The Sidings Hotel

South End, Shipton-by-Beningborough, York, YO30 1BS, United Kingdom
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how long to see York?

by cme10ae

I will be in London on business for 6 days, and I'm thinking of going to York to visit with an associate for one morning. Ideally I'd like to get back to London that evening as I'm already paying for a hotel room there for the full 6 days. Would it be worth it to try and see York for only an afternoon? I'm not a "touristy" tourist type, I like the unusual and authentic experiences.

Re: how long to see York?

by ghosthunter

Yes it would be worth it. To get a taste of York years ago you would enjoy visiting the Jorvik museum & the Shambles ( a city centre street ).

Re: how long to see York?

by Sjalen can stay in York 3 days and not have seen all the "main" sights but half a day is better than nowt :-)

Just walking around the city centre will show you the "touristy" tourist attractions (narrow streets like Shambles and Stonegate) but there are some things you have to see even if they are touristy. The Minster belongs to them and can't be missed.

Unusual and, most things on my page are of the touristy sort but that's mainly as I don't think everyone would appreciate the NON touristy things in York. When talking about real life there, people are often taken by surprise at the not so quaint scenes. But if it rains, you could always visit Castle Museum to see ordinary items made interesting. A Dr Kirk started to collect things when his patients couldn't pay and the result is a museum full of household gadgets from early days, bizarre things and quite normal ones.

For authentic experiences, nothing beats a trip on the bus to Acomb with a load of screaming school kids who can't behave but I don't think that's what you're after :-)))

Re: how long to see York?

by jayhawk2000

I've taken American friends to York as a day trip from Manchester, which is under two hours by train. I think it is the same from London.

If you don't want to do touristy things, avoid Jorvik, it's Madame Tussauds with wax Vikings.

The National Railway Museum is a treat, but requires a huge amount of time to see properly.

The Castle Museum is superb, I loved seeing all the gizmos showing everyday life through the decades.

The Minster deserves a couple hours to climb tower, see the undercroft, visit the crypt and look around the chapterhouse. There's a section of the city walls nearby you should walk.

To save some time, have you thought about visiting Lincoln instead? It's closer to London and has a cathedral just as spectacular.

Happy travels!

Re: how long to see York?

by Britannia2

You could go onthe guided bus tour around York. I think an afternoon wouuld give you a feel for the place but little else.
The bus to the Monks Cross shopping centre is a better ride than the Acomb bus! Oh and the McArthur Glen shopping centre bus is a good ride too.

Re: how long to see York?

by Sjalen

Haha, no the MacArthur Glen doesn't have that many screaming school kids :-))) I would avoid the hideously expensive Pullman tourist tours in any case. But then I would say that since my husband probably knows every bus company owner in York...

Yes the railway museum is fantastic but it takes a long time to really see it all.

Jayhawk, I think he said he had business in York too. Otherwise I totally support your Lincoln alternative. Totally unbiased (my sister-in-law lives there) :-))) Seriously though, it lacks all the tensions between tourists, students and locals that you get in York.

Travel Tips for York

See the York Minster!!! It's...

by aadil

See the York Minster!!! It's the most beautiful structure in York and the views from the top are breathtaking. Climb up the 275 steps to the top and you will not regret the sights you get to see!! The city walls of York are a marvelous structure still standing in all it's glory!! Take a walk along the top of the walls but be careful in the rains, it does get slippery and some parts do not have a parapet wall!!
Also click on ALL AADIL YORK GENERAL TIPS for more places and pictures of York!!!


by LoriPori

Built during the 13th century, the NORTH TRANSEPT is typical of the early English Style with its columns of polished Purbeck stone and central wooden vaults.
Dominating the whole area is the Five Sisters Window, glazed with "Grisaille" glass. It is the largest of its type to survive anywhere in the world. The entire window contains over 100,000 pieces of glass and is dedicated as a memorial to the women who lost their lives in the two world wars. It is a fitting location for the "Odyssey" Exhibit now on display here.

Pack a comfortable pair of shoes.

by lou31

If you go to York you'll do some serious walking as lots of others do...have a good look at the photo. This street was packed!
Take my advise...I wish I had've!...and pack yourself a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

Battle of Stamford Bridge

by Sjalen

No, I'm not talking Chelsea FC's homeground but instead of a village outside York where the viking army met King Harold Goodwinson 1066. The battle was the last viking battle on British soil and the viking king Harald Hardrade died as Goodwinson won the game. Not that this mattered much since he himself was killed during the Norman invasion at the Battle of Hastings only three weeks later! Today, Stamford is a quiet place with some nice pubs and a camping ground worth considering if you come outside the flooding season since the village suffers from the well known Yorkshire floods. The photo shows the battle memorial and if you want to read more about it, then see the weblink below.


by keeweechic

Whitby is a coastal town of North Yorkshire and is found on one of Britain's finest stretches of shoreline at the inlet of the Esk River. It was famous as a whaling port and closely associated with Captain James Cook and the Endeavour. Whitby's beauty has inspired many writers and painters. Even the town's darker corners have been immortalised in the classic Victorian novel 'Dracula'.

The old narrow streets and picturesque homes which stand on the steep slopes above the river make this a popular holiday spot. It is certainly one of my favourite places that I visited, it has a lovely quaintness to it.


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