York Travel Blog› entry 42 of 128 › view all entries
Early in the morning, I validated my BritRail pass and caught the first train down to York, England. The train ride was beautiful and we passed through some of the other towns on the way (Durham and Newcastle, I want to say). Finally, we reached York. Edinburgh has been around for a long time, but York has even more history! The first thing I did was head into one of the few (or perhaps only) hostel in town, and I was able to get a bed for the night. After dropping off my stuff, I began my walk around town. York is an entirely walled in city. Truth be told, the city has expanded a bit beyond the walls, but 2000 years ago the fortification protected the city from invaders (Scots, perhaps?).
Early in the day, I found a walking tour and snuck my way in. After a few minutes, I was up in the front chatting with the tour guide...I guess he didn't mind that I snuck in. I think it was a free tour anyway. The only place I got yelled at for doing this was at Versailles...but I digress... The tour took us around the city, up on the walls and to some of the old Roman buildings.
I grabbed some lunch and checked out the old fort and some of the older buildings in the city. I walked around in the museum and checked out some of the old Roman items found over the years. I spent more time checking out the ruined buildings and even caught an escape artist's act in the town square. York's a beautiful city to walk around in, even in the more modern parts of the city. I purchased some food at the supermarket and cooked it up before heading back out again. I had heard about a ghost hunt that I really wanted to check out. See my review on that, it was a great time!