Bootham Bar

Bootham Bar, York: Hours, Address, Bootham Bar Reviews: 4/5

9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Located at the northern gateway to York, Bootham is the oldest of the city's four defensive bastions, with some of the stones dating to the 11th century.
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,687 contributions
Gate to the city
Aug 2020 • Solo
One of the original gates to the city very close to the minster. The entrance to Bootham District of York. Love the history of this gate.
Written August 9, 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,107 contributions
Its stunning.
Nov 2019 • Friends
My twin brother Stephen and I were heading to The Lamb & Lion Pub,The Hole In The Wall Pub and The White Horse Pub and we passed this magnificent gateway.
I've been visiting York for over 30 years and Bootham Bar still impresses me.
There's been a gateway here for over 2000 years ,this was one of the sites of one of the four gateways into the Roman fortress in 71AD .
This present Bootham Bar dates from the 11th century with additional work carried out in the 14th & 15th century to the three storey tower and gateway ,during the siege of York in 1644 this gateway was damaged, like Micklegate Bar the tower after displayed the severed heads of rebels on the gateway.
The portcullis located in the gateway looks amazing and highlights how formidable the defenses of the walls and bars actually were.
I just love the look of Bootham Bar especially at night, it looks very evocative, makes for some great photographic opportunities and is most definitely well worth checking out if your in the area or planning a holiday to York.
Easy to locate on De Grey House,Exhibition Square just off St Leonards Square.
Written November 11, 2019
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Ian S
Kettering, UK729 contributions
Great
Oct 2019 • Couples
Nearest part to our hotel so passed this many times but only once walked round to Goodramgate and the Richard 111 exhibition.
Very atmospheric!
Written October 12, 2019
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rogerbT3384PA
London, UK134 contributions
Go back in time to 13th Century
Oct 2019
The Bootham Bar walk takes about 20-25 minutes and goes from the entrance to the city (near The Minster) to Goodramgate.The city walls in total are about 2 miles long and comprise 4 main bars.
Mainly they were built in the 13th century and are the longest in England
This section gives you a good perspective of the York Minster
A must see to appreciate the incredible history that is York.There is no charge.
Written October 3, 2019
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Hinckleygal81
Barwell, UK334 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2019 • Couples
We came here whilst in York, it’s beautiful, it leads to a medieval shop which sells all kinds of stuff but very expensive. The brick work is absolutely stunning and well worth a visit.
Written August 28, 2019
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Film G
New England823 contributions
Ancient Gate, Entry to City Walls
Aug 2019 • Couples
One of the gates to the ancient city, you can also access the city will walk from here. Bootham Bar itself is just something to look and and take in — more of a waystation for the walls.
Written August 3, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Magnificent historic gate
Jul 2019 • Solo
The history of this city gate goes back almost two millennia into Roman times. The earliest parts of the present structure are from the 11th and 12th centuries. It’s a spectacular reminder of the times when cities needed far tighter external security than they do now. Well worth visiting.
Written July 12, 2019
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HappyWanderer874
Peak District National Park, UK113 contributions
ROMAN FORTIFICATIONS
Jul 2019 • Couples
Located on a site that has had a gateway sine 71AD, Bootham Bar is one of the four main entrances to the fortress. There has been a gateway here for nearly 2000 years. Although the existing is not Roman, it's been around since 14th century and has some original Roman stonework, such as the main archway dating back to 11th century. The Roman original was a much smaller wooden structure, giving access to their headquarters. It's the oldest gateway to the city and is remarkably well preserved. Beneath this bar are the remains of the original Roman fortification. A testament to Roman building and engineering, bearing in mind that the original ground levels would have been 3 metres lower, and so walls and fortifications would have been that much higher, rather puts it in perspective. A fascinating insight to our Roman history of York.
Written July 4, 2019
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flaneur40
New York City, NY1,718 contributions
A Good Place to Start Your Wall Walk
May 2019 • Solo
Underneath this Bar (gate) are the remains of the original Roman fortification. You can see it through the floor of the adjacent coffee shop. This is the main entrance to the York wall walk and usually the most congested. Across the street is the York Art Museum and the Yorkshire Museum gardens as well as a wealth of other remains (mutilangular tower, etc.)
Written June 9, 2019
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FairCityFrasie
Perth, UK2,091 contributions
Portcullis Gate
Mar 2019 • Family
The oldest remaining gateway along the city walls was the gateway to the former Roman fort. Dates from the 11th century and has an impressive portcullis - I believe it is, technically, still operational but not so in practice. From here you can scramble up the steep and narrow covered steps onto the city wall that will take you all the way round to York Minster.
Written April 16, 2019
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