Stonegate Tour (Self Guided), York

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 Map

Guide Name: Stonegate Tour
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 or 0.1 Miles
Author: val
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Helen's Church
  • Punch Bowl
  • Stonegate Teddy Bears and Tea Rooms
  • Käthe Wohlfahrt - Mulberry Hall
  • Ye Olde Starre Inn
  • Evil Eye Lounge
  • The Printer's Devil
  • Barley Hall
  • The Antiques Centre
  • The Cat Gallery
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
Sight description based on wikipedia
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

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