York's Architectural Wonders
York is blessed with an abundance of superb historic and architecturally stunning buildings.
York Minster is a prime example of York's architectural heritage, spanning from Roman remains in its foundations; the Norman Church, which stood on the site; and of course the current building, which took over 250 years to complete creating the largest Gothic Cathedral north of the Alps.
Treasurer's House, just across from York Minster, portrays a whole range of periods within the façade of a mainly 17th Century house. Built on the site of the original Treasurer's House the house fell into disrepair until it was rescued and restored by wealthy businessman Frank Green in the late 19th century.
Visit this stunning medieval townhouse, once home to Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Barley Hall had long been hidden under the relatively modern façade and was only discovered in 1980s and decorated to replicate what it would have looked like as the Snawsell home around 1483.
Make your way to Fairfax House, a stunning 18th Century townhouse with an outstanding Georgian interior. Designed by the acclaimed architect John Carr, Fairfax House is one of the finest historic houses in England.
Clifford's Tower, originally built by William the Conqueror, was twice burnt to the ground before being rebuilt by Henry III. The former York Castle offers endless stories since it played a crucial role in the control of northern England for centuries.
Mansion House, the beautiful home of the Lord Mayor of York, offers wonderful architectural views - starting with the simplicty of the hallway to the grandeur of the Stateroom.
Merchant Adventurers' Hall
Discover one of York's medieval marvels - Merchant Adventurers' Hall - and enjoy the museum as well as the architecture of the 650-year-old meeting place. Tours can be tailored to particular group's interests and requirements.
Quilt Museum and Gallery
The fabulous fabrics, colours, designs and stories of the quilts aren't the only inspirationv you will get when visiting the Quilt Museum. Explore the beautiful building of St Anthony's Hall - a medieval guildhall and a Grade 1 listed building of significant architectural and historical interest.
Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate
Discover the Holy Trinity Church on Goodramgate, a tucked-away architectural treasure, whose floors and arcades are charmingly uneven and help form the churche's unique character. The east window especially has marvellous stained glass and the building itself will take you on a tour of centuries - from 12th century right up to the 19th century.