20 Dec 2013

York: the historic centre at Christmas




Yesterday I went into our city centre to do my last lot of Christmas shopping although I always try to avoid the Christmas crowds as much as possible so I didn't stay long. Do you like to shop in a covered mega centre where everything can be found under one roof or do you enjoy browsing and buying from small outlets and craft fairs?
Last year in early December I went with a group of ladies to York, travelling by coach so all the photos are from that trip. Travelling by train or a special coach is the best way to get into a city centre rather than car these days as most have pedestrian only shopping areas and the park and ride option can be a convenient alternative, but with expensive charges.
York is only a short train journey away for me so hopefully I'll go there more often in the new year.















15 comments:

  1. We always try to avoid driving to the big city if we can help it, although we ventured close last night to have dinner with my daughter and her husband and to view the Christmas lights at the Opryland Resort near Nashville. I'm afraid it will be next year before I post any pictures, however. I do hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

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  2. I do hope to visit York one day. From every picture and all I have heard it is quite beautiful and also fun to visit.
    Hope lovely to be able to take the train and then shop. No I rarely shop in mega shopping malls. A little bit
    here and there, plus this year a few online. Happy holidays to you and your family!

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  3. Beautiful photos Linda. York was my son's favorite place when he visited it on a school trip many, many years ago.

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  4. most definitely i would rather shop and wander in these streets you show here than in a mall. I stay far away from malls and crowds but really would love these shops

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  5. I visited York many years ago, and your pictures have brought back good memories. It is a lovely place and you are lucky to be only a short train ride away. I'd much prefer to go to smaller independent shops. We have our favourites but look for new ones whenever we visit somewhere for the first time. At Christmas though I avoid the crowds completely and do all my shopping on line. It still means I can buy from smaller businesses where the service is usually much better too.

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  6. Looks like a most delightful outing Linda. I'd rather be driven in that drive myself. I take the city bus to work everyday and most people would never get on a city bus because mostly the poor and those without cars use it. I admit you meet some interesting characters on the bus, but I sleep going to and from work and miss most of the activity. I love being driven around, but as I am single, its usually not an option. I would definitely prefer to shop in small stores than at a large mall. I like to avoid crowds as much as possible. I have to venture out this evening to pick up my sick computer and I hate the thought of going near the stores mostly because of traffic.
    Have a enjoyable weekend. Warm and rainy here. Nice change from bitter cold and snow.
    Cindy

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  7. You brought back memories for me! We used to visit York every year just before Christmas catching a bus from our village to Sheffield and then dashing for the train. Haven't visited for ages - I've just checked my blog and it was 2006 - I love browsing around all its smaller individual shops, I don't mind larger shopping centres but not at this time of year:)

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  8. Many thanks for the lovely photos of one of my favourite town centres. Not being able to drive at the moment has meant that all my Christmas shopping has been done online this year, which suits me fine as I've never enjoyed shopping, I'm afraid. My friends despair of me.... :-)

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  9. It looks as though you had a lovely visit to York last year Linda, I hope that your recent trip was successful and as much fun. Happy Christmas to you and yours. xx

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  10. I think that it is worth a short train ride to visit a lovely city like York - I equate York with one of my nearest cities, Bath. It feels much more of a treat to wander around historic streets, no need to bother shopping just enjoy the ambience, and possible have a lunch in a nice cafe.

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  11. I absolutely love York, it has so much history and beautiful shops. We're so lucky, we're only twenty minutes away so we visit often, even more so now that Daniel's at uni there. I much prefer to shop in places with independent shops and in beautiful surroundings.

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  12. I love York as a City but haven't mana g ed to get there in a while. Your pictures are lovely and a reminder of what I"m missing. Will put on my list of must do' s for 2014

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  13. You are lucky to live so close to York, it's a wonderful place isn't it.

    I don't enjoy the crowds either and I think there is a lack of original and interesting gifts on sale. I would prefer small outlets and craft fairs every time.xxx

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  14. Che meraviglia York e che atmosfera!!!!!!!!!! Mi piacerebbe tantissimo essere lì. Auguro a te e alla tua famiglia un sereno Natale
    Emi

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  15. I wish we had city centre's like yours - what a lovely place to shop!

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