St William's College
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
There is a restaurant at ground level, and 4 rooms, which are rented out for functions such as banquets and social ceremonies. The largest of the chambers is Maclagan Hall, which was in all liklihood the medieval great hall of the chantry priests. Equally attractive is the 'House of Layman', and attractive chamber under the timber roof, which was used as a meeting area by laymen when the Bishops were in convocation. Visitors can tour the medieval chambers at a minimal cost (Â£1 for adults when we visited) and the College is open most days during normal businesss hours.
Our verdict: I was amazed that the college was empty when I visited. It is such an attractive historic building, and so close to the Minster, that I assumed it would be crowded with visitors. It wasn't - and deserves a bit more recognition as one of York's most interesting medieval buildings. The College is reputed to be haunted, but then, this is York, so you could have guessed that, right?
About St William's College
Address: 4-5 College Street, York, Yorkshire, England, YO1 7JF
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On College Street, near the Minster. Open access most days unless there is a function going on.
Website: St William's College
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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