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The Castle Museum by Helen 14Th July 2010
The Castle Museum is one of York’s top tourist attraction’s and in my opinion, it really deserves to be. I have memories of visiting it as a child on family holidays – I loved it then and I still love it now. I particularly like the recreation of the Victorian Street, with all the old shops and businesses for you to look around. There’s also prison cells and school rooms to explore too. The Museum regularly changes the exhibitions and always has something new and interesting to offer, because of that, it’s one of the few tourist attractions I still visit even now I live in York permanently. It’s a big museum with plenty to see, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to look around. And remember, once you’ve paid to get in, your ticket remains valid for for a year, so you can go back as many times as you like to see anything you missed first time around, which makes it a real bargain!
Tupgill Park Estate
Telephone: 01969 640638
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Since the summer holidays are just around the corner, it started me thinking about what i did last summer. One of my most enjoyable days out involved a day out with my neice to Forbidden Corner near Middleham.
It was my second visit and i couldnt wait to introduce my family to it. It really is a fantastic day out for children. Its just like visiting Alice in Wonderland.
Set right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales near Leyburn, it is about an hours car ride from York. It only accepts advance ticket bookings,these can be bought from the tourist office in Middleham or by advance telephone bookings. The website www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk/ will also give you the datails you need however do not use the website to make an assumption of the attraction, it does not do it any justice.
I am not going to give its secrets away as it would spoil the effect of your visit my advice is to take a camera, a picnic (though there is a cafe) and most importantly a comfortable stout pair of shoes.
Children who are of a delicate nature may be frightend of the experience but dont be put off there are loads of other things to do.
18 Bridge Street
TEL 01904 521155
WEB Piccolino’s Italian Restaurant York
Usually on or day off we like to try sample local attractions, restaurants bars and venues so that we can give our customers ideas before they arrive.
Last night Russ and i visited Piccolinos in York. What a lovely restaurant with an upmarket continental feel. It is an ideal restaurant to visit for that “special meal”. It is a little pricey but the fact that everything is freshly made including the pasta and desserts one would expect to pay the price for high quality cuisine.
We shared a a Garlic bread with Tomato £4.50. This was very thin and crispy but packed with flavour
Russ had Veal Escalope with chestnut mushrooms and a Marsala sauce £17.50. it looked delicious and certainly Russ approved
I had Crispy roast duck with honey roasted apples and and a Valpolicella red wine sauce. £14.95. I cannot decribe how tasty it was. 2 large confit of duck sat on 4 delicately honey flavoured apple quarters, the sauce was sticky sweet with a hint of a liquorice flavour. The confit was well cooked, tender and crispy.
Unfortunately the main courses are not served with any side dishes at all. These are extra at £3.75 per portion i would highly recommend the creamy mash.
To round the meal off I enjoyed a delicious desert of Roasted fruits and marscapone cheese crostini
Russ had an extremely rich drippy chocolate fudge sponge with vanilla ice cream
finished with a frothy cappuccino.
I would definitely suggest an advance reservation if you wish to visit the restaurant whilst in York
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