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Full of history, Yorkshire is known for its medieval past and has some of the best preserves of it in Europe. The Shambles, a medieval shopping street with some of its exterior still remaining and the medieval charterhouse, Mount Grace are an example of this. There’s also wonderful walking routes such as through Fountains Abbey where you may spot a deer or through the deep valleys of the Yorkshire Dales themself!

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Clifford's Tower

Clifford’s Tower is one of the best-loved landmarks in York. The stunning panoramic views over Old York from the top of Clifford's Tower, make it the ideal starting point for any visit to the city. There's plenty to discover at this imposing tower standing proud on its high mound. It is almost all that remains of York Castle built by William the Conqueror, and has served as a prison and a royal mint in its time.

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York Minster

The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. Since the 7th century, the Minster has been at the centre of Christianity in the north of England and today remains a thriving church rooted in the daily offering of worship and prayer. See the best views in York after climbing the 275 steps up the Central Tower.

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Fountains Abbey

Is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is located approximately 3 miles south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, near to the village of Aldfield. Veiled in a secluded valley, this National Trust property captivates you with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, a medieval deer park, Elizabethan Hall and Gothic church.

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The Shambles

Is an old street in York and one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe, with overhanging timber-framed buildings. Although none of the original shop-fronts have survived from medieval times, some properties still have exterior wooden shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open windows. The street was made narrow by design to keep the meat out of direct sunlight but walk down today and you can imagine the Shambles packed with people and awash with offal and discarded bones.

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Whitby Abbey

The ruins of Whitby Abbey are among the most celebrated sights of North Yorkshire. The first monastery here, founded in about 657, became one of the most important religious centres in the Anglo-Saxon world. In 664 it was the setting for the Synod of Whitby, a landmark in the history of the Church in England. The headland is now dominated by the shell of the 13th-century church of the Benedictine abbey founded after the Norman Conquest.

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Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is a small fishing village and a bay located within the North York Moors National Park, 5 miles south of Whitby. Robin Hood’s Bay was reportedly the busiest smuggling community on the Yorkshire coast, it’s natural isolation, protected by marshy moorland on three sides, offered a natural aid to this well-organised business.

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Harrogate

Is a Victorian spa town and rural district that contains the medieval city of Ripon, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and four market towns; Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Masham and Pateley Bridge. Its heritage as a fashionable spa resort continues in the Montpellier Quarter with the Royal Pump Room Museum, documenting the importance of local mineral springs.

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Knaresborough

Is a warren of medieval streets and stone staircases that weave their way up and down the hill. The town centre is perched on the cliffs above the River Nidd and the imposing railway viaduct across the Nidd Gorge offers an amazing view to visitors as they arrive by train.

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Roseberry Topping

Is a distinctive hill in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated near Great Ayton and Newton under Roseberry. Its summit has a distinctive half-cone shape with a jagged cliff, which has led to many comparisons with the much higher Matterhorn in the Swiss-Italian Alps.

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Malham Tarn

Is a glacial lake near the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, England. The lake is one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe. At an altitude of 377 metres above sea level it is the highest marl lake in the United Kingdom.

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The Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is in northern England. It encompasses thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages. Southeast, on the River Wharfe, the Bolton Abbey Estate includes the ruins of a 12th-century monastery.

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