Yesterday we took the train over to York. It takes around 2 1/2 hours via Manchester but its an easier journey than trying to drive over via the M62 (which has a serious outbreaks of cones and 50 mile per hour speed restrictions at the moment) and finding somewhere to park. The journey isn’t too bad – at least the leg from Manchester on a modern train – providing you can find a seat.
York is a lovely city with lots of interesting architecture – particularly the Gothic Minster, some other medieval buildings and Georgian houses.
Our first port of call was Fairfax House, a very fine Georgian town house restored by the York Civic Trust and then after some dinner (as we call the midday meal in the North of England) we went to have a look around the Minster. The entry fee is pretty steep, but by downloading a discount voucher from the Visit York website we were able to knock a £1 each off the £9 entry fee (and that doesn’t include a trip up the tower which incurs an additional charge), but it is valid for 12 months so we won’t have to pay again if we go back before 17 March next year.
When we emerged it was 4 o’clock so we couldn’t visit Clifford’s Tower as planned, as it closes at 4 o’clock during March (opening hours are extended from April to November) so we popped into the National Trust owned Treasurer’s House for a quick look around before they closed.
Then a walk along the walls from Monk Bar back towards the station gave us some commanding views over the Minster.
Our time there seemed to disappear very quickly, but there was plenty more to see and do. We weren’t able to do everything we’d planned. Another visit in the near future will probably be on the cards.