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Best Off the Beaten Path Spots in York

By Viator, March 2014

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Once you’ve walked around the famous City Walls, climbed Clifford’s Tower and snapped your picture at The Shambles, you might think you’ve seen all of York’s top attractions, but there are plenty of off the beaten path spots to discover in the city. York’s historic center is laced with narrow alleyways and dimly lit passageways, known in medieval times as Snickets or Snickleways, and exploring these snaking backstreets is the best way to uncover York’s secret sights. Local guides know all the best spots, like the alleyway just before the Hole in the Wall pub at Bootham Bar, which offers a unique view of the York Minster; the atmospheric Holy Trinity Church, hidden away in Petergate; or the York Observatory, located in an inconspicuous building in the Museum Gardens.

The masterful York Minster Cathedral might be top of the most visited list, but the streets of York are crammed with lesser-known historic buildings, showcasing an array of impressive architecture. Check out the Georgian Fairfax House, now preserved as a museum and ranked as one of the UK’s finest period properties; step behind the half-timbered façade of the Merchant Adventurer’s hall, where you’ll find a remarkable collection of silverware, furniture and paintings; or discover relics from York’s civic history at the grand Mansion House. Other off-the-beaten-track spots include the Treasurer’s House, allegedly one of the world’s most haunted buildings; the Barley Hall, a beautifully restored medieval townhouse that was only discovered in the 1980s; the 15th century All Saint’s Church, home to some spectacular stained glass art; and the York Cold War Bunker, built in 1961 to monitor nuclear explosions during the Cold War years and now home to fascinating museum.

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York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

There is no better way to see York than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top York attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $20.27

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