York is of course the county-town for God's own County of Yorkshire. It is beautiful and full of fabulous history.
Richard, the Duke of York (was he the Grand Old Duke of York? Or the Richard of York who gave battle in vain?) challenged Queen Margaret of Anjou's right to hold the throne after her husband, King Henry VI, became unfit to rule and he lost his head for it, although his sons Edward and the gloriously controversial Richard III both wore England's Crown, until Richard, the last Plantagenet, was betrayed, and the crown passed to Henry VII, the first Tudor. We went to have a look at Micklegate Bar, where Duke Richard, and his son, Edmund, had their heads impaled on spikes. Then we enjoyed walking along the city wall (while the children laughed at my fear of heights).
We also really enjoyed Barley Hall, which could have done with some dressing up clothes, but we loved learning to play Nine-Men's-Morris, we loved the beautifully restored hall, and all the fun Horrible History facts. Special mention also goes to the stinky tubs. Big girl especially liked the jobby (there's a theme here)!
There are lots of things to do in York, so here's a quick round up of what we didn't go to:
- The National Railway Museum (although I believe it's a great day out)
- York's Chocolate Story. Have you been? Unfortunately, York's Rowntree company has been taken over by Nestle, and I can't bring myself to like them.
- The Yorkshire Museum. Yet another museum you have to pay to get in. I thought British Museums were supposed to be free? Or is that another thing the money-grubbing Tories have done for?
- York Minster as it was £20 for us to get in (and then extra to do anything interesting)! Christian charity eh?
- Clifford's Tower
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