Anybody who lives in York knows that the city isn’t short of historical attractions. But whilst the Minster is invariably packed with tourists and the flood-struck Jorvik Viking Centre has yet to reopen, some lesser-known attractions in the area can showcase a more idiosyncratically Yorkshire take on life.
So whether you’re looking to embrace the region’s folk crafts or want to enjoy taking advantage of some racing odds at the track, here is a selection of some seriously Yorkshire activities.
Those with an interest in how the ancient inhabitants of the region once lived should definitely check out the eerie deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy. Not only is free to get in, but it’ll give you chance to explore this little known area of the Yorkshire Wolds too!
And for a living example of olde-world Yorkshire life, then Ryedale Folk Museum on the edge of the North York Moors provides a great afternoon out. This will allow you to get hands-on with lots of traditional Yorkshire crafts like wheel-hooping and wood-turning, and there are plenty of farm animals roaming around the attraction to add an extra level of authenticity.
Yorkshire’s grand rural tradition can also be explored by taking a trip to the Yorkshire Farming Museum just outside of the city centre. And those who’ve never experienced the thrill of greyhound racing should definitely head down to Kinsley or Doncaster and take a bet on the Coral website at the track for an extra dose of fun.
York’s thriving live music scene always provides a good stopping off point for many touring bands. But only the National Centre for Early Music can give us a chance to hear the sounds of ancient times with medieval choral works that will certainly help get you in the festive mood.
The city’s burgeoning foodie reputation has also blossomed recently thanks to national coverage that has focused on our chocolate museums. However the nearby market town of Malton has made a bid for being Yorkshire’s food capital thanks to its deeply traditional food markets that’ll help you get a taste for rural life.
York has also received a lot of fame for its many pubs, but for a truly traditional pint and Sunday lunch in a magnificent setting, it’s hard to beat the atmosphere of the remote Lion Inn in the North York Moors.
And once you’ve calculated your racing odds, explored the folklore and had a well-deserved pint, remember that the next Jorvik Viking Festival isn’t too far away!