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Campus landmarks

Heslington Hall

Heslington Hall is a Grade II* listed building near Heslington village.  It was constructed as country house in 1568 and was rebuilt in both the 19th and 20th centuries.  The Hall's residents have included the Deramore baronry, the Royal Air Force and now the University of York.

Some original features of the house still remain, including the pendant stucco ceiling over the great hall, some of the courtyard face and the staircase towers at the rear.  The gardens were first formally landscaped in the early 18th century, including the gazebo and yews that now comprise The Quiet Place.

Central Hall

Central Hall is a tiered auditorium located at the heart Heslington campus overlooking the lake. It has a capacity of 1190 and is used for concerts, conferences, competitions, fashion shows, graduations and other events.


Heslington campus is home to ten colleges that accommodate resident students and academic departments.  Each of the Colleges has its own distinctive identity, facilities and history.

The King's Manor

The King's Manor is a group of Grade I listed buildings in the heart of York and was originally a residence for the abbots of nearby St. Mary's Abbey. The site includes a variety of historic structures ranging from the 15th to the beginning of the 20th century, and has been used to host a seat for government, private residences and a school for the blind.

It is currently the home of the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies.

University library and archives

The University of York library and archives network consists of several libraries on the Heslington campus and in the local area. The JB Morrell library is the main library on campus as is located on University Road.


The University campus is the home to many sculptures.

For more information on these works of art, see Art on campus.