Clifford's Tower

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York 2


York has more miles of intact walls surrounding it than any other city in England. The International Ghost Research Foundation announced in 2002 that York is officially the most haunted city in Europe. York is home to the largest Railway Museum in the world and has the only Japanese Bullet train outside of Japan. Constantine the Great was crowned in York in 306AD, the only Roman emperor to have been crowned anywhere outside of Rome. Lancelot Blackburne, Archbishop of York from 1724 to 1743, served as a pirate in the Caribbean in his younger days.

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    Curious About... York 2

  • An exploration of York's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures. There is also a York 1
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  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced York in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.
  • One booklet is suitable for up to 4 people, and is available to instantly download on purchase for printing at home, or we can print it for you and send it using 1st class Royal Mail.
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Curious About... York 2

Two walks are included in the booklet, the 2nd starts where the first finishes. (There is also a York 1)

1. Museum Gardens to River Ouse - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms

From the fascinating Yorkshire Museum take a stroll through beautiful Gardens, until you arrive at the river. Now it’s onward to York station, once the largest station in the world, before promenading along the city walls with their commanding views across the city. Descend via Micklegate Bar, the most important of York’s entrances, as you make your way down a very special street to the bustling, charming, River Ouse.
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2. River Ouse to Clifford's Tower - 0.85 miles / 1.4 kms

From a bridge over the River Ouse you’ll pass the Jorvik Centre, where visitors journey through Viking-Age streets. Next it’s past a 14th century parish church, and York’s famous Opera House, before a shallow descent to the river’s edge. Up now along an historic street with a modern art gallery hidden inside an ancient church, before arriving at the remarkable Clifford’s Tower and the unique Castle Museum.
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The Booklet
York 2 Booklet

Each booklet is A5 size. You can: a) download to your computer & print; b) download to your phone or tablet (different format) & use directly from there; c) order a pre-printed copy which we post to you. Each has a page dedicated to the history of the city; 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions re what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions how to find a clue if you're stuck; a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.


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Download files are typically between 3 and 6 mb. You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free). Please see our FAQs page for further information.


Printed Copy

The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A postage & packing charge of £1.49 is made for 1 or 2 booklets within the UK. 3 to 6 booklets it's £1.99, and after that it's £3.99. Outside the UK it's £2.49 for 1 or 2 booklets, £4.99 for 3 to 6 booklets and £7.99 after that.

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If you are enrolled in the Children's University you can now gain hours towards your next award by completing one or more of our many Curious About walks.
Please note, for safety reasons a child should be accompanied by an adult, either parent/carer or person in loco parentis. Also, the booklets may require a degree of interpretation by an adult, as well as support and guidance.
To get your Children's University sticker:
  • Buy the download or booklet (which will contain two walks).
  • Complete one or both walks in your own time.
  • Complete the Returns Form below and send it to us:
    Complete one form for each location (eg York 2).
    Let us know one interesting fact you discovered along the route of each walk (this provides proof that you did it).
  • We will then send you an email with your sticker, which you can print, cut out and stick in your passport. Hours awarded will equal those shown against each walk.
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What People are Saying!

"First time in England, and so much to see. Had a wonderful time in York, and so much history and culture to discover. Thanks for helping us make sense of this amazing country!"

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