Shearwin's in Europe 2015 travel blog


Breakfast at 0815hrs had us leaving our B&B at 0915hrs. The first stop was the National Rail Museum which was scheduled to open at 1000hrs.

Highlights for the day:

The Rail Museum - the largest in the world with a wonderful collection of unique trains and carriages from an era long gone. The Royal carriages in particular reflect the prestige the British people hold for the Royal Family. The story and viewing of the last operating steam train that took Sir Winston Churchill's body from London to his burial site was especially interesting - a man obviously revered by the masses.

We viewed for approx 90 mins. The advice that the museum would interest even those who thought they weren't interested in trains was confirmed.

A visit to the renown Betty's Cafe. The line was shorter than yesterday and there was a 40 minute wait for a table - fully expected by everyone. The staff were excellent and the ambience appealing - the coffee and the scones were not the draw card. Still a pleasant experience.

A visit to the York Castle Museum in what was previously the Women's and Debtor's prison. A story of early British life displayed through a wonderful collection of furniture and fashion. Detail and presentation exceptional. Early penal life also displayed.

The Merchant Adventurer's Hall. An exceptional 600+ year old oak building with curves and turns in the timber work that would surprise its original builders - 100 marbles caste across the floor would find them collected at the one point. It's story was also of great interest.

Clifford's Tower - a prominent historical landmark destroyed and rebuilt following an accidental explosion.

Drinks at the Slug and Lettuce before completing a walk of the city walls from Jewbury in the NE to Bishopgate Bridge in the SE - the full length except for one single remote section.

Drinks at the Priory before dinner at Delrios near the Michelgate Bar. This underground Italian restaurant was exceptional for ambience, service and food. A booking is a requirement. Our best dining experience for York.

The weather was overcast and quite cool - the first sign of sun had us removing jackets. The locals still appear in shorts as if it's summer. School holidays are in progress.

Our internet connection at the B& B is frustrating us all.

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