What can you do on a trip to York?
Planning some great weekend breaks to York, there is so much to see and do, this short guide just includes a few of my favourite attractions.
Weekend breaks in York are accessible from most parts of the UK due to the great transport links that the city enjoys. Train is probably the easiest way for most people to get to York as the city is a major stop on the east coast mainline. Since York is the home of the National Railway Museum travelling here by train seems like the right thing to do! I think everyone finds their own highlight in York but for me the way that so many historical sites have been preserved so well is probably the main thing.
If you dare you can learn more about the ghostly history of York on one of the popular ghost tours. York has been ruled at one time or another by everyone from Vikings to Romans. Historical characters that called York home included highwayman Dick Turpin and the infamous Guy Fawkes. You might get the chance to meet some or all of these characters in the York Dungeons. The dungeons are great fun and suitable for kids that dont scare too easily.
Another great historical activity is to take a walk along the well preserved city walls. There are three main gates to the city including the Micklegate Bar which is now home to an excellent museum. You can learn all sorts about the history of the city, the walls and the gatehouse itself which people lived in until the last century.
Wannabe archaeologists of all ages will love DIG York where your kids can learn more about the history of the city. Real archaeologists will lead your kids around replica excavation pits in search of Viking relics. Kids can keep learning about Vikings at the Jorvik Viking Centre.
York is definitely not just for kids though and grown-ups may enjoy a beery tour around the York Brewery which brews a range of traditional ales inside the city walls. The brewery sells their fine traditional ales in pubs all around town but they also have a tap room. The city has some great real ale pubs so you are really spoiled for choice though.
If you would like to take afternoon tea amongst elegant surroundings then there are few places as popular as Bettys Tea Rooms, a real York institution. Dont worry about finding places to eat in York though, I find the difficulty is choosing between all the great places!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Haines loves to travel and particularly enjoys weekend breaks in York. After many trips she knows all the best places to stay and places to eat in York.