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  • 1. Castle Howard


    Standing in the Howardian Hills to the west of Malton, Castle Howard is an outstanding example of English baroque architecture, with a distinctive...Read More

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  • 2. Georgian Theatre Royal

    Arts/Performance Venue

    A jewel box built in 1788 and today an active community playhouse, this theater and museum is Britain's most complete Georgian playhouse still...Read More

  • 3. Harewood House


    The home of the Earl of Harewood, a cousin of the Queen, Harewood House (pronounced har -wood) is a spectacular 1759 neoclassical mansion designed...Read More

  • 4. Rievaulx

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The perfect marriage of architecture and landscape, Rievaulx (pronounced ree- voh ) Abbey sits in a dramatic setting two miles northwest of...Read More

  • 5. Studley Royal Water Garden & Fountains Abbey


    You can easily spend a day at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, an 822-acre complex made up of an 18th-century water garden and deer park; a...Read More

  • 6. York Minster

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The city's focal point, this vast cathedral is the largest Gothic building north of the Alps and attracts almost as many visitors as London...Read More

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  • 7. City of York Walls

    Historic District/Site

    Almost 3 miles of original medieval town walls remain around York, more than any other city in England. In the 9th century, invading Vikings...Read More

  • 8. Clifford's Tower

    Notable Building

    This rather battered-looking keep at the top of a steep mound is all that remains of the old York castle, one of the greatest fortresses of...Read More

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  • 9. Merchant Adventurers' Hall

    Historic Home

    Built between 1357 and 1361 by a wealthy medieval guild, this is the largest half-timbered hall in York. It has fine collections of silver and...Read More

  • 10. Newby Hall


    Built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren with 18th-century additions and interiors by Robert Adam, this country house, still home to the original...Read More

  • 11. Richmond Castle


    One of the three oldest stone-built castles in England and considered to be one of Britain's finest examples of a Norman fortress, Richmond...Read More

  • 12. Ripon Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The site's original 7th-century church was destroyed by the Vikings, though its Saxon crypt (AD 672), the oldest structure in any English cathedral...Read More

  • 13. Scarborough Castle


    There have been military structures on this promontory commanding a view of the North and South bays since prehistoric times. Digs have uncovered...Read More

  • 14. Skipton Castle


    Built by the Normans in 1090, and largely unaltered since the 17th century, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval...Read More

  • 15. Temple Newsam

    Historic Home

    A grand country estate in the middle of a city, this huge Elizabethan and Jacobean building–-the family home and birthplace of Lord Darnley...Read More

  • 16. The Shambles


    York's best-preserved medieval street has shops and residences in half-timber buildings with overhangs so massive you could almost reach across...Read More

  • 17. Turkish Baths Harrogate

    Notable Building

    Dating from 1897, these Moorish-inspired, fully restored Turkish baths look virtually the same as they would have to the many Victorians who...Read More

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