So as I did a Part 1, I thought it was time to do a belated (very!) part 2!
The second part of our Easter holidays in April was a little more adventurous. We went up to York for 3 days to celebrate our anniversary, and because we both like York. Neither of us had been since we were about 12, so it was like going there for the first time.
We found an amazing cafe, courtesy of my big sister's recommendation, called Cafe Concerto. It had an amazing view of the Cathedral and we went there every day (once for lunch, once for cake, once for breakfast). It was a lovely little cafe, and as you may have guessed from the name, had a lot of music and instruments in it!
Day 1 - we had a tour of the city on one of the red city sightseeing buses. We learnt a lot about the city, and the bus driver was really funny (which I feel is a pre-requisite of being a sightseeing bus driver).
We then went on to have a look around the Minster and the area beneath it. I did my best tour guide impression and read from the tour leaflet we were given! I came across some lovely stitching whilst there; the 12 days of Christmas. It felt rude not to take pictures!
It was really fascinating being in the area under the Minster, as it talked about how they had worked to underpin it, as foundations weren't really a thing when it was built. In the process of underpinning, some Roman ruins were found also, so it was fascinating learning what was there before the Minster.
Day 2 - we went to Jorvik, the Viking Centre. Some friends of ours had been a few weeks before, so gave us their tickets which meant we got in free (it's one of those places that you pay once and use your ticket all year). We had been when we were younger, and our overriding memory was of the smell of Jorvik. As we were queuing, we were hit with the distinctive smell! The centre started off with a glass floored room which showed you some of the dig that had occurred in the 70s which exposed the Viking history of the area. We then went on a ride around a Viking village that had been set up, with a voice over. This had been put in since we visited, as we had remembered walking around a village. I liked it though as it was a well thought out pace and you didn't have lots of people to peer round to read information. We then went into the museum part, and came across a well-preserved sock, and a fair amount of well-preserved thread with bits of gold in, which I found amazing.
Our afternoon was spent on a walking tour of York. This tour is run by volunteers at least twice a day, except for Christmas Day. They don't accept any payment or tips either. You can read about them here. This tour took us along part of the walls, which it turns out were built in parts due to rivers and so on going into York, so weren't 'bitty' due to age, which I had originally thought. The tour ended at the Shambles, which is a very touristy street but I can see why it is very photographed. It also had at least 4 Harry Potter themed shops!
We also had a brief little wander around the museum gardens
Day 3 - We went to the York Museum before, which had some Roman and Viking rooms as you would expect in York, but also had rooms dedicated to dinosaurs, which I hadn't been expecting. There was an amazing fossilised skeleton of a sea-dinosaur (of which the name escapes me) which was pretty complete and pretty sizeable! It was also a very family friendly museum, with sofas and children's reading books scattered around, as well as dress up items and some fun 'did you know' facts (which we also found interesting!). Oh and there was an amazing library tucked away off a little reading room at the top of the museum.
It was a lovely adventure, and we are keen to go back again to explore the city more, and to head out into some of the wider area.
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