Day trip to historic York

Trip Start May 25, 2008
Trip End Jul 04, 2008

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Monday, June 9, 2008

4.45am taxi pickup saw us make the necessarily early 1.5hr train to London Bridge station, where we caught another across to King's Cross station, where we got a high-speed train up to York (a 2hr journey at quite quick speed).
Again took advantage of the excellent hop-on/hop-off buses which seem to run in most larger towns or those of historical importance....the guides on these buses who speak about the local areas really do make the experience...their knowledge of the origins, conflicts, inventions, Roman (& other) influences, etc of each place is fascinating.
What originally started out as a planned journey to simply provide companionship to one of our group who had a true love of all things concerning trains, and who always wanted to see the National Rail Museum at York, ended up as a most interesting which all who made the journey agreed warranted much more time there...certainly an overnight stay in order to be able to properly see all the place has to offer. Unfortunately, our cricket playing schedule meant we could only really utilise day trips to see what we thought we could not stand to miss on our first (and, who knows, possibly last) trip to the UK!
We went thru a charming model railway place, complete with the strangest owners you would ever wish to come across. The York Minster was truly magnificent, and deserved far more time than we could afford it......a half-day was needed as a bare minumum, to appreciate it we reckoned. We wandered thru the famous 'Shambles', a quaint step back in time sort-of-place which attracts a hoard of tourists annually. Went thru a surprise package for me...the Yorvik Viking Centre...where they have put together a great 'ride' which again takes one back in time to when the place was first inhabited by Vikings, which explains where the name "York" came from, what the local inhabitants used to do on a 'typical' day in the streets, takes you over actual geological digs which have uncovered original street surfaces....a must-see when in York!
Finished off a very full day by finally going thru the National Rail Museum, the very reason this day was included in our agenda! Again, one really needs a good while, probably a half day to thoroughly do this place, depending on your affection for trains....even we found it quite interesting, as people who would normally not go out of our way to see them.......reverse travel to Crowhurst Park just outside Battle, saw us arrive around 11.15pm for the brief taxi-ride to our lodges....another of those BIG days, but yet another one we could not imagine having missed for the world!
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