York has been fortunate to have so many older buildings which still survive, although unfortunately many have been lost to slum clearance and several to Second World War bomb damage.

Some buildings were lost in the Dissolution of the Monasteries, such as St. Mary’s Abbey, although remains survive today. York Guildhall was badly damaged in the Second World War, but has been rebuilt. Other magnificent buildings however remain significantly intact, such as the city gates (also known as bars), York Minster, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Barley Hall, York Assembly Rooms, Bishopthorpe Palace and York Castle. More modern buildings include York Art Gallery and York Public Library.