York Journals

Short Break in York

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A September 2011 trip to York by Joy S

York Photo, York, England More Photos
Quote: What we found to do on a short break exploring the wonderful old city of York

Overview and Highlights

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York Photo, York, England
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I think that York must be the north of England's most compelling city. It is compact, but despite this, there are so many things to see and do. 4 million visitors come here every year - so others must agree with my view on this!York stood at the heart of England's religious and political life for centuries. Until the Industrial Revolution, it was second only to London in population and importance. York has Roman, Viking, Georgian and Victorian history and heritage. Few cities in England have such a rich history as there is here. York was the capital of the Roman Empire's Northern European territories and the base for Hadrian's northern campaigns.The city of York is still ...Read More

Tips and Hints

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Gargoyle on Stonegate Photo, York, England
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* Get a York Pass, this allows you entry into different attractions for a reduced rate and makes it better value for money. You will make substantial savings if you plan to visit a range of different places.* Shopping in York is such a great experience. There is every kind of shop you could want - from antique and book dealers in Micklegate, high street shops and famous names in the Coppergate Centre, speciality shops and designer fashion in Swinegate and in the Stonegate Market they have great fresh produce. There are lots of unique shops and boutiques, but equally plenty of touristy shops selling souvenirs. The Shambles has lots of shops selling exactly this type of merchandise. The...Read More

City Walls

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City Walls Photo, York, England
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York's medieval city walls are the longest in England. They are built on Roman foundations - so historical and interesting! They are also the perfect place to enjoy beautiful views of this lovely city. Around 2.5 million people walk along the city walls each year - it is a lovely walk.There are 5 main gateways and 45 towers along the walls. A leisurely circuit the whole way round takes about 2 hours. The walls are open every day from 8am until dusk, then they are closed off by gates. If the weather is bad sometimes they are closed for safety reasons. There are lots of steps and areas with no railings - you need to be careful with young children. Walking the walls is not at all diff...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2011

City Walls
The Eye of York
York, England

York Minster

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York Minster Photo, York, England
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York Minster is one of the great cathedrals of the world - a true must see if you are in this area. It is also one of England's most important historical sights. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York and home to countless treasures. An estimated half of all the medieval stained glass in England is found inside.Neither the UK government nor the Anglican Church contributes to the maintainence of York Minster. They began, somewhat reluctantly apparently, charging entrance fees in 2003. It costs £6 for adults, £5 for seniors and is free for children aged 15 and under. It is also free obviously if you are attending a church service. Evensong is supposed to be especially beautiful. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2011

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

The Shambles

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The Shambles Photo, York, England
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When you visit York, you have to make a trip to the Shambles. It is a must see and is considered to be one of the best medieval shopping streets in Britain and arguably Europe. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and is one of the most photographed streets in the country.Many of the buildings on the Shambles date back to the 14th and 15th century (1350-1475). None of the original shop fronts have survived from medieval times however.The Shambles was actually once the meat butchering centre of York. Here there were butchers' shops and houses. Many of them had a slaughterhouse in the back of the premises - this ensured a ready supply of fresh meat. The meat was hung up ou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2011

The Shambles
City Center
York, England YO1 7LZ

Betty's Tea Room

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Restaurant | "Betty's Tea Rooms"

Betty's Tea Room Photo, York, England
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Betty's tea rooms are famous in York and beyond. They are open every day between 9am and 9pm. There is a really nostalgic atmosphere - this is what it is famous for, and you do feel as if you have been transported back in time. They serve Yorkshire/Swiss style patisseries and other savoury dishes.The decor is 1920's in style with lots of palm trees and waitresses wearing white aprons and hats. The quality of the food is absolutely superb - but be aware it is not a cheap place. Also be prepared for a queue at peak times. It is not unusual for potential customers to wait outside in the rain to get a seat. We went at 2pm on a Saturday afternoon and queued for about half an hour. The s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2011

Betty's Tea Room
6 St Helen's Square
York, England

About the Writer

Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom