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“A place of reflection”

Margaret Clitherow Shrine
Ranked #90 of 202 things to do in York
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Owner description: The former home of St. Margaret Clitherow, an ordinary butcher's wife who was martyred for her faith in 1586, is today a shrine in her memory.
Rangiora, New Zealand
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106 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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“A place of reflection”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Came upon this place unexpectedly as I was walking around York. I think more a place for quiet reflection on matters of faith (whatever they may be) than history. However, a booklet available for purchase offered the story of Margaret Clitherow and I also came across her story in a couple of other places in York. A courageous woman in difficult times and in that there is a challenge for us all. Worth coming away from the hustle and bustle of York and all the tourists for some quiet in this small room.

Visited June 2013
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English first
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101 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Better with a guide”
Reviewed 31 May 2013 via mobile

We have been in this shrine a few times and found it very peaceful. There is some information on the walls, but we found out more about the history of the place during the Terror Trail. The guide was very informative about what happened to Margaret and brought the story to life. I would recommend going on one of these guided tours as they are relatively cheap and you find out so much more than just reading from a plaque on the wall.

Visited May 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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55 attraction reviews
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“Peaceful haven”
Reviewed 6 November 2012

Whilst it is widely know this was not the house she lived in and contrary to the story given by some ghost walk leaders the reason this house was chosen is simpler and possibly too dull to be included in their tours. the truth is it was the only property available in Shambles at the time it was decided to have a shrine to St Margaret Clitherow. The shrine itself is small and whilst it is on the ground floor it is awkward to access for wheel chair users due to the narrow entrance indicative of houses of the period in which these were built. The shrine itself is simple and unassuming, the room peaceful despite the bustle of the street inches away. One of the few perfect places for quiet contemplation within York's walls.

Visited October 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
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“Nice replica shrine”
Reviewed 20 October 2012

Nice replica shrine in memory of the saint Margaret Clitherow, We owe a debt of gratitude to the council for rewriting history. The site of this shrine is actually historically inaccurate. The real home of Margaret is over the street a few doors down where the photo images shop is situated. The error was due in part to the unusual way of numbering the dwellings.We only found this out on the ' haunted walk of York ' tour. This being said, it's still a tranquil place to visit. Tuesday 16th Oct

Visited October 2012
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Whitby, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
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“Peaceful haven”
Reviewed 9 September 2012

Always pop into this shrine when on the Shambles. Simple, prayerful room.
Pop in and spare a thought, or offer a prayer, for all victims of persecution; that is the true purpose of this shrine. The housewife whose house it was died a terrible death during dark times in our own country's past.

Visited September 2012
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