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York Things to Do

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  • York Minster including St. William's...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I think I skipped York Minster on my first visit to the city - the tourist hordes were just too much. Last time (February 15) I got out of my hotel at dawn and was at the church by 7.30. Dead quiet. Wonderful. I was too early to go inside (except for worship) but the outside is impressive. It is the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps,...

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  • Shambles

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Shambles is the name of a street in the old city centre. It’s an example of the preservation of much of the city’s medieval centre. It is well worth wandering around the narrow, cobbled streets in the area to see the old buildings. Much of the area is pedestrianised, but it can be claustrophobic on account of the tourist hordes. Early morning...

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  • Castle Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The castle museum of York was the highlight of the city for me during my short stay. Much of the museum centres on victorian England with pretty reconstructed rooms & shops from that era. In fact the prettiest room in the museum is a cobbled street lined with victorian-like shops & dim street lighting with a horse & cart. This really was a superb...

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  • Betty's, St. Helen's Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Walmgate Ale House and Bistro, formerly...

    5 out of 5 stars

    Meltons on Ravenscroft Road is one of York's top restaurants for fine dining. Meltons Too cafe/bar/bistro is owned by the same people and has a well-deserved reputation for very good food at reasonable prices. It's housed in a lovely 17th building, has several floors, nooks and crannies and very comfortable seating. We met there for a family...

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  • Betty's, Stonegate aka Little Betty's

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    My friend and I are a big fan of Betty's. Please see Betty's York link for for further information about Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms. We wanted to visit their second cafe, Betty's Stonegate, this time round. The cafe is situated on Stonegate, one of the medieval streets, and housed in a listed building. On the ground floor there is small shop selling a...

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York Nightlife

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  • The Play That Went Wrong!

    York Theatre Royal is the oldest theatre outside London the theatre has been on this site since 1744. The the theatre has been built on and among the medieval St Leonard's Hospital. The theatre underwent an intensive refurbishment during the Victorian times including upholstered seats. A modernisation of the theatre took place in 1967 where a...

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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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York Transportation

  • Train

    York has a famous railway station - I've passed through it and changed trains there far more times than I've actually visited the city. It's a hub of north England and a stop on the busy London to Edinburgh route. The current station dates back to 1877 and with its 13 platforms was the largest in the world in its time. For most stations in the...

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  • North East Rover

    If you would like to explore from York by train the North East Rover may be of use. This ticket offers 197 miles of travel on the East Coast Mainline from Retford to Berwick on Tweed. The area covered is bounded by Newcastle - Carlisle - Settle - Bradford - Halifax - Huddersfield - Sheffield - Retford - Cleethorpes - the North Sea coast plus...

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  • East Yorkshire Round Robin

    Unlimited train travel from York - York to Scarborough to Hull to Selby to York (or reverse). 2014 prices are adult £23.00, with a railcard £15.20 and child £11.50.

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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

  • Yorkshire Accent

    It's a wonderful accent, I think, full of colour and history, but after living away from England for ten years I literally couldn't understand some of the locals. My wife, who isn't a native speaker, had even greater difficulty. Some of the aspects of the Yorkshire dialect have become such tropes of British comedy it's hard to believe they are...

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  • Average English City

    York is a very tourist friendly city, but it's also an ordinary working city. It's easy to forget that among the medieval houses in the city centre are all the pubs and clubs that disgorge their drunks late on Friday and Saturday nights. Just like any English city, it's best to be aware of that when eating out late, arriving by train or spending...

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  • 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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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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  • Castle Howard

    14 miles. By bus including entry £15. Pay the driver board at Bootham Bar, across from the tourist info. This is where the TV series 'Brides-head Revisited' was filmed. The castle grounds are worth walking round too.

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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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  • 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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  • Minster

    Constantine was the Roman Emperor responsible for the legalization of Christianity within the Roman Empire. His relatively long reign (306-337) restored stability to the Empire, and he is also remembered as the founder of the city of Constantinople (later Istanbul). He was actually here in York - then Roman Ebor - at the time of the death of the...

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