Explore the Shambles, the street of the same name and its adjacent lanes and alleyways, dating from medieval times. Once a row of butchers shops, but now primarily geared wholly towards the tourist, with numerous gift shops and places to eat. Take a boat trip on the River Ouse with live commentary. Walk the miles of intact city wall, and admire the remaining bars (gatehouses). Jorvik Viking Centre- the sights, sounds and smells of life in Viking York.
Visit the Castle Museum, wanders its cobbled streets, admire the exhibitions and displays going back the last 400 years. A stunning collection of clothing from the last two hundred years. Learn about the history of the buildings - once the County goal. Visit the Guildhall dating from the 15th century with its Victorian Council Chamber. Climb Cliffords Tower built by Henry III - a substantial stone castle atop a now grassy motte, with dramatic views over the town.
Go on a night time ghost hunt as part of a ghost walk, complete with guide in Victorian Costume manifesting himself at the strike of 7.30pm in the streets of the Shambles.
Visit Castle Howard , an awe-inspiring 18th Century house with extensive collections and breathtaking parkland and gardens. Lived in by the same family for the last 300 years. Why not enjoy a pleasant walk though the Rose Garden or a tour to the Temple of the Four Winds? Admire the lead statue collections dating from the early 1700's
North Yorkshire Moors
, heather clad moorland, red pantiled roofed cottages of golden limestone whose gardens a riot of colour in summer,
dales dotted with farmsteads, small fields surrounded
with natural stone hedgebanks, rivers such as the Esk
tumbling to the sea, crossed by ancient pack horse bridges.
Bounded on its eastern side by one of the most beautiful
and unspoilt coastlines in England, dotted with fishing villages
clinging to the cliffside.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway 18 miles of steam railway, running between Pickering and Grosmont in the heart of the National Park, with stations also at Levisham, and Goathland (where much of Heartbeat a popular UK Sunday night TV family drama is based) Find out more on Helmsley, and Pickering,
Rievaulx Abbey, some of the most beautiful and romantic monastic ruins in the Country. Though only the foundations of some remain many of the buildings stand almost to full height including the Presbytery and the Monks Refectory giving a clear indication of the scale and grandeur of the whole 15 acre site before the Dissolution. Rievaulx Terraces-one of Yorkshire's finest 18th-century landscape gardens, with superb views of the next door Abbey. The palladian styled and ionic temples add yet more majesty to the scene. Mount Grace Priory, where Carthusian Monks lived as virtual hermits each with their own 'cell' only coming together to pray. Hutton-le-Hole, so picturesque and firmly on the tourist trail where visitors often outweigh by a factor of ten the number of sheep on the village green. Don't miss the Ryedale Folk Museum.
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