As I touched on in 'Cons', read the local press, watch the local news (I do as I visit family when I go to York) & there are quite disturbing stories about what certain folk around York get up to.
For example in 2006 there were stories of bus crews, fire engine crews & gritter crews refusing to go round certain housing estates because of louts pelting their vehicles with bricks, etc. & an arson incident where an 88-year-old woman's car was torched in her DRIVEWAY at home!
Of course these things aren't unique to York & can occur anywhere in Britain because of the horrendous cumulative effects of wet, liberal 1960s attitudes; the "no such thing as society" & "grab what you can" attitudes of Thatcherism & the primeminister of the current UK government trying to fix the world, instead of sorting out Britain first.
...It's just that people might not expect to find this sort of thing in York, because 'experts' brainwash them into thinking lawless, anti-social behaviour is largely confined 'concrete jungle' inner-cities & places with no history, culture, 'facilites' & no decent architecture.
Generally, York is pretty safe...... though I do advise being careful along some sections of the City wall, as it's a bit of a tight squeeze in places..... 2 way pedestrian traffic....... one or two places with an unprotected 10ft(?) drop on one side of the path in sections between Lendal Bridge + the NETWORK RAIL offices
Isn't too much of a problem if you take a good look up ahead, and hang on a shortwhile to let people coming the other way get past.
Micklegate has loads of pubs and can be quite rough Friday and Saturday nights. Allegedly, there are more stabbings in little York than nearby Leeds but I've never noticed much in the city centre. There are areas to avoid but you wouldn't end up there as a tourist anyway (Foxwood Lane, Chapelfields, Tang Hall, Bell Farm and parts of Clifton Moor). Nothing is as bad as in medieval times though. In those days Micklegate Bar (the gate in the picture) was full of the heads of executed people on show to scare others who thought of betrayals...
If you're driving, avoid coming to the city the Tadcaster Road way during race meetings when you can get stuck in long, long traffic jams. If you come from direction Tadcaster, stay on the ring road until you see signs to Clifton or other exits and make a detour. It will be quicker.
As I was doing my research on York, it became apparent that I couldn't possibly see all of York in one day, I ended up scrapping a visit to the National Rail Museum, cutting short my visit to the York Castle Museum, not taking one of the organized walks and not stopping at Betty's for tea which is probably for the best anyways as every other visitor to York seemed to have it on their list of things to do. If you have the luxury, plan to spend at least a couple of days here and see York in a more leisurely fashion.
York is reknown for its flooding which happens most years.
Down by the river The Kings Arms Pub (the white building you just see) gets the full force of it.
Here you see the aftermath and clean up session, not a easy job !
The city centre experiences flooding problems almost every year. The recent floods have been some of the worst in living memory.
This pub, the Kings Head is one of the first places in the city that gets flooded. The electrical sockets are now placed at ceiling level almost. It also has stone floors which assist in rapid reopening after flooding.
For some reason, York appears to be the hen-night capital of the UK. A hen night is the British term for what some might call a bachelorette party, or a party that a bride-to-be has with her girlfriends the night before her wedding, where traditionally they all go out, get drunk, and do lots of crazy things on her last night of freedom before the bride-to-be gets married and settles into married life. British hen nights usually involve large groups of drunk women (anywhere from 5 to 30), often dressed up to a special theme (with the bride easily identified as being even more dressed up) and being loud and roudy. York city centre seems a magnet for these groups particularly on weekends, and especially on the infamous Micklegate Run! Micklegate is a street in York where many (drinking) bars and pubs are, making it an ideal location for such events!
On a related note, young men have been warned to stay clear of York's 4 nightclubs on weekend nights as well, as they are popularly known among the students as "grab a granny" night, where the city's skimpily-clad older women will often be extremely forward with any "fresh meat" in the vicinity, particularly if unaccompanied!
The town is rowdy with lads and lassies every weekend and on Race Days. Violence is not uncommon, and be sure to pre-book a taxi if you plan on heading home after last orders at 11pm. Taxis will not stop for you on the street.
I didn't go on a ghost tour. I did follow behind one in the Shambles for a bit. All they really seemed to do was tell ghost stories. Near the Minster and Yorkshire Gardens, I was walking around the ruins when I turned a corner and was startled by a spook. Actually, it was someone dressed up in a cape and mask waiting to scare the tourists on the ghost tours. It did make me look twice - wasn't expecting it. Some of the less creative companies will pull pranks like this.
2 November 2000 - York is currently suffreing severe flooding, along with many other parts of the UK. This pic shows the floods at the start of this year - the waters are much higher than this now, as shown by the line of the picture!
I have never encountered any problems in York. There will undoubtedly be the usual range of pick-pockets and sneak-thiefs around, as there are in any large City.
Also, as with any large city, crowds can get boisterous after a hard evening spent drinking beer in the pub! Again, just take care.
This is not a particularly dangerous thing but I was really intrigued by this. This is actually a photo of the sun. The fog was so thick you could look straight at it!
This is the Kings Arms when the River Ouse had finally stopped throwing up water, but don't worry about the beer, as its kept upstairs instead of in the cellar !
( very wise ! )
Taking picture inside the minster is only allowed when you pay £2 for a permit. Or then... be quick ;-)