A March 2006 trip
to York by justin121883
Quote: A young Yankee and an amateur history buff visits York for a trip through the last, oh, 2,000 years of English history, from the Romans right up through WWII.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2006
20 Barbican Rd.
York, England YO10 5AA
+44 (1904) 627617
Widely regarded as one of Europe's most beautiful Gothic cathedrals, the York Minster is a reason to come to York in and of itself. The space defies description: a soaring nave, high pointed arches, towering stained glass windows, and a wealth of historic monuments and statuary. It is something one really needs to see for oneself.
The Five Sister's window opposite the main entrance is stunning. Also, be sure not to miss the chapter room, behind the altar area and to the right: the octagonal space was designed for increible acoustics, so that conferring officials in the stone seats around the perimeter could hear one another from opposite sides of the room.
Now, for the technicalities. The Minster actually encompasses three different attractions, with a somewhat complicated admission-pricing arrangement: details are available at http://www.yorkminster.org/index1.html. Discounts offered for children, students, and seniors. Of the three sites, the Minster proper (5GBP) is the main attraction, and includes a free guided tour. For most visitors, the Minster will probably suffice.
Those interested in architecture, Roman or Norman history, or in Church treasury items will also want to visit the Undecroft area (4GBP; 7GBP for Minster and Undercroft), which details the Roman and Norman origins of the site and includes a very informative (and free) audio tour.
Finally, fit visitors may want to scale the tower (3.50GBP), though be advised that the tower closes before the rest of the church. On your way out: don't miss the bronze statue outside the main entrance commemorating the proclamation of Constantine as Roman Emperor in 306 AD, which happened at the Roman fort whose site is currently occupied by the Minster.
York, England YO1 7JA
+44 (190) 455 7216
A quirky little place, whose bar is stuffed up into a cozy old attic (don't worry, it's warm). The York Brewery offers a very informative and personal tour of their craft-brewing operations—newcomers to the art of handcrafted beer are especially welcomed. The £4.50 tour admission is a real bargain, as it includes two half pints of ale for the tasting.
In all, the beers are a quintessential sampling of the British real-ale styles: smooth, flavorful, cask-conditioned, hand-pulled. The staff and clientele are exceptionally welcoming, and since the York Brewery is a local favorite (in a somewhat out-of-the-way part of town), this is a great place to make some quick friends.
12 Toft Green
York, North Yorkshire YO1 6JT
York Castle Museum
The Eye Of York
York, England Y01 9RY
44 (0) 1904 687687
Attraction | "Jorvik Viking Center"
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 26, 2006
Jorvik Viking Centre
15-17 Coppergate Walk
York, United Kingdom YO1 9WT
+44 (1) 904643211
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 26, 2006
Coppergate Shopping Center
12 Coppergate Walk
York Y01 9NT
+44 1904 627 160
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