Ten reasons to visit York

Blossom S By Blossom S, 19th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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York is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Jorvik Viking Centre, Cliffords Tower, National Railway Museum, The Shambles, York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum, York Cold War Bunker, York Dungeon, York Minster and Yorkshire Museum are top York Tourist Sites.

Ten reasons to visit York

As the King George VI said the history of York is the history of England. York is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK.

1. Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre is located on the very site of a buried city of the Vikings in York. The site reflects the wealth of detail recovered from the excavations by archaeologists. For visitors the highlight of their visit is the journey of Yorvik streets that brought Vikings life alive.

2. York Cold War Bunker

The York Cold War Bunker was built in 1961 and serviced until 1991 to monitor nuclear explosions and fallout in Yorkshire in the event of nuclear war. Today it’s owned by English Heritage and being considered as its most modern and most unusual site. Original monitoring and communications equipment are displayed.

3. York Minster

York Minster is Northern Europe's largest remaining medieval church. It was a Catholic church until 1534. Now it is an Anglican working church. It is well known as one of the world's great masterpieces in design and construction.

4. York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum is on the very site of York Castle, originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. It is one of the best social history museums in the country. A gallery "From cradle to grave; birth death and marriage 1700 to 2000 is a must see.

5. The Shambles

The Shambles is an old street with overhanging timber-framed buildings. In 1872 there were twenty-five butchers' shops in the street but now there are none. As an ancient market stall the Shambles currently comprises a mixture of eateries and souvenir shops, a bookshop and a baker.

Ten reasons to visit York

6. York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery is a public art gallery that combines distinguished fine paintings from 14th century to contemporary and 20th-century ceramics. Divided into themes paintings are displayed in six areas over the two floors of the gallery. Along with York Castle Museum, it is managed by York Museums Trust.

7. Clifford's Tower

Clifford's Tower, also known as the Eye of York, stands in the centre of York. As a proud symbol of the power of England's medieval kings it links William the Conqueror and Henry III. At Clifford's Tower there was a grisly story concerning the Jewish community back to 1190. Around 150 Jews and Jewesses set fire to the tower in an attempt to commit suicide.

8. Yorkshire Museum

The Yorkshire Museum was founded by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society to accommodate their geological and archaeological collections connecting the history of York from pre history through to medieval time. The Cawood sword, one of the finest Viking swords ever discovered is on display in the museum.

9. York Dungeon

York Dungeon was opened in 1986 in York and created by Merlin Entertainments that is the creator of the London Dungeon too. The Dungeon uses interactive shows, special effects and displays of models and objects to depict local horrible history such as witches being burnt, the evil Dick Turpin and the stories of Vikings.

10. National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York is one of the largest and richest collections of railway related material in the world. It is a huge space with three areas open to visitors: Great Hall, Station Hall and Outdoor Play Area. In the Station Hall the displays are about the historical development of the railway industry and British locomotives. In the Great Hall there is a collection of locomotives.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Apr 2011 (#)

Looks great, thanks for sharing these tourism hot spots of York

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Apr 2011 (#)

Wonderful Blossom, well done!

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author avatar Maria Malone
20th Apr 2011 (#)

Would love to visit, sounds wonderful : )

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Apr 2011 (#)

If I ever travel to York, Blossom, I will be sure to look these places of interest up! Great share my friend..

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author avatar D in The Darling
20th Apr 2011 (#)

Council of York, or whatever they are called ought to pay you for doing such a splendid job.

Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Carol
20th Apr 2011 (#)

Great review of York. I must go there!

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author avatar Retired
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

I remember York from visiting there in the 1990s. Excellent article!

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
11th Dec 2011 (#)

Lovely tourism...

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