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Mountain Goat Tours
So, today’s the day. It’s 1st May and I’m going to be a Mountain Goat!

No -  it’s not that I haven’t shaved my legs since Christmas. I’m going on a Mountain Goat day trip and taking my Mum along for the ride. Mountain Goat offer a selection of days trips over different days of the week. We are going to Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and the North York Moors which currently operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
We leave York Priory after a hearty, home cooked breakfast and make our way to the pick up point by York Minster.

Our Mini bus is easy to recognise and we are warmly greeted by our driver and tour guide for the day, Steve.
When all the guests have arrived, we’re on the road a few minutes earlier than our scheduled departure of 9.15am. With the comfortable seating and large windows of the bus we sit back, relax and take in the great views.
Steve is great. He talks informatively when there are things of interest to point out, but also allows time for us to drink in the views in peace. Comfort breaks are arranged to suit all the passengers, so we never have to worry about being on the road for too long at a time.
After a brief comfort stop in Pickering we make our way over the picturesque North York Moors, the largest area of heather moor in the country.
The first stop is Robin Hood’s Bay where we have an hour to ourselves.
The bus cannot drive down to the beach, we disembark and make our way down the steep path. Walking down does not seem a struggle as there are lovely shops all along the way and we make a stop for a restorative coffee.
Coming back up is somewhat harder especially carrying the purchases we have made!
Back on the bus we continue our adventure and head for Whitby. We have two hours free time to explore and have lunch.
We opt to be dropped by the harbour, but some passengers chose to be taken up to the abbey and bravely tackle the 198 steps back down to the town centre.
For us, it is a must to have Fish and Chips when by the coast, so we head straight to The Quayside where we know they cater for coeliacs and the food is delicious.
After lunch and some shopping in Whitby (we bought kippers to take home), we re-join Steve and the bus and set off across the moors for a short journey to Hutton le Hole passing some amazing scenery along the way.
This is a lovely "chocolate box" village with a selection of independent cafes and coffee shops, a chocolate factory and home to the Rydale Folk Museum. Our stay is only 45 minutes, so we didn't have time to visit the museum, but that gives us good reason for a return trip sometime!

We board the bus for the last time to return to York. Arriving at approximately 5.30pm.

What a wonderful day out. We seem to have done and seen so much in the time, yet never felt rushed. We would really recommend this tour.

Mountain Goat Tours operate 6 different trips out of York on different days. 

Make York your base, stay at the York Priory for a few days to allow time to check out all the sights the City has to offer, then venture further afield with a Mountain Goat Tour or two!

Restaurant Review 

It’s very well documented that just about every cafe, bar and restaurant establishment in Malton, North Yorkshire, is  dog welcoming and very friendly . Bella, Pam and I Decided we would put it to the test. So on Wednesday 17th April 2019 on a pleasant warm spring evening we took a ride out and went for a meal in an extremely nice restaurant called the "New Malton Ale House".

Situated right within the heart of the market square it is an old established bistro style Ale House that is located right on a corner, overlooking the square.

We couldn’t have been happier or more impressed, from the moment we entered, we were made to feel welcome, and so was Bella. After being taken too our seats, we were offered a bowl of water and biscuits for Bella then presented with two lovely Menus Although it was a mid week night it was still busy and it's clearly a very popular spot.

I chose the succulent king prawns in a garlic oil, served on a slice of crusty bread.

Pam chose the Pea soup with delightful toasted pea fritters. Bella, sat patiently on the floor waiting and begging for her bite-size biscuits.

To drink we had a tasty tray of 3/3 of a pints consisting of a stout, a bitter and a pale ale. All were 3 were delicious.

For the main course I chose a steak burger served with a pink coleslaw and refried hand cut chips not to big and very very tasty.

Pam chose a smoked Mackerel and grapefruit salad, which, I must say I had incredible food envy.

Bella was very happy she had plenty of petting and cuddles and was even asked if she wanted more biscuits from the staff. The service was quick attentive and informative. I would definitely recommend it.

Above all. What we really was very impressed by was  the reasonable prices,  especially as,  since we found out on departure of the building,  that it is a Michelin star rated restaurant. Needless to say we will be returning again in the near future five stars to everyone who works there. New Malton Ale House.  Menu
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York Priory's ideas of a kids day out in York Uk
Looking for somewhere to entertain the kids whilst you're staying in The York Priory over the summer holidays£ Well look no further!

York is enriched with a fabulous array of things you can do to entertain them, and please feel free to take as many tips from this easy guide as you like!

Just 6 miles away is the ever popular York Maze attraction, which has just opened again for the season. This year’s theme marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Both the theme, and the maze are popular with children AND adults; both continue to grow every year and provide us with new forms of amusement. Towards the end of the season their Hallowe'en show (Hallowscream) is the most sort after ticket around - they usually sell out in days.

Within the same vicinity as the York Maze are the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and Piglets Adventure Farm (& Café). They both provide an opportunity for a petting experience with animals. Piglets has the wonderful Piglets Coffee House & Truffles Trough Café with sumptuous food, cakes and coffee (great for mums and dads to unwind! Haha) 

York is the home of 2 famous chocolate factories - Terry'sRowntree’s, and we have Y♡rk's Chocolate Story in the City Centre that tells the story of how chocolate is, and was made [You will have a chance to sample the chocolate don't worry!]. York is not short of green spaces, and two of these are fabulous public parks that were created by the Rowntree’s family for their workers. Homestead Park is here, just 1.5 miles west of the City Centre, in an area called Clifton. Rowntree’s Park is situated here, just south of the City Centre, and over the river from The York Priory - literally only a 10 minute walk via the millennium bridge.

New to York in 2017 and situated within the York Shambles (which Diagon Alley was loosely based on!) is an intriguing Harry Potter themed shop called "The Shop That Must Not Be Named”. Already popular, the word is spreading and there can be long queues to get in. 

Another new attraction which is new to us Askham Brian Wildlife Park  I cant give you any personal experience of it, but watch this space. I shall update it here.

A traditional favourite is the Jorvik Viking Centre which has just reopened again, after the floods in December 2015. I visited it on an open day in spring; all I can say is; it hasn't lost its WOW factor! If you choose to visit in the February Half Term, they have the Jorvik Viking Festival with an actual battle on the base of Clifford's Tower

The Yorkshire Museum in the Museum Gardens houses five galleries showcasing some of Britain’s finest archaeological treasures including the Cawood Sword, and many rare animals, birds and fossils, in exciting displays.

A particular old favourite of mine is the York Castle Museum. Owned by City of York Council it still is the best value museum to visit but not the best known. It is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Admission is £10 for adults and under 16's free with a paying adult.  I always recommend it to all our guests. It is my best tip of all. You can easily lose 2 to 3 hours in it especially on a rainy day. You can walk in 2 Victorian streets and visit Dick Turpin's prison cell.  They have also introduced from April '17 to January '18 their own Chocolate story. I  have very happy memories of visiting it as a child with my dad and sister.

The City Walls are another favourite with families and completely free. These beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England, stretching 2.1 miles around the city with 5 gates (entrances to the city) you can walk around each section taking time out to visit their little individual museums, perhaps take coffee and cakes, or just enjoy the splendid views of the city and the candid photo opportunities.

The National Railway Museum is a must for children of all ages. Discover 300 years of history and 1,000,000 objects that changed the world at the UKs largest Railway Museum. It is open from 10am to 6pm and admission is free. Throughout the summer there are a host of family activities to get involved in, such as storytelling events and science shows. Make time for a meal or snack during your visit and enjoy dining in a Victorian inspired 'dining car'. A truly memorable experience.

If  the weather is fine why not discover the historic York Cat Trail. Pick up a leaflet at the shop or online. The trail starts at The Cat Gallery shop and takes about an hour. Statues of cats have been placed on buildings in York for around two centuries.  Find the cat statues detailed on the itinerary and you will take yourself on a wonderful selfguided tour of the City. Taking in many highlights such as The Museum Gardens and parts of the City Walls.
York Priory Rate Options

Rates Explained 

We have always said our direct rates are the best, so here aree the reasons why;


Its the only place, online where you will find it included in the price of your room,  if you wish

We cant SHOUT it out any louder. 

The times have changed over the years and so have bed and breakfasts. 
Central heating and inside public loos 1970s
Ensuite rooms in the 1980s/90s.  
TV and room telephones 1990s 
In 2000, the internet started to revolutionise the travel industry.
Everyone has become their own travel agent and we are all looking for the best deal

We have had to move with all current Internet Selling Markets. So with every room type we now have 4 different rates. Explained below 

Pay On arrival BREAKFAST Flexi Cancellation (Rack Rate)

This is the standard rate including breakfast (mostly booked)
It is a flexible rate with standard cancellation policy and can cancelled by 10am up to 48 hours before date of arrival with no penalty charges

Pay On arrival ROOM ONLY Flexi Cancellation

This is a room only tariff. Breakfast may be purchased separately.
It is a flexible rate with standard cancellation policy and can cancelled by 10am up to 48 hours before date of arrival with no penalty charges

Pay Now in advance Inc Breakfast No refund/Transfer

This is a discounted rate and Includes breakfast. 
You may not change or transfer the booking. No refund will be issued. 
You have 24 hours to cancel should you change your mind but once the deadline passes booked your room is reserved and not transferable.
Independent travel insurance is advised should you need to cancel the booking at a later date 

Pay Now in Advance ROOM ONLY No refund/Transfer

This is a discounted rate and breakfast not included. 
You may not change or transfer the booking. No refund will be issued. 
You have 24 hours to cancel should you change your mind but once the deadline passes booked your room is reserved and not transferable.
Independent travel insurance is advised should you need to cancel the booking at a later date 

To see the rates and prices please Take a look at our web booking page www.ypgh.co.uk on our York Priory App of on our FB page.

You will see that Room Only and Rack Rate prices are the same. This is because we give OUR customers the gift of breakfast if they book with us direct. It is the only place online for York Priory you will receive breakfast included. 

Go on give it a try and take a look. 

BTW if you put in YPGH17 in the promo code box you will receive a further 5% discount. It is CASE sensitive so if it isn't working just check YOU HAVE CAPS LOCK ON 

Illuminating York 2015

Illuminating York

Outside Bettys and Mansion House

Having being excited for just about the whole year, I decided to trip down to the 'ole' illuminating York festival last night 30th October 2015 What a fabulous atmosphere.

Once a free event, last year it was taken over and bought by a private investor and made its first commercial debt.  Due to work and other commitments I haven't managed to get tickets and attend since it went to be a private enterprise. Friday was my first opportunity.

Wow it certainly has taken off.The cue extended from the museum gardens and carried on right around the corner into St Leonard's Place. I could hear the stewards shouting please join the cue, this is the 7pm tickets and that was at 7.20pm. Suffice to say I never did actually get in and didn't get to experience the attraction. I would be interested if any of my followers had taken any good images to post thhem on the York Priory facebook wall. Id love to see what the attraction was like. For those who may consider coming back next year, my tip for you. There is a lesson to be learned here! Book early tickets and expect to que 

On a positive note here are the images I did manage to capture of our lovely York on the evening capturing the festival fringe events

The Shambles 

The Shambles
Coppergate Glass Bauble Tree
Disco Glitter Balls

The Shambles

The New Walk. The Tree lined Riverside Walk that goes right through York City Centre

New Walk

Having lived here all my life, @yorkpriory  I cannot believe how blessed we are to have such a gorgeous riverside walk, that leads right into the heart of the city.  I walk down here almost every day (if not in flood)  with my dogs.

New Walk is a tree lined promenade created in the 18th century for the Georgeians to stroll on.

Although not all New Walk the riverside path has extended from The Millennium Bridge right through the city and out the other side as far as the Clifton bridge. it is approximately 3 miles then continues to further more rural areas of shipton and Beningbrough. On the south side if you so wish you could walk to Selby via the cycle path. The area I'm referring to is a fully tarmacked and cycle friendly too . Considering its short length through the city gives an interesting insight into the size of York.

If I leave the York Priory and walk down Grange Garth or New Walk Terrace, there are steps at the bottom of the road that lead onto the riverside. If I turn right I can walk into the city in about 10 - 15 minutes. Go over

                                   The Blue Bridge

And then walk along a bit further until You walk under the

Skeldergate Bridge

After you've come out of the 'otherside', There it is ! On your right hand side, in all its splendid glory

Cliffords Tower

So for the magnificent Castle Museum or The Jorvik Viking Centre or Shambles walk up to the main road from here, alternatively stroll along to the next bridge for


Ouse Bridge

Just before it is the Kings Arms pub. Famous for going under water in the floods. Flooding incidentally has always occurred in York. The city was built around the Ouse. When the river breaks its banks (which happens often) it usually cases little disruption, however! Sometimes when the weather has been particularly bad and a clash of all natures elements occur at once, the Ouse can flood fiercely and be a spectacular sight to see albeit deadly and distributive if not respected. York invariably continues about its daily business and deals with it in the usual way as we have become accustomed too.
Just before The Kings Arms Is one of my favourite little gems 'Plonkers Wine Bar' There is nothing quiet like sitting buy the river enjoying a drink and a meal in the summer or walk up Cumberland Street to find the Bar itself.  They are dog friendly inside and out and the food is a real treat. Even better they are open until 2am with a taxi rank next door.
So that is the New Walk from the York Priory to the city. Now if I walk down Grange Garth again and turn left at the bottom of the stairs, I can walk and walk and walk, should I so wish. On my way is

The Pikeing Well

Pikeing well is a grade II listed building. Circa 1752

I never tire of the seasonal beauty, the constant and evolving landscape not to mention the hive of activity that goes on down here 

I can access the #racecourse within 20mins walk over the millennium bridge

The Millenium Bridge

Whats happening this Autumn and New Year at The York Priory England

Just wanted to welcome all our friends and customers old and new, to our seasonal update, we want to let you know what's been happening recently at The York Priory.

We have relaunched our bar, and now stock a wide variety of beverages. Becks Vier and Boddingtons are on draught, bottled and canned drinks Budweiser, Peroni, Bulmers (various flavours), Guinness and many more.  We have a new selection of  Red, White and Rose wines and spirits on offer and plenty of soft drinks too!! (J20, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Tango etc. Between the hours of 11am until 7pm we are introducing a daytime snack menu, which will offer lite bites to the hungry traveller.

During the summer months we have started to include tap filtered bottled water in the bedrooms and for the light sleepers complimentary earplugs can be requested from reception.

From the 30 September 2013, Sky Sports will be available in The York Priory Bar, Yey !!!!!  This will be a nice surprise for our sport orientated customers, who would prefer to just sit and chill instead of the sightseeing and shopping that York is famous for.  Lee our bar and entertainment manager, will be looking forward to entertaining you there, being a local lad (and a loyal York City fan) he will enjoy exchanging football banter and yarns.

Also from 30 September 2013,  ALL Superior Bedrooms will have the full sky home package including movies (excluding Sky Sports). This tv package will also be available in Room 201 adjoining family room, in the main bedroom only. The rest of the bedrooms will still have the standard freeview package.

Due to high volume of enquiries, for the very FIRST TIME The York Priory have decided to open our doors to guests, from 27 December 2013 and will stay open until New Years Eve (we will be closed on New Years Day). We are going to have a guest and family party on the 31 Dec 13, to see in new 2014!!  All our guest that book for these dates are welcome to join us celebrating the end of 2013 and start of 2014. There will be a finger buffet and snacks, music and perhaps some games etc. The bar will stay open until the early hours.  However, we do intend to serve breakfast a little later on New Years Day, it will be served the between 9.30 am and 10.30 am, Do not be disappointed, book now, please call 01904 819022 or enquire at reception about the availability of accommodation for New Year's Eve, we would love to share it with you.

We continue to listen to feedback and make improvements wherever we can.

Many thanks to family and friends for your continued support in loving my business.

Elizabeth Jackson

Visit York Racecourse Event

York Racecourse

Pam Jackson and Darren Wiseman


I was invited to a behind the scenes event by Visit York at  The York Racecourse. 

This was a fabulous event taking us into areas where the public would not be allowed to go. The Weighing room, the Changing rooms and The Stewards room. We were entertained with insights and stories by William Derby Chief Executive & Clerk of the Course, James Brennan Head of Marketing and Sponsorship and Tony Lee Operations Manager. 

It made me realise in particular just how lucky we are to have such a fantastic race course. Easy to see why they call it the Ascot of the North. 

I also didnt realise just how many different events they hosted throughout the year all nothing to do with racing at all.

Whilst we were there Gillian Cruddas reminded members of the Scandanavian Choir Tour which is a free event in York on 26th may 2012. Fun evening of music and song from Scandinavia and England! 4 Norwegian choirs will perform as part of their weekend festival in York: Nordstrandkoret, Unn-koret, Porsgrunn Sangforening and Ostre Gausal Sangkor.

Plus for some local flavour the South Bank Singers from York and the Four Quarters Quartet from Ryedale.

Live Entertainment

York is a reknowned Hot Spot for a great night out. It is very rich in vibrant cafe bars, bars pubs, restaurants, live music venues and night clubs.

Just about every Saturday there is always something on

My most favourite free music venue to go is The Roman Bath A pub right in the heart of the city at St Sampsons Square. Live entertainment is on most days 9pm - 11.30pm. On the 1st day of every month there is a black board with a list of bands playing over the next month. The venue has several rooms and a beer garden in which you can smoke. Be warned if the band is popular then the venue can get very very crowded. I can recommend 3 bands I have watched recently.

The Black Pearls
The Dark Flowers
The Mojos

2 other Free music venues in the area are The Golden Lion and The Old White Swan Goodramgate

At the end of the evening I usually head towards Plonkers Wine bar. This is a fabulous wine bar situated opposite the Grand Opera House on Cumberland Street. Plonkers is open until 2am and from 11pm-2am a DJ plays music.

When the evening has finished Plonkers is situated right next door to Streamline taxis ideal transport to your next destination
Harrogate Flower Show well worth a visit

The Harrogate Flower Show is well worth a visit whilst visiting if you are visiting York around 26th - 29th April 2012.

Its run by the RHS and is often refered to as the Chelsea of the North.

There are gardens diplays, flowers, stalls, demonstrations, Flower arrangement competitons Cookery Demos

Harrogate is only 20 miles from York so is an easy distance to visit the show.

Do have a look around Harrogate town whilst visiting its a quaint little spa town.

The festival of angels
The weekend bought some wonderful ice carvings and street cafes and christmas market to York this weekend

The city centre was packed with christmas shoppers even I ventured out to absorb the atmosphere. The festival of angels is a great event created by the city of yorks traders as a thank you to the York citizens
Coca Cola truck is coming.


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The Coca Cola Truck

Just been into the city to view the Coca Cola Truck. Its just like a party there are people everywhere. I cannot believe what excitement this has created. 

Pam and the Ginormous Burger



It happened at the Christmas staff party last year. It was a whole mixed grill wrapped up in a burger bun. It took Pam 4 days to eat it -  at every meal.

This meal was served at the Deramore Arms Heslington Village York.  The only place I know that serves such kind of burger.

Anyone know any different£

York Christmas Fayre
The last weekend in November marks the start of the Christmas season in York with the yearly event ST NICHOLAS FAYRE. It is the most lovely event with heaps of festive charm and cheer. St Nicks Fayre is a famous Christmas market situated in various locations over the city with a mixture of crafts, food,homemade and local produce. People travel from miles around to visit the Fayre and complete their Christmas shopping.These are some of the images I took over the weekend.

Coppergate Centre
Location Barley Hall

Visiting York in The Half Term
If you are looking for things to do whilst visiting york in the half term here are some exciting suggestions for the kids.

Illuminating York Where York is bathed in digital light shows for tourists and locals alike

Celebrate Halloween at York Maze where the kids can get into 'the spirit' of things.

The NRM big fun with little trains

Remember its not just about the History its also about the present. We love York

Start early for Christmas shopping

Around this time we start to think of the kids returning to school and the autumn months ahead. Suddenly we acknowledge that Christmas is just 16 weeks away. Now is the time to start preparing. Don't get caught out with the snowy weather like last year, start your shopping early.

We have a great solution
We have a regular group of ladies who are sisters but live in 4 separate corners of the UK. They meet up here every year for the weekend. They buy all their Christmas shopping then spend their evenings wrapping all their pressies together in their rooms drinking wine and listening to music laughing giggleing and generally enjoying each others company

What an excellent way to deal with all that Christmas shopping.

If this appeals to you The York Priory has started reducing the prices on our our midweek and Sunday nights leading up to Christmas. It is always best to call the reception team 44 (0)1904 819022 to discuss the availability, rates and make a booking

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Personal Experience of a Personal Trainer
In 2002 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it was raging out of control

I was feeling pretty low and not enjoying life in general. I really knew I had to do something positive for myself.

A couple of years ago I enrolled a personal trainer, Jason Feavers.

I truly felt foolish. I really didn't want to exercise and was scared and reluctant as to what was going to be expected from me. Jason is absolutely fantastic and explained how the roles of a P.T has changed over the years. No more push push for the burn and more lifestyle coaching. He works with several professionals like Elaine Wilson and Suzanne Brue and believes very strongly research and making positive changes. Jason is very encouraging and uses persuasive instruction. He must be a very clever man because he has actually in succeeded in getting me to exercise without it actually disliking like it. He has a very simple philosophy and that is that the exercise must be something you enjoy. He also works with people who in training for goals like marathons, climbs, events etc. A diverse spectrum.

So far I have tried Nordic walking, power plate, TRX, kettle bells, boxercise. I have started dancing in both ceroc and salsa.

On the positive side, my diabetes management has really improved so much so that I have managed to be taken off 1 of the tablets, and made lots of new friends and tried new experiences.

I would defiantly recommend a personal trainer. Choose your tranier carefully and make sure you are both working towards the same goal. It really can be a positive step.

Selby Abbey and York to Selby Cycle path

I had a go to a meeting in Selby yesterday so it was a good opportunity to visit with my father in Law at Bubwith and then on to Selby. Bubwith is a village between Selby and Market Weighton. Interesting little village with a Nature reserve and a cracking little Deli called Jug and Bottle.

I knew the bridge at selby is closed to cars so we parked up on the otherside and walked over into the town.

Selby is a traditional old market town, famous for its Bank Holiday Monday giant market.

It has a beautiful Abbey there and a great sports centre.

We took a meal just opposite is a lovely restaurant Number 8. I had heard so much about and it certainly lived up to its reputation.

Some guests bought there bikes with them over the Eater break and rode from York to Selby along the cycle path said it had been very enjoyable, its about 14 Miles


Easter Bank Holiday Monday at Temple Newsam

Bank Holidays are always very quite in the hospitality trade. Its the time we have our bit of R&R after working most of the weekend. Yesterday was no exception. My sister (Acres Dene) and I decided to take the dog for a Nordic Walk at Temple Newsam

What an absolutely glorious walk it is, you can walk miles,uninterrupted totally traffic free, in peaceful countryside. We walked 4.5 miles including bridlepaths, georgous bluebell woods and saw rare breed cattle. Boo our dog just loves it.

A good tip is to take a drink and a snack with you or even a pic-nic you can fill an entire day if you really enjoy the great outdoors.
Fantastic Family Easter Fun In York
We have had some fantastic new customers this Easter weekend, made some new friends, enjoyed their company.

Mr Middleton raved about the National Railway Museum, he said, even though he didn't have any interest in trains what so ever he thought it was a marvelous museum that had kept him, his wife and 3 kids fully entertained for 5 hours yes thats 5 hours. He just couldn't believe that it was free. Returning every night very weary and ready for a couple of beers in the bar.

The weather has certainly helped, everyone has been able to sit and enjoy a drink in the gardens whilst the kids played.
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