About York & the Local Area

Goose Wood Holiday Park is on the outskirts of the iconic medieval City of York and is on a direct bus route to the many attractions that York has to offer. York also has various Park and Ride Schemes in operation for those that wish to avoid city centre parking.

York is a walled city dating back to 71 AD it started life as a military fortress built on the flat ground above the River Ouse near its junction with the River Foss…the River Ouse now provides river cruises for those wishing to enjoy a leisurely trip whilst learning about Yorks history…these trips take in Bishopthorpe Palace home to the Archbishop of York.

Modern York has 34 Conservation Areas, 2,084 Listed buildings and 22 Scheduled Ancient Monuments in its care….every year thousands of tourists come to see the surviving medieval buildings, interspersed with Roman and Viking remains and Georgian architecture.

You will be pleased to know that we are not going to cover all of these but more want to provide an overview of the many diverse attactions York has to offer.

Surely our greatest claim to fame is the cathedral of York, England more commonly known as York Minster and one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The City of York has since, Roman times, been defended by walls of one form or another and to this day substantial portions of the walls remain, York has more intact walls that any other city in England and retains all four bars (gates) into the city. A walk around these walls is a must with daffodills adorning the grassy areas in Spring bringing a welcome break of colour after the Winter months.

There are numerous Museums both inside the City of York and outside, we have the famous National Railway Musuem a must for rail enthusiasts. The Jorvik Viking Centre, a time capsule-style attraction about Viking York. York Castle Museum features recreated Victorian Streets, whilst York Dungeon exhibits gory details of Yorks gruesome past. York Castle or Cliffords Tower as it is sometime called was once the centre of government for the north of England and was the place where, in 1190 some of Yorks Jewish community were besieged.

York Museum Gardens is a 19th century park set in the stunning surroundings of  St Mary’s Abbey, with its haunting ruins it is a great space to meet friends and family and enjoy peace and tranquility.

The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall is a 14th century merchant meeting place, other historic buildings in York are Barley Hall, the Treasurers House, Fairfax House, the Mansion House – home to the Lord Mayor of York and Bar Convent School…. and of course no trip into York would be complete without a walk along is secret Snickelways and The Shambles.

In addition to all of this there is Yorks Cold War bunker, the Yorkshire Air Museum, the Richard 111 Experience at Monk Bar, York Art Gallery, Yorkshire Museum of Farming, with Rowntree Park providing a green open space with lakes and playgrounds while those with a sweet tooth will enjoy York’s Chocolate Story…..if its scary stuff you like try a York Ghost Walk!

For the horse racing enthusiast there is a choice York Knavesmire home to York Races, with Beverley and Wetherby Racecourses just a short drive away….both Beverley and Wetherby are pleasant places to spend a day with or without the races.

The City itself hosts many wonderful pubs…some of them dating back many years…. and eateries from top class restaurants to fast food chains….there is something for every palatte and every pocket.

York is home to all your favourite shops and also has out of town shopping malls, York Designer Outlet, Monks Cross and Clifton Moor Shopping Centre all provide varied shopping along with the big Supermarkets Asda, Sainsburys, and Tesco you will also find Aldi and Waitrose if they are more to your taste.

There are gyms and swimming pools a plenty with play areas specifically designed for little ones on a wet day…Creepy Crawlies is jammed packed with exciting things to keep the family amused and if they want something a little more energetic there is Energi Trampoline Park York…..and don’t forget to put a visit to York Maze into your diary if it is open during your stay.

York is ideally situated for visiting the North Yorkshire Moors with its Steam Railway which runs from Pickering to the Coast at Whitby. There are so many beautiful villages with quaint pubs, log fires and home cooked food two of our favourites are Hutton Le Hole and Thornton Le Dale….check them out we are sure you will love them. If the seaside is more to your taste within an hour you can be enjoying the fun and the fish and chips at Scarborough, or for those that prefer their seaside experiences to be a little bit on the wild side try Robin Hoods Bay…a smugglers village or slightly further up the Coast Runswick Bay both firm favourites of ours.

Going further inland from York you can experience the Spa Town of Harrogate and head off into the splendour which is the Yorkshire Dales.

All of this and so much more is just a few miles away from Goose Wood, which makes it the perfect base for the holiday of a lifetime.

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