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The Yorkshire Dales National Park is 840 square miles of open fells, sheep grazing, drystone walls, gushing water, caves, remote farms and drystone walls. It stretches from the Lancashire/Cumbria borders in the North West of England across to Richmond and Ilkley toward the east of Yorkshire, between the M6 and the A1. Here is a place for serious walkers and, like the Peak district, cavers.
York Watergate marks the position of the north bank of the River Thames before the construction of the Victoria Embankment in 1862. It was built in 1626 by Nicholas Stone, master mason, for George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, to serve as the watergate to York House which the Duke had acquired from the Archbishop of York in 1624. The arms on the river front and the motto "Fidei cotucula crux" (the cross is the touchstone of faith) on the land side, are those of the Villiers family. York House was demolished in 1675 and streets were laid out on the site. In 1893 the gate having fallen into decay, the London County Council obtained parliamentary powers to acquire and preserve it as an object of public interest.
York Minster dominates the City of York, literally – it is allegedly the largest church in northern Europe - and spiritually. The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York is the seat of the Archbishop of York, Bishop of the Diocese of York and the second highest cleric in the Church of England after the Archbishop of Canterbury. There has been a church on the same spot since 627AD but the site of York Minster has been built on since at least Roman times. Most of the present building was constructed between 1220 and 1472, restored after damaging fires in the 19th century and, more recently, in 1984.
Highlights include: just standing in the enormous nave; wondering how the beautiful roof of the Chapter House holds up; checking out the kings on the King’s (Quire) Screen; looking at the stained glass – they say that York Minster’s 128 windows hold more than 50% of England’s medieval stained glass. There is a ‘Revealing York’ museum in the undercroft.
Entry to York Minster is relatively expensive.
Former nuclear underground monitoring station for the Yorkshire area, which opened as a tourist attraction in 2006.
Astonishingly varied museum, which includes walk-through reconstructed streets and rooms through the ages. The museum has an enormous collection to suit all ages, usually imaginatively and thoughtfully arranged. It occupies the 'new' 18th century castle, which was at one time used as a prison. There is a walk-through prison experience, too, which includes realistic audio-visuals. Pricey - but recommended.
One of several pubs in Britain claiming to be the oldest, 'the Trip' is built into the rock beneath Nottingham Castle and reputedly dates from 1189. Legend has it that this was a place of rest for pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem. The pub is steeped in history, with a touch of spookiness, and inevitably gets very crowded.
Victorian pub forever associated with John Lennon, who used to use it (often) when attending Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950s. It is an unpretentious local, with a few references to its famous ex-customer and some nice artwork.
Viroconium - Roman Wroxeter - was the fourth largest Roman city in Britain, equal in size to Pompeii and with a population of maybe 10,000 people. It began as a frontier fort, then a legionary fortress and went on to have a 500-year history before fading away. Now, it largely lies under the Shropshire countryside. But the excavated bath complex provides a fascinating insight into Romano-British urban life, with tantalising glimpses into the post-Roman period - the Dark Ages. There is also a reconstructed Roman town house on the site, built using Roman methods. Down the road, along Watling Street, is the modern village of Wroxeter. St Andrew's church has re-used Roman columns as gateposts and an adapted column base as its font.
The former surgery of vet turned author James Herriot, real name James Alfred Wight (1916-1995) is an award-winning visitor attraction which includes a restored 1940s home, air raid shelter, historic veterinary instruments, TV studios, the original Austin 7 car used in the TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small' - and much, much more.
The world of Beatrix Potter attraction is a privately operated exhibition of the characters from the children's books written by Beatrix Potter. The exhibition is walk-through and takes about an hour, stopping every now and again to look at the nicely put together displays. There's a 'Peter Rabbit Garden' as well as information on Beatrix Potter and her association with the English Lake District. Events are held, plus there's a cafe - and, inevitably, a shop. It's not cheap, considering what it is, but it is an ideal place to take the kids when it's raining. Tell 'em she was Harry's grandmother.