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Hello all you fellow gardeners me and my family will be on holiday in York for 5 days next week. Where and what things would you recommend to do and see not forgetting garden's and garden centres also nurseries.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,247
    The way it is raining, don't forget to pack waders, wellies and rain macs. Make sure your hotel is well away from the river.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,247
    Bettys tea room is nice. I don't visit any gardens in November. I am hard pushed to visit mine.

  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,215
    Walk the city walls 
    West Yorkshire
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,929
    The Minster is definitely worth a visit. There are 2 Bettys tea rooms in York, one quite small, they are always very busy but a lovely experience. 
    The Shambles, again can get very busy but if you can get there quite early and avoid the crowds you can stroll along and admire the old buildings and shops.
    Jorvik Viking Museum and if you like chocolate, the York's chocolate story.
    I think you are there for the start of the Christmas Festival,  the stalls etc have some lovely things and you can buy things like roasted chestnuts. However it can get extremely busy especially once the coach parties arrive, so an early or later visit might be better.
    With regard to gardens, you'd have to travel, Harlow Carr springs to mind,  but that's about 20 miles away.
    Lots of information here
    Have a lovely time  :)
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,494
    Harlow Carr is a good option but I don’t think I would bother at this time of year. There’s loads to see in York; I would focus on simply being a tourist rather than a gardening tourist.

    Incidentally, I have never been impressed by the municipal flower displays in the city - too much in-your-face discordant colour combinations.
    Rutland, England
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,233
    Hi @Andy19,

    We had a great mini-break in York a couple of years ago.
    The National Railway Museum is fantastic .... the Flying Scotsman was there for our visit.
    If you've got transport then Yorkshire Sculpture Park is stunning ...

    We did one of the freebie guided walks of the city ... which was great.

    And, if you are a beer fan, then book a tour with the guys at York Brewery ...

    Bee x

    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,929
    Oh yes, forgot about the Railway Museum :blush:
    That really is worth a visit. 
  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,215
    AnniD said:
    Oh yes, forgot about the Railway Museum :blush:
    That really is worth a visit. 
    And it's free to go in 😀
    West Yorkshire
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Haven't been since 1971, but I enjoyed the city museum.  It has, or at least, it had then, collections of odd things like ladies' fans and police truncheons.  I took a walk of about 12 miles around some local villages that all had double-barrelled names:  if my memory serves me well, Bolton Percy, Acaster Malbis and Appleton Roebuck.  I think I ended up in Tadcaster and caught a bus back to York.
  • Beningbrough Hall, Castle Howard and Scampston Hall & Walled Garden

    Are all within half an hour of York (I put them in order of distance.
    We went to Scampston a week ago and it was lovely and autumnal.

    York Railway museum is indeed great and free, York has a lovely old town and city centre shopping. Walks along the city walls.

    I’ve been to a couple of the garden centres but they were nothing to write home about. 
    East Yorkshire
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