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Key historic buildings

  • History of York - this website, initiated by the York Museums Trust, provides an excellent introduction and background to the key historic buildings in York. Follow one of the "trails" described on the site to find some of York's gems.
  • York Minster - the largest medieval church in Northern Europe, with a wealth of Stained Glass. The Minster is on a historic site that dates back to Roman times.
  • The Bar Walls - the finest remaining circuit of medieval walls in England, built during the 13th and 14th century and standing two miles in length. Set in the walls is the Micklegate Bar Museum
  • The Shambles - one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe.
  • Merchant Adventurers Hall - a medieval Guild Hall, built 1357-62.
  • Fairfax House - an eighteenth century Town House, restored by York Civic Trust in 1984.
  • Treasurer's House - the original home of the Treasurers of York Minster. Present building dates from late 16th-early 17th century
  • Clifford's Tower, 13th century stone tower on an artificial mound erected by William the Conqueror.
  • St William's College - built c1475 for the Minster Chantry priests
  • The Guildhall - dates from the 15th century - restored after the War.
  • Mansion House - built in 1725-30 as the official home of the Lord Mayor.
  • And of course, our historic City Walls - check out the City of York Council's Guided Tour of the Walls

An excellent guide to York's historic buildings is "Buildings of England - Yorkshire: York and the East Riding" by Nikolaus Pevsner. You can buy it on-line from Amazon through our Bookshop


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