York City Sightseeing, York

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Address: Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW, UK

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About York City Sightseeing, York

The York City War Memorial is a First World War memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and located in York in the north of England. Proposals for commemorating York's war dead originated in 1919 but proved controversial. Initial discussions focused on whether a memorial should be a monument or should take on some utilitarian purpose. Several functional proposals were examined until a public meeting in January 1920 opted for a monument. The city engineer produced a cost estimate and the war memorial committee engaged Lutyens, who had recently been commissioned by the North Eastern Railway (NER) to design their own war memorial, also to be sited in York. Lutyens' first design was approved, but controversy enveloped proposals for both the city's and the NER's memorials. Members of the local community became concerned that the memorials as planned were not in keeping with York's existing architecture, especially as both were in close proximity to the ancient city walls, and that the NER's memorial would overshadow the city's. Continued public opposition forced the committee to abandon the proposed site in favour of one on Leeman Road, just outside the walls, and Lutyens submitted a new design of a War Cross and Stone of Remembrance to fit the location. This was scaled back to the cross alone due to lack of funds. Prince Albert, the Duke of York (later King George VI), unveiled the memorial on 25 June 1925, six years after the memorial fund was opened. It consists of a stone cross 33 feet (10 metres) high on three stone blocks and a stone base, beneath which are two further blocks and two shallow steps. It sits in a memorial garden, with an entrance designed by Lutyens using the remaining funds for the memorial. The memorial itself is a grade II* listed building, having been upgraded when Lutyens' war memorials were designated a "national collection" in 2015. The piers and gate at the entrance to the garden are listed separately at grade II.


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Check out detailed information of York City Sightseeing which resides in the York. York City Sightseeing is often skipped on the visit, owing to the plethora of other prime attractions of York.

York City Sightseeing is not one of the most important things to do in York like National Railway Museum, York Minster, The Shambles, York City Walls and York Castle Museum.

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  • A brilliant way to see any city. We've used the same company in a few city's and would seek them out again.

  • Enjoyable tour but a bit steep at £26 for two small adults.

  • Really intetesting and informative. We got a live tour guide which I would recommend. Brucey Bonus: The ice cream van beside stop #1 is great. Have the coffee flavour.

  • Definitely worthwhile taking this bus tour - I used it lots to hop on and off!

  • Friendly drivers who offer help and adv8ce to get best from ticket. A nice paced informative tour. Takes about an hour to get right round. I got to see more of york than I would have without doing this tour. It was part of the york pass when I was there which was great. It really puts a link between many if the sights and museums in York. Felt it could have mentioned a couple of others that it passes such as bar convant but it dies cram quite a bit it already.

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