Friday started a bit poorly weather wise as we encountered a shower or two on our way to York. Traffic along A-64 was painfully slow in places as well but the fabulous countryside made up for the slow going. We used the Monks Cross park & ride as our base of operations this time but have used Grisham’s Bar in the past. Parking is free and return bus fare into York is just £2.30 with bus service every ten minutes.
Our bus let us off at the base of the Shambles opposite Holy Trinity church. The Shambles is the oldest shopping district in York with a very narrow cobblestone street. We were very surprised to see some shops closed as well as quite a few shops to let. The old style buildings are always very interesting to see and one can just imagine what life used to be like in medieval times. We visited many of the shops and stopped for tea at Betty’s, simply a must do while in York.
We spent much of the afternoon inside York Minster admiring the stained glass windows, artfully crafted ceilings, statues, etc. Four of us climbed the narrow circular steps to the top of the Minister tower while my mother waited for us in the gift shop. We also enjoyed touring the crypt beneath the Minster floor.
We strolled around the market area and then grabbed some pub grub at Ye Olde Starre Inne, which along with a pint of Fosters went down very well. We thought it a bit strange to see some shops closing at 5 pm while tourists were still milling about. I suppose tourist season still isn’t in full swing yet.
One of the wings of the Minster was under scaffolding and getting a much needed face lift. You can see the type of refitting required in one of the photos which shows a newly replaced roof spire opposite an old spire still awaiting refurbishment. Understandably, repairs are ongoing constantly.
We caught the 6 pm return bus to our Park & Ride and were back in Filey before 8 pm. It was a long but very fulfilling day of sightseeing. The girls have a fish nibbling session set at one of the local Filey salons tomorrow afternoon. Saturday looks to be shaping up as a good rest day. Possibly Castle Howard on Sunday if the weather holds.