|Tour guide Richard outside the Treasurer's House|
It was great and we planned to go back today – until I discovered that pre-booked tickets were all sold out and that the Centre has slipped to No 40 in Tripadvisor's reviews of York's attractions, mainly because of the crowds. So we gave it a miss. Best to keep those happy memories of our first trip.
Instead we opted for a guided walk round the city, which despite being entirely free was certainly not crowded – there were just 11 of us in our group.
|Substantial flood gates protect riverside homes|
|The ruins of the massive Benedictine Abbey destroyed by Henry VIII's minions|
The tale of the city, its remarkable buildings and its history continued for a very entertaining two hours, at the end of which Richard, one of 105 voluntary city guides, was loathe even to take a tip. What a great service to the visitor.
We rounded the day off with another unguided tour along the river's west bank into the city centre where the restaurants and bars were heaving. It's York's Ebor Festival horse race meeting so there were a sprinkling of silly hats and stilleto heels beside slightly wobbly looking well dressed gents heading for the posh restaurants. We headed home to plan tomorrow's entertainment - less walking maybe?