York Travel Guide

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York Highlights

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     Well preserved historical sights, great pubs 

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     The fact that there isn't more than one pub at the riverside! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great city with a northern England flavor 

York Things to Do

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  • York Minster

    The size of York Minister and its architecture are striking. It's over 500 feet wide and has a central tower almost 200 feet high. While you are looking around the Minster bear in mind it took over 250 years to complete and the only tools they had then were simple levers, pulleys and hoists. Many Masons and Carpenters spent their entire working...

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  • Shambles

    When visiting Yorks almost nobody misses the Shambles which is an old picturesque street with overhanging timber-framed buildings. Some of them are dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles (or Fleshammels literally 'flesh-shelves'). The word for the shelves that butchers used to display their...

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  • Jorvik Viking Centre

    Many Vikings travelled here from their Scandinavian homeland during the period from 800 to 1050 AD until wars led to the end of their time. Although they gained a fearsome reputation originally they were full-time fishermen and farmers who spent much of the year at home. Only in the summer months did they rally to the call of a local leader and...

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York Restaurants

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  • Betty's

    Bettys Cafe Tea Room was founded by Frederick Belmont, a Swiss baker and confectioner, in 1919. He opened his first Bettys in 1919 in Harrogate and this became very successful! Frederick opened other Bettys branches including York. The Bettys in York was inspired by Frederick's journey on the Queen Mary Cruise, which he took in 1936, and he...

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  • Food and Sherry treat!

    Second visit here (reside in York) and wont be the last. Wonderful food and drink selection and very helpful staff to explain and give simple advice. 4 of us ordered 2 sharing platters to start, ample and very tasty selection, followed by 10 dishes between us, was just the right size. We slipped up in not having the sherry flights but did try the...

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  • Dining in York

    Booked a table on line for a special meal with my daughter whilst on a 2 night break in York.The food and wine was very good with plenty of choice. We were made very welcome and our waitress served us with a happy smiling face all evening. I can recommend the Cote Brasserie for a lovely meal. I had Moules mariniere for a starter which was...

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York Nightlife

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  • Yorks main theatre

    In 1744 this theatre was built on its present site, over and among the ruins of the medieval St. Leonard’s Hospital.It has been of course modernised over the years and is now Yorks premier theatre. There is a wide variety of shows and plays on through the year and there will be something for everyone.There is a cafe/bar within the theatre.

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  • A cute theatre offering a variety of...

    William Peacock converted the former Corn Exchange building into the Grand Opera House in 1902 and the family owned the theatre until 1945. It was formerly called the 'The Grand Opera Hosue and Empire' (1903). After a number of ownerships during the 20th Century, the theatre was purchased India Pru Co. Ltd and the company restored the theatre to...

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  • The pub where you meet many locals

    A tradition pub with mixed reviews, but I really liked it. On that summer evening, I was already on my way “home”, when I was attracted by some life musich from this pub and dediced to drop in for a beer. This was a place where there were no foreign tourists, only locals and very few Brits on vacation. The pub was small, but still had two bars ....

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York Transportation

  • Steam train to Scarborough

    A different way to travel to Scarborough is by vintage steam train and through the summer of 2011 old steam trains will run to the town from Normanton, Castleford, Wakefield and York.The trains do not operate every day of the week and the cost is higher than the standard service train but of course this is a unique way to travel.The website has all...

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  • Moors Bus

    Moors Bus is an initiative to allow people without cars ( or those with who want to let the bus take them out) to places both well known and others not so well known in the North Yorkshire Moors National park.This is an excellent and very cheap way for visitors to the city , especially those from overseas who are not driving, to reach usually...

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  • From London to York by bus

    We started from Sussex Gardens in London at 8.00. We drove along the A1(M) motorway that connects London with Edinburgh.Then we followed A64 and A19 towards York. The distance is about 400 km. It took us 5,5 hours to get to York.It was very amazing to watch left-hand traffic as a passenger. Don’t know what I would feel if I was a driver, haha!You...

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York Shopping

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  • Lovely gifts and spiritual cards

    Adjacent to the Spurriergate restaurant, which is located in the former church of St Michael Spurriergate, there is also a small shop. It is located close to the entrance.The shop provides many things Christian, such as small bibles, cards with verses from the bible, other biblical cards and books etc., but there are also many items that are more...

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  • National Trust books & gifts

    In Goodramgate, I discovered a National Trust shop and of course couldn't resist having a look. I like National Trust shops because of the things that are on offer: Interesting history books, guidebooks and coffee table books, quality souvenirs and gifts, and just a different range than your average souvenir shop. I also like that they usually...

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  • Bookshops all around town

    All around town, I saw wonderful bookshops, many of them secondhand bookshops. I must say that I did not visit many of them, mainly because I knew I would be flying home this time, so no chance to take all those extra bags of books with me like on my last trip when I went home by train! But exploring more of those shops is certainly something I...

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York Local Customs

  • English Pubs

    While people generally know pubs because of the beer, they are inexpensive places to eat. There is an asociation called CAMRA who works to preserve old pubs and after buying their guide I visited Royal Oak and The Blue Bell which are 2 outstanding pubs with beautiful original decoration. Another one Ive been recommended was The Maltings which is a...

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  • Fish and Chips

    Britains most popular hot take away meal is Fish and Chips. This tasty combination is usually eaten with salt and vinegar; in Scotland sometimes with a special brown sauce. The favourite fish is Cod, followed by Haddock and Plaice. Prices are about 1 GBP for the Chips and about 2,50 GBP for the Fish.

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  • “Ebby Bla”

    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...

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York Warnings and Dangers

  • POPULAR DESTINATION'S IN YORK

    Just a word of warning if you are expecting to be able to walk pretty well straight into Tourist Attraction's!Even on a wet day, we found queues for nearly everything. I can understand this, as York is a very popular spot, and I imagine even more so, in the School Holiday's.

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  • Beggars.

    Like most cities which attract large numbers of tourists, there are beggars in York and their numbers seem to have increased over the past few years. You will see far fewer, of course if you visit out of season.Some are drug addicts; some have mental health problems.Some are alcoholic; some are homeless. Some play instruments; some don't.Most sit...

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  • Queues at Betty's

    Betty's tea-rooms on St. Helen's Square are hugely and rightfully popular. However, this does mean that there are often very long queues for a table. The one in the picture was on a Saturday (around 12.30) in early September, in a year when the number of US and Japanese visitors seemed to be fewer than usual.So be warned. You may have a long wait....

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York Tourist Traps

  • Two almost identical ghost tours

    Two companies offering Ghost tours have an almost identical script and both state that they have the original one. It is the “Ghost Hunt” and the “Ghost Trail”. They are both excellent and have enjoyed both tours, but I would have preferred to have two different tours on two consecutive evenings. The jokes don’t have the same effect, if you heard...

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  • Bettys Tea Rooms

    Betty's is an institution in York (and Harrogate), but few locals actually come here unless they are students whose family come to visit and treat them, or elegant shoppers from the nearby countryside. Bettys is not your average tea room but has dressed up service staff and a piano player so as you can imagine it costs more than average to have...

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  • Bring plenty of money!

    I found York to be a very expensive tourist destination. City centre car parks charge £1.50 per hour although the park & ride will be cheaper if less convenient. Many of the attractions have very hefty admission charges (castle museum £7.50, York museum £5, Jorvik museum £8.50 basic entry rising to £13.50 for full entry, York Minster £5.50 basic...

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York What to Pack

  • Prepare for walking and rain!

    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! During my stay in July the weather sometimes changed several times during one day, so although it is probably...

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  • Bill Bryson - Notes from a small island

    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...

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  • Coins of the Realm

    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!

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York Off The Beaten Path

  • City - Miscellaneous

    Mansion House is the beautiful red-coloured house located at St Helen's Square. It certainly is an eye-catcher! It is the official residence of York's Lord Mayor and was built from 1725 to 1732 for exactly that purpose. The style is Early Georgian. The interior is said to be equally fine and exquisite, and there is a collection of silver and...

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  • Riverside

    The New Walk was created during the Georgian period to provide a space for the high society to promenade and socialise. It was laid out in 1730 as an avenue along the river Ouse. By 1824, 820 trees had been planted. The gentry and other fashionable people could take some fresh air and enjoy each other's company and the possibility to present...

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  • Whip ma whop ma gate

    What a great name for a street. I wish more streets had great names like Whipmawhopmagate - it's rather more interesting than Castle St. or High St. Only 32 metres long, It's very easy to miss this street, which starts at the end of Colliergate and ends at the junction of Pavement and Stonebow. Despite the plaque on the wall claiming the street...

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York Sports & Outdoors

  • Rock climbing just outside York

    We went rock climbing for the day whilst on our holiday to York. We wanted to get out of the city and see the Yorkshire countryside while doing something exciting. I couldn't recommend it more! We had a great day out and were very impressed with the company that took us. They are a small local company that offers a very personal service and were...

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  • A Cyclists Paradise

    York has recently been designated a cycle city and has recently had its already great cycle network improved further. There are so many traffic free paths through the city and out into the North Yorkshire countryside and the Vale of York, it is an easier and quicker way of getting round than bus or car in the congested city centre! Many places to...

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  • York Races

    York is one of England's premier flat racing courses. It has a long history which the website will tell you about. Suffice to tell you that racing on this course dates back to 1730, and the city has records of horse racing taking place in Roman times.I was there in July 09 for its 2nd biggest event - the John Smith's Cup. Historic in itself, as it...

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  • Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate

    The longest street name in York, and the shortest street. 35 meters long. One web site I looked at explained that the name derives from what was originally a longer expression that had the meaning of "neither one thing nor the other." Oh. It's essentially an intersection - where Fossgate becomes Colliergate, and St. Saviourgate and The Stonebow...

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  • City Walls - General

    Some sections of YORK CITY WALLS date back to Roman times. When the Romans first came here in the first century A.D., they built a military fort on the banks of the River Ouse. Strong walls were built to enclose both the Fort and Town. The three main gateways in to the old city stand at Bootham Bar, Monk Bar, Walmgate Bar and Micklegate Bar which...

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  • City - Miscellaneous

    We were fortunate to visit York in April of 2004 on our way from London to Edinburgh. York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire. The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities. We spent there only...

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