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  • Adventure Talk and Whisky Tasting, Thurs 11th July

    by Alexandrahdunn Updated Jul 9, 2013

    You can enjoy a free night of adventure and whisky tasting with Glenfiddich and Walking With The Wounded.

    Date: Thursday 11th July 2013
    Time: 19:00 - 21:00
    Location: Royal York Hotel, YO24 1AA York

    Glenfiddich invites you to enjoy a free whisky tasting masterclass and adventure talk by wounded serviceman Capt. Ibrar "Ibi" Ali.

    At this event you have the chance to meet this extraordinary member of Team Glenfiddich, who are the UK team joining Prince Harry in a race to the South Pole this winter.

    Ibi, a decorated member of the Yorkshire Regiment, lost his right arm from below the elbow in Iraq in 2007 when his vehicle patrol was targeted by a roadside bomb. Ibi was awarded the Military Cross for continuing to command his devastated patrol during a grim two hour wait for an air evacuation in Basra.

    Ibi wants to help raise the profile of Walking With The Wounded by demonstrating that Britain’s Armed Forces continue to do extraordinary things even when dealing with life changing mental and physical injuries.

    The talk includes a whisky tasting and nosing session with a Glenfiddich Ambassador, where visitors get to sample a variety of expressions from their award-winning Malt Whisky range.

    A complimentary small buffet is also available.

    Book your free ticket here: http://spiritofanationyork.eventbrite.co.uk/

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    YORK AT NIGHT

    by balhannah Written Jan 31, 2012

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    If you have a chance, visit York at night.
    Thanks to Colin [Brittania2] and Maureen, who took us around and showed us the City lit up at night.
    It was lovely, especially the Minster, worth doing if you can!

    York at night
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    GETTING LOST!

    by balhannah Written Jan 30, 2012

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    In lot's of Village's I enjoy getting lost. They are only small so it is quite easy to find your way around.
    York, being a big and bustling City, they have given "you and Me" help if we do get lost, or lose our bearings!
    Located around the city, are city of York map's, which I did look at on more than one ocassion as my husband and I split to see what we each wanted to in York.

    So don't worry, help in the form of a notice board in my photo, is on hand, and very welcome...
    Much better than trying to pull out a paper map on a wet day!

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    Stuff

    by littlebush Written Jan 3, 2010

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    York Minster - huge cathedral that you can walk up for stunning city views, well worth it

    Walk around the citys old small cobbled streets

    Guy Fawkes house - now a pub

    Dick Turpin grave - out of the city

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  • Tips from a resident

    by fulford Written Apr 11, 2007

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    York is always busy with tourists, but they do not always find the best things to do.

    St Crux church in Whip-ma-whop-ma gate does the best cup of tea
    The best ghost tour starts from outside the Kings Arms pub
    The riverside pubs next to the City Screen cinema are great for a lunchtime meal when it is sunny (walk down the alley way towards the cinema from Coney Street)
    The art gallery is free, has excellent exhibitions and a good cafe
    Dick Turpin's grave can be visited in St Georges churchyard, George Street
    York is a great place to hire a bike because it is flat and has good cycle paths (for example along the river or along a disused railway line to Selby Abbey)
    If you are going to Jorvik either book in advance or go one hour before it closes to avoid the long queues

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    Anniversary of Constantine's Coronation

    by Skibbe Written Sep 14, 2006

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    Sometimes you get really lucky when you travel. That was the case for us as the one full day we had in York was the 1700th anniversary of the Roman Emperor Constantine's coronation, which took place in York. We came across this ceremony in front of Yorkminster. There were a number of church officials there for the occasion and they had a service in the church just before. Fun to watch and great history. I don't know if they do it every year on July 25 but I imagine they do something.

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    North York Moors

    by Skibbe Written Sep 14, 2006

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    We arrived earlier from London than we had expected so we drove around north of York , the North York Moorsfor a few hours. This is the land that inspired Emily Bronte, James Herriot, and other writers. It was a beautiful drive and a good introduction to the English countryside

    The famous Yorkshire heather View of Whitby from the Cross Butts restaurant
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    Best views of York

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    There are a number of areas from where you can get a good view of the city of York. The most impressive views are from the top of Central Tower Roof in York Minster. It's quite a climb to the top, and the passageway is so narrow you can only ascend every 30 minutes, after the previous group had descended. It will cost you 3 pounds for the privilige.

    Clifford's Tower also offers a good panorama from the southern end of the city, though for our visit the views were obscured somewhat by the rain and fog.

    Another good place for observing York is from the city walls. The vantage point is not as high as at Clifford's Tower or at the Minster, but it has the advantage of being free.

    South from the Minster North from the Minster From Clifford's Tower From the city walls

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    A sign of the times

    by iandsmith Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    Though I had garnered some information on York's most famous hotel, I thought this summary by someone who frequents such establishments, unlike myself, had a lovely personal ring to it and I hope you will enjoy as well.
    "The polished wood pillar that illustrated the water level and dates of flooding are very intresting and help to show how badly the floods can affect the local community. The height of the flooding in 2000 is the equivalent of a 6'2" man. The rest of the decor consists of battle hardened red brick interior (Water Damage no doubt), lovely wood beams and a selection of comfy chairs and stools. Then there is the bar. Any bar in my opinion that sells Ayengebrau is a good bar. The stuff says it is 4.5% but me and the missus strongly disagree after walking up to Cliffords tower after a couple of bevs. That was not the exilerating experience it could have been. We were suprised at the size of the place it was tiny but that just added to the quaint feel of the place. An ambiance that was completed by the warm sun reflecting off the river outside - Sitting on the benches, (Don't worry If they apear full people will budge up for you, very friendly folk in York). A lovely pub with good ale and a smile"
    That 2000 marker incidentally, is just above where the picture cuts out. If you want to see what it actually looked like during the flood, see CandS's pages.

    Mmmm, scary stuff (not the lady)
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    Street scenes

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 27, 2005

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    The first shot is of a shop I never expected. They sell buttons, which is just as well, because Duttons for Buttons has over 16,000 different types. You can mail order from them, well, their Harrogate store anyway. Amazing.
    The Lowther (2nd pic) is a pub serving a variety of beers, wines and spirits as well as traditional pub grub. They also act as a bed and breakfast and have three guest rooms equipped with a television, shower and tea and coffee making facilities. Parking is available.

    Sorry, I'm into zips A standout pub
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    The cat

    by iandsmith Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Despite a fair bit of research, I've been unable to come up with a name for the people that utilized this trademark.
    I became familiar with the mouse trademark of Thompson's when I was in East Grinstead and saw it elsewhere so I was pleased to see someone had utilized a cat as a trademark, as pointed out by Dave. This is down near the river near the main bridge.
    Become a rubberneck and you'll see it clearly.

    An outstanding cat
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    A poignant reminder

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Caroline Stuttle, just in her 20th year of life, was murdered. It hit home a little more to me perhaps because she was murdered in Australia, Bundaberg to be precise, while seeking the pleasures of life in a far off country. Probably killed by a transient drug addict seeking money. How tragic.

    Across the world
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    The YORK PASS

    by Bilimari Written Jun 30, 2005

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    The York Pass gives you a free admission to 30 attractions, free Hop On Hop Off bus ride, and discounts and offers. It comes with a free town guide book with maps.

    There are 1 day, 2 day, and 3 day passes.

    Adult: 1day-19.00, 2day-25.00, 3day-32.00
    Child: 1day-10.00, 2day-16.00, 3day-22.00
    Family pass is from 54.00

    Before you buy the pass, check the list of free attractions to see if it will actually save you money.

    The pass is available at the tourist information desk next to the York station.

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    Knaresborough

    by mdchachi Updated Oct 15, 2004

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    Another quaint little town near York is Knaresborough. It is a station away from Harrogate. It is a much smaller town but has some castle ruins and a nice view of the River Nidd. We were there during market day which has been held for well over 700 years now -- that's a long time! Nowadays, the market is like a small flea market with everything from dishware, to sweets to clothing for sale. England's oldest chemist shop (pharmacy) dating from 1720 is also here.

    We had one dinner in Knaresborough and found a small place called Hannah's to be quite nice. There were several other restaurants and some cozy-looking pubs as well.

    Town Crier
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    Harrogate

    by mdchachi Updated Oct 15, 2004

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    Harrogate is a really nice town about 30 minutes from York by train. It was famous as a spa town for its many mineral wells and enjoyed quite some popularity a century or two ago. Now there is only one bath house still operating. We wanted to enter the baths but the schedule alternates between men, women and mixed and we weren't there on a mixed gender day.

    Harrogate has all the trappings of a decent sized town. Plenty of shops and restaurants as well as some historical sites such as the Royal Pump Museum. We enjoyed the one-pound store where everything is just one pound. All the other stores were far too expensive for us!

    Depicted here is the original Harrogate Betty's cafe. We didn't eat here but we ate at the one in York and afternoon tea was scrumptious.

    Betty's of Harrogate
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