We left Norfolk just after breakfast and arrived in York for a very late lunch. We are staying overnight at the Youth Hostel Association about 15 minutes walk from the city centre. We joined the Youth Hostel Association to get discounts so tonight for the 4 of us costs just £46 including a cooked breakfast! We have 2 bunks (the girls have the top bunks of course) and an en suite private shower room and toilet. 

After a great walk into the City along the River, passing the Kings Arms (famous for being flooded and keeping a record of the flood height) but unable to stay because they don’t allow kids inside, we grabbed a bite to eat at The Slug and Lettuce before heading to Jorvik Viking museum. 

You need to allow for 60 minutes to get around the museum. It starts with a glass floored room covering an archeological site and then you proceed to a theme park style ride which takes you slowly around a wax work mock up of what life was like in York in 680AD. They’ve even made it smell like vikings! After the ride there is a small museum with artefacts that were discovered during the dig, including skeletons, Viking shoes, tools and jewellery. The girls had a Viking coin made for them using tools that the vikings would have used. This was the highlight for Lizzy. The highlight for Sophie was the “train”. 

We took a stroll down “The Shambles” where some of the buildings date back as far as the 14th century. It was a street of butchers shops until the late 19th century and the pavements are raised above the cobbled street to form a channel where the butchers would wash away their offal and blood. (They were slaughtering animals at the rear of their shops). It is arguably the most preserved medieval cobbled street in the world.

We were too late to visit York Minster but walked around the stunning, imposing building. 

On day 2 of our visit to York we went to the National Railway Museum where we learnt about the history of the railways and saw some famous restored trains. The girls were quick to point out which trains were like Thomas and Percy and they were quite spot on!

This last photo is of a train made in Britain but used in China… now there’s a turnaround! 


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