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Message posted by VangoMan02 on 01/8/2014 at 11:27pm
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We are heading to York in September for a short break, its our 40th Wedding Anniversary.
We had planned to go to Barcelona but unfortunately due to my lung problems my Doctor has said I would be better not flying for a while.

Looking forward to York as we have never been. Well correction, once many years ago with the caravan to Rowantree C.C site and the site was flooded and we had to go elsewhere..so never got into York...We are only going for 3 nights (Hotel.. not taking caravan)and just wondered what are the best places to visit in that short time.
its difficult as online everywhere looks good and worth a visit but its not always the case in the flesh if you know what I mean.

Also appreciate any recommendations for decent places to eat in the evening..my wife is vegetarian but I am not.

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The Castle Museum and the National Railway Museum are both well worth visiting, as well as the city centre itself including The Shambles, York Minster and Betty's tea room.



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Cheers Bernie..so much to see and so little time!

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I would give the jorvik viking centre a miss.

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Quote: Originally posted by brianconwy on 01/8/2014
I would give the jorvik viking centre a miss.



I had a look at the Tripadvisor reviews and they were kind of mixed, some said really outdated and not value for money??

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Got to agree on the Jorvik really isn't all that good, not for what it costs. Always plenty of good street entertainment on in the square.
Railway museum is my 2granddaughters favourite, entrance fee is just a donation as they have lost some of their grants.

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The Railway Museum is one place I would like to visit.

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for me the place is magic!

a brief walk on the city walls will give you a taste to remeber.

Bety's for your anniversary sounds good,

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Have a look in the 'days out' section, there was a thread about York not long since.

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Agree about the Jorvik Centre....

Railway Museum....Great Place!!

If you have time...There is an old aircraft museum Just outside York...Elvinton I believe???? Which kept me and the kids entertained for a few hours a few years back...Planes on the runways and in large hangers....Control towers etc done out in ww2 style with all the old equipment from that era....

There is also an RAF base in the village of Linton(7 miles from York) nice drive and if your lucky you can park up by the perimeter fence and watch the pilots take off and land during their training sessions....Check out Linton Lock marina and campsite(also in the village)Spent 4 yrs on the trot at that site yonks ago....Nice wee pub/resturaunt right by the river....

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Hello VM. I started a wee thread on the Days out/ Places to Visit forum. Lots of ideas there. You will have a ball in York. It's one of my favourite places to visit. Are you driving there or taking the train?

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Thanks everyone,excellent recommendations. Looks like betty's is a must.
Jelboy..not taking the car so will more than likely not venture far from York itself but maybe next visit.

franbee..k.k. cheers, will have a look at the days out thread.
k.k. - We are taking the train, got a good deal Edinburgh to York. Hotel also booked within the city walls, can't wait. Told my wife I deserve it after 40 yrs, doctor says the bruising will disappear in a couple of days

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Betty's is always and I mean ALWAYS packed. A short train ride from York is Northallerton where there is a Betty's and you stand much more chance of getting in there.

Train service is hourly both ways.

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We also went by train from Kirkcaldy. I'm sure you could have got on at Inverkeithing to save going to Edinburgh. It's a nice journey down. Make sure you pre book your seats though to guarantee sitting next to your wife or you will end up with even more bruises!!

We ate out each day. I'm veggie and was super impressed with this italian restaurant called "La Piazza" at 45 Goodramgate. Didn't look much from outside and even inside could do with a makeover but the food was delicious. Also enjoyed an italian called "The Bari" on The Shambles. They had a lunchtime special offer on and managed to squeeze us in. There are lots of nice places to eat out. Ate in a few of the pubs too but can't remember the name. If you enjoy a real ale, make sure you visit the pub called "The Three Tuns" at 12 Coppergate. It serves three 1/3 pints of real ales. A great way to try the many on offer.

We really enjoyed the free cat trail. It was a great way to see lots of other sights while in York. You can download the map or pick up a free map from the York Glass shop on the Shambles.

You are putting me in the mood for another wee visit sometime soon

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Quote: Originally posted by david8858 on 02/8/2014
Betty's is always and I mean ALWAYS packed. A short train ride from York is Northallerton where there is a Betty's and you stand much more chance of getting in there.

Train service is hourly both ways.



Thanks david..good to have a plan b

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Quote: Originally posted by krazykamper on 02/8/2014
We also went by train from Kirkcaldy. I'm sure you could have got on at Inverkeithing to save going to Edinburgh. It's a nice journey down. Make sure you pre book your seats though to guarantee sitting next to your wife or you will end up with even more bruises!!

We ate out each day. I'm veggie and was super impressed with this italian restaurant called "La Piazza" at 45 Goodramgate. Didn't look much from outside and even inside could do with a makeover but the food was delicious. Also enjoyed an italian called "The Bari" on The Shambles. They had a lunchtime special offer on and managed to squeeze us in. There are lots of nice places to eat out. Ate in a few of the pubs too but can't remember the name. If you enjoy a real ale, make sure you visit the pub called "The Three Tuns" at 12 Coppergate. It serves three 1/3 pints of real ales. A great way to try the many on offer.

We really enjoyed the free cat trail. It was a great way to see lots of other sights while in York. You can download the map or pick up a free map from the York Glass shop on the Shambles.

You are putting me in the mood for another wee visit sometime soon



We are hoping to stay in Edinburgh the night before we leave.
Train to York at 10.00am , like to leave early and get the best of the first day in York.

Booked seats for both journeys, window seats across from one another on way down and aisle seats on way back so all good.
Arrive back Edinburgh at teatime so think it is good excuse for heading to Jimmy Chungs before heading home..

Took a note of your recommendations as we will also be eating out for lunch and teatime, breakfast included in hotel deal..

Like the idea of the 1/3 pint on the ales, as you say a good way to try different ones.

Thanks again


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