Local traditions and culture in York

  • Pavel at ?Ebby Bla?
    Pavel at ?Ebby Bla?
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  • A City Centre Map, York
    A City Centre Map, York
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    York Hogroast
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    “Ebby Bla”

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Aug 3, 2013

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    When walking along the city Centre we saw a very amusing signboard. May be for English-speaking people it isn’t look and sound amusing at all, but for Russian-speaking people “Ebby Bla” sounds rather indecently. I can’t even translate it into English.
    Pavel laughed very much and even asked to take a photo of him at this signboard.
    But when I was making this tip I found what this signboard means:
    Ebby Bla Furnishings & Lighting
    39 Swinegate, York.
    Nothing interesting, haha!

    ?Ebby Bla? Pavel at ?Ebby Bla?

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    Hog roasts.

    by leics Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    In the distant past, meat was roasted by turning it on a spit over an open fire. That doesn't happen in ordinary houses now, but the idea of hot roasted meat placed between two pieces of bread, with added sauces, is still very popular. Often called 'hog roasts', these shops (or mobile catering vans) usually provide a choice of hot pork, beef or poultry (sometimes lamb too) with various added extras.

    I like my 'hog' with added apple sauce, stuffing (sage and onion is traditional) and crackoling (the crispy roasted skin of the beast).

    One of the best in York is 'Dave's' on Goodramgate......the portions are huge and extremely tasty.

    I first wrote this tip in 2004 (crikey...how time flies!). 'Dave's is now called 'York Hogroast' but it's the same place, with he same huge portions. Still a really excellent, and very reasonably-priced way of 'filling a gap'. Especially on a chilly, gloomy November Sunday! :-)

    They've got another branch at 4 Stonegate.

    York Hogroast And it's not just 'hog'...
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    Street performances and buskers.

    by leics Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    I've seen some brilliant buskers and street performances in York, musical and otherwise.

    There's always someone, somewhere doing something.....the yellow statue man (who has a tendency to unexpectedly chase unsuspecting females, just to make them squeal), the windy man (no, not that sort of wind), flautists, violinists, drummers, dancers, escapologists, magicians, singing dogs and local bands of all types.

    It really adds atmosphere to the place, and there is never any hassle about giving money.

    This year (2011), on a grim November Sunday, I very much enjoyed the man with the glass balls. He was very skilled indeed.

    South American musicians Driffield Silver Band (obviously)
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    First Point of Call!

    by spidermiss Updated Sep 17, 2011

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    Visit York Tourist Information Centre is a useful calling point for visitors to York. The official tourist information centre can help visitors with tourist attractions, securing accommodation and directions. The centre stocks resources including flyers, maps and general information. Souvenirs are also for sale.

    The Tourist Information Centre is located at:
    1 Museum Street
    YO1 7DT

    York Tourist Information Centre A City Centre Map, York

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    Give us a tune Kieron

    by toontraveller Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Most towns and cities have their share of musicians and buskers these days usually in the form of a guitar or saxophone player or a band of drummers but I can't say i've seen many pianists, have you?

    York however is blessed with two of them and this guy's my favourite. Keiron not only plays the piano but he'll happily entertain you with everything from Debussy's Claire de Lune to the theme from the teletubbies.

    My tip - give him some spare change and ask for a request. It will cheer you up no end.

    Thanks for the tunes Keiron
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    You may kill Scotsmen!

    by Airpunk Written Aug 31, 2010

    There is still a law which allows people to kill Scotsmen, providing they carry bow and arrow. Despite that law, I am not sure, if you can rely on this law on your then following trial for murder. Anyway, I was really brave when I put on my tartan pattern chucks on my walk through York. As you maybe already guessed, I wasn't killed. To be honest, I didn't even draw anyone's attention. OK, I didn't wear a kilt, I didn't talk with a heavy accent and neither am I a Scotsman. Maybe I am also not that tough at all, but at least, I told you something about this archaic law.


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    by DAO Updated Jul 18, 2008

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    ”The children break up on Friday” Truly chilling words. Will their tiny arms and legs suddenly fall off? Will they become decapitated suddenly? All of them? This tip has been written on 18 July 2008. They day the kids break-up in England. Before you become very scared or are afraid you will see little body parts littering the roads in school uniforms – it’s OK. Really. ‘Breaking up’ is a British expression meaning the schools are closing for the summer holidays or other breaks during the year and the children are off school for a while. The first time I heard it I could only imagine complete carnage.


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    York Pass

    by cheekymarieh Written Apr 20, 2008

    If you're visiting York and are planning to visit a few of the major attractions within the city, the York Pass is worth considering. It is priced at £24 for one day, £32 for two days and £36 for three days. Although initially this sounds expensive, you only have to visit a couple of the major sights to make it worthwhile.

    For example, if you visit the Jorvik Viking Centre (£8.50), York Minster(£7.50) and the York Dungeon(£12.50) the ticket has more than paid for itself.

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    by DAO Updated Jan 24, 2007

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    Sometimes they get lost in the crowd. Other times they are very noticeable. Sometimes you just hear them shouting “BIG ISSUE”! The Big Issue is a magazine with a difference. It is sold by people who are homeless or just barely housed. They have been through it all, usually an addiction. Now, they want to make a life for themselves. Big Issue sellers are clean and they must buy the magazine they sell. They sell it to you and they keep the mark-up profit for themselves. They are independent business people now trying to make their own lives better. They run a business and are not asking for handouts.

    The inspiration for the Big Issue magazine came from ‘Street News’, a newspaper sold by homeless people in New York City. Gordon Roddick of The Body Shop saw this in action during a visit and wanted to brink the concept to the UK. He and Mr. A. John Bird launched The Big Issue in London in September 1991. Originally it was a monthly publication.

    It proved a success and went weekly in June 1993. It spread to other cities with Regional titles:
    Manchester (The Big Issue in the North)
    Glasgow (The Big Issue Scotland)
    Cardiff (The Big Issue Cymru)
    Bristol (The Big Issue South West)
    Birmingham (The Big Issue Midlands).

    It has also gone international in places like Sydney, Cape Town and Los Angeles.

    Before you think the magazine is boring, buy a copy. It has news, music, sports, art reviews and more. Just to keep it in perspective it also has a ‘missing’ section. Not a handout but a hand up. Buy one and have a read. You may find yourself becoming a frequent reader.

    The Big Issue is based at:
    1-5 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LN

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    Local accent.

    by mwe Written Jan 4, 2007

    People talk about "the Yorkshire accent", however Yorkshire's accent is probably as varied as the American accent!
    York people have a North Yorkshire accent, which sounds slightly softer & more northeast/Geordie than most Yorkshire accents. York has certain distinct pronunciations, for example "fourteen" is pronounced "fahrt-teen".
    The West Yorkshire accent is more Mancunian in its sound & is typified by characters like Compo & Clegg on "Last of the summer wine".
    South Yorkshire has a bit of an east-midland slant to it. Ted Bovis on "Hi-de-hi" has a South Yorkshire accent. "Tha", "thee" & "thou" are said instead of "you".
    East Yorkshire has a slightly 'gritted teeth' sound to it. "Bloke" is pronounced "blerk" & "work" is pronounced "werk" (as it is in Liverpool).

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    Portable food from the Cornish Pasty Bakery.

    by leics Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    Pasties are pastry containers which hold, traditionally, a hot filling of beef, swede, potato and onion. They originated in Cornwall, but can now be found all over the country. They are brilliant for eating as you wander around, especially if it's a bit chilly!
    York has two excellent pasty shops.....one on Colliergate and one on Coney Street. They have a variety of pasties, in 3 sizes and with different fillings, as well as selling drinks, sandwiches, baguettes and panini. They're open till midnight on Friday and Saturday. Pasties from 99p.

    Super pasties.
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    by Sjalen Written Sep 10, 2006

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    The river Ouse sees the Nidd, Swale and other rivers entering it further upstream in the Vale of York. This means that in winter, the city centre is often flooded as the snow melt is in full swing in the Yorkshire Dales hills, adding an enormous amount of water to the Ouse. The King's Arms pub in this picture (otherwise not my favourite) has a nice river setting most of the year but can in February be closed as water is just about everywhere in it. Inside the pub there is a flood mark on the wall, telling you which years have been the worse and just how flooded it all became. Amazing! The site below is the central UK floodwatch.

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    Sainsbury's at Jackson's

    by yooperprof Written Jul 19, 2006

    Handy neighborhood convenience stores. There were a couple out near the Bed and Breakfasts where I stayed. Good for picking up things like bottled water, crisps and sandwiches, fresh fruit, etc. Open early in the morning till late at night.

    the shop around the corner

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    British Money

    by HORSCHECK Written Mar 12, 2005

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    Even though the United Kingdom is a member of the European Union (EU) since 1973, they don't have the EURO as currency. The currency of the United Kingdom is still the British Pound. 1 Pound is worth 100 Pence. You can get your money with your credit or debit card from ATMs or just by exchanging your local money at one of the bureaux de change.

    Five Pounds note
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    Guided Walking Tour of Historic York

    by londonlover Written Jul 9, 2004

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    This sign is just outside Goodramgate, on the western side of the city, and this is the meeting point for a daily walking tour let by a local guide. It lasts for about two hours, and depending on the guide, will give you various insights into modern and historic life in York, its customs, background, and architecture. A very nice introduction to the city.

    Click for a close-up of the important info

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