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Can York be done in a day from London?
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I was considering a day trip to York from London but am not sure if that’s a horrible idea or not.  It looks like a great place to visit but I know it’s a long haul from London. Does anybody have a tour that they took and really liked? Anything in particular I should see if I go?&nbsplease help!!!
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I have been to York, once for a 2 nights, and another time as a day trip from London.
 
It’s about 2 hr (each way) from London (King’s Cross station).  Trains are frequent, since they are right on the line between Edinburgh & London. 
 
You can get cheaper fares if you book one of the discount advance purchase APEX fares.  I think they release those around 9 weeks prior to your travel dates.  I booked & paid online on trainline and picked up the tickets from the machine at the station.  Saved alot of money from the full fare walk up price (there wasn’t any cheap day return fares for that route).
 
As a day trip, I think we took the 8 am train out (arrive around 10 am), and the
5:00 pm return.  Had time to see the major sites, and drop by the outlet mall (that was the main reason my brother wanted to go to York).  And we were at that mall for HOURS
 
It’s a very compact city, the “old” town is within the walls, as are most of the sites.  A tour is not require, just pick up a guide & map from the tourist office (I think it’s at the train station) and go from there.  http://www.york-tourism.co.uk/

The Minster is the must see site, the Shambles (an old street), the market just off the Shambles, York Castle museum, the ruins of St. Mary’s Abey (on the grounds of the Yorkshire museum), National Railway Museum there.  Also take a walk on the city wall, great views.
 
 

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Thank you very much!!

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It seemed to take longer than 2 hours from London. In any case, York is a great place, and in my opinion it is worthwhile to stay longer. Sure the touristy things are compact and can be seen in a few hours, but the town itself is relaxing and friendly, and nice and quiet in the evenings when the day-trippers are gone.