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City Centre, York

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One of the many Snickleways in York city centre (
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By David Cawley, your York expert

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#20 of 20
expert-rated things to do in York
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, History, Sightseeing

Best for Escapists - Expert review of Snickleways

Go behind the scenes to unravel a lesser known more unique York.

York’s charming and history affluent streets are a joy in themselves. Rich in a multiplicity of architectural diversity from almost every main period in history, it’s always worth a cursory glance upwards away from the shop fronts to witness the many splendidly preserved period features and curios. But behind these bustling thoroughfares, the heart of York is also honeycombed with hidden lanes, courtyards and passageways known locally as snickets, or snickleways. Extremely alluring, these essentially medieval shortcuts are almost all public byways revealing unique views and small pieces of tranquillity away from the nearby hubbub. Mad Alice Lane, Pope’s Head Alley, Lady Peckett’s Yard; there around 50 of these narrow backwaters and while you may temporarily lose your bearings, in a city the size of York it’ll never be too serious.

Expert tips: 
Enter the Hole-in-the Wall on High Petergate for one of the most rewarding snickleway revelations.
Mark Jones’s book ‘A Walk Around the Snickleways of York’ is a fascinating study and tour of the subject.

More information on Snickleways:

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Architectural site, Neighbourhood / street, Viewpoint
City Centre, York
Months open:
All year round
Free tags / Keywords:
Alleys, Lanes, Hidden

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