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Binfield, United...
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Day out in York

I was thinking of going to York for our Anniversary next week and was just wondering if i could get some ideas of things to do/see. On a budget so dont want to go crazy!

We live about 2 1/2 hours away (N.Wales) so wud want to come for the whole day. However ive only ever been once when i was younger, and cant remember much.

I dont mind on the type of thing, be it site seeing, romantic walks, or fun and exciting things to do (kids at heart+ love energetic activities)

is there anything you recomend? Any particular areas? Cafe/resturants?

Any help would be brilliant :)


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1. Re: Day out in York

What could be better than sitting at the cafe which is the set of Brief Encounter, surrounded by trains, and imagine you are Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson......

If that doesn't appeal there are several hundred other good reasons to visit the national railway museum. Not for anoraks.

Or there's the narrow market streets like Shambles or the York Minster of the river....or the walls...worlds' your oyster

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Hi Steffy,

We went to York for a couple of days at the end of April for our wedding Anniversary.

Best bits were the York Minster with the undercroft and crypt (took us 3 hours!!), the York Wheel (if no queues then a 15 min trip) and York Castle Museum (2 hours). Hubby liked the Railway museum (have to admit apart from seeing the Royal trains and a nice cafe in there not really my thing!!)

Worst bits - Jorvik Centre and York Dungeon - total waste of time on both. We had limited time that day and decided to foresake a river trip for these 2 and wished we hadn't!!

Betty's Tea room is a step back in time - especially downstairs where there is a huge mirror by the toilets with the signatures etched on the glass of many of the servicemen who used Betty's as a sort of "ops room" during the war. Have to admit it isn't cheap in there but a nice experience.

Hope you have a lovely day and "Happy Anniversary"


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York is a wonderful city to just walk around, very romantic and atmospheric. You can have the best day just exploring the tiny alleyways and lanes.

Park in one of the park and rides on the ring road and get the bus in (£2.00 return) it's easily the most painless way and they run very frequently and drop you off in all the most central places.

The Minster is a must. It is surrounded by a maze of tiny streets, squares, gardens and shops, restaurants, bars etc. You should also try one of the museums: The Jorvik Centre is famous for its look at Viking Life in York. There is also the York Castle Museum which has a wonderful look at Victorian York and the Museum Gardens museum which is Roman York. The gardens around the museum are full of ruins and very atmospheric - great for a laze in the sun and an ice cream. Just down from the museum gardens, you can pick up a boat for a boat tour or one you can row yourself!!

Near the Minster you can also get a carriage ride which takes you around the streets.

There are hop on hop off buses but so many of the streets are pedestrianised, I'm not convinced they really show you the best of the city in this instance.

The city is surrounded by its medieval walls. You can walk around the top of the walls which gives you a very interesting birds eye view.

If you like railways and trains, the Railway Museum is a treasure - full of wonderful old trains including many royal trains from different countries. There is also the Yorkshire Eye which is right next door at the moment.

The Shambles is a tiny cobbled street of shops which leads to the market and gives you an idea of what York was like centuries


Lots of restaurants to choose from for a nice lunch together.

I quite like La Tasca which is a Spanish tapas restaurant near Browns store in the centre. You can eat lots of little plates of food very reasonably. Or you could take a picnic into the museum gardens. Just 2 minutes from the museum gardens is a restaurant called Pastiche (near the Judges Lodging) where you can get a two course quality lunch for £5.95 - nice atmosphere. You'll be spoilt for choice to be quite honest.

If you are still around for dinner and feel like a slight splurge, I would recommend either the Blue Bicycle (which is housed in an old brothel!!) or Masons. Both are very near to each other - just ask. Both have really good food and a romantic ambience.

Don't worry too much about it - I promise you that once in the centre of York, you will find more than enough to enchant you all day.


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4. Re: Day out in York

Betty's Tea Rooms, The Shambles, Castle Museum are really worth doing. Many more as York s a great city, but they are the tops IMO

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Hi Steffy,

Come into York on A64 and park up at Askham Bar Park and Ride near Tesco, free parking and a couple of quid on the bus, parking is expensive on council car parks.

Visit the wheel near the railway museum, walk the bar walls, have a meal at a pub some do 2 meals for the price of 1. Look at the Minster but be aware that there is a charge to go in! Don't do the Jorvik - it's a waste of money since it was refurbished.

Walk down the Shambles, this was the street of butchers, the word shambles came from "shammels" - hooks to hang meat on.

As you are energetic climb up the steps at Clifford's Tower, where the Jews commited suicide rather than face the angry mob and certain death, have picnic in nearby tower gardens on the riverside.

If its wet look at the Bar convent museum which is near Micklegate Bar, this Roman Catholic church was built secretly inside the building you see from the road. The railway museum is free, this would take most of your day so only do it is wet.

If you bring your own food and a flask it needn't cost a penny.

Toilets, we are rather short on these so use a pub or McDonalds or Marks and Spencers.

Enjoy your day and come again. JEH2

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