York Journals

Exploring Historic York

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A March 2011 trip to York by Drever

York Minster Photo, York, England More Photos
Quote: My wife and I spend a few days in the historic city of York during March. This journal is an account of some of the attractions we visited.

Merchant Adventurers Hall

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Attraction | "Merchant Adventurers' Hall "

Merchant Adventurers Hall Photo, York, England
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Set in beautiful gardens in the centre of historic York, the Merchant Adventurers' Hall is a medieval guildhall and was one of the most important buildings in the medieval city. It is open for public use as a fully functioning museum, wedding and hospitality setting and meeting place. There are three main rooms in the Hall where the medieval merchants gathered to conduct business and to socialise. A society built the Hall to provide a building for charity use, warship and business on the banks of the River Foss. The timber-framed Great Hall opened in 1368. It is the largest remaining timber-framed building in the UK used for its original purpose. The roof of the hall consists of two span...Read More

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Merchant Adventurers Hall
Fossgate
York, England YO1 9XD
+44 1904 654818

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York Photo, York, England
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For 150 years tourists have flocked to York as it has much to offer. We made our way there in March. It is a no hassle place with all the attraction clustered in the city centre in what was the medieval town. For 2000 years York has played a leading role in England’s history. Even without its crowning glory, a cathedral of breath-taking grandeur, it would be a city of outstanding beauty, interest and ageless charm as the shortest of strolls can testify.The 9th Roman Legion founded the city in 71 AD. They erected a wooden fortress on level ground above the River Ouse close to its confluence with the River Foss. The fortress, later rebuilt in stone, covered 50 acres (20 ha) and barracked 6,0...Read More

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Jorvik Viking Centre

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Jorvik Viking Centre Photo, York, England
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Many Vikings travelled here from their Scandinavian homeland during the period from 800 to 1050 AD until wars led to the end of their time. Although they gained a fearsome reputation originally they were full-time fishermen and farmers who spent much of the year at home. Only in the summer months did they rally to the call of a local leader and venture across the sea to raid, trade or seek out new lands to settle.In the late 1970’s, archaeological discoveries at Coppergate in the centre of the medieval town of York led to revelations of the Vikings age in York. Unusual oxygen free conditions in the soil helped preserve many materials that normally rot away. The city’s Archaeological Trust...Read More

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Jorvik Viking Centre
15-17 Coppergate Walk
York, United Kingdom YO1 9WT
+44 (1) 904643211

National Railway Museum

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Attraction | "The World's Largest Railway Museum"

National Railway Museum Photo, York, England
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The National Railway Museum in York tells the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society. Railways drove the industrial revolution of the 19th century. Where previously goods had to move by horse and cart, canal barge or ship the railways meant factories were no longer tied to the watermills or the coal-seams that provided power. Cheap travel attracted passengers so people become more mobile and a holiday industry sprang up.Prince Philip opened the museum in 1975. One hundred and fifty years after the Stockton & Darlington Railway opened for business. To mark the occasion the museum had acquired several working exhibits from the period. The new museum received over a ...Read More

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National Railway Museum
Leeman Road
York, England YO26 4XJ
+44 (1904) 62 1261

York Minster

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York Minster Photo, York, England
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The size of York Minister and its architecture are striking. It's over 500 feet wide and has a central tower almost 200 feet high. While you are looking around the Minster bear in mind it took over 250 years to complete and the only tools they had then were simple levers, pulleys and hoists. Many Masons and Carpenters spent their entire working lives helping to erect York Minster. Over the years it has had major repair and restoration works done and on our visit continuing maintenance work was underway.The construction used huge quantities of magnesium limestone. It weathers and cleans itself turning from white when first quarried to the lovely pale golden honey colour which is the colour ...Read More

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York Minster
Minster Yard
York, England YO1 7JA
+44 (190) 455 7216