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York in General
Member Name: wonderwoman
York in General
Date: 30/06/00, updated on 30/06/00 (93 review reads)
Advantages: so much to do
York has so much too offer once is spoiled for choice.
It is so easy to get to with good road or rail networks. You can leave your car at the outer city park and ride schemes and then as it is such a compact city the choice is endless.
Steeped in history, there are its museums; transport, or the castle museum with its famous old street iside; the art gallery at Bootham has some excellent exhibits;or there is the prestigious minster guarding the city and to name just one more the Jorvic centre where you go back in time through ancient York in a little car.
On a nice day, there are walks by the river, or if you fancy a boat ride you can row one yourself or take a trip on a larger one. Sit and have a beer at a riverside pub (after visiting York dungeon of course), or take a hike around the old walls and ruins. There are many parks some with entertainment in the summer and one The Rowntree Park that is tucked away behind railings as you are just leaving the inner city on the Bootham rd.
If horse racing is your forte there is an excellent track hosting the ebor and the gimcrack and if you book in advance you can see the city from a balloon flight.
If there is too much to see in one day, York has some excellent B&B's on the outer city limits if finances don't stretch to the swankier hotels like the city Stakis opposite the castle.
Or you can just do what I do and wander around the shops intermingled with old historic buildings and be sure to check out the snickelways -you never know what you might discover. All the high street shops are there including local treasures like Palenque jewellery, duttons for buttons or make your mark rubber stamping.
When you feel peckish there are a myriad of restaurants and cafe's to suit all tastes. Who can forget Betty's fat rascals? And if you don't find something to immediately take your fancy walk 20 yards further on and I'm sure you will.
Finally no trip to York is complete witho
ut a visit to York's oldest street The Shambles, where the old shops are full of all kinds of curios and goodies. Don't forget to look up and see where two houses are so close together neighbours can shake hands across the street.
This is just a taster, there is so much more, there is the theatre new cinema and the barbican centre to name just a few of its cultural spots and there are many more.
You really need to go and have a look for yourself. Oh and if you get sick of York-hop on a bus and visit the excellent Macarthur Glenn shopping development where you can buy Armani, gaultier, Ronat Zilka for a fraction of the price!