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    River Ouse

    by iaint Written Feb 20, 2015

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    The River Ouse is a focal point of the city. It is a great place to get some “space” away from the tourist masses and for a bit of light exercise.

    It also causes disastrous flooding from time to time, but hopefully not during your visit.

    Friday, 8am wildlife (winter) Thursday, 5pm confluence of Ouse & Foss
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    River side walks.

    by alectrevor Written Feb 5, 2015

    The banks of the river Ouse has paths for walking or bike riding on boths banks from Clifton bridge to Millenium bridge at Fulford, except in the middle of the city at Lendal bridge on the north side behind Lendal and Coney streets,for a short distance,, there is a walkway on the other side so you can continue walking by the river.

    Rough map of river ouse bridges

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    Day trip to Whitby

    by alectrevor Updated Oct 2, 2014

    Whitby is on the East Coast of Yorkshire. From York bus goes from front of rail station. There is no direct train. There is a steam train from Whitby to Pickering on North York Moors Railway. On the Abbey side of the river there are 199 steps to St Marys church ,whose churchyard gave Brian Stoker the idea for Dracular.The ruins of St Hildas Abbey are near by, at a Synod of Whitby in 7th century, , Saint Hilda helped arrange the method of calculating Easter that is still used today.

    Houses Harbour Side..St Marys church on top. Swing bridge St Hildas abbey in distance

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    Day trip to Robin Hoods Bay

    by alectrevor Updated Oct 2, 2014

    Robin Hoods Bay is a charming village on the east coast of north Yorkshire on the North Sea.. The village is a long steep hill with little alleyways down to the sea shore. From York you can take a train or bus to Scarborough, then from outside the rail station take bus X93 in the direction of Whitby or Middlesborough, they are halfhourly, journey time is 40 minutes. By car from York . take A64 to Scarborough then A171 in direction of Whitby. York to Scarborough is 40 miles and Scarborough to Robin Hoods Bay is 16 miles.There other routes.Cars must be parked at the top of the hill. In the 18th century smuggling was rife on the Yorkshire coast. Tea, Gin, Rum, Brandy and Tobacco where among the contraband. There is said to be underground passageways from smuggling days. The villages main income now is tourism. There are Hotels and Guest Houses. If you are a long distance walker, the Cleveland Way passes here, and the Coast to Coast Walk starts here In the picture of the beach the people are walking to Boggle Hole, a small estuary with fossils and rockflats, there is a YHA hostel with tea room.. This Robin Hoods Bay trip can be combined with Whitby but would be a quick visit.

    Village from  beach Bottom of village, at the slipway to the sea. About halfway down hill Smugglers tunnel ? WatchTides, Slipway is cut off by Sea.-Walk Boggle

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    Day trip to Bridlington

    by alectrevor Updated Oct 2, 2014

    Bridlington is on the East Coast of Yorkshire.By train from York station , the train journey has a change at Seamer.. By bus 845 from front of rail station or bus 45/46 from Station Road . By bus the two routes are completly different .845 goes via Malton., and 45/46 goes via Pocklington, over the hills of the Wolds, so if you study the timtables it is possible to go one way and come back the other. Bridlington is fairly flat to walk around, there are sea trips by boat on the North sea. There are plenty of fish and chip cafes, and Amusement Arcades, The population of Bridlington is about 35,000 ,and is 24 miles from the city of Hull, the port to Europe.[ Zeebrugge and Rotterdam ] Bridlington is 17 miles from Scarborough. it is about 40 miles from York.

    North Side in October. South Side Guest Houses for room and breakfast Marina Harbour side

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    Day trip to Scarborough

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 25, 2014

    There is a train approx.hourly from York rail station , journey time about 50 minutes, Buses leave outside rail station and Stonebow York approx .hourly , journey time about hour and 15 minutes. Scarborough claims to be Englands first holiday resort. It has two bays divided by the castle hill. South Bay is the most popular with entertainment arccades . Scarborough is hilly, there are two cliff lifts on the South bay. North Bay has Peasholm park, and Sea Life Centre. Both bays have clean sandy beaches. There is a Cricket ground, where a Cricket Festival is held. At the North side is Europes largest openair theatre

    Late September, cold and sunny. Harbour Cliff Lift to town shops. North Bay Sea Life Centre. Openair Theatre,events June to August.

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    Day trip to Helmsley

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 25, 2014

    Take bus 31X from Exibiition Square in York to Helmsley, bus about 0915, check not very regular..This is a charming market town,well worth a visit for day or half aday trip. By car take A19 north to Easingwold them follow signs. Market day is Friday. There are tea rooms, pubs and hotels and chip shop. There is a castle ruin with a 100 foot high tower, Byland Abbey ruin is near by. If you are a walker, The Cleveland way and Ebor Way start in Helmsleyc There is no train to Helmsley.

    Helmsley north yorkshire

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    Bus to Thirsk .Day trip from York

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 23, 2014

    Take bus 30 or 30X from Station Avenue[ Not staion or Exhibition Square to Thirsk via Easingwold. The journey time is about 50 minutes ,through the pleasant farmland countryside of North Yorkshire. Thirsk is about 23 miles from York. Thomas Lord the founder of Lords Cricket ground London was born in Thirsk. James Alfred Wight local Vet ,wrote the famous television programme "All Creatures Great and Small" about James Herriot a vet in Yorkshire The pub Darrowby Inn , in market place, is named after the town in All Creatures great and small. This pub is old fashioned inside with modern touches,just has a pub should be. Thirsk has several pubs, with about half a dozen in the Market Place.There is a good fish and chip shop/restaurant also in market place.Thirsk has a small cinema. There is a rail station on the edge of town. Thirsk is famous for its horse racing coarse. There is plenty of car parking in town.

    Thirsk Market place Blue Herriot plaque. Herriot museum Birthplace of Thomas Lord now a museum ,entry free Pub named after the fictitous town in All Creature

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    by antistar Written Sep 22, 2014

    York is trisected by two beautifully languid and important rivers, the Ouse and the Foss. The Ouse is the main waterway, and it is here that you will find a host of attractive buildings, both ancient and modern, and a string of restaurants, bars and hotels. The right bank is especially lively, while the left bank offers paths with magnificent views down the river.Time spent crossing the river's bridges, from Bishopgate Street to Lendal Bridge is time well spent.

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    1066 and all that

    by alectrevor Updated Aug 12, 2014

    Stamford Bridge near York ( 8 miles ) was the site of the Battle of Stamford Bridge in September 1066. King Harold of England defeated his brother Tostig and King Hardraada of Norway here on 25 September 1066. He went on to the south and was defeated at Hastings same year. Bus number 10 from York is every 30 minutes and takes about 30 minutes.

    Stamford Bridge bridge over river Derwent. Plaque commemorating battle with details. Old Cornmill. One of 3 pubs.

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    Burnby Hall Gardens

    by Britannia2 Written May 3, 2014

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    Major Percy Stewart founded these wonderful gardens in the early 20th century and they are dedicated to his life as an explorer who made 8 round the world tours between 1906 and 1926. The fascinating museum here shows how , and where, he travelled to. It contains artefacts he brought home with him.
    The two lakes are home to a National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies and offer a wonderful array of changing vistas. The Gardens also include a Rockery, Stumpery, a Victorian Garden, Secret Garden, formal beds and natural shrubbery. In the pine forest section look for the faces carved in to the trees.
    There is a café and gift shop here and on summer Sundays a brass band plays.
    Admission (2014) is £4.60 with concessions and allow 4 hours for a visit. Disabled friendly throughout apart from possibly the pine forest walk.

    Burnby Hall Gardens Tree sculpture Burnby Hall Gardens The lake Burnby Hall Gardens

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    Castle Howard

    by davesut Written Apr 19, 2014

    It's not really in York, about 15 miles away but it styles itself of having a York address. Castle Howard is a stately home and gardens. Cost to get in at time of writing is £14 for and adult to get entry into the house and gardens. The grounds are particularly pleasing and well kept. A few walks well signposted enable one to spend a full day exploring the grounds. The house is very good and has a few bits and pieces about the use of the house in screen adaptations of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, both the classic 1980s TV series and more recent film. Very enjoyable day can be had here. For younger children there is an adventure playground that will keep them busy for a while.
    Hours are 10am - 5pm and IK would say that you can spend the best part of 5 hours here and still have missed out on some of the grounds. Definitely recommended by me.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Aug 3, 2013

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    Eboracum was a fort and city in Roman Britain. The settlement evolved into York.
    We had an interesting excursion around Roman remains.
    You will also find the statue of Constantine the Great outside York Minster. He came to Eboracum and in 306 became the second Emperor to die there.

    Substantial remains of the headquarters building of the Roman legionary fortress were discovered under the Minster, and they are open to the public. A re-erected Roman column from the headquarters now stands on nearby Deangate.
    Other sites of excavated remains include:
    Roman bath, located under the Roman Bath pub in St Sampson's Square, Roman temple, near the foot of Lendal Bridge, the site of a Roman bridge over the River Ouse, remains of the Roman city walls can be seen between Monk Bar and the Merchant Taylors' Hall, and a more substantial section can be seen between Museum Gardens and the Central Library, together with the late Roman Multangular Tower outside the city walls are the remains of substantial Roman cemeteries.

    You can watch my 6 min 20 sec Video York part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    Roman Multangular Tower Roman Multangular Tower Roman Multangular Tower Roman Multangular Tower Pavel with Constantin I.
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  • Adventure Talk and Whisky Tasting, Thurs 11th July

    by Alexandrahdunn Updated Jul 9, 2013

    You can enjoy a free night of adventure and whisky tasting with Glenfiddich and Walking With The Wounded.

    Date: Thursday 11th July 2013
    Time: 19:00 - 21:00
    Location: Royal York Hotel, YO24 1AA York

    Glenfiddich invites you to enjoy a free whisky tasting masterclass and adventure talk by wounded serviceman Capt. Ibrar "Ibi" Ali.

    At this event you have the chance to meet this extraordinary member of Team Glenfiddich, who are the UK team joining Prince Harry in a race to the South Pole this winter.

    Ibi, a decorated member of the Yorkshire Regiment, lost his right arm from below the elbow in Iraq in 2007 when his vehicle patrol was targeted by a roadside bomb. Ibi was awarded the Military Cross for continuing to command his devastated patrol during a grim two hour wait for an air evacuation in Basra.

    Ibi wants to help raise the profile of Walking With The Wounded by demonstrating that Britain’s Armed Forces continue to do extraordinary things even when dealing with life changing mental and physical injuries.

    The talk includes a whisky tasting and nosing session with a Glenfiddich Ambassador, where visitors get to sample a variety of expressions from their award-winning Malt Whisky range.

    A complimentary small buffet is also available.

    Book your free ticket here:

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    Holy Trinity Church

    by ettiewyn Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    I had first heard about Holy Trinity Church right here on VT and really wanted to see it, and it did not disappoint me. It is a wonderful, cute little church in a beautiful setting, and absolutely worth a visit. Moreover, there are some very interesting and ancient features to see in this church.

    The present church was built in the 13th century and partly rebuilt in the 15th century. There was already a church at this spot in the 11th century, though, and some evidence of that one is still present today. Holy Trinity is grade I listed, and apart from some small changes made in the 19th century there have been no further changes.
    It is beautifully located in a small churchyard that lies off Goodramgate. You enter through a small gate and feel like in a different world - suddenly it is so calm and it looks like a place in a rural, idyllic village. You cannot imagine that you just came from a very busy street in the middle of a bustling city! I really liked the architecture of the church, it just looks like a perfect English church.

    In my photos you can see some of the most interesting features you can see inside.
    Picture 1 shows the box pews from the 17th century. Not many pews like these are left across the UK because usually they were removed in the 19th century, but in this church they survived. Each of the boxes was rented annually to a family.
    Picture 4 shows a carved grave slab from the 13th century. There is floriate cross carved into the stone, as well as a fish and a cauldron. These indicate the profession of the person who passed away, so probably it was a fish monger or dealer.
    Picture 5 shows a Hagioscope, something I had never heard about before! It is an angled window in the wall of the small side chapel that allows the chantry priest to look at the "main" priest at the high altar and synchronise his actions with him.

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