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      03.11.2001 03:31
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      In AD71 the Romans founded ‘Eboracum’ as a military base for northern England; the town remained important as the Anglo-Saxon settlement of ‘Eoforwic’ and Viking settlement of ‘Jorvik’. Now named York,it is one of the most beautiful cities in England. It is one of the few cities to be found with many of its ancient walls intact. The city has much to offer any visitor be they Roland Rat (remember the visit of the Ratmobile to the city in the 80's), or the Grand Old Duke of York! Some of the major sites include: THE JORVIK VIKING CENTRE - the museum takes you back in history to the time of the Vikings in a time car. It is an interesting place for adults and children alike. Even if the child doesn`t speak much English like my Polish niece they will be fascinated by the smells, noises, scenes from Viking life and the car travelling back in time. YORK MINSTER - this is Britain`s largest gothic cathedral. There is some fantastic architecture to be found inside. It has recently been renovated and on my last trip was free of scaffolding for the first time in years. It is well worth climbing the 275 steps of the central tower for a view of the city. THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM - the museum seems to have grown and grown over the years. It has many different examples of trains over the years and you can even see a carriage used by Queen Victoria. Even for non-trainspotters you will find something to interest you. It is actually possible to spend almost the whole day in here, especially when there are children with you. THE SHAMBLES - one of the ancient streets within the city and probably the most photographed. There are a few unusual small shops along here. THE YORKSHIRE MUSEUM - there are Roman, Viking and Anglo-Saxon galleries among the many exhibits of the museum. In the grounds of the museum you will find the ruins of St Mary's Abbey which overlooks the Ouse. THE CASTLE MUSEUM - this will appeal to children too. In the museum you have the chance to explore a Victorian shoppping street, go through the key hole into family living rooms through the centuries and also have the opportunity tovisit Dick Turpin`s prison cell! CLIFFORDS TOWER - in the recent floods the tower illustrated the wisdom of our predecessors with the flood water lapping around at the foot of the mound on which the Twoer stands. MCARTHUR GLEN RETAIL OUTLET - when you get bored of the sightseeing you can always head for a spot of designer shopping at reduced prices! CONCLUSION The city has something to offer everyone and admission prices into attractions tend to be much lower than in London.

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        12.02.2001 03:57
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        If you are visiting the City of York then I would strongly recommend that you “walk the walls”. These walls are the Medieval walls built in the 13th and 14th centuries and still almost completely surround the city. It is only the sections that cross the rivers that no longer exist. The original city walls have been preserved so that visitors can now walk along these walls and overlook the sights and sounds of the town and get a feel for some of the City’s history and how defending the City would have felt in medieval times. The walls stretch for nearly three miles and pass many of the Bars (gates) and Towers that were built at the same time as the walls. The walls are open until dusk each day (unless it is icy) and they are a rather unique experience as very few cities in this country still have any of their walls remaining, and certainly not the amount that York has. There is no charge to walk along the walls and there are a number of access points at different places around the City, although these are not always too obvious to find. Along the walls there are a number of places where seats have been provided so that you can take a short break, rest your legs, and admire the view or soak up the history of the area. This walk gives an unusual look into the City and I would recommend it to any visitor. You do not have to walk the full three miles but can decide how far you are going to walk to suit you.

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          19.08.2000 01:43
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          York is one of my favourite places to visit, it has a wonderful character and atmosphere, it is steeped in history and is well known for the vikings. A lot of bulidings are still untouched with wooden beams outside and in. it seems to work with the new and old together without spoiling it. There is lots to do and see here, visit the Yorvik viking experience and travel into times gone to experience sights , sounds and smells. Or try a boat trip down the river. York minster is worth a visit too, its huge and you can go in and look round at all the stained glass. try a horse and cart ride around the city or a trip to the york dungeons! Apart from that there is a permenant street amrket with lots of bargains, the shambles a famous little cobbled street with oldie worldie shops. Or the castle museum, there really is lots to do and see.

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          06.08.2000 01:01
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          If you’ve been to London dungeon and liked it, you’ll love this. It’s set out the same, like a real dungeon, with the feeling that you’re under ground even though you’re not. Like London Dungeon there are, not only, moving models to act out stories and punishments used hundreds of years ago, but people walking around dressed up and acting out parts. This makes the whole experience seem even more real. The stories you are told range from famous ones like Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin, that are known all round the world, to the story of the Roman soldiers known only by people that live in York, to completely unknown stories. And they’re all told in totally different ways to make it more interesting, sometimes the staff narrate them, sometimes you’re left in a dark room and then models appear in the darkness to tell you their story. But all of them are very realistic and a lot of the time, extremely scary. And it’s not for the feint-hearted either. I went round in a school party a few years ago and the models that moved suddenly and gory punishments had all of us (girls, boys, teachers) screaming and running away down the dimly lit corridors. One girl (aged 14) cried. So, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for younger children. Or claustrophobics as you're closed in fairly tightly. But everyone else should relish in this educational, yet fun, day out for all. Be warned though, it gets extremely busy at weekends and in holidays, so you might want to get there early or book through a hotel or coach company to avoid queues.

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          04.08.2000 00:02
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          York is a historic city. And if there's one thing historic cities have lots of, it's ghosts (or ghost stories, depending on your viewpoint). When you walk around York, you'll see lots of posters for Ghost Walks, there are a few different people/companies doing them, and if you ask me, it's a good start to a night out. All you do is turn up at the assigned place and time on the poster, where you'll most likely find a mysterious-looking man in a top hat and cloak, just hanging around or bantering with people who are already there. He'll relieve you of your cash, and then lead your happy band through the streets of York, stopping to recount ghost stories at the appropriate places. For maximum effect, the walks are probably best experienced on a foggy autumn night :) The stories aren't particularly scary or nasty, although some are a bit gory, but the people who do these tours are absolutely excellent storytellers, and they stay in character for the whole walk (about an hour). They won't hesitate to make sarcastic remarks to members of the group, and especially to children who are being a bit annoying! It's basically a bit of theatre where the audience is part of it. My only word of caution is that small children might not be up to the walking, or could possibly find it scary (although probably not). Also, the guides tend to move pretty fast, so keep up! All in all, it's very entertaining, and as the walks usually begin around 8 or 9pm, there's time for a meal or pint afterwards. It's worth the £3.50 or so they charge, but watch out for money-off vouchers in B&Bs etc. and you can probably get it for £2. One website: http://www.yorkshirenet.co.uk/yorkghostwalk/

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            24.07.2000 00:59
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            I recently spent a couple of days in York with my husband, we had a really lovely time, with so much to see and do. York has a lovely town with loads of shops so many little alley ways and side roads you can get lost. If I had been on my own I would have!!! The minster is a must to see although when we went part of it was shut of as they were using it to do some sort of a play, there was scaffolding and lighting equipment every where. You can take an open top bus round the city, one ticket will last you all day, you can get on and off when and where you like, a really good way of getting around. There are loads of museums to visit : The arc which is an archaeological recource centre with an exciting hands-on exploration of archaeology for all ages price £3.60 The Jorvik viking centre : Take a time-car journey back 1000 years to an accurate reconstuction of the Viking city of Jorvik, complete with sounds and smells evocative of the time. price: adult £5.65 child £4.24 If you are interested in trains theres the national railway museum, from Stephensons rocket and giant steam engines to eurostar and miniture railway rides,there's also an outdoor play area and a picnic area if the weathers nice, or an indoor cafe/restaurant although prices are rather high. Adult admission £6.50 children under 16 free!!! If museums aren't your cup of tea you can take a relaxing boat ride cruising through the middle of Englands most histiric walled city spacious open sun-decks and warm, comfortable lounges with nice toilets, the captains stories of York past and present. a acappuccino, or perhaps something stronger from the well stocked bar. The ride lasts about an hour, although they sometimes do shorter trips at reduced prices. Then theres the city wall to walk around it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to walk right around. If you havn't visited York before I think it's a must, a really lovely place to go.l

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