Out & About from Griffon Forest
The Historic City of York has some fantastic attractions to visit:
Jorvik Viking Centre - take a journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets and experience life as it would have been in 10th century York.
York Minster - one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals, housing some of the world's greatest treasures.
National Railway Museum (free to enter) - discover over 300 years of rail history.
The York Dungeon - Take a trip through to York's darkest history with an unforgettable 75 minutes of edgy entertainment and 10 live shows.
City Cruises York - tour along the magnificent River Ouse or hire a self-drive boat.
The Chocolate Story - Discover how York became the UK’s home of chocolate.
Medieval Walls - Walk around the beautifully preserved city walls, 3.4 km long, they are the longest medieval town walls in England.
York City Centre has an enviable selection of individual boutique shops, around the Shambles and Swinegate areas. For highstreet names and designers look out for Coney Street. If you looking for a break visit the famous Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms on St. Helens Square.
Out of town, a short drive away, you will also find shopping centres at Monks Cross, Vangarde and Clifton Moor. Plus range of discounted designer labels for fashion and the home at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet.
A few miles north takes you across the York Moors to 'Heartbeat Country' and the home of NYM Steam Railway, which runs from Pickering to Grosmount.
Just 15 minutes' drive visit stunning Castle Howard house and grounds, with fantastic farm shop, cafe and children’s play park it’s a great family attraction.
Head west and you are soon in the Yorkshire Dales and picture postcard views of drystone walls and colourful countryside. A must for the keen explorer with miles of walks ranging from gentle valley bottom to the strenuous 'Three Yorkshire Peaks' challenge!
Just a short drive down the A64 and you will arrive at the coast with a selection of towns to suit your taste. Head towards Filey for a vast beach - brilliant for walking the dogs, or Scarborough and Bridlington for the children with a brilliant beach and rides.
The beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay, nestling between the cliffs or historical Whitby, with a traditional habour and Whitby Abbey, are more idyllic choices.
York by Night
If you're not ready for a sleepy evening by the fire, then dress up and head into York (8 miles). There’s a great selection of places to eat and drink, from quaint romantic restaurants to busy bars and late night dancing - something for every taste and budget.
For evening entertainment follow the York Ghost Tour or see whats on at the York Opera House Theatre or catch the latest film at the City Screen riverside cinema.
If you fancy getting active on your holiday then there are plenty of options locally. For outdoor activities Dalby Forest, is situated approx. 20 minutes' drive away, on the southern slopes of the North York Moors, is ideal. Explore the forest all ways - cycling, walking, on an all-terrain Segway, in the tree tops - Go Ape Experience or take the kids on the Gruffalo orienteering course!
Indoor locally there is go-karting at Monks Cross, ten pin bowling at Clifton Moor or head further afield to Xscape to brush up on your winter sports with a real snow ski slope and ice rink.
For the adrenaline thrill seekers take a day trip to Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, just approx. 30 minutes' drive, and have a go on the world record breaking Mumbo Jumbo ride!