Let's visit York on Saturday 30 March (during the Easter holiday weekend).
York is one of Britain's most interesting historic cities. It was an important centre in Roman times - parts of the medieval walls which remain were built on top of the original Roman walls. It was the capital of North England for about 100 years during the time when the Vikings (from Denmark) ruled the area - beginning with the invasion by Ivan the Boneless in 866, and ending with the defeat of Eric Bloodaxe in 954 (the Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum about the city's Viking past). York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. The narrow streets in the centre date from the Middle Ages. It was a major centre for the early railways, and has the largest railway museum in the world the National Railway Museum. York is also well-known amongst British people as the place that gave us Smarties, KitKats and Chocolate Oranges: York's Chocolate Story is an attraction where you can learn more about the city's chocolate heritage (this weekend there will also be a Chocolate Market in Parliament Street and St Sampson's Square).
Meet me between 7:30am and 7:45am in front of the ticket office in the departures area of Kings Cross train station (nearest Tube station: King's Cross St Pancras; do not go to St Pancras International station by mistake). I will be wearing an orange scarf, and my mobile phone number is 07984 257572.
The scheduled timetable is:
7:30-7:45am: Meet at King's Cross train station
8:12am: Train leaves King's Cross
10:12am: Train arrives in York
10:15am-12:30pm Guided walking tour of York
You are then recommended to split into smaller groups for lunch and to explore York's attractions
We will return together at these times:
5:02pm: Train leaves York
6:53pm: Train arrives at King's Cross
The cost includes:
- Return train journey from London to York
- Guided walking tour of York
You will need to bring some extra money for food and drink, entrances to attractions (the National Railway Museum is free) and any souvenirs you want to buy
Weather forecast for York: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2633352
For further information about York, see: http://www.ukstudentlife.com/Travel/Tours/England/York.htm
For photos from a similar trip in 2009, see: http://www.meetup.com/London-International/photos/723077