"York - a standout amongst the pretenders" York by iandsmith

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A chequered history

This building, back of the Merchant's Hall, best illustrates the tortured history of York. You can clearly see the rebuilding using older materials and how time, via subsidance and other means, has managed to put everything at odds with one another.
It's also a good example of the Tudor style architecture that you'll come across, particularly in places like York's most famous thoroughfare, the Shambles.
This rich mixture of architectural delights runs right throughout the town, whether from the vastness of the Minster to the quaint Holy Trinity, or the vestiges of the Romans to the modern shopping centres on the outskirts, York is a place that will constantly surprise.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful heritage, good shopping, nice location oh, and I think there's a church somewhere
  • Cons:weather
  • In a nutshell:A must-see stop if you're up north
  • Last visit to York: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Hi Ian, great tips and nice to read! The history of the abbey is very interesting.

  • Dec 20, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Hi could you tell me the name of this jewlers in the picture?

  • Britannia2's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Nice York pages Ian - try Northallerton next time you come over or Beverley.

  • JohnHarper's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2007 at 11:42 PM

    Duttons for Buttons supply a lot of buttons to film compamies. They supplied buttons for "Pirates of the Carribean"

  • alycat's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2007 at 12:31 AM

    Gr page Ian. Now Im inclined to visit York on trip to UK. How far is it from Manchester or Lake district?

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2006 at 1:59 PM

    That really does sound like an extraordinarily high-quality tour. I don't think I saw any of this when I was in York 30 years ago, but my excuse is that we had two small children with us at the time. So we saw a whole other sub-set of sights.

  • aussiejen's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2006 at 1:29 PM

    Terrific tips. Like the story about the Germans and the bombs : )

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2006 at 12:33 AM

    Absolutly great tips and photos! I have always wanted to visit York and now I feel I want to go imideatly, and to Fountains Abbey.

  • cmthomas's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2005 at 4:08 PM

    Superb commentary and pictures of a nice little town to visit.

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2005 at 11:30 PM

    This is great stuff!


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