Heworth Guest House
A visit to our unique Museum at
EDEN CAMP will transport you back in time to wartime Britain. You will
experience the sights, sounds, even the smells of those dangerous years.
The elegant Georgian house in St Helen's Square near to the main Post Office is York Mansion House, home to the city's Lord Mayor during their year in office since the early 18th century. The foundation stone for this fine example of early Georgian architecture was laid in 1725 and the building completed seven years later. The Mansion House houses the civic plate, a collection of silver and mementoes.
Tourists from all over the world come to visit Shambles, one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe. The street was home to the butchers of York and takes its curious name from the ‘shammels', the shelves which butchers used to display their meat. You can still see these heavy shelves in front of some of the shop windows and the hooks where the meat was hung. Today you are more likely to find craft shops, gift shops, restaurants, clothing and sweet shops. In high season the street is full of people who came just to stop and look at the fine examples of medieval architecture. Some of the buildings date back to 1350 and the timber-framed buildings lean towards each other across the street.
For the sheer drama of its setting, and its chequered history, there is little in York to rival Clifford's Tower. The present stone building dates from the 13th century, when it was built by Henry III, and is believed to be named after John, Lord Clifford, a Lancastrian rebel against Edward II, whose body was hung there in chains after the Battle of Boroughbridge in 1322. It stands on a high mound erected by William the Conqueror as part of his campaign to overawe the North. He threw up two mottes (mounds) with wooden keeps on top - one became Clifford's Tower and the other Baile Hill, which can still be seen on the side of the river, although the tower there has long since disappeared. Clifford's Tower was the scene of what was perhaps one of the most terrible events in York's history. In 1190 the Jews of York sought refuge there after being attacked by a local mob. They were given the choice of being either baptised or killed, but they took a third option and committed mass suicide. At this time, the tower was built of timber and was burned to the ground. It was rebuilt in stone. In 1358 the tower cracked from top to bottom and various repairs carried out over the years can still be seen.
Murton Park has something for all the family to enjoy - take your time to
wander around the Four Seasons and Livestock Buildings, the fields and pens
(with animals in abundance, guaranteed to keep the children enthralled),
Brigantium the Roman Fort, Danelaw Village and the Celtic Roundhouses -
recreated period buildings (where you might just bump into a Roman, Viking or
Saxon) and the Derwent Valley Light Railway with its working engines (Sundays
Wander through a modern day Dante's Inferno with a bloodcurdling visit to the York Dungeon, an animated medieval horror museum. Pain, superstition, torture and death haunt Britain's past - and are recreated here. Come and see St George being sawn in half. Visitors have the opportunity to step into the dark, musty, atmospheric chambers and meet characters like York's most infamous son, Guy Fawkes. Scenes show Fawkes being tortured to reveal the other conspirators behind the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. There is also a very realistic reproduction of that most notorious of British torture instruments, the rack, and a gory reconstruction of 14th century England and the arrival of the dreaded plague. There is a scene depicting the punishment of Margaret Clitherow, who lived in Shambles. She was crushed to death beneath a pile of stones after being accused of harbouring Catholic priests during the Elizabethan period when Catholic Europe was attempting to topple the Queen. The Dick Turpin Story tells of the demise of one of the country's most famous highwaymen. By the magic of an audio commentary, Turpin recounts his daring escapades from his cell.
Barley Hall is a hands-on experience of life in a 15th century town house in the heart of historic York. Visitors are actively encouraged to handle pottery, sit on chairs and peer into chests. The costumed guides will take you on booked tours of the hall, or wander round yourself with the help of an audiotape. Ring for details of special events which are held throughout the summer.
The UK's only Theme Park, Zoo and Holiday Park all on one site. Flamingo Land is one of the UK's leading tourist attractions and last year we attracted over 1.4 million visitors. It's not just the kids who love Flamingo Land, everyone does! Visit us for a day and you'll go home wishing you could stay longer. So join us for a weekend break, or even better still, a week or two of fantastic family fun. This year there's a whole host of new attractions not to be missed.
Take a mouth-watering journey from the Quaker roots of chocolate’s
founding families to the world-wide phenomenon that is Kit Kat.
– York’s CHOCOLATE Story takes you on a journey through the wonderful sweets and treats that we all love which have emerged from this great city.
See chocolate come to life, hear generations of chocolate secrets, explore from bean to bar and taste your way through York’s sweet story!