You might think I have been skiing on my holidays, but you are wrong – I went to the north of England, and stayed in York. As you can see, it snowed quite a bit while we were there, but it is always fun in the snow!
I had a brilliant time in York – there is so much to do, and it is one of Britain’s most historic cities. It only takes about three and a half hours to get there from Oxford, and I am never bored there. You can also hear a different type of English spoken by the locals, which is great for practising your listening skills! Always a bonus!
Everywhere you go, you can see the history of the city, which dates from prehistoric times. You can visit the Jorvik museum, where you can see, hear and even smell (!) how the Vikings lived. There is also the Castle Museum, housed in the old prison, where you can walk in the streets and houses of past times in York, and even lie on the bed where famous highwayman, Dick Turpin, spent his last night! Even without visiting the museums, just walking the streets in York take you back in time; the most famous street in the city is the old Shambles, where you can imagine the housewives of the past buying their meat at the butchers’ shops. And of course, you can always take a walk along the Roman walls of the ancient city – some of the best and most complete in Europe.
York has one of the oldest cathedrals in the country, and, in my opinion, it is the most beautiful. And when you feel like a break from all the history, there is always plenty of street theatre – jugglers, acrobats and the like – to keep you entertained; there are theatres, lots of restaurants and pubs of all types, and loads of lovely individual shops in the busy centre – you can always find unique gifts for your family and friends back home!
If, like me, you like to get out of the city, it is a short car or bus ride up onto the moors, where you can take a steam train ridethrough the heather or walk in the valleys; always be ready, of course, to stop off at a friendly pub for a beer and some lunch after your walks too!
I had a marvellous time, and I thoroughly recommend you visit York too!
See you soon
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