Prepare for walking and rain!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some good walking shoes are essential, to battle cobblestones and the uneven surfaces of the city walls, as well as because you will probably be walking around so much. I think I never walked as much in any city I visited before!
Miscellaneous: During my stay in July the weather sometimes changed several times during one day, so although it is probably obvious, it is a good idea to bring clothes that can be layered, such as a shirt - warmer shirt - fleece jacket - rain jacket or umbrella.
Bill Bryson - Notes from a small island
Miscellaneous: Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson tells the story of Bryson's last trip around Britain before moving back to the States after almost 20 years on the British island.
The book is packed with interesting and funny stories about travelling as it really happens. By reading the book you get a nice insight into the life of the British people and their peculiarities. Some places Bryson visits on his trip are: Bradford, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Llandudno, London, Porthmanog and Thurso.
This book is definitely a must-read for everyone before or after a trip to Britain.
- Budget Travel
Coins of the Realm
Miscellaneous: If you are out and about in York make sure that you have plenty of loose coins with you so that when you meet up with the Morris Men you can ensure your "Luck Fertility and Sunshine" by dropping some coins of the realm into the hat!
- Arts and Culture
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: York is, of course, in the north of England. Tourists used to visiting southern English destinations like London will notice it's slighly colder, slightly cloudier and slightly wetter. York, however certainly has its nice weather & it can be as warm as the south when a southerly wind blows across England.
If you visit York from the London or Thames Valley areas in spring, you'll see York's about ten days behind. In Autumn, York's 'foliage' happens about 10 days before it happens down south.
On average York's 2 or 3 degrees colder in average daytime maximum temperatures compared to London, the south-east & central south of England.
Snow in winter is therfore more likely in Yorkshire than down south and there are more days in spring & autumn when you'll need the heating on & fewer days when it's warm enough to sit outside, wear shorts, or shirt-sleeves.
Day trip to York
Luggage and bags: Back-pack / Rucksack / Day sack (or a coat with large pockets if it's cold enough to wear one)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Any, as long as they're comfy to walk in.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: n/a
Photo Equipment: 35mm compact film camera will suffice, an SLR even better...... 1 roll of film should see you through, but bring a spare just in case.
Digital camera should be even better (I just purchased a Fuji Finepix A345... good camera if you're on the look out).... especially if you've bought a bigger memory card for it (128MB+) - just don't forget to carry a spare set of batteries.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Never leave home without at least a light raincoat that packs away into a pouch "just in case" + maybe a fleece too.
Miscellaneous: Mini A-Z map: City Centre, York (ISBN 1-84348-106-5) - definately indespensible this, saves you the embarrassment of getting lost (use the Minster, Clifford's Tower, etc as landmarks to figure out where you are).
Also a bag of some sort to carry guidebooks / coastliner timetable / street maps, etc around in as I've found they tend to dig into your ribs going up the steps to walk around the city walls if you put them in an inside coat pocket.
- Historical Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Pack a comfortable pair of shoes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.
- Historical Travel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As York is in England waterproofs are a must anytime of the year just in case.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There should be chemists and supermarkets around to buy this kind of thing.
Photo Equipment: York has some very photogenic areas so plenty of film is a must, but is readily available.
Taking pics of the minster at dusk
Photo Equipment: Bring a tripod. I thought my camera was ok to take evening shots without one and on the display the pics looked great. So I took loads of pictures - and they were all more or less blurred.
The skies and the minster would have looked perfect though so if you have a tripod this is the place for you at dusk!
Rough Guide to Britain
Miscellaneous: To explore Great Britain an up to date guidebook is very useful. I often use the Rough Guide to Britain (England, Wales, Scotland). It covers information for all budgets on the best places to stay, eat and drink. Plenty of recommendations and practical tips on exploring the countries make this book an useful travel companion.
- Adventure Travel
It's England, It Rains!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Umbrella and waterproof coat for those rainy English days.
Comfy shoes for wandering for hours throughout the city.
Photo Equipment: Camera with a wide angle lens to get good pic of Minster. Hard to get good pic as you can't get far enough away without wide lens.
Miscellaneous: The site of Clifford's Tower was used by the Romans as a cemetery. The bronze and pottery evidence confirms Saxon and Viking occupation. Standing high on its mound, the 11th century Clifford's Tower is the last remaining part of York Castle. In 1068 William the Conqueror built a mound and the round tower, of wood, to establish his control in the North. The castle's most tragic event took place in 1190, when half of the city's Jewish population took refuge from persecution there. They and the then wooden tower were burned. Later, in the 13th century, it was rebuilt in stone by Henry III . The tower, is known as 'Clifford's Tower' because in 1322, Edward II had the rebel Lord Robert Clifford hanged in chains from the walls. It was the central keep of the castle. There were more buildings, surrounded by great walls and then a moat around the whole fortress.
Luggage and bags: We took the trains for three weeks of travel four days here and there. Our American Tourtistor luggage had large 6 inch wheels that were not effected by brick walkways, rail tracks, etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking shoes....
Photo Equipment: My last trip without a digital camera.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We were ready for rain... Had very little.
Miscellaneous: We used the internet for all our booking of places to stay. Our favorite site had something to do with hound dog???
A Friendly VT Expert
Miscellaneous: A VT York expert to show you around the sights is always handy and much appreciated :-)) We saw so much more of York - things we could easily have passed and not noticed so many thanks Steven.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes, warm fleece sweater and rain gear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anything can be bought on location.
Photo Equipment: Anything can be bought on location.
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