York

Posted on 13th Nov 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

Fabulous place.

Hard to pinpoint the ‘best’ bit… the old walled city is full of charm and the main attractions are sooooo accessible. We voted against museums today and kicked off at Clifford Tower, the ancient, impressive keep of York Castle, built during the reign of Henry III (1216 – 1272)… plenty of disabled parking down below… but getting up top is not wheelchair friendly… looking up at my good wife and daughter I felt like I was below Cleese & Co in The Holy Grail – “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!”  I wheeled away in case they taunted me a second time…

From there it was a short walk/wheel to the award-winning Jorvik Viking Centre – an amazing recreation of Viking times… history meets creativity meets technology… terrific staff, superb interaction…and very, very disabled friendly…

We then weaved through the streets to The Shambles…

The Shambles is an atmospheric Olde Worlde street made up of retail outlets that are classy and ‘fitting’ – you can easily imagine medieval times with this street full of low doors and overhanging awnings… you have to mind your head on every entrance – Google View voted it Britain’s Most Picturesque Street in 2010.  No arguments from us. Indulging in some lovely chocolates and passionfruit cheesecake ice cream was our yield to temptation.

Unfortunately there was no time for the Railway Museum – not that we are into trains, just that friends Peta and Tim said it was a great attraction – and they aren’t into trains.

We had a very nice two-course ‘shoppers’ lunch’ to the disabled-friendly Hilton Hotel (opposite Clifford Tower) – super-friendly staff and surprisingly good food at a bargain price to try and attract local workers… and before heading back to Hebden Bridge, had a leisurely drive around the city… very leisurely… around and around and around…

Fabulous place.