York Journals

York: Layers of History

Best of IgoUgo

A September 2005 trip to York by moatway

York Photo, York, England More Photos
Quote: From Viking Jorvik to a Roman city to present-day York with its medieval walls, it's a city that continues to captivate.

York: Layers of History

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

York Photo, York, England
Quote:
York is a highlight. We chose to spend three nights because the city offers so much, and it was a wise decision. The first obvious choices are the Minster and the York Castle Museum. The Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, but more than that, it houses the finest displays of early stained glass that you’re likely to see anywhere. The Museum is a social history museum, and as such, presents living history. There’s not much dusty here, just things with which we can identify. I also recommend that you visit the Treasurer’s House. Its name could be changed simply to "treasure house" and it might make more sense. You will spend time in the Shambles, the narrow streets of early...Read More

Acer Hotel

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

Acer Hotel, York Photo, York, England
Quote:
The Acer is a 4 diamond (English Tourist Council) establishment; it is a consistently well-recognized establishment, having received a Silver Award and several awards from York Tourism.We had booked the four-poster luxury suite which overlooks the street. It was clean and pleasant with the bed, a loveseat and vanity, and all the usual amenities: hairdryer, hot drinks tray, colour TV and ensuite bath with tub and power shower. (I don’t understand the concept of "power"--there was little power in that shower.) The price at that level was 90 pounds a night. It was nicely decorated with substantial cornice moldings and a fleur-de-lys theme. The thing we really didn’t like was the sliding bathroom door....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

Jinnah York

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Jinnah"

Quote:
Jinnah is one of England’s many East Indian restaurants and they are doing it very well here. The ambiance is excellent… they have created interesting eating spaces using heavy lattice screens, plush chairs and well-set tables in green and white. The restaurant is charming and appears to be non-smoking. Since I am still blissfully ignorant of the complexities of East Indian food, I generally throw myself at the mercy of the waiter who turned out to be very helpful. It might have been a better experience if I were more adventurous, but I suspect that if you know what you like, you will like Jinnah. For starters, we opted for tandoori lamb and chicken tiki and followed it with a combinat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

Jinnah York
2 Cumberland Street
York, North Yorkshire YO1 9SW
01904 625 036

Villa Italia

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
The restaurant has a pleasant ambiance and is actually deeper than it appears from the street. The reception area in front is followed by two dining rooms, the latter opening to the kitchen. The rooms are attractive with nicely set tables and tiled floors. The menu is fairly extensive with a list of starters in the 5 pound range, pizzas for about 6.50 followed by pastas and a large number of meat dishes in the 10-pound-plus range. We chose a panzanella salad and a Caesar salad as starters. Since the Caesar isn’t actually an Italian dish, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the rather odd dish of frise lettuce, not romaine. I’m not sure if the whole thing was odd or interesting. I wouldn’t order i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

Villa Italia
69-71 Micklegate
York, England YO1 6LJ
+44 190 467 0501

Harkers

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
Harker’s occupies the ground floor of the former Yorkshire Insurance Company building (1824). The room is high-ceilinged and quite elegant with large Georgian windows, columns, large cornice moldings… it’s all very classical and attractive. There is also a massive bar across the back where all orders are placed. Sitting across from Mansion House, the building echoes the grandeur of the mayorial palace and more than that, it’s an absolutely great place for lunch. Prices are extremely reasonable and a snack of chicken fillets or fish goujons can be had for 3.50. (I have no idea what a goujon is, but it is extremely tasty and they are all well presented on a very good salad.) Hot and cold sandwiche...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

Harkers
1 St. Helen's Square
York, England YO1 6BA
+44 190 467 2795

York Minster

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

York Minster Photo, York, England
Quote:
One can’t add much to the descriptions of York Minster that appear in your guidebooks or in other articles. It is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, but that’s quite an abstract idea. It is 518 feet long, 249 feet across the transepts and 90 feet from the floor to the vault, so it is big, but there are a number of things that will attract your attention in this huge space. You might notice the 8 massive arches of the nave and the seven stained-glass Gothic windows in each of the side aisles. This cathedral has most of the pre-17th-century stained glass in England. The choir screen behind the altar in the nave is 15th-century and is particularly bright and gilded in contrast with th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

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

The Treasurer's House

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

The Treasurer's House Photo, York, England
Quote:
The Treasurer’s House overlooks the rear of the Minster, and sits on the site of the home of the medieval treasurer of the cathedral, hence the name. In the early 17th century, the original house was replaced by a large family home which was subsequently broken down into three separate houses. In 1897, a businessman, Frank Green, bought the three properties and within three years, he turned the building into what you see today… a sumptuous mansion in which he entertained the future Edward VIII, his wife and Princess Victoria. It really is a wonderful house and achievement as Green didn’t really see it as a home but as a showcase. He had deep pockets and was an avid collector of fine furniture an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

The Treasurer's House
Minster Yard
York, England YO1 7JL
+44 190 462 4247

York Castle Museum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

York Castle Museum Photo, York, England
Quote:
Make sure you put this museum on your list of things you must see in York. We felt that it was second only to the Minster… and it would have been a close second. The museum occupies buildings that were once used as prisons: the Female Prison Building of 1783 and the Debtor’s Prison Building of 1705. This is a marvelous social history museum--a museum of everyday life principally in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Not everything will appeal to everybody, but for 6.50 pounds, everybody will get their money’s worth. (This attraction is not on the York Pass.) After entering, you will pass by a number of rooms including a Victorian parlour (1870), a Moorland cottage (1850), a Georgian room (1780...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

York Castle Museum
The Eye Of York
York, England Y01 9RY
44 (0) 1904 687687

Jorvik Viking Centre

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
For 7.45 pounds, Jorvik provides a simple introduction to the Viking presence in York at the end of the 10th century. After all, the name York is derived from the Viking word and so many streets are "gates" because the word is derived from the Viking work for street. Using the concept of a time machine, one is whisked through a Viking village in a high tech carnival car. You are actually moving, well below street level, through the site of the actual Viking settlement and the homes you see are recreations sitting on the foundations of the original Viking buildings. There are life-sized manikins working, playing and doing the housework, all in Viking fashion. Add a bit of noise, some animation and a bi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

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

National Railway Museum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "The National Railway Museum"

National Railway Museum Photo, York, England
Quote:
The National Railway Museum boasts that it is the world’s largest, and after some time here, you will be inclined to believe it. It is quickly accessible from central York on foot in ten minutes (or you can take the connecting road train from the square in front of the cathedral for 2 pounds). Admission to the museum is free although there is a fee charged for the use of an audio guide. It is huge… there are two major halls filled with British railroad history. In the Great Hall (try to be there for the turntable demonstration at 11:30am or 3:30pm) you will see a great variety of locomotives. There is a replica of the famous Iron Duke, a 1914 Star class 4-6-0, a 1942 Southern Railway Q1 0-6-0, t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

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

York Model Railway, Ltd.

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "The York Model Railway"

York Model Railway, Ltd. Photo, York, England
Quote:
I am not a good judge of model railways, mostly because if they have any substance at all, I tend to get over-enthusiastic. This, however, was a good one, and I thought it worth the 3.70 price of admission. The layout features almost a third of a mile of 00 gauge track as well as an N scale Bavarian village. Every three minutes, it becomes night in our little world, but the nights are as short as the days. At night, though, you become aware that there are 2,000 lights on the set. But there are more than lights, there are a number of trains running at any time and there are a number of engines that the spectator can control… most of them running over a limited section of track and returning to th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

York Model Railway, Ltd.
York Station
York, England YO24 1AB
+44 190 463 0169

Yorkboat Tours

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "York Boat Tours"

Quote:
The normal river cruise is 6.50 pounds or 5.50 with the coupon found in the company’s brochure. Boats also leave from the Kings Staith landing further up the river and tickets are purchased as you enter the boat. The cruise lasts for about an hour and if you’re leaving from the Lendal landing, you will proceed down the Ouse as far as Clifton, turn and retrace your path, passing through York and beyond the town and then returning. The boat was two decked with an open observation deck above and tables and chairs in the enclosed cabin below which also contains a bar and restrooms. On board, it is possible to purchase a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, ice cream and candy. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 30, 2005

Yorkboat Tours
Boat Yard
York, England YO1 7DP
+44 190 462 8324