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  • A Special Staycation in York

    A Special Staycation in York

    Prolonged lockdowns in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic means we now have to change our plans for holidays. A ban on non-essential international travel means the staycation is a more attractive option. But this requires careful planning including checking of local restrictions and pre-booking attractions which is now essential for most places.

  • Novotel in York, England

    Novotel in York, England

    The Novotel in York is nicely appointed on the bank of the River Foss and a short walk from the city centre. When I arrived I was warmly welcomed and settled in the lounge as my room was not ready. I had a light lunch from the bar while I waited. It was really good comprising fresh artisan bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a small salad ...

  • Exploring the Cathedrals and Abbeys of Northern England

    Exploring the Cathedrals and Abbeys of Northern England

    It was a big step to take, going on a special interest holiday, but I was curious to see what it was like spending a few days learning about one topic in depth. As I have always had a fascination for churches I chose the Cathedrals and Abbeys of Northern England, organised by the Cultural Travel Company, part of the Martin Randall Travel group. Our group of twenty-seven was based inYork throughout the trip and we travelled in a luxury coach to the cahehdrals and abbeys we visited. The itinerary was well-balanced and optimised our time during the four days of the holiday. On our first afternoon we walked through York city centre to York Minster. Before we left our hotel each one of us was given a whisperer with an earpiece so that we could hear our speaker, Jon Cannon who gave us an introduction to Medieval architecture as we walked along. I was already impressed ...

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