Culture by Day, Comfort by Night

Peter Morrell recommends a visit to the historic City of York in the New Year and, after a hard day’s sightseeing, a stay at The School House in Thorganby

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The historic walled City of York situated on the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss was founded by the Romans in 71AD. In the ensuing two millennia the City has witnessed some of the great moments in the evolution of Britain. There is a wealth of things to see and do which will give you an insight why York has such appeal to the visitor, here are some of the highlights

York Minster

This is one of the largest Gothic churches in northern Europe and it too has a story to tell. The current building was constructed in the 13th century. It was looted of much of its treasure during the English Reformation and during the Civil War was besieged and eventually fell to Cromwell.

Jorvik Centre

The Jorvik Centre was severely damaged by floods in 2015 and has been closed ever since. The good news is that it will re-open with an impressive re-imagined array of exhibits in April 2017. The Centre tells the story of the City’s Viking occupation. The are still the remains of 1000 year old houses that date from that period.

National Railway Museum

This is probably one of the most comprehensive collections of railway memorabilia in the world. There is a huge range of steam engines and carriages right down to artefacts and posters spanning some 300 years.

York’s Chocolate Story

This fascinating museum is dedicated to the history of chocolate. The Tuke, Rowntree, Terry and Craven families made the City of York world-famous for this most indulgent of treats.

The Shambles

This street in York was originally a meat market dating back to the 14th century and still has timber framed overhanging buildings. Voted Britain’s most picturesque street it now offers the visitors bars, tearooms and shops where you can while away the time.

The York Dungeon

The York Dungeon is a 75-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York’s horrible history. The Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walk through experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and sometimes a bit scary.

Bettys Tearoom

After visiting all these attractions it’s time for a cup of tea to rest you legs. At Bettys Tearoom you don’t get just tea but the quintessence of Englishness. Enjoy sandwiches and cakes, your most arduous task will be deciding whether to put the jam or cream first on your scone.,

The School House, Thorganby

About 10 miles to the south of York is Thorganby, a charming little village on the banks of the River Derwent. It’s the location for The School House, a rather special B & B which was once the old Victorian Village School.

The owners, Paul & Helené who have lived in The School House since 1991, are friendly and accommodating hosts and you will become more like a family member rather than a guest.

The Yorkshire breakfast is a real feast and for your evening meal you can eat in the village or by prior arrangement have a meal prepared by Paul who is expert at cooking paella.

This is a relaxing place to stay, the rooms are all comfortable and well appointed and it’s the ideal antidote to a hard day’s sightseeing.

After your stay you can either go back to see more of York’s attractions or take a look at some of the stately homes in the area. Castle Howard, Beningbrough Hall and Scampston Hall are all well worth a visit.

So as you can see a visit to York and a stay at The School House could be the ideal short break to start the New Year with.

For more information about Visit York go to

The School House
York YO19 6DA
+(44)1904 448914