking Centre you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Thirty years ago archaeologists revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, as it stood 1,000 years ago. The creation of a Viking city as authentically as possible from the layout of the houses, the working craftsmen, the language of the gossiping neighbors, to the smells of cooking and the cesspit meant that it has now been visited by more than 15 million people.
York Mansion House
One of York's great historic treasures and one of its best kept secrets! Step through the doors of York's civic history from the simplicity of the hall way to the grandeur of the Stateroom, from seeking the secret drawers hidden in a bureau to discovering the chamber pot! The Mansion House is the home of the Lord Mayors of York, started in 1725 this was the First Purpose built residence for a Lord Mayor in the country.
Merchant Adventurers' Hall
The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of historical York, this stunning timber framed building was constructed by a fraternity made up of York citizens to provide a base for charity, worship and business.
Explore the Great Hall where business and feasting took place, the Undercroft where poor and sick people were cared for and Chapel where religious services were conducted. The Hall is home to many remarkable collections. Including silver, furniture and paintings, which provide a glimpse into the rich history of the Hall and the people associated with it.
National Railway Museum
Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York’s only National Museum. Explore the giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains. Get on board awe inspiring locomotives, watch the engineers at work in The Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in The Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area.
Quilt Museum and Gallery
Be inspired by the fabulous fabrics, colors, designs and stories of the quilts in the changing exhibitions on display from The Quilters Guild of the British Isles Collection and contemporary textile artists.
A short walk from the city centre, on the banks of the River Ouse, this inspiring 30-acre was a gift to the City of York by Messrs Rowntree & Co. in 1921 and is a memorial to the Cocoa Works staff who fell and suffered during World War I. A set of listed gates off Terry Avenue were added to the park in memory of those who fell in the World War II. Bronze plaques mark both occasions within the centrally located Lych Gate.
Richard III Museum
Possibly one of York's best kept secrets is this fascinating Museum situated in York's tallest and most impressive Medieval Gatehouse - Monk Bar. The Richard III Museum was built in the 14th century as part of York’s Famous City Walls. It was originally a guard house but later was used as both a prison and as police housing. There are three rooms in all, the uppermost is said to have been added by King Richard himself in 1484, allegedly supervising its construction and paying for it out of his own money.
‘The Shambles’ is sometimes used as a general term for the maze of twisting, narrow lanes which make York so charming. At its heart is the lane actually called the Shambles, arguably the best preserved medieval street in the world. Many of the buildings on the street today date back to the late 14th and 15th century.
Who is haunting Treasurer's House? Named after the Treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman road, the house is not all that it seems. Discover on a guided tour the cellar where ghostly Roman soldiers were seen or go to the Edwardian servants' quarters in the attics. Explore at your leisure an extensive collection of antiques in different historic settings throughout 13 rooms all created by one Yorkshire man, Frank Green.
York's Chocolate Story
York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You'll discover chocolate's origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate. You'll also uncover a host of surprising secrets and fascinating facts behind.
York Brewery Tap Room & Visitor Centre
Established in May 1996 inside the historic Micklegate Bar Walls, York Brewery is both a traditional working brewery and a major tourist attraction providing customers locally and from around the country with the first real ales from within the walls of York for over 40 years.
The Yorkshire Museum houses some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe. From prehistory to the city's medieval splendor, this amazing place tells the whole story in its fantastic new interactive galleries and AV shows. Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor, kneel at St William's medieval shrine, see the monsters of the deep that swam when Yorkshire was beneath the sea - and all in the heart of the city. Finally - immerse yourself in the story of England's other capital, all brought to life with the latest digital technology in a spectacular film show in the auditorium.
A great photographic opportunity and chance to see the fascinating buildings, bridges and historic sights on the River Ouse in York. Look for stunning wildlife including Kingfishers.