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Three reasons you should visit York, UK

Nico McKenzie by Nico McKenzie

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Three reasons you should visit York, UK

The city is filled with fun things to do and attractions that reveal the many layers of its long history. To learn more about why this is one of the best places to visit, be sure to read our list of a few of the top attractions and things to do in York.

1. York Minster

If you've got a head for heights, York Minster's spectacular mediaeval Central Tower – the highest point in the city – involves a climb of 230 feet up 275 steps. Along the way, you'll enjoy close-up views of some of the cathedral's most interesting decorative features, including its pinnacles and gargoyles. Once outside, all that hard work will be rewarded with superb views of York's historic city centre.

2. Walking the Mediaeval City Walls

A walk along York's Mediaeval city walls leaves a lasting impression of this beautiful city. Built mainly in the 14th century, the walls incorporate some of the city's original Roman structures and total some three miles in length. Four of the old gates have been preserved: Walmgate Bar, Monk Bar, and Bootham Bar, all with their original portcullis, and Micklegate Bar with its three knights.

3. Clifford's Tower

Located between Fishergate and Skeldergate Bridge, York Castle was built of wood by the Normans in 1068. The oldest remaining part is Clifford's Tower. Constructed in the 13th century as a replacement for the wooden fortress, it was named after Roger de Clifford, executed here in 1322 as leader of the Lancastrian party.

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