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York is the perfect place to spend an extended weekend as the historic city is full of heritage and architecture making it one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. Whether it is long walks, shopping, or sporting activities, York has a bit of everything.
Here are five things to do on your next visit to York.
1. Visit the Castle museum
York’s Castle Museum is a great way to discover the history behind the Yorkshire city. Set in a Victorian cobbled village, you will feel like you have stepped back over 100 years back in time. The museum is full of impressive displays from the former castle and is a great place that all the family can enjoy. Entry is only £10, therefore, it is an inexpensive activity and a purchase you will not regret.
2. A Day At The Races
York Racecourse via Twitter
York Racecourse is one of the most prestigious horse racing tracks in the UK. The racecourse hosts racing in the summer with flat action on the Knavesmire. Their biggest meeting of the year is the Ebor Festival, which takes place in August, with the feature race being the Group One Juddmonte International. If you are looking to have a bet on the racing at York, or any other UK meeting before you go, read Oddschecker’s racing tips where experts have read the form for you and can recommend a selection on the action. You can book tickets for York Racecourse on their website and, with some meetings, you can pay to attend the day of the racing.
3. Take A Cruise Down The River
One of the best ways to see the sights of York is by boat with a cruise along the River Ouse. This is a fantastic chance to relax without the hustle and bustle on the streets. You can enjoy a drink on board the cruise and take some great shots of the city and wildlife along the river. As ever with such cruises, always look to book in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.
4. A Walk Along York City Halls
The walls in York stretch for just over two miles and have protected the city for nearly 2,000 years. You can walk past the walls for free; however, if you want to learn more about them and the city of York, you should book a guided tour. The city centre is circled by the walls so you can stop off at various sites along the way, therefore, you should allow at least half a day to venture around the path.
5. York Maze
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Getting lost inside a 10-foot high maze may not be everyone’s idea of a bit of fun but, if you like a challenge, this will be right up your street. The thrill of completing the maze will live with you forever and is something you can brag about with your friends. If you are attending with children, there is a funfair on the site which includes rides and attractions.
York train station is right in the heart of the city and opposite the walls so, if you are travelling by public transport, you should be able to find your way to all the main attractions on foot.
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Headed to Ireland and wondering what you can plan to ensure the perfect family day out? One where the memories will be with your children for the rest of their lives? Well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created this great day trip itinerary to keep your kids of all ages happy and entertained. If you’re traveling with really young kids, under the age of 3, you may want to split the activities up over a couple of days in order to work around their nap times. These are destinations that are easily reachable by car, but if you’re traveling don’t forget to get some car insurance with a great company like www.chill.ie
Without further ado, here is our suggestion of family day trip activities in Ireland:
Zoos are a great place to go with kids especially when you have a few different ages. Little kids will love looking at all the animals, especially the baby animals. Older kids will enjoy the shows and learning about how the animals live. Dublin Zoo first opened in 1831 and ever since then has been delighting families of all ages. Every year Dublin Zoo plays host to over a million visitors. Situated in Phoenix Park in Dublin it’s easy to access and it’s well sign posted. Unfortunately there’s no parking at Dublin Zoo, but you can park in Phoenix Park.
Go Island Hopping:
When you think of Island hopping, Ireland probably isn’t the first country that pops to mind. Well, you’ll be forgiven for leaving it off your list. The Aran Islands are three islands that are located just off the mainland by Galway Bay. The islands have interesting names: Inishmore, Irishman and Inisheer, and are famous for their natural beauty. Here you’ll find gorgeous beaches, cliffs and interesting plants and animals. You can island hop between the islands to get the best experience. You’ll have to take a ferry in order to get to the islands, but don’t worry the ferries are regular! You can also take a boat between the islands, which creates a really fun and special family memory.
Discovered around 55 years ago, this cave quickly became a tourist attraction and for good reason. Here you’ll find the Great Stalactite – the longest free handing icicle shaped formation in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a whopping 23 feet in length, which is sure to delight and impress kids of all ages. Doolin Cave is around three hours from Dublin, 2.5 hours from Cork or about 15 mins from the Cliffs of Moher. It’s easily accessible ensuring that you can’t leave this great attraction off your family travel list.
Include these activities in your itinerary, or just spend an entire day visiting all three. Ireland is a wonderful destination for a family holiday.
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To many, a holiday is one of the most special times of the year. You can spend it with loved ones, from friends and family to your other half, and it’s a break from the cycle a lot of us find ourselves in for the rest of the year.
This is why finding the perfect place to stay is so important – staying in bad accommodation can be such a negative experience that it risks ruining the holiday.
However, if you’re thinking about staying in Wales, we’ve got some tips that will make sure you only stay in the best of the best.
- Location, location, location
Wales is beautiful. It’s full of some of the most gorgeous sites in the United Kingdom and if you check the location of your accommodation before booking, you could end up staying near some of the best.
Stay near some of the tallest and most stunning mountains in the United Kingdom, or even stay coastal – either way, you’ll be absorbing some beautiful sights.
Simply decide which sights you’d most like to wake up to on a morning and have a browse – you’re almost guaranteed to find accommodation near the area of your choice.
- What kind of accommodation do you want to stay in?
There are many options for accommodation to stay in when you’re in Wales. From caravans to staying in castles, there’s something to suit everyone.
However, what about going for rural chic by looking for cottages in Wales? With so many low priced cottages available in locations across the country, it seems like a good move!
Cosy, comfortable and cute – what more could you ask for?
- Decide on a budget
When you’re looking at places to stay, it’s easy to have a budget in mind and then just forget about it. Despite Wales not being the priciest of holiday destinations, it’s still possible to blow your entire budget on accommodation and have little left for actual recreational spending.
With so many apps and websites available to help you work out your spending such as NatWest’s Holiday Spend Calculator, it’s now far simpler to price up a holiday and individual spends – less stress when away always sounds like a good idea!
- Food on the brain?
One of the main things to think about before embarking on a holiday is what you plan to do for meals. Do you go for all-inclusive and spend that little bit extra but not have to worry about meals, or do you go for self-catering, save some money and sort it out yourself?
The important things to contemplate when making this decision include how often you’ll be back at your accommodation for meal times, if they are hospitable to your dietary needs, and how far away you are from a local supermarket.
Many hotels are open to helping their guests have a bespoke experience with regards to meals, but this isn’t universal – it’s definitely worth a discussion.
- Who’s going?
Accommodation for adults and accommodation for children are very different ends of the spectrum. If you’re going away for a family break, many choose a cottage or accommodation in a similar style to ensure that there’s plenty of room. Many also come with an outdoor area for the younger ones to have a run about in.
If you’re going away for a romantic getaway, you’ve got even more options. You could also choose a cottage and spend your break cosying up to your loved one, or you could go to a hotel that offers treatments for couples, including spa days and even wine tasting. The options are truly endless.
- What is there to do?
The identity of who is coming with you on the trip also factors hugely into this. If you’re on a romantic getaway, then how about going on a walk around some of the most beautiful sights that the United Kingdom has to offer? You could even get a private tour of some of the most gorgeous parts of the country!
If you’re with younger members of the family, then what about visiting one of the many farms Wales has to offer? With many offering the opportunity to feed young animals and some even offering a pony ride, the kids will love it!
- How long are you staying?
Are you staying for a long weekend, a week or even longer? The duration of your stay hugely contributes to what type of accommodation you should be staying in.
If you choose to stay in a caravan for a long period of time, it might end up feeling slightly claustrophobic – if you choose to stay in a cottage, however, you would have more room and the ability to make it feel even more homely.
With all of this said, there are no rules saying you have to stay in the one place – why not tour the entire country of Wales? Get the best of all worlds and create an experience that you will never forget.
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