York Guildhall (North Yorkshire)
York Guildhall is a medieval building in York, North Yorkshire, which served as a meeting place for the guilds of York.
Built originally during the 15th century, the Guildhall suffered damage during an air raid in 1942, so the present building is a reconstruction. The stone walls escaped destruction and they were incorporated into the newly reconstructed hall.
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- York Minster is a cathedral church in York, North Yorkshire. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York. Formally called The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York, 14th century York Minster is one of the largest cathedrals in northern Europe and a popular attraction for visitors to the area. The famous rose window in the south transept is a stunning sight. York Minster is open to the public every day and there is a gift shop on site.
- Bootham Bar is gateway to the city of York in North Yorkshire. Standing on the site of one of the four main entrances to the Roman fortress in York, Bootham Bar’s archway dates back to 11th century with the rest of the structure built in the 14th and 19th centuries. It consists of a passageway with arches at each end of a rectangular gatehouse with two storeys above. The bar was damaged during the Siege of York in 1644 and was also sometimes used, like other gateways in York, to display the heads of traitors.
- The Shambles is an old street in the city of York in North Yorkshire. The street has over-hanging timber-framed buildings, some of which date back to the 14th century. Once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, it referred to the shelves where butchers used to display their meat. Right up to the late 19th century there were 25 butchers’ shops in The Shambles. The Shambles today is a mixture of cafes and gift shops, alongside a bookshop and a bakery. Some still display meat hooks outside as a homage to the street’s history.
- The Grand Opera House is a theatre in York, North Yorkshire. Originally opened as an opera house and a theatre in 1902, today the grade II listed building is home to a host of different theatrical and musical events which serve York and the wider community.
- The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum in central York in North Yorkshire. Created by the York Archaeological Trust in 1984, this world-renowned centre is one of the UK’s most popular visitor attractions outside London. Visitors can journey through time to see the streets of Jorvik (York) as they would have been 1,000 years ago. Explore one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries of our time. The remains of houses from a millennia ago and Viking-age timbers are brought to life before your eyes, as well as the matching smells and sounds! In the accompanying exhibitions, you’ll find out who the Vikings were, how they lived and why they came to Britain. The Jorvik Viking Centre is open every day.
- The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is a medieval guildhall situated in the centre of the city of York in North Yorkshire. Built in 1357 by a religious fraternity of men and women, they were granted the status of the Company of Merchant Adventurers of York by Elizabeth I in the 16th century. The main part of the building consists of the Great Hall, the Undercroft (originally an alms house for the poor people of York) and the Chapel. Today the Hall is home to a museum which has a fine collection of furniture and paintings. It can also be hired out for events.
- Fairfax House is a Georgian town house situated in the city of York in North Yorkshire. A fine example of the architecture of the age, Fairfax House dates back to the 18th century. It was built as the winter home for Viscount Fairfax and its interior was designed by the then celebrated architect, John Carr. During the 20th century, Fairfax House was used as a cinema and a dance hall. But in the early 1980s the York Civic Trust saved it from falling into decay and has returned it to its former splendour. Visitors today can see how polite York society in the Georgian era entertained. There is a fine collection of furniture, paintings and ornaments which bring the house to life. Fairfax House is open daily from February to December. There is a gift shop on site.
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