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A travel journal to York by TianjinPaul

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The Shambles

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Attraction | "Into the Past"

The Shambles Photo, York, England
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There are many things to see in York. The Minster - the medieval cathedral - is world famous for its architecture and for some of its stained glass windows. There is the National Railway Museum, which houses some of the most famous trains from British transport history. And, there is the fantastically interactive Yorkshire Museum. These places are all worth the visit. However, as unusual as this may sound, it is possible to visit York and skip all of them. This is because York, in itself, is a tourist attraction. The very streets and buildings that make-up the city are reason enough to pay a visit.There are different cities in England that epitomise different eras of architecture. Obviousl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2012

The Shambles
City Center
York, England YO1 7LZ

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens

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Attraction | "A Big Surprise"

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens Photo, York, England
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I am from the Yorkshire, the largest county in England. Not only is Yorkshire the biggest county in England, it is also renowned for its own unique identity. Here are just a few things for which it is famous. It is famed as once being England's industrial heartland with huge steel and coal industries (sadly since the 1980s this has been in decline). It is known as a hot-bed of cricket boasting more amateur teams than any other region of the world and providing more players for England than any other country. It is also famed for the Yorkshire Pudding, a delicious mixture of eggs, flour and milk that is roasted until wonderfully crisp and eaten with Sunday lunch (It is popular throughout England). In ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2012

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens
Museum Street
York, England YO1 7FR
01904 687687

York Minster

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Attraction | "Out of the Flames"

York Minster Photo, York, England
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It is a tragic shame that for many Yorkshire-folk of a certain age - those born in the late 1970s and the early 1980s - York Minster is not renowned for its beauty and awe-inspiring scale, but for the fire that engulfed it and left it as smouldering ruins. For many who grew up in that period, the Minster was not a place to visit, but a building site. It was repaired and re-built piece-by-piece and ultimately finished in the 1990s. Even now, after having visited twice, I still cannot shake the images of smoke and flames billowing through the intricately carved windows that had housed beautiful stained glass or the pictures of the scorched shell that remained once the flames were extinguished....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 10, 2012

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

National Railway Museum

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Attraction | "Not Quite Full Steam Ahead"

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No matter how great any trip to the National Railway Museum in York might be, it will never measure up to my first visit there when I was a five-year old boy. I was so excited when we arrived that I sped off and started to skip around in between the many huge trains - when I was four they seemed significantly larger than they would today. Unfortunately, I paid scant attention to my father who was trying desperately, and ultimately failing, to keep up with me. It was only after I had examined my third or fourth train that I realized my father was not sharing my joy and enthusiasm and was not, in fact, anywhere close by. I very quickly began to panic.It was only thanks to the help of a guide...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 10, 2012

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

Jorvik Viking Centre

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Attraction | "Not Really Rampaging"

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In the early 1990s when the Jorvik Center I which focuses on life in York during the time of the Vikings - first opened in York, there was quite the furore. At the time, it was seen as one of the most exciting and innovative museums in the UK. My uncle, who is a school-teacher, was so convinced at its merits that he took his class on a trip every year without fail. For some reason, when I was younger, I never got the chance to visit Jorvik. I cannot really recall why as my family and I visited York many times. It could have been because the cost was prohibitive or it may merely have been that my parents didn't really think that it looked too interesting. Either way, I was left wondering what it was l...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 10, 2012

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