York then Home

We arrived at the Rowntree Park Caravan & Motorhome Club site in York at about the same time as the “Beast from the East”. Not to worry, though – we spent the next two days pootling round York on foot, so the snow didn’t bother us too much.

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We spent our time revisiting quite a few places that we haven’t been to for some time. Jorvik Viking Centre has had a bit of a makeover since our last visit some years ago (for those who haven’t been, you travel through a Viking village on a large fairground ride – type contraption and see some frighteningly realistic-looking folk going about their daily business amid the sounds and smells of the place. Mark reckons that they’ve toned down the more fetid smells quite a lot since we visited a few years ago…..

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The National Train Museum was as good as ever. I didn’t remember seeing the WW1 hospital train last time:

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And I thought Virgin Trains on the West Coast Line could get horribly overcrowded….

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The old favourites were still there. Here’s Mark drooling over the Mallard:

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The big attraction at present at the museum is Tim Peake’s Spacecraft – the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule in which British astronaut Tim Peake together with two colleagues returned to Earth from the International Space Station in June 2016. Rather them than me…..

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The Castle Museum…… Mark loved the reconstructed Victorian street….. I thought they’d done a really good job of the WW1 exhibits, new since I last visited the museum many years ago.

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We did manage one new attraction: Clifford’s Tower. The mound was built by (for?) William the Conqueror in 1068 and originally had a timber castle on top.

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It’s run by English Heritage, so there were “savings” to be had, which is a good job as there really isn’t enough in there to justify the standard £5 entrance fee.

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You do get a nice view of the city centre and the Minster though:

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I have no idea how the photos of Clifford’s Tower have come out so snow-free. OK, so we visited that on our first afternoon, before the snow had really taken hold (I haven’t stuck to strict chronological order in this post), but I don’t recall there being no snow at all. This is how I recall the weather during our time in York:

IMG_20180227_145130957.jpgConditions were similar on the way home on Friday, with many of the East-West roads across the Pennines closed including what would have been our normal route, the M62.

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Mind you, if you were going to get stuck in the snow waiting for a road to reopen, a motorhome really would be the best way to do it 🙂

 

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