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Weekend Breaks to York

Planning a short break to York? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in York. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to York. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

York Minster

One of Europe's finest Cathedrals and the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world all contribute to make a visit here a must. On entering one can't help, but be awestruck by the size and volume.

Next you can marvel at the stained glass windows and if you are fortunate enough to be here at a choral event, well it's a treat for the ears. Plenty to see here including climbing the Central Tower, Undercroft, Treasury, Crypt and library. There is also a cafe and shop. Take 2-3 hours to do it justice.

For more information visit - www.yorkminster.org>

The City Walls

Take a guided walk, or just stroll along these ancient walls that circle the inner city. Dating back to Roman times these walls have been rebuilt many times, but now look as solid as ever. You will pass the Roman Multangular Tower, St Mary's Abbey, Kings Manor, Bootham Bar and walk over the city gates guarding the entrances such as Micklegate and Monkgate. Good city vista's can be enjoyed as well.

Visit www.york.gov.uk/walls

The National Railway Museum

Leeman Road, the perfect location by the railway station and one of the largest museums devoted to rail in the world. The outstanding collection traces railway travel back to the unhurried gracious days of steam right up to Eurostar. Plenty of carriages and drivers cabins are on view as well as royal trains, the Japanese bullet train and railway art and posters.

Visit www.nrm.org.uk

The Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik is the Viking name for York and this centre is built on the site of the original Viking settlement. The city's history is told in a unique manner. The visitor is placed in a time capsule and transported to the earliest days of York via a series of re-created scenes of everyday life. You will see the sights, hear the sounds and even smell the odours of the day. Kids love this sort of thing and are given a chance to dress up and learn the Viking crafts in the small museum at the end of the tour.

More info is at www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

York Castle Museum

Located in the centre of town next to Clifford's Tower. The fine museum is housed in the former debtors prison. It's a huge museum and focuses on everyday life in the cobbled Victorian streets. Be transported back down a typical Victorian High Street, Half Moon Court (an Edwardian Street), Dick Turpins cell and special exhibits. Take a few hours for this.

Visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

The Shambles

In the old city you will find one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe (And that’s saying something), The windy narrow cobbled street is a bit claustrophobic as you are pulled in on both sides by the tall buildings and overhangs. Originally the street was a centre for butchers and now lots of interesting craft, gift and sweet shops intermingle with restaurants and cafes.

Go to www.thisisyork.co.uk/york/insideout/attractions/shambles

Museum Gardens

A lovely large park in the middle of York at the rear of the Yorkshire Museum covering 10 acres. Enter by Museum Street. A perfect place to relax after a hard day's sightseeing, but in this town there is no escaping history! As the haunting ruins of St Mary's Abbey are contained in the garden and they date back to 1086 when it was the most influential Benedictine Monastery.

Please go visit www.thisisyork.co.uk/york/insideout/attractions/museum_gardens

Betty's Cafe and Tea Rooms

St Helens Square, Everyone knows Betty's, This institution stands as a monument to high tea. The decor is 20s style and staff dress to suit. They serve Clotted Cream Teas, English Breakfasts and offer a good selection of coffee, tea and cakes. In the evening a pianist tinkles the ivories to play suitable favourites. Always busy and the refined atmosphere is delightful.

York Festival of Food and Drink

Enjoyable feasting happens between September and October every year for 10 days. Just about every activity connected with food is covered in this festival including themed dinners, celebrity chefs showing off, food and drink markets, beer and wine tasting. There are Medieval Banquets and free samples galore, so if you like your food and drink the plan your break around this one.

For details go to; www.yorkfestivaloffoodanddrink.com

Haunted Walk of York

This well known guided walk starts from Exhibition Square. The tour takes the guest into York's spooky past with stories of haunting. The guide here does not resort to gimmicks to scare the visitor, but tells it as it is

You can even book a private 'ghost party'. The tourist information office will give you details.

User Suggestions

Just A Fiver - Shopping

GREAT service at the best shop that does basically anything! With brilliant prices and obviously- JUST A FIVER!

Flares - Bar or Club

A great place to chill and dance for the whole family!

Lo Spuntino - Restaurant or Cafe

Ran by an Italian family, the food there is bliss! Real Italian food, without having to fly there. Great service, I happned to tip them a fiver last time I went.

Oaklands Sports Centre - Sporting Activity

Fantastic day out for a fantastic price, you can play a range of games from badminton to basketball! A great place for the whole family and somewhere to definetely bring your kids along to.

Baibin's Café - Restaurant or Cafe

Set down Coney street, Baibin's café is a great place for a nice "cuppa" and is definitely worth going there to relax. I know the woman who owns it (Susan) and she is really welcoming. I definitely recommend it!

Becky's FISH (n chips) - Restaurant or Cafe

Come to the fishiest place on Earth, it's like you're at the coast! A great place for service and of course "you get chips with that"! Fantastic! 10/10! 5 Star! Might as well make it £500 for a fish, it's worth it!

Lo Spuntino - Restaurant or Cafe

I have lived in York for 8 years now and should you be in the city you can pay twice as much for half the quality that Bino serves in his restraunt. Its a York hidden gem. ENJOY

Beer Fest - Local Festival or Holiday

Come to the local beer fest in the city centre by the fountain! If you’re a big burly beer lovin man! Or woman! Then come on down to the beer fest all through November and try beers from all over the world! (Not suitable for families)


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