Day trip to Whitby
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.
Day trip to Robin Hoods Bay
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.
Day trip to Bridlington
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.
Day trip to Scarborough
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
Day trip to Helmsley
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.
Bus to Thirsk .Day trip from York
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.
Homestead Park. --- York" s secret gardens.
The Homestead Park is York"s secret .A relaxing and lovely park opened in 1904 by Seebohn Rowntree, son of Joseph Rowntree the local chocolate manufacterer [ Aero, Smarties,Kit Kat etc ].The Homestead Park is open to the public all the year round.Admission is free.The park is in Water End between Clifton Green and Clifton Bridge, there is a car park at the Shipton Road Entrance. The park has floral displays, grassed areas ,picnic areas , a play area, and plenty of seats. Park and Ride bus number 2 stops in water end also number 19 oneway and number 30 oneway. 19 and 30 direction of city centre, numere 30 from city centre stops on main road at Clifton Green,
Eboracum - Roman York
Compared to other Roman cities, there's not a lot of Eboracum left, and what remains has often been co-opted into more modern buildings, like York Minster. But be in no doubt - this was a major Roman settlement in the north of England. Eboracum's greatest claim to fame is being the crowning place of Rome's first Christian emperor: Constantine the Great. He was staying in the city when his father died, and he was anointed on the spot. A statue of him can be found outside York Minster near the remains of the Roman basilica.
1066 and all that
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.
Richard III Experience at Monk Bar
I'm intrigued about Richard III (1452-1485) and wanted to learn more about him. Out of curiousity I went to to the Richard III Experience at Monk Bar.
The exhibition tells you about the build up to Richard III reign (1483-85); his residency in Yorkshire, and the battles that raged between the houses of Lancaster and York including the War of the Roses; his reign and his death at The Battle of Bosworth. Richard III is considered controversial especially the build up to his reign and known as 'a hump-backed' monster which Shakespeare focussed on in his play. There is a conflicting evidence backing these claims so nothing is really proved and confirmed. There was information about the remains of his body being discovered at a car park in Leicester lately near where the Battle of Bosworth took place and evidence suggests that the DNA and skeleton is of Richard III.
A bit about Monk Bar (will plan to do a full tip in the future):
Monk Bar is a four story gatehouse which dates back to the 1300s with an additional floor was added in the 1400s. Monk Bar played a crucial role in Richard III presence in York.
The experience cost me 3.50 gbp (June 2014) but you can revisit for free within 12 months of visiting the attraction. It opens 10.00am-5.00pm from April to November and 10.00am-4.00pm from November to March.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
- Museum Visits
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.
The Multangular Tower is an ancient tower located in the beautiful Museum Gardens. It is very old and was one of the places I liked the most in York.
It was built in Roman times, probably by the Emperor Septimius Severus in the early 3rd century A.D., although it might also be the case that the tower was added to the walls later under Constantine. At that time, it was part of a great Roman fortress, one of the two big corner towers. After the Romans had left, the tower was still used and later, in the Middle Ages, it was enlarged. You can clearly see where the Roman stones end and the medieval building begins (see picture 4). I found this totally fascinating!
As I said, I like this tower very much - you can sit on the bench at its foot, and also walk around and have a look inside. Parts of the back wall are missing and you can see the interior of the tower, and inspect its interesting walls.
Lendal Bridge was designed by Thomas Page as a redesign (after the first failed attempt resulting in fatalities) and opened in 1863. The iron bridge replaced the ferry service which was busy for passengers heading into the city centre after arriving at York's railway station. Page also designed York's Skeldergate Bridge and also London's Westminster Bridge. The bridge charged a toll until 1894 and today one can see the former toll house buildings.
Lendal Tower has been in existence since the 14th Century and served as part of the City's defences. During the medieval times, an iron chain was pulled across the river to Barker Tower on the opposite bank.
From 1677 to 1836, Lendal Tower was used as a water pump that supplied the City's water. Subsequently an engine house was built for that purpose. Today, Lendal Tower is a private residence and York Boat City Cruise company have their offices nearby and boat cruises depart from the area.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Wheel of York
I rode on a similar attraction in Manchester and my friend wanted to ride on the Wheel of York. So Ruth kindly treated me for a ride and we were given great views of York down below including the York Minster and the City Centre. It's recommended to ride on the wheel on a clear day as you can get the most out of the views.
The rides are 8.50 gbp (April 2012) each. Please be aware that a souvenir photograph is taken of you before your ride which is available afterwards. The big issue is that it can cost a lot to purchase one! You have to buy a souvenir photograph pack which cost 15-20 gbp and the photographs aren't available separately. You're better off taking your own photographs!Related to:
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
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