YORK The Capital of North Yorkshire
A 1.5-day stay in the City of York was just right for us. As York is known as a walled city, the wall itself is an attraction, especially the part containing Micklegate Bar. Going between the accommodation and the city center we enjoyed walking on the city wall from which we had bird’s eye views of the city. York Minster is probably the iconic attraction of York, but the admission charge is GBP10, which we found overpriced for a visit to a church. We paid the visit free at 17:15 instead, by claiming we were there for the Evensong. By the end of the day we also found St Mary’s Abbey next to Yorkshire Museum. Not only is this Abbey in ruins a beautiful attraction, it is also free of charge. Never had I read about such Abbey on any major websites of York tourist information, which tend to feature paid attractions. We visited Clifford’s Tower the first thing next morning. The Tower is the keep of the former York Castle, a fortified complex comprising, over the last nine centuries, a sequence of castles, prisons, law courts and other buildings on the south side of the River Foss. The top of the Tower also overlooks City of York. The next stop was National Railway Museum. We planned to finish the visit in two hours, but it finally took us four hours to explore all those Britain’s trains of different eras. The museum is just kind of huge. We spent the rest of this last day in York wandering around the vibrant city center. There are other paid attractions that can be interesting if you are travelling with kids.
Last but not least, Romley Guest House B&B is highly recommended, even though we are always picky and rarely so much satisfied with any accommodation when we travel. The room was neat, cozy, and well refurbished. The host Bruce was very helpful, friendly, and funny. He surprised us by serving us Alaskan waffles one morning and American waffles in the other.