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York Things to Do

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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...

  • Minster

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    York Minster is known as the Heart of Yorkshire and is a architectural masterpiece built between the 1220s and the 1470s. There are tours to be made around the Minster and a book and gift shop. The website has details.

  • Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate

    Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is probably York's most famous street and this is because it is the shortest street of them all. There are apparently several theories about how the name developed, the most probably being that it was named "Whitnourwhatnourgate" and then developed its present name because it became the place of the town's whipping pillory. It...


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York Restaurants

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  • Ask Italian

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    My friend, Rebecca, recommended this restaurant when we met up in York (July 2016) and we weren't disappointed! The restaurant is housed in the historic York Assembly Rooms (please see tip) and one can appreciates the building's history and beauty in admiring the interior and décor. Ideal environment, ambience and space to enjoy a meal and the...

  • York Hogroast

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    There are two Hog Roast take away shops in York, one in Goodramgate and the other in Stonegate. The shops have been established in the City for over ten years and sell the most delicious hot meat sandwiches. You can choose from a selection of Pork, Beef, Ham, Turkey or Lamb 'Hogget' all served with a choice of sauces. If you're really hungry you...

  • Betty's - St. Helen's Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tell anyone you are visiting York and it's quite likely that they will tell you to go to Betty's and have a fat rascal. So I figured on my 3rd trip to York that I should finally visit although I did pass on the fat rascal. We went around noon and there was a short queue, if you didn't mind eating downstairs with no windows you could walk right in...


York Nightlife

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  • Yorkshire Terrier Pub

    After doing the York Brewery Tour we decided to try some more ales at their pubs in York. The first stop was Yorkshire Terrier on Stonegate. We ordered a sampler tray each and sampled some of their nice ales. I particularly enjoyed this pub; it's welcoming and uncrowned - it was nice not to have loud music playing and enjoy meaningful...

  • The Three Legged Mare Pub

    After The Yorkshire Terrier Pub we met up with a work colleague and her partner. They agreed they will join us and venture to The Three Legged Mare, another York Brewery Pub, and enjoyed a catch up over drinks. I opted to have a soft drink as I've done a fair bit of ale tasting earlier and was very satisfied. The Three Legged Mare is a...

  • It was time for me to be dry!

    After The Yorkshire Terrier Pub we met up with a work colleague and her partner. They agreed they will join us and venture to The Three Legged Mare, another York Brewery Pub, and enjoyed a catch up over drinks. I opted to have a soft drink as I've done a fair bit of ale tasting earlier and was very satisfied.The Three Legged Mare is a...


York Transportation

  • Land Train

    Although the National Railway Museum (NRM) is not too far to walk to from the city centre there is a land train that runs from Duncombe Place (near the Minster ) directly to the HRM. The land train runs daily from Good Friday at Easter to the end of October. It leaves the museum every 30 minutes, from 11am–4pm and from Duncombe Place every 30...

  • York Rail Station

    York has a large covered railway station built in Victorian times,in 1877. it is 188.5 miles from London ,today about 2 hours away. . .The main building has a lovely curve.At the moment it is a open station ,no ticket barriers, there are about 10 platforms. York is served by 6 train companies. It is busy with trains north to Newcastle and...

  • East Yorkshire Round Robin

    Unlimited train travel from York - York to Scarborough to Hull to Selby to York (or reverse). 2016 prices are adult £23.70, with a railcard £15.65 and child £11.85. This ticket is valid on First Hull Trains.


York Shopping

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  • Kathe Wohlfahrt

    I had previously seen a Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop in Bruges in Belgium and the York shop is as typical of shops in the chain across Europe. The shop celebrates the German culture of Christmas and is open all year. It is a most beautiful shop and very busy on a hot August afternoon when we visited the shop. There is everything you need here for...

  • Yorkshire Soap Company

    The Yorkshire Soap Company was set up by two Yorkshire men in 2004 and has several shops in the county including a shop in York. This is a shop you must see when in York - the ambience is perfect - a wonderful aroma of the soaps on sale, beautiful displays of the soaps and light classical music playing in the back ground. The staff are...

  • Fantastic soap retailer

    The Yorkshire Soap Company was set up by two Yorkshire men in 2004 and has several shops in the county including a shop in York.This is a shop you must see when in York - the ambience is perfect - a wonderful aroma of the soaps on sale, beautiful displays of the soaps and light classical music playing in the back ground. The staff are knowledgeable...


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...

  • 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.

  • “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...


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...

  • 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...


    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.


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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


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...

  • 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...

  • 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!


York Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

  • City Centre

    This street is named after George Hudson, an railway business man and politician who controlled large parts of the country's railway network in the 1840s. He was involved in linking the railway from London to Edinburgh and crucially merged key railway companies. Hudson was known as "The Railway King" however his successes were built on questionable...

  • 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...


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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


York General

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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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