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York Sights and Landmarks Guide, United Kingdom

A walled city sitting by the Ousse and Fork Rivers, York is a very old city. It is rich in history and culture of an age long gone in England. If not for the deposition of Richard III, York could have become the capital of England instead of London.

The assembly hall and rooms

The best place to start is in the heart of the city, and the assembly rooms sit right in the heart of York. Once the meeting place of the elite and the royalty, the Assembly Hall was the brainchild of Richard Boyle, third earl of Burlington. Its grandiose design includes 48 Corinthian columns. You can feel the elegance and the grandeur that was once only accessible to the rich and famous of York. You can relive that experience as well by visiting the hall.

Barley Hall

Barley Hall was once the house of a very rich man in York. It dates way back to 1483. It was dug by the York Trust in the 1980s, much to the amazement of the archeologists. The house has been fully and naturally preserved. Work commenced right away on the restoration of the home, and now Barley Hall provides a close look at the lifestyle of the owner of the house during his lifetime. It is like traveling back to the past when you step right inside the restored home, which is complete with period wardrobe and memorabilia from the 15th century.


Do not be misled by its name. Stonegate is actually a collection of historical tea rooms and specialty shops. The general area is over 600 years old. Several preserved structures still stands and is used for business, including an alehouse and the Mulberry Hall, which sells fine china, crystal, cutlery, and cookware. Just like the Barley Hall and the Assembly Hall, walking in Stonegate feels like a walk in the 15th century, not the 21st century. The entire site looks exactly like it used to for the past 600 years except, of course, for the interiors of the business establishments. The service also remains satisfactory all throughout the years.

All in all, experiencing York to its fullest is like seeing what this old city was like during its younger days. This is an experience you definitely should not miss.

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    review by adam posted more then 30 days ago
    York, which is a halfway point between London and Edinburgh, is one of Englands most famous historical town. It is a beautiful place with appealing architecture and rich heritage which makes the destination an ideal tourist attraction. The York Minster is the most prominent attraction of the town...
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    review by bicska posted more then 30 days ago
    York is a beatuful, lovely place in the middle of Yorkshire. Most people are going there only to see the famous Yorkminster Abbey, which is really fantastic and you must see if you'll visit York, but that city could give much more satisfaction. For example there is the a nice rivertrip on the...
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    review by bicska posted more then 30 days ago
    The UK's favourite city, where a weekend is never enough, when I was there a few times, I think is the most beautiful city in North Yorkshire. If you are looking for a cultural getaway or romantic weekend break then visit York and be inspired. Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of...
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