I am planning a day trip to York from London in late Aug or early Sept and am trying to figure out the timing so I can buy tickets in advance for cheaper fares. The cheapest trains right now arrive in York about 9:30 and then I would probably leave around 20:00.
Here is what I am thinking right now:
Arrive train station, walk to York Minster
York Minster (guided tour? I think this lasts about 1.5 hours) and probably climb the tower. How long to allow for this? Maybe 3 hours? I don't know if the guided tour includes the undercroft, crypt, and treasury. I guess that would make it about 1300.
Lunch (any recommendations for somewhere quick for lunch near the Minster?)
Considering this audioguide of the walls:
It seems to include Clifford's Tower and the Castle Museum, although I'm not sure if their time of 3-4 hours includes going into all the things it goes past or not.. I guess that would take me until 5PM at least? Should I only do part of it?
Return to Minster for Evensong if they are having it the day I come.(Are there certain days that they have it? From the website (at least in June and July which is what is up there now), it doesn't seem to be every day. Probably 6:15 or so when this ends?
Dinner (Bettys?) - If going to Betty's, is there a guesstimate on wait time based on how long the queue is? Any other suggestions for dinner? I would have liked to go there for tea, but it doesn't seem to fit in.
I'd like to wander through the town, but right now the only place I see to do that is after dinner, unless I'm overestimating my times.
Any suggestions for how to change this, what to add or take out? I'd love to stay overnight, but I'm not sure I can fit it in and my hotel in London is already booked, so I'd be paying for 2 rooms that night. I can't see any way to fit in the Railway Museum, and I think the Jorvik Centre may not really be my thing.
Thanks for any help.