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2 days in York

Coventry, England
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2 days in York

I have arranged for myself and girlfriend to visit York this coming weekend.

We will be arriving early Saturday morning, and leaving Sunday at some point.

Could anybody recommend the ''must see's'' ??

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1. Re: 2 days in York

You will have a very packed two days if you try and fit everything in! York is a medieval walled city so walk a section of the walls - Monk Bar to Bootham Bar takes you behind the Minster and gives you a peep into the Minster precinct from behind. The Minster of course - you can pay the admission charge and get a guided tour (excellent) or, if you want to see how the building really works, you could go to choral evensong - there is no charge for admission if you wish to attend a service - and enjoy both the music and the way it interacts with the architecture. Behind the Minster is the Treasurer's House (NT) and next to that is Grays Court, a fascinating building with 12th century origins and which now serves lights lunches, morning coffee and afternoon tea. It's busy at lunchtime, though, so service can be a bit slow then. The York Art Gallery (at the moment hosting a showing of the huge David Hockney "Bigger Trees near Warter") is worth a visit and the refurbished Yorkshire Museum with terrific Roman and Medieval Galleries.

If you walk up Stonegate, turn right into Petergate and then go down the Shambles at the end of Petergate you will have seen the three best preserved streets in York. Over the road from the Shambles is Fossgate where the Merchant Adventurers Hall is open to the public (built in the 1380's still operating as the Guildhall of the York Merchant Adventurers with their collection of paintings and silver). Close by is York Castle and the wonderful Castle Museum, the museum of everyday life, full of fascinating room settings, displays of clothing, furniture, ancient technology and with a complete reconstructed street made using York shop fronts which were due for demolition.

Give yourself time to explore the narrow alleyways, just big enough for two people to pass (called snickets or snickelways). If archaeology interests you the Viking Museum is interesting as much for the archeological finds as for the time travel back to the reconstructed Viking settlement. The Railway Museum is easily half a day in itself (a road train leaves every half hour from in front of the Minster bound for the Railway Museum and will bring you back).

Good, free guided tours of the city start from the Art Gallery every day at (I think) 11am. If you have limited time I should avoid the commercial, themed, tours: Ghost Walks, Viking Walks, Brewery Tours and the like. Save those for next time.


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2. Re: 2 days in York

If you're feeling fit, go up the tower at York Minster. Hard work up very narrow spiral stairs but the view's amazing! And try and find Georgina's cafe on Low Petergate. A modern take on a traditional tea room. Good old fashioned service, excellent food, great prices.

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