York Minster was so central to our accommodation we used it frequently as a way to get our bearings.
After passing the Minster, the famous Shambles are near by. We first walked past a statue. The statue of Constantine was drawing a crowd of tourists, all angling to take the best shot of it. We had to snap the accompanying sign though which made us laugh.
Glancing down the Shambles the familiar overhanging buildings had not changed at all. This is now a shopping area and full of tourists, especially at weekends.
A walk past the park, Yorkshire Museum and York Eye eventually led us to the NRM. Although it was March the weather was kind. It was cold and crisp but a beautiful Spring day. So we took in these sights before we finally entered the NRM.
The National Railway Museum was one place that had changed since our last visit. It is close to the railway station and that has been radically overhauled too. It is just so large. Here are some of the best bits of our visit.
Finally for us, and the many children visiting the museum, the icing on the cake was the Hogwart's Express. It was outside but many of the engines are indoors. Perfect for British weather.
We decided on a round trip walk back. This was partially so we could remember where the various attractions are located in York. We passed the Jews or Clifford's Tower which is close to the Castle Museum. Both are well worth a visit. The Castle museum is large and has many displays. The Jews Tower is worthy of a visit more for its historic significance. At the foot of Clifford’s Tower a plaque marks the darkest chapter in the history of York’s Jewish community.
"On March 16th 1190 a wave of anti-Semitic riots culminated in the massacre of an estimated 150 Jews – the entire Jewish community of York – who had taken refuge in the royal castle where Clifford’s Tower now stands."
I hope you have enjoyed this virtual walk around York. If you get the chance to visit do so. The attractions detailed here are just some of those waiting for you to discover.
This photo-essay is just a glimpse on many attractions in the historic city of York.