A Flavour of York
My brief trip to York over-delivered on expectations. Firstly, for huge fans of the popular TV series “The Crown” which portrays the life of Queen Elizabeth from a young lady through to her coronation as The Queen, York would be a good starting point. Filmed at the magnificent Castle Howard, around 20 minutes outside of the City, this manor house is over 300 years old but remains a family home. It’s rooms are splendid and you must take a peek at the view over 1,000 acres of gardens set in the countryside, which has been designated an area of outstanding beauty.
The City is easy to navigate on foot with plenty to interest adults and families alike. Step back in time with an entertaining visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre to experience sights and smells from the year AD960, walking over actual architecture excavated over 1,000 years ago.
This leaves you well-placed for York Minster-a monster of a cathedral with its vaulted ceilings and stunning and enormous stained-glass windows. For those able to cope with stairs, you can climb the steps up into the towers for far-reaching views over the City.
The shops are varied and in The Little Shambles, (an area of windy, cobbled streets), you’ll find lots of original shops selling local goods. It’s near here that you will find the Yorkshire Chocolate Factory, one of the more famous chocolatiers in the region. Alternatively, wander towards Coppersgate for the latest trends or Goodramgate for independent shops and 14th century houses.
Don’t forget the take time out for relaxation on the riverbank of the River Ouse. There are plenty of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, but we recommend you travel a little further. An afternoon cruise with City Cruises York last for one hour, and the traditional tea is fresh and delicious! Warm scones are complimented by double cream and cucumber sandwiches. Maybe you can hire a small motor boat and take off for your own sightseeing tour?
Yorkshire is well-recognised for its railways and traditional ales. It will come as no surprise then to find there’s an excellent Railway Museum, which is where our astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft has ended up! There are numerous breweries and distilleries that will accommodate tours and tasting sessions.
The hotels in York are of a good standard and located within the City walls. Groups or FIT’s, can opt for larger hotels like The Grand or Principle-or the boutique quality of Hotel du Vin.
York is just two hours from London and 45-mins from Manchester, and infrastructure by air, road or rail is easily arranged. You may choose an itinerary as an extension of your UK trip-but there’s plenty to see and do in the surrounding area from museums or theme parks to National Trust and English Heritage houses and gardens. York is now regarded as an award-winning location, so discover this regions before others beat you to it!