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York is a walled city in North Yorkshire. The city was founded by the Romans and has been an important part of British history ever since. The city became a major trading and religious centre. Eventually chocolate and railways became the major industries in York, though they have now declined. At present the biggest employers are in service industries.
York is easily reached by road or train and has many attractions for tourists. Cars can easily be parked for a week while attractions, shops, cafes restaurants and bars keep a visitor occupied.
Jorvic centre celebrates the Viking influence on York
National Railway Museum brings us more into the present past.
Trail 3 - Down Stonegate (yellow icons) 7+2 pubs
From the front door of the Minster walk along the right hand side and half way along turn down to the right and cross over High Petergate into Stonegate.
Above your head is a banner proclaiming Ye Olde Starre inn. A shop or two before this on the right is a bottle shop in which is contained The House of the Trembling Madness. this is followed quickly by The Evil Eye lounge and next door to this an alleyway taking you to Ye Olde Starre Inn.
Further down on the left is signpost directing you to Little Stonegate. Kennedys can be reached from a single door just after this on the left or, more obviously by going along Little Stonegate.
Additions - continuing along Little Stonegate brings you to Stonegate Yard and opposite it, Bobo Lobo.
Continuing back to Stonegate and going left, before the crossroads there is, on the right The Yorkshire Terrier and on the left The Punch Bowl.
Continuing across the crossroads on the right is Harkers and at the end of the walk is Lendal Cellars.
York is a place where many people enjoy a pub crawl as it is full of interesting bars.
Almost all pubs do food.
Lots have outside seating.
Most have some sort of courtyard to the rear for smoking if not sunbathing.
Several have roof top terraces.
York CAMRA offers a map identifying real ale pubs.
Steve Bastables gives his take on many pubs in York
Two rivers run through York, the Ouse and the Foss. This pub trail looks at pubs caught between the river Ouse and the city wall on the more substantial side which includes the Shambles and York Minster.
Like any city the majority of bars serve food and it can occasionally be difficult to distinguish between a restaurant and bar offering food. A expected such a city has a full range of styles of bars from a few local pubs to some modern shiny venues. With so many pubs there is also a variety of alcohol served in bars; from basic bitter-lager bars to cocktail bars and specialist beer establishments. There are five trails available of about 7-8 pubs, all of which can be expanded in size by ‘borrowing’ from other trails.
Trail 2 -Middle lanes (Orange icons) 8+1 pubs
It is easy to get lost in the lanes connecting the old streets. From the front door of the Minster walk along the right hand side and half way along turn down to the right and then quick left to enter High Petergate. Walk down a little to turn right down Grape lane.
Down here on the right is Thirteen Thirty One. Further on at the corner is the rear entrance to The Slug and Lettuce. Come out of the other entrance and turn right and walk around the corner to Little Stonegate to find Stonegate Yard and opposite it Bobo Lobo.
Addition - You could wander further along to Kennedys.
Returning to The Slug & Lettuce walk on and discover Oscars's on the right. Reurn again to the long Slug and Lettuce entrance and opposite it find a small alley called Finkle St. Walk down this alley and at the end come across Roman Bath and, almost, next door to it The Three Cranes. Cross over the square and go down Parliament St turning first right into Market St to find The Burns Hotel.
Trail 1 The Minster to Monkgate - (green icons) 8+2 pubs
After staring at the front door of the Minster turn to the left and wander along the street in front of you. After the tea shop on the right is The York Arms. Further down is The Hole In The Wall followed by, at the Botham (ancient gate way) The Lamb and Lion. Coming up the other side there is The Eagle and Child and then The Three Legged Mare.
Now walking past and along the side of the Minster the road curves round and The Cross Keys appears on the corner. Up the road from this is The Golden Slipper followed by The Royal Oak.
Opposie the Cross Keys is Vahe and then just down the road is, on the right The Habit and on the left The Snickleback Inn.
Drink and Music
John Barlycorn Must Die
Trail 5 Fossgate area (Blue icons) 9 pubs
From the front door of the Minster walk along the right hand side and half way along turn down to the right and then quick left to enter High Petergate. Walk down Petergate to reach an open part called Kings Square. The right hand side of kings square is the entrance to The Shambles. Wander down here and there is Ye Old Shambles Tavern (looking like a shop front) on the right,
At the end of The Shambles turn right along the road and at the next crossroads is The Pavement Vaults. Continuing along the raid you were on brings The Three Tuns.
Returning past The Pavement Vaults and opposite where you left the Shambles is The Golden Fleece. The next corner along has Sutlers on one corner and The Terrace on the other. Walking down The Fossgate between these two pubs is on the right The Bluebell and opposite The Hop and further down The Fossgate Social
Trail 4 - Around Kings Square (Red icons) 8+2
From the front door of the Minster walk along and past the right hand side where the road curves round and The Cross Keys appears on the corner.
Additions - go up from here and there is the Golden Slipper and The Royal Oak.
Turn right into Goodramgate to discover The Habit and opposite it The Snickleback Inn and further down on the right is The Old White Swan.
Keep going across the crossroads to Church St and there is the Golden Lion on the right, Continue along and turn left into Patrick Pool and as this narrows there is Pivni
Leaving here continue down the alley and turn left. This will take you to a small squate where there is The Duke of York and on the road beyond this The Last Drop.
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All trails will start from the Minster - even the furthest one is not far away as York is a compact city. If this means that occasionally a pub may have to be passed to reach a trail - so be it. Of course, these could just as easy be added to the trail.