Of Interest in York
|| One of York’s
finest focal points is York Minster [map] and no visit to the city would be complete without a tour
around this imposing cathedral. Parts of The Minster date
back to 1472 and it was built on the site of a Roman fortress.
Visitors flock to view the impressive Gothic and medieval
architecture and to gaze in wander at the sheer size
and domination of the Minster.
If you like your history on an altogether smaller scale
why not meander down The Shambles [map].
The Shambles is often referred to as Europe’s best
preserved medieval street and it's easy to imagine how
close knit life might have been 900 years ago as the Elizabethan
houses jostle for space in the narrow street.
One building to look out for as you wander down The Shambles
is that of Margaret Clitheroe's. Margaret is York’s
very own saint. She was arrested in 1581 on the charge
of harbouring Catholic priests and assisting their passage
to safety. She was also accused of having regular masses
in her house – then an act punishable by death.
The authorities sentenced her to a gruesome death by pressing
(crushing beneath a heavy weight) when she refused to
denounce her religion. She was canonised in 1970 and her
home is now a shrine where mass is still held on a weekly
Get a taste of York’s dramatic and chequered past
with a visit to Clifford’s Tower [map].
The Tower is part of York’s castle, a strong hold
through many centuries of war. The Tower was first built
in 1068 and known then as a keep. It wasn’t given
its current name until 1322 when one Roger De Clifford was hanged there. Today visitors flock to The Tower
to climb the many steps and read the rich and bloody history
about the keep in which they stand.
Further away from the city centre we come to one of the
region’s most prominent and grand stately homes. Castle Howard [map] is
an imposing house set in more than 1,000 acres of parkland
This is the place for a family-orientated day out and
there’s a range of activities available including
boat trips on the lake, adventure playground, archaeological
excavation, and a range of exhibits changing throughout
the year. Finish your visit with lunch in the lakeside
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