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Barley Hall
Bootham Bar
Breezy Knees

Clifford's Tower
Dick Turpin's Grave
Fairfax House
Fishergate Bar
Goddard's Garden
Guy Fawkes Inn
Holy Trinity,

Holy Trinity,

Jorvik Viking Centre
Mansion House
Adventurers Hall

Micklegate Bar
Norman House
Richard III Experience and Monk Bar
Roman Bath Museum
The Shambles
St. Olave's Church
St. William's College
Treasurer's House
Walmgate Bar
York Castle Museum
York City Walls
York Guildhall
York Minster
York Museum

Yorkshire Museum

Mansion House

The Mansion House, the first civic residence in England, was built as a home, and a place for the Lord Mayor of York to entertain visitors to the city, and also to house the civic collections. Still used today for the same purpose, the Mansion House is also open for visitors to explore and regular tours are available.

Mansion House, York

The Georgian style house stands in St Helen's Square, where Coney Street and Lendal intersect in the city centre, next to the site of the old Roman Praetorian Gateway. The Mansion House is the earliest purpose built house for a Lord Mayor still in existence and predates the Mansion House in London by at least twenty years. Its bold frontage of pilasters is surmounted by the city's coat of arms. The foundation stone was laid in 1725, the building was completed seven years later in 1732, the architect for the building remains unknown, although the frontage may be by William Etty.

Mansion House, YorkMansion House, York

In 1988 the Mansion House was restored by the York Civic Trust. A striking building with an elegant, richly furnished interior, it exhibits a wide collection of silver, antique furniture and paintings.

The civic regalia includes a seventeenth century mace and two swords. York's great sword of state, dated 1416, once belonged to the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund and was presented to the city of York in 1439 by Henry Hanslapp, the sword had previously hung over the Emperor's stall in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The Bowes Sword was donated to the City of York by Sir Martin Bowes, Lord Mayor of London 1545.

Historic Buildings in York

Barley Hall Bishopthorpe Palace Clifford's Tower Fairfax House
Guy Fawkes Inn Jacob's Well Mansion House Merchant
Adventurers Hall
Multiangular Tower Norman House St.Leonard's Hospital St. Mary's Abbey
St. William's College Treasurer's House York City Walls York Guildhall

The city of York

Historic buildings in Yorkshire