THE NORTH HAS HERITAGE, HISTORY, INDUSTRY AND SCENERY
NO VISIT TO THE NORTH OF ENGLAND IS COMPLETE WITHOUT A TRIP TO YORK.
The best way to see York (population 200,000) is on foot. There is a large car park near the Castle. If you can park here you are close to all the main attractions such as:
The Jorvik Museum: See how the Vikings lived when they ruled the city. A chair running on overhead rails takes you aroung the main exibits A lot of people visit here in the Summer. It is best seen out of peak season.
The Castle Museum. This is located opposute Clifford Tower (shown below) and the Castle car Park. Allow about three or four hours. There is a lot to see. A ticket for this museum also covers you for the Yorkshire Museum.
The city walls. These run around a large part of the old city. From here you get some of the best views. Take a walk. They close at dusk.
The Railway Museum. Some pictures are shown below. This is a "must see" attraction. Allow most of the day to have a good look around.
York Minster. Shown below. This is another place that you need time to see properly. It defines the City of York and can be seen from most parts of the city.
The main centre of York is not that big and if you are staying in any of the hotels just outside the city walls you will find it easy enough to explore by foot..
The Shambles near the centre of York is a famous medieval street lined with interesting little shops. Guy Fawkes,reputedly the only person to ever enter Parliament with honest intent, was born near here.
The Wheel of York located near the main railway station towers 60M. above the city and gives an excellent view. It goes around three times and stops for a couple of minutes at the top so that you can take photos.
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York Minster. the Cathedral of York, is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second most powerful position in the Church of England. The Great East window is the world's largest medieval stained glass window. A very interesting place but the admission price is rather high.
Clifford Tower, York Castle. If you weant some exercise there are 55 steps from the street level up to the tower to run up. There are another 50 or so to the top of the tower. The site is run by English Heritage and is located near the Castle museum and car park.
Inside an original Japanese "Bullet" train on exhibit at the famous York Railway Museum. This is a "must see" place with a host of interesting exhibits. The entrance fee is a suggested donation of only three pounds which makes it remarkably good value. These "Bullet" trains run every five minutes and to a sheduled timing of 16 seconds. They only stay in a station for 1 minute because the boarding procedure is so well planned out.
Also at the York Railway Museum is the record breaking Mallard steam train as well as The Flying Scotsman and many other famouse names. The museum is located at the back of the main railway station. You can reach it by going through the station or walking past the Wheel of York and turning left down a side street and through a road tunnel.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY!
These two Lake District attractions are close together. The Wrynose and Hardnott passes, the steepest in England, and the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway are reached by taking the A593 from Ambleside towards Coniston. Turn right to Little Langdale and follow the signs to Eskdale and Ravenglass. It is a very minor road and not for the faint hearted. The gradient of the passes is 1 in 3. Please make sure that your brakes work! The railway runs from Dalegarth, near Beckfoot, further along the valley from the steep passes. It goes to Ravenglass on the coast.
BACK TO THE EAST COAST
The Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island which is reached by a causeway at low tide. This National Trust property is situated off the A1 between Alnwick and Berwick on Tweed. You turn off near the village of Beal and follow minor roads. It is well sign posted. Please note that Vikings are not welcome here they caused to much damage last time they visited.
Bamburgh Castle, one of the finest castles in England is just a few miles South of Holy Island. It is reached off the A1 between Alnwick and Berwick on Tweed. You turn off near the village of Belford.
Holmfirth .Yorkshire. Sid's Cafe from the TV programme "Last of the
Summer Wine" A618 then A6024 from Huddersfield and go into the town centre.
Flamborough Head, Yorkshire. B1255 then B1259 from Bridlington There is a lighthouse and restaurant here.
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