Every city has some places that you simply must see. These places are considered to be the top attractions. There will be other attractions that will be delightful, fun, and inviting to visitors, but the following top attractions are the ones that everyone talks about before, during, and after their visit.
Museo Nacional de Escultura
The name of this museum translates roughly to National Scripture Museum. It is an important part of the Spanish culture, and a location you do not want to miss while you are visiting. The Polychrome Wood Museum has sculptures in it that are used during the Easter celebrations. The artefacts are rich in culture and meaning for both believers and non-believers. The museum is closed on Mondays, but open the rest of the week. On Tuesday thru Saturday they are open from 10:00 to 4:00 and then again from 6:00 to 9:30. On Sundays and on Holidays the museum is open from 10:00 until 4:00.
Plaza Mayor de Valladolid
This is part of the main square in the historical district of Valladolid. You will find architectural examples here that date back as far as the late 1300s. It is calming to stroll through this part of the city and see the changes that occurred in building styles, and materials throughout the generations.
Iglesia de San Pablo
San Pablo is a church with a rich cultural history. It is situated next to the Museo Nacional de Esculturas. There is a local legend that tells of the baptism of Phillip II in this beautiful church. The legend says that Phillips mother wanted her son baptised in San Pablo. She and the baby were staying at the Palacio de Pimentel with the Pimentel family. The building was situated in such a manner that young Phillip was going to be baptised in the San Martin church purely for the convenience of travel. The babes mother did not like this idea and she had Phillip taken out of the Palacio de Pimentel through a window that overlooked San Pablo square, and had her son baptised at San Pablo.
Catedral de Valladolid
Originally this cathedral was designed to be the largest cathedral in all of the Europe today it is a museum that houses more than six thousand works. It contains a great pipe organ located over the main door that was constructed in 1904 by Aquilino Amenzua. The organ has since been enlarged ad it has three manuals and one pedal with thirty-six stops on it.
Iglesia de Santa Maria la Antigua
The Catedral and Iglesia de la Antigua is about a three-minute walk from San Pablo. The Catedral appears unfinished because the architect that was working on the structure was called away so he could build the Escorial. The Romanesque architectural style is truly evident in this magnificent structure, and you do not want to miss seeing it while you are there.
Universidad de Valladolid
The University of Valladolid was founded in 1241 and that makes it one of the oldest universities left in the entire world. This university is composed of four campuses that are scattered around the city of Valladolid. The Valladolid campuses are Huerta del Rey, Centro, Rio Esgueva and Miguel Delibes. You will also find campuses of the University of Valladolid located in three other Spanish provinces. These campuses are Palencia, Soria, and Segovia, There are parts of the university included in twenty-five other colleges and universities. The university has approximately two thousand professors and in 2011 it had almost twenty-four thousand students enrolled in classes.
Academia de Caballeria
This educational centre offers grand architectural interest from its many buildings, and it provides educational excellence to thousands of students each year.
The house of Cervantes – Casa de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes penned the famous Don Quixote. This piece of literature was published in 1605 and is considered to be one of the true classics. The house of Cervantes is the residence he resided in from about 1604 until roughly 1606. You will find the house open for tours on Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 until 5:00. There is a nominal fee for visiting the house, except on Sundays when the house is open from 10:00 until 5:00 and the entrance fee is waived.
Parque Campo Grande
This impressive park is located between the railway station and the centre of town. It is a handsome park that beckons you to stroll through it slowly and really take in the sites it has to offer.