So what makes York so special and one of the most visited cities in Britain (as listed by The Telegraph Travel)? The history, the architecture, the Viking link York has – reinforced by the great newly refurbished Jorvik Centre! Or could it be that we are home to Judi Dench, Berwick Kaler and his infamous Christmas pantomimes, or indeed Joseph Rowntree, known for many skills including being a chocolatier – which looks like it took off nicely!
There always seems to be a vibrant yet intimate buzz around York – be it food festivals, St. Nicolas markets, craft fairs at The Merchant Adventurers Hall, which all adds to it’s charm and beauty!
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Legend has it that there is still a law on the statute books that makes it legal to shoot a Scotsman in York? But only with a bow and arrow and definitely not on Sundays. We strongly recommend not testing this out, as little matters like the law of murder would over-ride any such archaic remnants; and some of our best friends are Scottish.
The famous conspirator Guy Fawkes who plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament was born in Stonegate. Records in the Minster Library confirm that Mr and Mrs Fawkes lived on the street. Guy attended St Peter’s School, Bootham, York and to this day the school refuses to burn effigies of their famous alumni on November 5th. The fabulous Guy Fawkes Inn sits on High Petergate offering fine ales, good food and lodgings.
Fab facts about our famous York Minster: It holds 60% of England’s medieval stained glass. It is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. This massive cathedral took 250 years to build, from 1220 till its consecration in 1472.
Looking for things to do in York?
A photo walk can be the perfect way to unleash your creativity and explore a city from a new and interesting perspective. On our 3 hour York One to One Photography Workshop and Photo Walk in York you will take your camera around the many and varied landmarks that are situated in York city centre and learn how to capture the best images of one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. With expert tips and tuition from Stewart Waite you will explore photography techniques, camera settings and the “Exposure Triangle”.
Can You Escape? Do you have the right skills to find the clues and solve the puzzles to help your team get out of the room in less than 60 minutes? Can You Escape? – York is the newest escape game to open in the city and is based right in the city centre, on Micklegate. You and your team will work together to solve the Operation Lone Eagle mission.
Alpaca trekking for two people or for a family is a must for any animal loving friends and family. Take one of these super-soft and curious alpacas for a gentle stroll in the stunning Hambleton Hills of North Yorkshire. Your Alpaca walk experience will include meeting the alpacas, a brief chat about alpacas and how to look after your alpacas before taking them on the walk which will cover approximately 1.5 miles along footpaths and grass fields.
Fancy a brewery tour with a minibus guided tour in and around York? Well look no further. This is a really fun afternoon of craft beer tasting which is a perfect gift for confirmed craft beer connoisseurs and beer novices alike. You’ll get to visit some great little breweries, some of which don’t ordinarily open to the public, giving you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, look at where some of Yorkshire’s best beer is brewed.
Calling all those who wish to learn how to survive an apocalypse! In these uncertain times do you want to be fully prepared for an any eventuality? This Preppers weekend is like no other – you will experience basic off-grid living whilst listening to talks and undertaking practical workshops.
Discover the ins-and-outs of a great British tradition. Our Afternoon Tea Tour will have you fill up on tea, scones, cakes and savouries but also… Cheese! Curious? Come along! From Asia to Britain with a halt in the Middle-East, discover what has made and continues to make tea- taking a timeless and much-loved tradition across the world.
For the competitive/sporty types, we’ve got you covered! Try your aim at our new 9 ball Golf archery. How many shots will it take to knock 9 balls off their stand? Our Target Archery and Golf Archery is a gift experience for that hard to buy for couple who don’t really need anymore possessions. Give them the gift of a mini-adventure instead and who knows where it may lead?!
And finally…for all you pet lovers who want to capture your pet in print and create a memory that will last forever! Our pet photography package includes a private photo shoot for your beloved pet with photographer Stewart Waite.