York is one of England’s much loved and favourite destinations acclaimed for its architectural treasures, mediaeval splendour and a rich cultural heritage which lead King George VI to proclaim that ‘The History of York is The History of England’! We first enjoy a guided tour of the main sights of Yorkshire’s capital city featuring an interior visit of the magnificent York Minster and later we visit the world famous Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms for included afternoon tea and cake before rounding off the afternoon with a leisurely cruise on the river.
York Minster – Guided interior tour of the magnificent gothic cathedral the largest such in northern Europe.
The Shambles – Former butchers street and one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe.
Stonegate – One of the oldest commercial streets in the city first laid down in Roman times.
York City Walls – York has more miles of intact city walls than any other town in England.
Clifford’s Tower – See the medieval ruins of York Castle first built by William the Conqueror.
Fairfax House – One of the most spectacular former Georgian town houses in England.
Jorvik Centre – Visit Coppergate to learn how the Viking’s made York capital of the Danelaw.
Merchant Adventurers Hall – The finest half timbered medieval building in York and former home of the Guild.
Mansion House – Official home of the Lord Mayor of York dating back to the Georgian period.
Museum Gardens – York’s main public park and site of the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey and the Roman Multangular Tower.
Our tour starts on the banks of the River Ouse where the Romans first established their military camp and which still today presents a tranquil setting in the heart of the city centre. We then move onto Clifford’s Tower part of the former York Castle and first built by William the Conqueror. From here we also view York Castle museum and the intriguingly named ‘Eye of York’.
Next we continue to Fairfax House one of the finest former Georgian town houses in all of England, lavishly decorated and home to the Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks and porcelain. Around the next corner we pause on Coppergate, location of the Jorvik Viking Centre and one of York’s most popular attractions which retraces the Viking history of York.
Our next stop is on Parliament Street where we see All Saints Church with its famous lantern tower and sanctuary knocker before we take a stroll through the gardens of the magnificent 14th century Merchant Adventurers Hall, the finest half timbered medieval building in the city and once home to the most powerful of the former York guilds.
We then move on to ‘The Shambles’ the former home of the butchers and today the most famous street in York and one of the best reserved medieval streets in Europe.
Our tour continues to St Helen’s Square in the heart of the city centre and from where we see the magnificent Mansion House dating from the Georgian period and today home to the Lord Mayor of York. We then take a stroll along Stonegate, said to be the most photographed street in York and also one of the most haunted!
Soon we arrive at York Minster and first take the opportunity to view the magnificent cathedral from the outside admiring the different architectural styles before visiting the interior on our private guided tour. We see all the main areas and many of the most important stained glass windows including the famous Rose Window, magnificently restored after the devastating fire in 1984.
Leaving the Minster we continue with the final part of our walking tour taking in part of the old medieval city walls including the Kings Manor, the former Abbots House converted into a house for royalty by Henry VIII. We conclude our tour in the Museum Gardens where we see the runs of St Mary’s Abbey, the old roman Multangular Tower and the Yorkshire Museum.
Following our tour we then visit the world famous Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms for included afternoon tea and cake – a splendid Yorkshire tradition since 1919 before rounding of our day with a leisurely cruise on the river.
With so much to see and do in York we also include time for your own personal exploration and relaxation. You may choose to visit one of the many noted museums or simply enjoy browsing the fine selection of boutique shops.
- Services of a Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide.
- Guided walking tour of York.
- Guided interior visit of York Minster with entrance included.
- Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms with afternoon tea and cake included.
- Leisurely cruise on the River Ouse.
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