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Welcome to my latest blog.
In this blog I will be writing about my day in York.
My day in York wasn’t pre planned and it was organised the night before.
Originally, I thought about staying in York for two nights and then going to stay in Edinburgh for another two nights. That was the plan but I was quite hesitant on this idea so I just gone to visit York for a few hours just to get an idea of what to expect.
I went to York by train from King’s Cross and roughly took me two hours to get there which wasn’t too bad.
What I liked about the journey was that it was a direct train so it didn’t stop to any destinations along the way. What I didn’t like so much about the journey was that the seats were a bit small or tight to fit into, there weren’t any plugs or sockets to connect my laptop in the carriage so it was a bit of a let down so I ended up getting my codeword puzzle book out. I also got the same impression of going on the Jubilee line train, my ears felt blocked or popped during the journey. All I can say tho is that I got to York safely and that is all that matters.
So when I got to York, I noticed there were a number of people in posh suits getting ready to go to the races. As I came out the train station, I literally had no idea where I was going initially so I just admired the scenery, follow the flock and look out for the sign posts. When I reached the city centre, I went immediately to Costa to treat myself to a nice coffee and a slice of chocolate flapjack. I used this time to plan what I was going to do on the day, at this time I arrived around midday and I had six hours to spare.
After I had my coffee, I set myself going to find the York Information Centre to get a grasp of the attractions in York. I initially planned to visit Yorkminster and the National Railway Museum on the same day.
After much thinking, I visited Yorkminster first as it was just on the corner of the Information Centre, I was there around 12:45, I didn’t know anything about Yorkminster but I was intrigued in what it would be like, I knew there was going to be a guided tour at 13:00 so I arrived in good time. If I did anything different to my visit, I would do the Tower Climb but on my first visit, I don’t think I had enough energy left after exploring most of the building and taking photos anywhere on site.
Having said that, my visit to Yorkminster was amazing, I loved the architecture, stained glass windows, it was definitely a wow factor for me. I felt the guided tour was a personal touch to my visit. It often helps to have a person knowing the full history of the place and explaining the areas of significance of the building.
There was so much to see which to me has its benefits and it’s setbacks. The benefits that it gave me was that I was able to see most of the areas, it felt like more of a museum than a place of worship, I got the opportunity to go to the Crypt and Undercroft downstairs which was covering what lurks underground. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any photos as it wasn’t allowed. I remember seeing a stunning video of Daily Life at Yorkminster which was stunning (lol), what more can I say. The setbacks were that I didn’t come out of Yorkminster till 3:30 so I was restricted on time but in a good way, this helped me look forward to my next trip to York as I want to come back there again to see the many wonders that I didn’t get the opportunity to see.
Shortly after, I initially wanted to visit the National Railway Museum, this would have made sense as the Museum was not far from the train station but I initially gathered that I don’t feel staying an hour and a half was going to be enough and I wanted to go round the city. After I did a walk about through the city centre, I made a decision to find Treasurer’s House. Initially, I didn’t plan or prepare on visiting the House. I thought it would be useful just to see what it looked like, realistically I didn’t find the house to be anything special or exciting as I previously haven’t heard of it.
The sole reason why I wanted to visit Treasurer’s House was because it was owned by the National Trust which got me thinking …… as the property was outside of London, I would be able to get one thing off my bucket list. When I got the entrance, I wasn’t convinced on going through with it but I had at least an hour to spare so why not, I didn’t really have an other alternative. The admissions assistant was quite convincing, he was roughly the same age as me and came from Surrey originally so I was fortunate to meet someone from a similar circumstance so I followed my heart and did my visit in the house.
It was a bit embarrassing that I didn’t do much background research to begin with. I knew nothing about the significance about the house. I went to see the first room which was the Great Hall.
What I noticed about the rooms I was in, there was more of a story surrounding the antiques or objects that were in display rather than the rooms itself. I didn’t find this to be informative as my knowledge of antiques is quite poor and I don’t have much enthusiasm about the objects.
As I walked through each room, the more enthusiasm I gained with learning about the property. I learnt a cool fact about the property (SPOILER), a year before Edward VII was made King, Edward with his wife Alexandra and daughter Victoria went to visit the house which was an intriguing fact as I love reading up about British monarchs.
Overall my experience of visiting the property was desirable. It is fair to say, I had no expectations coming in to visiting the property. On the positive note, it was a good experience, the reason why I said the experience was desirable because the visit was a bonus or a cherry on the cake.
The only negative notes that came to mind was that by the time I arrived there were no guided tours commencing after I arrived, like the visit to Yorkminster, the tour of the property would have opened my eyes to the collection. I can’t be fussed about taking the time to read the paperwork, realistically I had an hour to go through the property, the other thing which I didn’t do when I was at the property was to go through the Garden, maybe I can do that next time.
Overall, my time in York was fantastic, I don’t have any regrets about planning an overnight trip in York as I didn’t have a realistic time plan but the experience has taught me a lot about myself and has opened my horizons.
There is a few sightseeing places that I haven’t been to so that has got me excited about my next trip to York. I hope my next experience to York will be a blast.