York

The Minster. The main tourist attraction in the city

York is located north east of Leeds and best accessed by road coming from the north or south by the A1 and turning off onto the A64 or the A59. Both roads bring you onto the York ring road and the city is well sign posted from there. Parking in the city is limited and it’s advisable to use the Park and Ride system. The P & R buses go from Askham Bar (White Line), Grimston Bar (Yellow Line), Rawcliffe Bar (Green Line), Monks Cross (Silver Line) and Designer Centre (Red Line) Pick up a York map and information leaflet at any of the Park and Ride offices or on any of the buses and head for the Tourist info. office(tele:01904 550099) in the De Grey Rooms building opposite the Art gallery on St. Leonards Place.

The main attractions in York are The National Railway Museum, Minster, Jorvik Museum, Castle Museum, Art Gallery, Designer Outlet and in the summer, the Race Course. There is a Yorkshire Wheel (a small version of the London Eye) next to the National Railway Museum. The City is a year round tourist centre and very busy during the summer months.

On Station Road looking east towards
Lendal Bridge, part of the old city wall
and looking west from the same place.
The River Ouse, looking upstream from
 Lendal Bridge
Looking downstream from Lendal Bridge 
The Minster from High Petergate and from the corner of
Museum Street and 
St. Leonards Place.
Next to the Minster on Deangate is the
church of St. Micheal Le Belfry
Reputed to be the oldest Inn in the city is
the Guy Fawkes Inn on High Petergate.
The Mansion House on St. Helens Square Betty’s famous Tea Rooms also on
St. Helen’s Square 

The famous King’s Arms pub. When the River Ouse rises during heavy rain,
the King’s Arms is the  first place to get flooded.
The door in the picture is only about 5ft above normal river level.

Stonegate, one of many Olde Worlde
 shopping streets.
Skeldergate Bridge, one of three road
 bridges across the Ouse.
How’s this for a strange street name?

Within the city walls, there are about 30 streets who’s name ends with “gate”. Apparently, one gate was made in the city wall but was closed up again. This gate is named “Nowt Gate” because “nowt comes in and nowt goes out.”

The Shambles is
probably the narrowest
 street in York.
The buildings are only about 4 feet
 apart in some places.

 

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