Duchess of Hamilton

Duchess of Hamilton.

This afternoon, I collected guests at York Railway Station, deposited luggage and then visited the nearby National Railway Museum which has a collection of 3.0m rail related exhibits ranging from giant steam engines to uniform buttons. Key exhibits include:

  • Duchess of Hamilton Steam Locomotive.
  • World record holding, Mallard Steam Locomotive.
  • Royal trains and carriages.
  • A replica of Stephenson’s Rocket locomotive.
Stephenson's Rocket

Stephenson’s Rocket

Next, we walked into the old, medieval city where our first call was York Minster (Cathedral). Built on a 1st century AD Roman site, the current structure can be traced back to 1080 However, on-going building programmes did not conclude until 1472 when the Minster was consecrated. We joined an informative tour led by a very able guide.

York Minster

York Minster

Inside York Minster

Inside York Minster.

Next, we moved on, into the old medieval town with special emphasis on the Shambles, a street of shops with classic, overhanging medieval buildings.

Shambles, York


Next to nearby Jorvik, a visitor site dedicated to York’s Scandinavian past which lasted from 866-1066. This is a below ground level attraction which provides an insight into daily life of 1000 years ago based on actual archaeology.

Re-enactnment Jorvik resident

Re-enactment Jorvik resident.

Next, we returned via the Shambles to Bootham Bar ( medieval city gate) where we were able to walk the historic city wall which followed the Roman wall. Here we encountered a Richard III exhibition and a person very knowledgeable of that era.

York City Wall

York City Wall.

Finally, we returned to the car and then on to our lodgings for the night. Tomorrow, we visit Hadrian’s Wall.

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