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July 12, 2015 / Jim Fenton

Europe Day 5: York

Sunday, June 7, 2015

We had planned two days in York and vicinity, perhaps driving out to the North York moors on the second day. But we decided there was still too much to see in York to leave town today. I was also not anxious to get back in the car yet.

Micklegate Bar, one of the gates to Old York

Micklegate Bar, one of the gates to Old York

We began by catching the tour bus to the York Castle Museum, on the opposite side of town from our hotel. The 24-hour ticket we bought yesterday was still good this morning. The Castle Museum emphasized the Victorian and later periods including World War I and the 1960s. My only disappointment was that the purported telegraph messages really weren’t — they were just beeping noises. There were a few newer “artifacts” too — the Motorola Razr 3 phone we had brought to use with a European SIM that was in my pocket was also on display!

We wanted to have a tea while in York, but couldn’t figure out how to fit it in. We compromised by having tea with our lunch at a tea room on the Shambles. My Yorkshire rarebit was delicious if a bit heavy, but a nice reminder of Welsh rarebit Mom used to make when I was a child.

After lunch we went to the Yorkshire Museum, which is affiliated with the Castle Museum and emphasizes earlier history, from Roman times to about the time of Richard III. The museum is built on Roman ruins that are incorporated into the exhibits. There is also a small natural history section.

It was a little too early for dinner, but there wasn’t really enough time to return to the hotel, so we walked over to the train station and then returned via another section of the old city wall, giving us a different view of the city. We then walked over to the Royal Oak, a pub we passed earlier advertising a Sunday roast beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding, and we had an enjoyable meal there before returning to the hotel.

This article is part of a series about our recent vacation in Europe. To see the introductory article in the series, click here.

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