Saturday, 8 September 2012

he marched them up to the top of the hill..

from the top of the tower at York Minster

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our ghost tour took us past the Castle Museum, which used to be a prison..
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My kind of Yard!
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my hat obsession may be going a little far, no..?
...oh, how I wished this was an actual hat shop!

Last weekend I went to York, a trip I organised with another guider which counted towards our Queen's Guide awards. We hired a little house for the five of us (two leaders, three rangers) to stay in for a few days, just a few minutes walk from the centre of the city.

We arrived on Thursday lunchtime and set about exploring as soon as we'd unpacked and chosen our rooms. On Thursday evening we went on a ghost tour, which was a great way to get to know where we needed to be later in the visit for some of the museums.

Friday morning saw us heading to the Jorvik centre for the viking tour, which didn't smell pleasant. After a quick stop in Topshop (where I may have purchased a dinosaur print onesie) and a picnic in one of the parks, we went to get scared in the dungeons. Being quite the fan of gruseome, jumpy horror films, I reallty enjoyed it, but we had to head home after the tour was over as some of our group hadn't enjoyed it at all.

Saturday started with a trip to the Castle museum, followed by a boat tour called the 'Ouse cruise', before heading to the Minster for a wander around and a walk up to the top of the tower, where the views over the city were rather good.

Not only was I relieved to have gotten this section of my award signed off, (almost there now!) but I also was pleased to have had such an enjoyable time with people I didn't really know that well and hadn't been away with before. Spending a few days with people can be a bit of a test, can't it, but we seemed to spend most of the time laughing the weekend away. 


  1. Haha I was gonna ask if you went on that Viking thing, it was disturbing! Glad you had fun! :)

  2. Sounds like you had an amazing time. I love York, haven't been there for years though.


  3. Aw was nice to see some photographs of York - weird how i use to go there for work five times a week. One of my old school friends works as a guide at the top of York Minster would be a small world if met him! I got engaged just opposite the Bonding Warehouse on the other side of the river.

  4. I love York! I went these on holiday last year and it was so pretty. I love your photos of the Minster, did you go to Betty's tearoom while you were there?

  5. I love the York museum it's fab glad you had a fun time xx