So 3rd day was spent at Yorvik viking center, York Chocolate experience, and DIG.
Yorvik Viking centre had a queue constantly, its what I would call a cash cow, and to be totally honestly I was a little bit disappointed. I dont really know what I was expecting, but it certainly seemed alot less then I remembered. They had updated the ride you go one half way through, as in the ride part itself, but the models and people were uber creepy.
Again you cant take any pictures, but its pretty common place now with alot of these tourist attractions. One thing that has definitely has gotten worse is the smell. I think they have actually turned up the smell so it literally HITS you as you enter to pay. In fact a Chinese family in front of us actually turned around and left at the front of the line as they just couldn’t deal with the smell.
After approx 40 mins we left via the strategically placed gift shop where we had to tear Jay away from a matching sheild, helm and sword that was on offer for £45. Ermmmm no.
After Yorvik we popped to a cafe for tea and cakes.
Most adorable shop found, we drank tea from china cups and ate swirly cupcakes x
Next up was a visit to York chocolate experience. This place again was really busy, but it looked amazing. When I found out that this was the birthplace of Terrys chocolate Orange, I was sold.
They had a cute board outside which you could place your head in, of course we couldnt resist
Once inside, you had your very own tour guide who talked you through the entire story of rowntrees and terrys history. It was great.
You got to sample cocoa as it was first drunk by the Incans, and then right through to making your own chocolate lollipop at the end and watching a real people make chocolates using tempering and a mould. It was very hands on, much better in my opinion then cadburys, the last time I went.
I would certainly recommend a visit if you are in York for the day.
We decided the last place we would go to that day would be Dig, an archealogical adventure. Now we wasnt too sure what to expect with this. I understood it to be a huge pit of something kids can dig up artifacts and feel like adventurers.
Well it does kind of go like that. You basically go in groups and have a personal guide which is someone who has actually been or is working on a dig in real life.
These guys are incredibly knowledgeable, I couldn’t fault them at all.
So after our briefing about looking for objects the kids and adults are given spades to help them dig in the area in the next room. What you actually enter into is a 5 level area with different digging areas. Each tier represents a different area of time with objects suited to that time. So off Jay goes expecting to be pulling out treasure in no time. Well not quite…..
All the items are actually glued to the floor, and they dont come out. I guess I can see the reasoning, as it avoids loosing objects or the disappointment of not finding anything, but I guess its probably aimed at the much younger age group. After the Archaeologist explained each of the items found in each layer, we had to recover our findings for the next group.
Then it was onto a sorting game, where we had to sort out various fossils, bones, rocks, teeth and all sorts into a tray.
This was my favourite part of the visit, the guide really made this part really interesting, and so long as your not squeamish out body functions them you will enjoy this part of the talk too.
After we finished our visit to the dig, we decided to head back to the room for a rest before popping out to find some tea.
Our final day was spent packing, before checking out and heading to our last place of adventure, which was the York railway museum.
Its free to get in so if you dont have a pass or your pass runs out it doesnt cost anything to get in.
This place was amazing.
Now Im no anorak but I could have spent ages in here. Heres a selection of pictures for you to browse through, but I really couldn’t fault it. There was something for everyone, loads of space, you could get aboard some of the trains and it was great.
Our trip to York was great. It really surprised me how busy it was, and how much fun we would have. There were endless places to eat and drink, and plenty to do. Most of where we went to was within 10 minutes walk of our room which made it easy to get around. It was hard on the feet, so I strongly advise a good pair of shoes when in York. The streets are of course cobbled and very twisty which means you have to be careful not to trip (unlike me who did the trip and look behind you on just about every street)
If you want a nice pub to eat a Hot meal, and get a good pint. We would all strongly recommend Ye Olde Starre Inne, it has a haunted history and we enjoyed the staffs stories of haunted loos, and noises when no one was about.
Its a hidden but if you look for the big black bar across stone gate, its well worth a look.