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... Justice in Nottingham they use actors to help bring the history alive as well as taking you on an amazing journey (done like a ghost ride but without the ghosts) through a mock street to illustrate just how the Vikings lived. It was excellent.
After that we wandered through many of York's ancient streets - including the famous "Shambles" - and took in the awe-inspiring Minster. It's a great many years since I last went to York and it is just as beautiful ...
... filmed the movie of pride and prejudice with the gorgeous Matthew McFadyen as Mr Darcy). The house is huge and amazing but it was a little disappointing that so much of it was closed and the rest so covered in Christmas decorations that you could barely see the beautiful art and furnishings. The grounds were landscaped by the famous 'Capability' Brown (who also landscaped Blenheim Palace) and they featured formal gardens, rocky grottos, a hedge maze and several ponds - sadly Mr ...
... including a couple of skeletons. This was a big city of 15,000 people. They traded with the Mediterranean and Middle East as well as Rhineland and Ireland.
We have a nice break and lunch in a coffee shop then head to Barley Hall. This beautiful medieval townhouse was once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. It was rediscovered in 1980 and has been restored to replicate the home of the Mayor during ...
... pretty market town called Helmsley where we wandered
around, checking out shops and the market. More photos.
took us for dinner at the mess, a short walk away. A unique
experience for us, one we really enjoyed. We almost had the place
to ourselves which Ali said this was normal for a weekend. In the
bar, the fireplace was bordered by comfortable couches where we
enjoyed a drink or two before heading back home
... furniture, wall hangings, paintings, crockery… everything authentic and worth an absolute squiilion dollars. The family (the current Earl, his wife and children) live in the other wing and I am sure they don’t want for anything there.
Someone is in each room to give you information on the history of all the items and to explain whose portraits are adorning the walls. (I think they are also there to make sure no-one nicks anything… shhh.) ...