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York - Family Mini Break

York - Family Mini Break

Whenever we head north, I always make time to stop at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, it's one of my favourite places to visit.  Only 2 minutes off the M1, amazing scenery that works as an inspiring backdrop to exquisite sculptures from world renowned artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Antony Gormley and Henry Moore. If like us you're on a budget the good news is it's free to get in, parking charges apply as follows 1hr £3 1-2 hrs £6, all day £10 not bad for a day out for a family of 4.  Warning the coffee shop is good and the gift shop is to die for so it may cost you a bit more.

Good to know: If wet, take wellies, it can get a bit muddy, if sunny take a picnic.

No need for cash when parking, you can pay at the machine there or online within 48hrs.

Sculptures by Tony Cragg sit beautifully within the Yorkshire landscape.

If you follow us on instagram you'll realise I went on a bit of a rant regarding the decline of the arts in schools, this art installation by Bob & Roberta Smith is to raise consciousness in the decline of the arts.  Here Here!

Thought provoking current exhibition by Alfredo Jaar on until 8th April 2018

York City

Originally from Glasgow, I love visiting a good city and York is the perfect place to take the family, plenty of eateries chains and independants, when you go with teenagers it's good to know there is a Nando's.  We also did the Yorks Chocolate Story tour which we all thoroughly enjoyed even got to take home our own handmade chocolate lolly. Result! There are lots more tourist things to do such as York ghost bus tour, Jorvick Viking Centre and of course Bettys tearoom, we spent our 2 days with a little sight seeing, a lot of eating and some shopping, we had a ball.

York Minster

The Shambles

Smallest Street, longest name.

Merchants House

Urban Outfitters, York

Where we stayed.

Taking a family of 4 away even for a few days can be expensive, so you want a lot of bang for your buck.  We were delighted when we discovered Staycity Aparthotel, during the school holidays it cost us £175 for 2 nights.  Each room has a kitchen area with washing machine and cooking facilities, ours had a separate bedroom area and the kids slept in pull out beds in the lounge area envisage Ikea's idea of small home living. Smart TV with Netflix and we all enjoyed a session at the gym in between lunch and dinner, we definitely made the most of our stay.

Good to know

There is no parking at the hotel, so we pre-booked Q-Park parking (Barbican) which is situated just behind the hotel, cost is £12 per day.

There is a Co-op next door to the hotel so you can buy tea, coffee, milk and any other essentials (chocolate).  Go to York, you'll love it.





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