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By Gilly Pickup
12 September 2011 00:00
Have you been to...historic York
A little red devil sits outside the building at 33 Stonegate. It isn’t that the inhabitants are diabolical but because this was once a printer’s building and ‘Printers Devil’ was the name given to errand boys whose job it was to carry hot metal type. This is not Stonegate’s only claim to fame though; it was also the birthplace of rascally Guy Fawkes. He attended local St Peter’s School where they still refuse to burn effigies of their old boy on November 5th!
‘Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate’ is the city’s shortest street with the longest name! In the 15th century it was called ‘Whitnourwhatnourgate’, meaning ‘what a street’ and indeed it was, because in the dim and distant past men brought their errant wives here to be taught a lesson or two.
York with its beautiful Gothic Cathedral, great shops and plethora of phantoms is said to be the most haunted city in Europe. The Treasurer’s House, built over a Roman road, is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records for hosting ‘Ghosts of Greatest Longevity’.
Top Tip: The Yorkshire Pass offers entry into over 70 visitor attractions. A 2 day pass costs £42. Visit yorkshirepass.com, tel 01904 550099.
Factfile: Best Western Dean Court Hotel has a glorious location in the shadow of the Minster. Double room from £145 per night including full Yorkshire breakfast. Tel 01904 625082, deancourt-york.co.uk.
More on York at visityork.org
East Coast (eastcoast.co.uk) direct trains serve York from areas including Scotland, northeast England, East Midlands and London. Times and fares also on 08457 225225 or from staffed stations. For first class passengers East Coast offer complimentary at-seat meals and drinks.
3 top travel tips...
If flying with an airline that charges for food, you might prefer to take your own on the plane. If you do, avoid anything strong-smelling as it can make the whole plane smell. Take your own plastic utensils and consider foods wrapped in paper, foil or plastic, all easy to dispose of.
To reduce the effects of jet lag, try going to bed earlier a couple of days before you travel if you are heading east and later if you are travelling west. Get as much exercise on the flight as you can by walking up and down the aisles and drink plenty of water.
When nature beckons and you can’t find a restaurant or bar nearby, look in railway stations, government buildings, department stores and museums, where the toilets are usually free.
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