There’s one thing people love more than coming to York, and that’s leaving reviews about their trip.
And the favourite place to do that is, of course, TripAdvisor!
But can you identify the York venue from its first-ever review on the website?
There’s only one way to find out…
Quiz: Can you guess the York venue from its first ever review on TripAdvisor?
Here are 16 extracts from the first TripAdvisor review for a specific York venue. But can you guess which place they are talking about?
1. ‘I would suggest you go and have a sit down and a cup of tea afterwards!’
Full review from April 2005:
interesting, but cheeky on the price...
location is north of the city with losts of places to eat close.
i would suggest you go and have a sit down and a cup of tea afterwards!
entry was £7, but that did not include going up the tower, which is unfair.
the place is in a word amazing!
look out for the chapter house (its off to one side), the undercroft and history of the site
take note, the outside is as good as the inside, but most people didnt take a really close look.....make sure you do!
2. ‘Will suit those who thirst for scientific / historical knowledge’
Additional clue: "Not recommended for small children"
York Cold War Bunker
Full review from April 2012:
Sundays and Bank Holidays OnlyThis is one of Yorks newest attrations but is little visited because a) its not open very often and 2) its hidden away in a residential area a couple of miles out of town. Managed by English Heritage it's free for members. It is the only extant Major Nuclear War bunker left in the country. gives a fascinating insight into the cold war mentality of the early sixties. There is a 10 minute filmshow with some horrific scenes from Hiroshima and Nagasaki - not recommended for small children.A very enthusiastic and knowledgeble guide gives you the tour -just me + the wife on ours. Will suit those who thirst for scientific / historical knowledge.
3. ‘Not one for those scared by stuffed animals, or strong beer’
House of the Trembling Madness, Stonegate
Full review from May 2011
UniqueBest beer bar in york , bar none. Not one for those scared by stuffed animals, or strong beer.
4. ‘Please allow about 3 hours or more to visit this museum. It is crammed with lots and lots of things’
York Castle Museum
Full review from March 2006
A 3 hour visit at a splendid museum!
Please allow about 3 hours or more to visit this museum. It is crammed with lots and lots of things that was part of the britons everyday life.
Please see the pictures I posted together with this commentary to get an idea of what this museum is about.
In my opinion, this too is a must see atraction in York!
5. ‘I can see how this attraction appeals to children - I would have loved pretending to be a medieval lady when I was younger’
Full review from July 2008
Not for adultsI can see how this attraction appeals to children - I would have loved pretending to be a medieval lady when I was younger. Plenty of dressing up and games etc for kids but as a couple we found the attraction dull, lacking in concrete information and unsuitable.
6. ‘Let's just say wielding a credit card in this shop is way more satisfying than in any other I've been into!’
The York Ghost Merchants
Full review from October 2019
Unique and magicalWe went into this tiny shop on The Shambles today to get out of the rain and we were completely enchanted. It felt like stepping back in time to the Victorian era and we loved the amazing attention to detail and atmosphere. The ghosts themselves are simple but beautiful and each one is unique. I spent ages choosing which to buy as gifts. The owner is definitely part of the shop's appeal, dressed in period costume, ready to welcome customers, assist with purchases and tell the tale of one of the most haunted cities in the country and its ghostly traditions. There were families in there with children who were clearly spellbound by the magical details in the shop. There are secret spy holes to peer into, a cupboard hidden behind an old portrait and ghost emblems carved in wood and picked out in plaster. We were pretty spellbound ourselves. (And that was before we went to pay - let's just say wielding a credit card in this shop is way more satisfying than in any other I've been into!) Definitely not to be missed if you're visiting York. A shop like no other.
7. ‘Defo a place to bring visitors to York. If only you didn't have to queue.’
Bettys Café Tea Rooms
Full review from November 2007A beautiful building. great food and fantastic staff. great with children too. Defo a place to bring visitors to York. If only you didn't have to queue.
8. ‘I was dragged to this museum by my very enthusiastic husband and two sons, and was expecting to be bored to tears. Wrong!’
National Railway Museum
Full review from June 2006
Absolutely fantastic and FREE!I was dragged to this museum by my very enthusiastic husband and two sons, and was expecting to be bored to tears. Wrong! Of all the things we did in York, this was one of the few free places we visited and probably my favourite museum. I never realised that trains/engines were so big, so beautiful, and so important historically. From Stephenson's Rocket to the Japanese Bullet train, every sort of train is there, lovingly restored and totally splendid. I could have spent hours and hours there, but ironically my sons ran out of steam. (No pun intended!!) Loved it. Would go again. Go, I urge you. I'm converted and just slipping into my anorak...
9. ‘My fiancee cacked her pants several times and almost smacked one of the "exhibits"’
Full review from February 2006
Horoor at its best
Me an our lass set out for a slightly unusual halloween in york, i hadn't been in years, and if you haven't visited york yet then really...you must...go, i swear its the best city in England!!! ok its a bit overpriced at times and some of the attractions will completely rip you off mentioning no names...(jorvik viking museum...avoid at all costs) so anyway, it was halloween and what better place to spend it than York Dungeon!! we went in at around 6.00pm so it was slightly dark and cold, but the friendly staff greeting visitors outside of the museum made the time fly by, these tend to be dressed up as anything from witches to plague victims, we paid our very reasonable £4.50 and carried on through the plaugue riddon streets of victorian york, now i'll not spoil any surprises, but at this part of the tour, my fiancee cacked her pants several times and almost smacked one of the "exhibits" from here on you are led through an extremely interesting account of yorks past, in the dracula exhibit you are spoken to by the world famous Van Helsing, an Gorvik, a friendly viking named helga..., all in all we were left with very approving smiles, but my fiancee still refuses to go in again, lol!! GREAT FUN!!!
10. ‘Their website doesn’t really reflect the range of items in store so visiting is a good idea if you really enjoy a rummage’
The Antiques Centre
Full review from May 2012
more fun than ebay
Whilst visiting York recently I came across the The Antiques Centre in Stonegate york. I almost didn't go in! I love trawling through ebay in pursuit of old brooches judging by the amount of people bidding I can't be alone in this hobby. This shop was stuffed to the rafters full of pre owned things, jewellry, medals, coins, tableware, pictures, costumes.A man was disapointed to miss a barometer for sale it had been sold earlier in the day, so many hobbies covered. I was in the shop for a couple of hours and didnt see all the floors due to the range of brooches, bracelets and necklaces etc on the ground floor. Their website doesnt really reflect the range of items in store so visiting is a good idea if you really enjoy a rummage. I left with a couple of lovely silver victorian brooches and was delighted with them. There is a cafe and toilet on the premises so you can stay all day if you wish but you might want to arrange an alternative activity for those in your party who don't collect. I didn't notice a lift so the stairs may be a problem if you have mobility problems however the ground floor was fab for people interested in collecting brooches etc. The staff were helpful and they have a system where you can keep track of the cabinets as they are numbered.You collect tags with the numbers of all the cabinets you want to view items in more closely. I would consider going to York expressly to visit this shop due to the range of brooches and my interest in this hobby.
11. ‘Our instructor (nicknamed Rapunzel) talked us through the safety briefing and then a demo on technique. We both had such a great time’
Full review from September 2019
Highly recommend!My husband and I saw the Hilt advertised whilst at the food festival and decided to go along for some axe throwing and we are so glad we did! Walking in, you are instantly made to feel welcome and it's a lovely atmosphere. We were offered drinks whilst we waited and then taken through to the cages where our instructor (nicknamed Rapunzel, really sorry I can't remember his actual name!) talked us through the safety briefing and then a demo on technique. He was really helpful and patient (it took me a while to get the technique down!). We both had such a great time, the axe throwing itself is SO much fun but the whole experience was just made even better by the staff. I would HIGHLY reccomend giving it a go, whether you've been elsewhere or not. They also offer food, we didn't have any as we had eaten elsewhere but what we saw looked and smelt really good and will definitely sample some next time we visit! Thankyou to the whole team for a lovely experience
12. ‘I didn't go down into the cellar. It didn't sound as though there was much to see and apparently the space is cramped down there’
Full review from March 2007
A bit boring
The Treasurers' House is a large house owned by the National Trust. The rooms have been decorated in different period styles. It is supposedly one of the most haunted buildings in the country, with ghostly Roman centurians in the cellar, a smoking spectre in the drawing room, and even phantom pets in the garden.
I personally didn't find this a terribly interesting place. The rooms are rather dingy and the furnishings didn't seem anything very special. There are guides in every room who can offer useful information and insights, which is probably a bonus feature for some, but I found it rather oppressive as it felt as though I was being watched. If you believe in the ghost story elements it may be more rewarding, but even the most fantatical ghost hunter would probably find it hard to get too excited.
I didn't go down into the cellar. This costs extra and, from the description given at reception, consists of a talk on the Romans. It didn't sound as though there was much to see and apparently the space is cramped down there.
There are activity sheets for children and activity bags in each room, but even so it was quite a push to keep them interested (even though they are usually quite happy in museums etc.) Teenagers and children over 10 would definitely be unimpressed.
If you are very interested in history, old houses and furniture, and want a gentle and undemanding visit, then this would be a good place to visit. I would not recommend it to families with young children and definitely not to teenagers and young people.
13. ‘It is without doubt a good place to say Goodbye (or Hello!!!) to the city’
York Railway Station
Full review from March 2006
Nice and very clean!It is without doubt a good place to say Goodbye (or Hello!!!) to the city. Very nice station and very clean too! Judge by yourself... Best regards Oscar
14. ‘You are always guaranteed a good atmosphere and when the Macarena comes on you know everyone will be on the dancefloor joining in!’
Full review from July 2013
There ain't no party like a Flares club party!!
I can honestly say that flares is my favourite place to end a night out in York! As soon as you approach you get a warm welcome from the friendly bouncers, the music is playing and the staff ready to serve you a vk and jagerbomb for under £3! The music played is a mix of 80s, 90s and chart and every song played is a hit! You are always guaranteed a good atmosphere and when the Macarena comes on you know everyone will be on the dancefloor joining in! The only down side is that the Tuesday Dj is not as good as the one they used to have but I would recommend this venue to anyone!
15. ‘There is not a great deal inside - there is a little tourist shop, a couple of little alcoves… but it nonetheless is worth a little look’
Full review from July 2010
Worth a visitSituated next to the overpriced 'Castle Museum', Clifford's Tower is an interesting find. Originally part of a larger castle complex, only the husk of the tower survives to this day. Still it has some very nice views of the town and allows you to imagine what the area would of looked like hundreds of years ago. Of particular interest are the little models and artworks that help you imagine how it appeared in its glory days. There is not a great deal inside - there is a little tourist shop, a couple of little alcoves, a small room that was an abbey, but it nonetheless is worth a little look if you are in the area.
16. ‘The different smells were a gr8 touch. i learnt loads and i had gr8 craic!’
Jorvik Viking Centre
Full review from