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Introduction

York is one of England’s much loved and favourite destinations acclaimed for its architectural treasures, medieval splendour and a rich cultural heritage which led King George VI to proclaim that ‘the history of York is the history of England’!
Alongside its historic buildings and fascinating museums, the city can also claim world class visitor attractions, with its quaint cobbled streets home to independent boutiques, a vibrant cafe culture and some of the country’s best street entertainers.

Tour Highlights

•  York Minster – See the magnificent stained glass windows.
•  The Shambles – One of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe.
•  Stonegate – Charming commercial hub first laid down by Romans.
•  City Walls – More miles of intact city walls than
•  Cliffords Tower – Medieval ruins of York Castle.
•  Fairfax House – Spectacular former Georgian town house.
•  Coppergate – learn how the Vikings made York their capital.
•  Merchant Adventurers – Finest half timbered building in York.
•  Mansion House – Official home of the Lord Mayor of York.
•  Museum Gardens – St Mary’s Abbey ruins and Roman walls.

Itinerary

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. 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.

What’s included…

tickServices of a Yorkshire Blue Badge guide
tickPrivate transfer with door to door service
tickYork walking tour
tickInterior visit of York Minster with entrance included
tickCruise on the River Ouse with refreshments included

Recommendations

•  Bettys – Enjoy a splendid Yorkshire tradition since 1919.
•  Jorvik Centre – Ride a time capsule to discover Viking York.
•  National Railway Museum – The largest of its kind in Europe.
•  Fairfax House – View the magnificent interior decorations.
•  Castle Howard – Visit one of England’s finest stately homes.

     
York Minster

York Minster

Merchant Adventurers

Merchant Adventurers

Stonegate

Stonegate

River Ouse

River Ouse

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery