Centenary Way – 1. York to Earswick

Centenary Way – 1. York to Earswick

The Centenary Way The first section of the Centenary Way heads out of York and takes you to the village of Earswick on the outskirts of York. After a short walk through the middle of York, the route joins the footpath running alongside the River Foss and stays next to the river all the way to Earswick. The total distance walked is just over 4 miles. On its 83 mile journey from York to Filey…

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A walk around the old streets of York

A walk around the old streets of York

This easy circular walk around the city centre takes you to some of York’s hidden places. On the way, you’ll see some of York’s most popular places from a different angle as well as explore some of the old streets and “Snickelways”. The total distance travelled is about three miles on footpaths. 1. Entrance to Museum Gardens. The walk starts and ends at the lodge entrance to the Museum Gardens on Museum Street. From the…

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Yorkshire – God’s Own County

Yorkshire – God’s Own County

I was born in Yorkshire, still live there now and have lived in the county for most of my life. I consider myself very fortunate to live here and of course, I celebrate Yorkshire Day every year. This post might explain why Yorkshire people are so passionate about where they live. Yorkshire has a population equal to that of Scotland’s and covers an area half the size of Belgium, 12,590 sq km. It has a…

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A circular walk around York’s Medieval Bar Walls

A circular walk around York’s Medieval Bar Walls

York’s Medieval Walls / Bar Walls The three-mile walk around the Medieval Walls of York is a great way to see the city from a different and slightly elevated perspective. As you walk around you’ll encounter lots of historic structures, some dating from Roman times. The walls as you see them today were mostly built in the 14th Century although some of the original Roman structures have been incorporated. The gates to the city were…

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The National Railway Museum, York

The National Railway Museum, York

The National Railway Museum is a very impressive place. I have visited it many times over the years, its the perfect place to go on a rainy day. The largest rail museum in the world, it is home to over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other items of rolling stock. It tells the story of the railways from the early 19th Century to the present day. It houses a very diverse collection from a Japanese…

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Museum Gardens, Yorkshire Museum and St Mary’s Abbey, York

Museum Gardens, Yorkshire Museum and St Mary’s Abbey, York

Museum Gardens The Museum Gardens are five minutes walk from the Minster in the centre of York. The Gardens are named after the Yorkshire Museum which is built on the remains of St Mary’s Abbey. The gardens are free and open most days except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Entrances to the gardens are located at the side of the Art Gallery, Museum Street, at the side of King’s Manor, Marygate and…

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Treasurer’s House, York

Treasurer’s House, York

Treasurer’s House at the back of York Minster is a peaceful place compared to the busy Minster nearby. The gardens are quiet, very well maintained and arranged around a central lawned area. They also benefit from the stunning backdrop of York Minster on one side. It is the perfect spot to get away from the bustle in summer and find a quiet spot to enjoy your lunch. History The house was built on top of…

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Clifford’s Tower, York

Clifford’s Tower, York

Much of the layout and history of York originates from the Roman and Viking periods. One iconic feature of the city, however, is from the Norman period. The original mound that Clifford’s Tower stands on originally had a timber structure on the top. In 1068 William the Conqueror had this built as a statement of his power over the region. This original building stood for over a hundred years. This was destroyed in a fire…

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York Minster

York Minster

No visit to York would be complete with a trip to the Minster, it is a stunning place to visit. Obviously, it was originally built for religious worship, however, there are plenty of quiet corners for contemplation or just to sit and admire the building and absorb its unique atmosphere. York Minster is located in the centre of York and dominates the city. It is Northern Europe’s largest medieval cathedral and England’s largest gothic cathedral….

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