Sightseeing - places of interest
Jorvik Viking Centre
"Time cars" take the visitor back through 10 centuries to the very heart of the Viking Kingdom in York. See the detailed reconstruction of a Viking Street with its own workshops, houses and wharves, this unique attraction is located on the former site of a major archaeological dig:- click here to visit viking York
National Railway Museum
For all you railway enthusiasts out there, visit the National Railway Museum where you will find a magnificent collection of locomotives, Stephenson’s rocket, the record breaking Mallard, Queen Victoria’s royal coaches and new for last year, ‘Shinkansen’ the Japanese bullet train. Another treat, right next door to York Station is York’s Model Railway with up to 14 trains running at any one time on almost a third of a mile of ‘00’ gauge track, a fascinating world in miniature. :- click here to visit the railway museum
York Castle Museum
A series of period rooms and the famous reconstructed streets depict the daily life and occupation of days gone by. The shops in the streets represent various periods from Tudor to Edwardian times. The museum also contains an 18th Century watermill and sections devoted to Yorkshire crafts, costume and military history. The Yorkshire Museum houses a fascinating collection of treasures dating back to Roman times, including the Middleham Jewel - an exquisite 15th Century pendant. Outside, the museum's own botanical gardens provide further enjoyment:- click here to visit the castle museum
City Art Gallery
Art lovers will head straight for the York City Art Gallery to see 600 years of European painting, including works by Bellotto, Reynolds and Lowry. To find out more about York's Heritage you can visit York City Councils website:- click here to visit the art gallery
Don't be afraid to scream at The York Dungeon - set in dark, musty, atmospheric cellars, you'll encounter local villains such as Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, and torturers, executioners and martyrs from the past:- click here to visit York Dungeons
Of unusual quatrefoil shape, the Tower was built in the mid-13th century. The original Norman keep was destroyed by fire during the Jewish massacre in 1190.
This fine Georgian town house has been painstakingly restored by the York Civil Trust and is considered by many to have the finest carving and plasterwork in Yorkshire. Including the famouse Noel Terry collection of furniture (as seen on BBC tv).
Built during the period 1447-53 as the civic hall of York, the Guildhall was partially destroyed in an air raid in 1942, but has since been carefully restored. Of particular interest is the fine timbered roof and the modern stained glass.
Merchant Adventurers Hall
One of the finest of the surviving medieval guildhalls. It was built between 1357 and 1368.
Merchant Taylors' Hall
Built in the second half of the 14th century, the Hall has a fine timbered roof. in the 17th and 18th centuries it was used as a theatre, and plays were performed during Assize times.
The joint Regimental Museum of the 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and the Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire has all the pageantry of the old Colours and Guidons, the scarlet and gold of uniforms, the glint of weapons and the sparkle of medals to thrill the visitor.
St. Williams College
Founded in 1461 to house the chantry priests of York Minster, the college is now the home of York Convocation. it was here that Charles I set up his printing press in 1642.
Stands on the site of the Roman Imperial Barracks. Most of the present house is 17th century and it contains a valuable collection of furniture and pictures.
York Minster Undercroft
An unexpected and unique "spin-off" from the Minster's enormous restored programme. It exposes the 20th century engineering that has saved this magnificent edifice and shows the unearthed sections of several of the earlier cathedrals, together with the Saxon burial ground and Roman legionary Headquarters that were once on this site.
Set in the delightful grounds of the ruined St. Mary's Abbey, the Museum is noted for its fine collections of Roman antiques, medieval implements, sculpture, ceramics and natural history. it also houses exciting temporary exhibitions:- click here to visit the Yorkshire Museum