Stonegate Tour, York, York (Self Guided)

Begin your tour at Stonegate Teddy Bears and Tea Rooms. Acquire a teddy bear friend and enjoy a cup of wonderful Yorkshire tea. Go to the Wild Hart and buy a Country Heart for someone special. Other attractions include the Cat Gallery and the Printer’s Devil. Follow this guide to see the wonderful sites the Stonegate area has to offer.
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Stonegate Tour, York Map

Guide Name: Stonegate Tour, York
Guide Location: England » York (See other walking tours in York)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.2 km
Author: val
St. Helen's Church

1) St. Helen's Church

St. Helen's Church stands out with its unique octagonal tower. The earliest evidence of St. Helen's Church is from the late 12th century, though it is possible to say that its foundation was laid earlier. It was rebuilt twice, in the 1550s and the 1850s. The tower was erected in 1814 and the chancel in 1858. It has a gorgeous interior with 14th and 15th century stained glass.
Punch Bowl

2) Punch Bowl

The Punch Bowl, a pub in Stonegate, is crowded with ghosts! The former owner of the pub who lost his life in a fire walks up and down the area where the cellar steps used to be. The grey ghost of a woman who met a tragic fate haunts the bar. Legend has it that she committed suicide after learning that her lover had been unfaithful. The Punch Bowl is also thought to be haunted by ghosts from its incarnation as a a brothel. A barmaid, who was beaten to death in the 16th century, is thought to be wandering the building to this day.
Stonegate Teddy Bears and Tea Rooms

3) Stonegate Teddy Bears and Tea Rooms

Stonegate Teddy Bears and Tea Rooms, housed in a beautiful 15th century building, is a wonderful shop where you can find a wide range of stuffed bears, including many collectible ones. On the top floor, guests can relax and enjoy the finest collection of classic teas, coffee, mouthwatering milkshakes and tea cakes.
Käthe Wohlfahrt - Mulberry Hall

4) Käthe Wohlfahrt - Mulberry Hall

Mulberry Hall, established by the Sinclair family about fifty years ago, features fine china, crystal, cutlery and cookware. The store is located in one of York’s oldest buildings, constructed in 1434. Come to Mulberry Hall and enjoy a "unique quality of experience in an increasingly functional world," as manager Adam Sinclair characterizes it.

Operating hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Ye Olde Starre Inn

5) Ye Olde Starre Inn

Ye Olde Starre Inn, York’s oldest pub, dates back to 1644 when it was used as a field hospital during England's Civil War. Don't be shocked when you hear screams coming from the cellar, they are the ghosts of those who died here, crying in pain. The ghost of a Royalist officer haunts the pub. His body is massive, his steps are heavy and his appearance is severe. The ghosts of two black cats follow him. The ghost of an old woman is sometimes seen walking the stairs, an apparition only children have seen.
Evil Eye Lounge

6) Evil Eye Lounge

The Evil Eye Lounge is the most fashionable, bohemian and positively quirky place in York. It is said that it is Johnny Depp’s favorite place to go in the UK. Watch out for the big blue eye as you walk along Stonegate to find this club. It features a Moroccan-themed décor, Asian cuisine and a wide range of rum and tequila drinks. Downstairs boasts a 20 meter long bar. There is a great outdoor patio area and upstairs guests can recline and sip their drinks on cozy beds. Just remember that anything is possible at the Evil Eye Lounge.
The Printer's Devil

7) The Printer's Devil

While wandering about Stonegate, you will notice sculptures attached to many buildings. At 33 Stonegate you will find one of a fiery devil. A printer's devil refers to the printer’s apprentice. The history of this comes from the black ink stains that covered the apprentice. This vocation became known as a “black art” and the apprentice became known as the “devil.” The lever which printers used in their trade was also called the printer's devil, because it often snapped back. One day, a worker at this print shop carved a devil on the shop's exterior, and though the shop no longer exists, the sculpture remains and the Printer’s Devil is a popular attraction.
Barley Hall

8) Barley Hall

Barley Hall is a reconstructed medieval townhouse. Originally built around 1360 by the monks of Nostell Priory, it was later extended in the 15th century. The property went into a slow decline and by the 19th and 20th centuries heavily sub-divided and in an increasingly poor physical condition. It was bought by the York Archaeological Trust in 1987, renamed Barley Hall, and heavily restored in a controversial project to form a museum.

On the ground floor, Barley Hall comprises a number of rooms. The store room, used as an admissions area, contains a large quantity of original 1360 woodwork, which leads onto a second store room, now called the Steward's room. At the heart of the building is the Great Hall, a 1430 construction, decorated on the basis of equivalents elsewhere in the city of York. The building also includes a pantry and a buttery. On the first floor is the parlour, which overlooks the hall, a gallery and several bedchambers. Barley Hall is a grade II listed building.

Operation hours: April 1 – November 3: 10 am - 5 pm; November 4 – March 31: 10 am - 4 pm

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The Antiques Centre

9) The Antiques Centre

The Antiques Centre, housed in a wonderful three-story Georgian building, is open seven days a week. It specializes in quality antiques and collectibles, including vintage jewelery, silver, metalware, glass, watches, furniture, clothing and toys. There is also an extensive range of pottery, porcelain and collectibles such as Beswick, Belleek, Coalport, Maling, Royal Albert, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, Royal Copenhagen and much more.

Operating hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 9:30 am - 4 pm
The Cat Gallery

10) The Cat Gallery

The Cat Gallery, a family-owned business founded in 2001 by Peter & Alison Hanson, is where you can find the finest in cat art, cat collectibles and other quality gifts. Its wide selection includes cat-themed jewelery and accessories, bags, photos, paintings, books, stationery, toys, games, housewares and ornaments.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

Walking Tours in York, England

Create Your Own Walk in York

Create Your Own Walk in York

Creating your own self-guided walk in York is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
York City Wall Tour

York City Wall Tour

York’s city wall has remained intact since the Roman occupation. The city was named Eboracum by the Romans and referred to as Eoforvic by the Angles. To the Vikings, it was Jorvik and the Normans gave it the name York. Take this tour to discover the attractions along York's ancient city wall.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Established by the Romans as early as the 1st century AD, the walled city of York breathes history. York Minster, the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, Jórvík Viking Centre, and the National Railway Museum carry much legacy of the city's turbulent past, while the Stonegate street reveals York the way it is today. Follow this orientation walk to explore York in its variety.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Old Town of York Tour

Old Town of York Tour

Start your tour of York’s Old Town at the Museum Gardens. Walk along Shambles, a medieval street and see its narrow houses, pavements and its famous Snickelways. Climb the spiral staircase of Clifford's Tower for a great view of the town. Take this tour to experience the history of this very old city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Pubs of York Tour

Pubs of York Tour

York Brewery has produced award-winning beers. In 2002, Centurion's Ghost Ale was the winner of the Brewing Industry International Awards. Its other year round beers are Yorkshire Terrier, Guzler, Constantine, as well as several marvelous seasonal beers. Take this tour to discover York’s finest pubs, where you can enjoy any one of these beers.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
York Gift Shops Tour

York Gift Shops Tour

Start this tour with Woodcarvers of the Shambles and visit Mulberry Hall to see its exclusive collection of fine china, crystal, cutlery and cookware. Drop in at Bettys Café Tea Rooms and try the famous Yorkshire tea. Be sure to see Christmas Angels, the York Minster Shop and other great shops in this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Medieval Churches of York Tour I

Medieval Churches of York Tour I

By 1330 there had been around 45 parish churches in York. Twenty of them survive, in whole or in part, and they are amazing. Today, twelve of the surviving churches hold services. Take this tour to become acquainted with these magnificent sacred places.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in York for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best York has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as York, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.