York 2018

Back in March of last year, I decided to take a day trip to York. I had been twice previously, once in 1996 with my parents, and again in 2016 on my own. At the time, I said to myself that I wouldn’t leave it another 20 years between visits, so 18 months later, I went back.

My journey began at my home station of Burton-on-Trent. I think it’s fair to say that Burton station is not the greatest on the network, especially on a cold and wet day as it was back then. My first stop was Derby, where I had to change trains to go to York. On my train to York, I had to change seats three times because I had bought my tickets through a split ticketing website. I saved a bit of money, but it was a bit of a pain to have to keep changing seats.

My first destination upon arriving in York was the historic city walls. As it was a wet day, I had feared that they may have been closed for health & safety reasons, but they were open. It was a bit scary at times walking along the wet walls, as they are open on one side, and I thought I might have slipped and fallen off them. They have no railings on the most part, as the medieval people who built them hadn’t heard of Health & Safety. I’ll bet they didn’t even wear hi-vis vests or hard hats when they were constructing them.

York railway station
York station from the City Walls
York railway station
Another view of York station from the city walls

When I exited the walls at one of the gates, I went towards Clifford’s Tower. The tower is the keep of the old York Castle. It is quite a magnificent sight, on a fine day, that is. On this day, it just looked wet and miserable. I had a walk up the steps to the top, and took a few photos of the fantastic view from the top. I could have gone inside, but it costs money, and so I didn’t bother. Besides, my stomach was rumbling, and I walked back down the stairs and headed towards the city centre.

One of the gates of the City Walls, York.
A better view of the gate.
Cliffords Tower, York
Clifford’s Tower
The view from the top of the stairs.
The back of Clifford’s Tower.

After a quick look around the shops and a stop-off at McDonalds for some food, I went back out again to Dean’s Park, near York Minster. Possibly because of the rain, there was hardly anyone around. In fact, it was so deserted that I wondered if the area had been evacuated or something. I took a few photos of the Minster while I was there.

Time was marching on, and I wanted to spend a couple of hours in the National Railway Museum, so I walked over to the Yorkshire Museum Gardens. There wasn’t time for a visit to the museum itself, but maybe next time. I had a look at St Mary’s Abbey, or what’s left of it.

Ruins of St Mary’s Abbey

After a stroll around the gardens, it was time to visit the National Railway Museum. I’m not a huge railway nerd; I don’t write down numbers of trains and I couldn’t tell you what train is what. As far as I know, there’s old steam trains, they were replaced by old diesel ones and then there were modern ones. That’s as far as my knowledge goes.

There is a lot to see and do in the National Railway Museum, and I saw a lot, including the model railway, which a young lad who was there was very excited about, bless him. I also found a sign from my home town of Burton-on-Trent advertising the Marstons brewery. Here’s some pictures I took:

After a couple of hours, it was time to go home. So I went to the station, but I had a walk around the nearby memorial gardens, as I had a bit of time to spare.

Memorial Gardens, York

Overall, I enjoyed my visit to York. It’s a pity about the weather, but that can’t be helped. Ironically, the following day, it was sunny in York. I will hopefully be back there sometime.


One thought on “York 2018

Comments are closed.