A couple of weeks ago you may have seen that I visited Castle Howard to see their Christmas decorations with AttractionTix and York Pass. You can read all about it here. I was contacted by AttractionTix who sent me over a two day York Pass which gained me entrance into the majority of York’s attractions and it’s surrounding area’s. It’s no secret that I absolutely love York, the city is so beautiful – I was even there yesterday. It was lovely to use the York Pass and visit some attractions I hadn’t been to since I was a child or has never been to.
The first attraction we visited was the Jorvik Viking Centre located on Coppergate, I’d visited Jorvik as a child but couldn’t remember too much. Whenever I pass the attraction there is always very long ques so I would stress to get there quite early like we did and it was pretty quiet. The Jorvik Viking Centre takes you back to the era of the Vikings in the 10th century from the artifacts to an amazing motion ride which takes you back in time to York in the Viking period. I can’t say that I was 100% keen with the authentic smells that was around the center, It ponged a bit!
In between attractions we did a spot of shopping as there is some really great shops in York and at the moment they have a lovely Christmas market. The pass also offered a couple of discounts from restaurants and shops to selected places including in one of my favourite independent stores ‘Give a Dog a Bone’ – My Mum picked up a couple of Christmas presents and got 10% off!
The attraction I was most excited about visiting was of course, The Chocolate Story! I’ve never visited before but as a chocolate lover, I was very much looking forward to the visit. Tours of the attraction are every hour, so either book in advance or be prepared for a little wait. We visited the Chocolate Story cafe whilst waiting (which you can get discounts with the pass!) before joining the next tour. York is the home to three famous chocolate-making families; Rowntree’s, Terry’s & Craven’s and the tour guide told each families story before showing us how Chocolate was made. There was a few samples to try, demonstrations and we even got to make our own little chocolate lollipops! I really enjoyed The Chocolate Story!
The final place we visited was the world renowned York Minster. As we visited on a Sunday, unless attending a service the opening hours were between 2pm and 4pm. It’s a really beautiful building and worth seeing, but I do think the £10 entrance fee is slightly steep. I would love to have visited some of the other attractions such as the York Dungeon and a trip on the York Boat, but we just didn’t have enough time (especially as we did a spot of shopping too!). As I said before the York Pass also covers some brilliant attractions in the York area including the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby. Check out my vlog from the weekend and don’t forget to subscribe!
I’d love to thank AttractionTix for providing me with 2x York Passes and to VisitYork for making my trip extra special. I will have a vlog coming up of my trip which I will be sharing on Twitter!