York, although having alot to see, overcharges and charges for just about everything. Dont go to the museums or into the york castle. They want more than it is worth. If you are going to London the museums are free and much bigger. Although some things will be different is it really worth it?
Definitely NOT a tourist trap! York's New Theatre (as was then called) was built on the present site in 1744 on the site of the old St. Leonard's Hospital. It was renamed the Theatre Royal in 1769 when the Management paid £500 for a Royal Patent. The stage that was graced by Sarah Siddons, Henry Irving and Edmund Kean has seen pantomime and opera, ballet and variety, tragedy and even Professor Cocker's 'fifteen educated horses'!
The theatre has been adapted so many times that it is difficult to know how much, if any, of the architecture is original, but you can still see the vaulted remains of the medieval hospice in the Theatre Club and backstage. Beneath the stage is a well, which we like to call Roman but is probably only medieval!
Until 1821 the building was essentially Georgian in design, almost certainly rectangular in shape like the Georgian Theatre in Richmond, Yorkshire. Gas lighting was installed in 1824; various refurbishments took place between 1835 and 1880, resulting in a new Victorian Gothic frontage. The main entrance was originally in Duncombe Place, as St. Leonard's Place was not created until 1835. Even as late as the 1960s, however, gallery-goers came in from Duncombe Place - keeping them separate from richer patrons!
Jorvik Viking attraction. It is expensive and a real rip-off. We got there early to avoid the line, which can be quite long, but found that even the 30 minutes we spent was not worth it. It is like a short, less interesting version of Disney's Pirates of the Carribean for much more money. Do yourself a favor and spend your time seeing one of the many other spectatular attractions in York.
The Jorvik Centre, Coppergate (just to the left of me in this picture).
It's OK, but I'd really only go in if it's raining or I've seen everything else!