A day out in York

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Royal train carriages, at York Railway Museum

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Mum and Dad (England)

On Monday Dad and Mum took us out for a day trip to York, which is where my Mum grew up. Arguably one of the most atmospheric and historical cities in England, it's certainly worth visiting as part of any trip to England.

As my Dad used to work for the railway, we began the day by visiting York Railway Museum. Even if you aren't particularly interested in trains, its still a really interesting place to visit, and what's better, it's free! The Museum houses many classic trains, such as The Mallard, which set a record for fastest speed by a steam engine, recording a whopping 126mph/202mph back in the 1930's.

York Minster and the Roman wall
There were also carriages used by the Royal Family and more modern engines such as The Bullet Train and Chunnel Train. It was fascinating to walk around for a few hours, especially as the weather wasn't too great outside.

Leaving the museum, we had a walk on the old Roman Wall and also besides the River Ouse. Soon we got our first glimpse of the magnificent York Minster, but decided to leave that until later in the day, and instead walked around the ruins of St Mary's Abbey, where there were some empty sarcophaguses laying about outside... i'm not sure where the inhabitants were, and i'm not sure i wanted to know!

After some lunch in a traditional pub called the Punch Bowl, we had a walk around St Helen's Square, Stonegate and Low Petergate, before heading to The Shambles.

St Wilfrid's Church and York Minster
The upper floors of the buildings here hang over the narrow, cobbled street, and these sections of the house would have contained the toilets in the olden days, with the drop off been onto the street outside. Thankfully, this tradition has been done away with today and the street is now pedestrianised. I'm not sure there would be so many tourists otherwise...

The last stop for the day was York Minster, one of the World's great religious buildings. The original Minster was built in 627, but after several altercations and one big fire, the Normans re-built the Minster around 1100. Around 1215 there were further alterations and improvements, which went on for more than 250 years. Since then, there have been 3 devastating fires, the most recent in 1984, which have caused great damage.

Statue in front of York Minster
Thankfully, a lot of money has gone into the restoration and preservation, although it's almost impossible to keep up with the required repairs, as there are no longer enough skilled stone masons, in today's rapidly changing society.

In the Minster, we visited the Undercroft, Treasury and Crypt and also paid extra to climb the Tower, where we got fantastic views over the City. Something that i find interesting about England, is that we hardly have any buildings over three storeys high. This dates from the law that the tallest building in a town or city had to be a church. With strict building regulations still in place, a lot of the buildings in the city centres are preserved, so i enjoyed looking over the red tiled roofs, far into the distance.

The day was drawing to a close, so we walked back to the car via Stonegate, which was now much nicer, as there were far fewer pedestrians crowding the street. It had been good to have a proper look around York, it was just a shame that the weather had been so miserable.

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York Minster and the Roman wall
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Statue in front of York Minster
Julia outside York Railway Museum
Julia outside York Railway Museum
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Steam Engine at York Railway Museum
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Steam Engine at York Railway Museum
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Steam Engine at York Railway Museum
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Train wagons at York Railway Museum
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The Mallard, at York Railway Museum
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Steam Engine at York Railway Museum
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Railway offices in York
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Bicycle covered in flowers, in York
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Station Road Bridge, York
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River Ouse, York
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Station Road Bridge, York
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St Mary's Abbey, York
St Marys Abbey, York
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Building at St Mary's Abbey, York
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Julia outside a pub in York
Julia outside a pub in York
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St Helen's Square, York
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Devil on Stonegate, York
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The Shambles, in York
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Stonegate, York
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River Ouse in York
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photo by: HelenP