Rowntree Park C.C. Site, York. Jun 30, 2007 22:17:21 GMT
Post by kiaman on Jun 30, 2007 22:17:21 GMT
Rowntree Park C.C. Site, York.
The historic city of York is well served by the Caravan Club; with two sites - one situated on the outer ring road next to the Park & Ride, whilst the other, Rowntree Park, is situated on the inner ring road close to the city centre. I was a bit dubious at first of the site being so close to the centre, but following the directions in the Club handbook access to the site proved extremely easy.
The site is up to the Club's usual high standards & features a couple of peculiarities, mainly due to the fact that it is right beside the river and has occasionally been known to flood.
Firstly the office/toilet/amenities block is actually built on stilts & secondly the EHU boxes are about 5ft off the ground.
Apart from some minor noise from the neighboring park it is surprisingly quiet for a city centre site.
With so many things to do & see in York it was still possible to take things easy. We even tried to get a visitor to stay for dinner, but when I tried to see which pot he would fit in - he left!
The magnificent York Minster is about a 15 minute stroll from the site through the mainly pedestrianized centre of York. Its size and beauty is well worth the visit & the Minster guides are both knowledgeable and amusing.
Coming down from the Minster towards the river, one passes through an area known as 'The Shambles' - one of the oldest parts of the city, with many old timbered buildings.
In the centre of the city lies "The Jorvik Centre" where excavations revealed part of the original Viking city. This has been preserved & turned into an attraction that is well worth the visit; it is underground & one gets around it in a moving car where you see a mixture of the original remains coupled to an animated reconstruction of life in the Viking times.
Situated just outside the old city wall and behind the main station is the National Railway Museum; which is a must for nostalgia & those who had a train set when they were younger (or not so much younger!). Entrance to the museum is free & the collection is both comprehensive and varied, ranging from locomotives & rolling stock to station equipment and other rail related paraphernalia. There is also a miniature railway for children (& the young at heart!). The cafe also serves an amazing chocolate gateaux!
Also situated within the museum grounds is Yorks answer to the London Eye. Whilst not as large as its London counterpart the views you gain of the city are excellent & well worth the price of the ride.
There are many more reasons to go to York and stay at Rowntree Park, including walking around the old city wall, trips on the river & of course for those who must there is a factory outlet shopping centre on the outer ring road!!