As Monty Python had it what have the Romans ever done for us? ‘All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?’ Reg must have been a Yorkshireman in the ‘Life of Brian’.
- York Cold War Bunker is the most modern and spine chilling of English Heritage’s properties. The York Cold War Bunker in Acomb York uncovers the secret history of Britain’s Cold War. read more
- Stanwick Iron Age Fortifications in Forcett North Yorkshire exposes an excavated section, part cut into rock, of the ramparts of the huge Iron Age trading and power-centre of the most important tribe in pre- Roman northern Britain the Brigantes. Some 4 miles long, the defences enclosed an area of 766 acres. Following the Roman conquest the Brigantian centre moved to Aldborough the Roman Site (also worth a visit at Boroughbridge YO51 9ES ).
- Piercebridge Roman Bridge’s stonework foundations are now marooned in a field. The bridge once led to Piercebridge Roman Fort.
- Wheeldale Roman Road A mile-long stretch of enigmatic ancient road amid wild and beautiful moorland, still with its hard core and drainage ditches.
- Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village is the most famous and intensively studied of Britain’s 3,000 or so deserted medieval villages. Wharram Percy occupies a remote but attractive site in a beautiful Wolds valley.
- Burton Agnes Manor House A medieval manor house interior, with a rare and well preserved Norman undercroft and a 15th-century roof, all encased in brick during the 17th and 18th centuries.
- View artworks held by the National Trust and discover tales and 18th-century architecture on a visit to Maister House in Hull. Visit during Hull’s UK City of Culture year.