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York, England: Snickelways and Other Finds

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An April 2000 trip to York by jj2

York City Gate Photo, York, England More Photos
Quote: York, England is a great place for a day, or two or more. Its medieval charm is wrapped in a wall, protected by a tower and capped by a lofty minster. From its snikelways to its waterways, we enjoyed every minute of our visit.

York, England: Snickelways and Other Finds

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Overview

Clifford's Tower Photo, York, England
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The history of York makes it an exciting destination. York, originally Roman Eboracum, was a critical military strongpoint whose strategic location figured prominently in struggles with the Norse warlords and later in the Civil War. At the battle of Stamford Bridge the Norsemen were defeated by King Harold, but immediately after the battle, his loss at Hastings resulted in his death and the reign of William the Conquerer. The Civil War Battle of Marston Moor, fought while York was under siege in 1644, was a decisive win by Cromwell leading to the fall of Charles I. Today, many parts of York’s past can still be appreciated, from the Jorvik Viking Centre which encloses an excavated Viking village t...Read More

Arndale Hotel

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Hotel

Arndale Hotel Photo, York, England
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We were exceptionally pleased with this award winning B&B/hotel. It is located on Tadcaster Road which eventually, with a couple of name changes, extends through Micklesgate into the old town. It is a long, but not unreasonable, walk from the hotel to the city walls. We elected to return via taxi after a long day and big dinner. The Arndale is one of several large homes on Tadcaster Road. The Victorian structure sits on beautifully landscaped grounds and has ample parking after you pass through the carriage way into the gardens in back. After checking in, you ascend up a staircase to a large lounge that has a bar facility, comfortable chairs and loads of books. We found this a good spo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2000

Arndale Hotel
290 Tadcaster Road
York, England YO24 1ET
(019) 04 702424

Grasmead House Hotel

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Hotel

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This hotel is in an unusual narrow brick building that stands alone on Scarcroft Hill, within walking distance of the City Wall. We had no trouble finding or parking there, but parking was restricted to the street. We were warmly greeted upon our somewhat disheveled arrival and provided with answers to our many questions in a calm, friendly way. The hotel''s main attraction is its set of historical and antique beds from the 18th and 19th centuries. Ours was a large canopy bed circa 1760 in an ensuite room. Unfortunately, the narrowness of the building and the conversion to an ensuite room rendered the remaining space around this bed too small for our luggage. It was cramped at best...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 13, 2000

Grasmead House Hotel
1 Scarcroft Hill
York, England YO241DF
(01904) 629996

York Minster

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Attraction

York Minster Photo, York, England
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York Minster is notable for its beauty as well as its history, and in many cases, the two are inseparable. It is the largest Gothic Cathedral north of the Alps, and many of its features are one-of-a-kind survivors from the period of it construction from 1220 to 1472. Its dimensions are remarkable, the more so for their age. York Minster is the "largest medieval building in England." Its east stain glassed window is the largest single area of medieval glass remaining from the 15th century. After touring the ground level, taking in the stained glass and carvings, we took the hike to the tower. It is quite a climb, but we enjoyed both a sense of accomplishment as well as some terrific views of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2000

York Minster
Minster Yard
York, England YO1 7JA
+44 (190) 455 7216

National Railway Museum

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As a railroad buff I am predisposed to enjoy this museum, but everyone will find something here. This museum has an extensive collection of steam and diesel engines as well as passenger and freight rolling stock in an indoor hall. This makes it a great alternative for a rainy day when walking around town is problematic. The museum is outside the city wall and best accessed via public transport, car or taxi. Admission is £6.50 for adults, but if you drive you must also pay for parking (£3 for long stay). Their official web site is http://www.nrm.org.uk/html/home_pb/menu.htm, and you can also phone them at (01904) 621261. There are actually two large indoor exhibit buildings. Don’t spend all...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2000

National Railway Museum
Leeman Road
York, England YO26 4XJ
+44 (1904) 62 1261

Jorvik Viking Centre

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Attraction

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The Jorvik Viking Centre qualifies more as a historic site than a museum (though it certainly has an excellent collection of artifacts) because it is the enclosed site of the excavation of an actual Viking village. This is remarkable because the Vikings constructed their dwellings from wood and degradable materials. At this site, the foundations and other artifacts were preserved by water-logged soils for roughly 1000 years. Like many English tour sites (e.g., Oxford Story, Canterbury Tales) you will ride through the exhibit on automatically guided carts. The path winds in, through and around various buildings that have been recreated. All of your senses will be engaged at some point during ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2000

Jorvik Viking Centre
15-17 Coppergate Walk
York, United Kingdom YO1 9WT
+44 (1) 904643211