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Title: York - interiors of historical interest
Creator: Will Larter

These twelve pubs (plus the Falcon on Micklegate, which is now a circuit bar called Rumours) were identified by York Pub Conservation Group as having interiors of historical interest, in a leaflet published in 1995. Although some have been changed a little since then, most are still listed on either the National Inventory or the Yorkshire Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

Starting and finishing at York station, this crawl involves about six miles of walking; with a modest half in each, it should be possible to complete in about six to seven hours. All 12 pubs have good quality real ale. If time allows before the train, a visit to the York Tap completes a splendid day.

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The Fox (1)
Just under a mile from the station. Turn right and follow the city wall until reaching the traffic lights at Blossom St. Turn right and soon right again along Holgate Road.
Golden Ball (2)
Retrace steps to the traffic lights on Blossom Street near Micklegate Bar. Turn right on Nunnery Lane. Cross over and turn left on Vincent Street, passing under the city wall.
The Swan Inn (3)
Turn right and walk along Cromwell Road to the end. Turn right and immediately cross the busy road at the lights. Continue on the raised path with rails until reaching the Swan at the next corner.
The Wellington Inn (4)
Continue south on Bishopthorpe Road, passing the Winning Post pub on the right. Turn left on Butcher Terrace and cross the river on the Millennium Bridge. Turn sharp left and follow the river path until a sign for Alma Terrace is seen.
Lighthorseman (5)
Go to the end of Alma Terrace and turn left on Fulford Road.
Masons Arms (6)
Continue north on Fulford Road towards the city, until the city wall is seen turning a corner on the right.
The Phoenix Inn (7)
Cross the busy main road and follow the city wall round the sharp corner. Take the first turning through the wall on the left.
The Blue Bell (8)
Continue along George Street, which bends around to the right. Turn left and cross the River Foss onto Fossgate.
The Black Swan (9)
Go to the top of Fossgate and turn right, following Stonebow in a sweeping curve which ends as the Black Swan comes into view on the right.
The Royal Oak Inn (10)
Cross the road towards the flower bed which half hides the entrance to Aldwark. Follow this road until it meets Goodramgate. Turn left.
York Arms (11)
Walk along Goodramgate but soon turn right towards the minster (cathedral), walking around it to either right or left until emerging in Petergate, the long street that leads northwest to Bootham Bar.
Minster Inn (12)
Go through Bootham Bar and, having crossed the road at the traffic light, continue along Bootham until the narrow Marygate is seen on the left.
York Tap (13)
Return to Bootham and turn right at Bootham Bar. Follow the road as it curves round, then turn right towards the bridge over the River Ouse. Continue and pass under the wall to the station.