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Top 8 Hidden Gems in York to visit

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations scattered across York.

York is known for being a quirky small city with loads of ancient history behind it - and it absolutely is! Thousands of tourists flock to York each year to visit the famous landmark 'The Shackles', however most don't realise the hidden beauties which are scattered across York.

In this article, we share the top 10 hidden gems in York which you need to add to your York bucket list this year. We hope you enjoy!

1) Clifford's Tower

An amazing piece of history located in central York - what more could you ask for! Heads up though, it is a very steep climb up to it, and there are some stairs to climb inside too. The views from the top are breath-taking so if you ever in York you should definitely check out Clifford's Tower!

2) Fishergate Postern Tower

Visitors can enjoy 3 levels of this cool tower which is only open 21 days of the year! So if you are interested in visiting Fishergate Postern Tower, we recommend checking out when the next open days are! The tower is run by volunteers and is free to enter (donations are kindly asked).

3) Rowntree Park

An unexpected gem which you wouldn't expect to find in York. It's best to be admired on a hot sunny day with many amenities to choose from. Visitors can admire the wildlife surrounding the ponds as well as the trees/statues.

4) St Martin le Grand

Described as a haven of peace amongst the busy bustle of York by some, St Martin le Grand should definitely be at the top of your York bucket list. For those who love history, this church was bombed during the war but thankfully was rebuilt.

5) Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate

It's supposed to be the shortest street in the whole of England, and takes a whopping total of 10 seconds to walk its entire length! As well as it's short length, the unique name also stands out - perfect for that unusual photo opportunity. You'll be surprised at how many times this street gets missed due to being at the beginning of The Shambles.

6) Stamford Bridge Battlefield

For those with a real interest of history, we recommend visiting this place. Unfortunately there isn't much to see, as most of the battleground has been built on over the last 950 years, but you can still get an impression of what happened tactically.

7) York City Walls

Not every city has ancient walls which you can walk around, so why not appreciate these ancient York city walls! It offers great scenery away from the bustling crowds, and the total walk is around 4km. Exploring ancient walls is not something you're still able to do in most towns/cities so embrace these!

8) St George's Church

Compared to Saint Paul's Church in London by some, this is a great place visit when out and about in York. The church is situated around the ancient walls mentioned previously so why not visit both?!

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known places which are scattered around York. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your York trip even more memorable!

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