48 hours in Liverpool with Novotel Liverpool Centre

48 hours in Liverpool with Novotel Liverpool Centre: October 2018

Destination Liverpool, a fabulous friendly city of culture offering visitors so many exciting activities to see and do.

Novotel Liverpool Centre, is perfectly situated for exploring all that Liverpool has to offer, check into your cosy city centre Novotel hotel – a 4 star home away from home.

Novotel’s nice executive rooms are the perfect homely hub, spacious with all the mod cons you need during your stay.

Unpack, relax and prepare to head off for your lovely Liverpool adventures.

Liverpool Cathedral

Morning began in a peaceful place of solace and worship, Liverpool’s majestic, ore inspiring Cathedral whereby ground floor entry is free, but donations are welcomed.

Designed by the amazing architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who interestingly was also commissioned to design a telephone kiosk to commemorate the Jubilee of King George V – hence the red iconic telephone box was born.

However, for a small fee, you can tower to new heights, see the beautiful bells and gain entry to the Cathedral roof top where you have a great vantage point, that offers the most beautiful breath-taking 360-degree views of the whole city.

Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre

Prepare to go down deep and pop on a hard hat to explore the nearby Williamson Tunnels created by the eccentric Joseph Williamson in the early 19th century.

For a nominal fee, the heritage centre provides an interesting underground guided tour of the tunnels, run by the Joseph Williamson Society a registered charity which receives no public funding.

Liverpool Watersports Centre

Make a splash at the non for profit, Liverpool Watersports centre, that aims to provide a range of exciting and affordable activities for all. Located on Queens dock, right in the heart of Liverpool city centre, this makes for a perfect place to play.

Charles, Clive and the team, provided a full safety briefing, kitted us up in our wetsuits, provided tuition and then let us loose, on sit on top Kayaks, up to Liverpool’s Albert Dock and back.

Want to go even more awesome, give their inflatable amazing Aqua Park a whirl, ideal for groups and individuals, who want to makes waves and have fun out on the water. Race your way over obstacles, then slide, bounce and jump your way to victory.

Novotel Liverpool Centre On-Site Leisure Facilities  

After getting wet and wild on the water, now it’s time for a calm relaxing session back at the Liverpool Novotel centre hotel.

Take a dip, swim, enjoy the water jets, steam room or simply chill on the recliner poolside.

Still feeling energetic, well hit the hotel gym and run, cycle and row all in one convenient place.

Head back to your exec room and take a shower or bath in the well-appointed bathroom which has all you need to pamper yourself and prepare for an evening out on the town including fab Fairtrade shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, toothpaste, brushes and much more.

Ropewalks Bar & Kitchen – Afternoon Tea 

Rock up to Ropewalks, Novotel’s restaurant and bar, a perfect place to relax, with lovely décor including a piano depicting the Liverpool city landscape with their iconic attractions.  Also, wonderful window seating, ideal for people watching and with charger ports to juice up those tech gadgets.

Indulge in the delicious Ropewalks Afternoon Tea, that includes a range of fancy finger sandwiches, super scones with jam and cream, along with some yummy sweet pastries.  All washed down with complimentary tea or coffee.

Now, it was time to head into Liverpool for a few fabulous activities.

Breakout Liverpool

Live Escape room experience Breakout, located in Liverpool city centre, Arrr me hearties…we got our swagger on, grabbed our crew and prepared to play Shipwrecked with arrr lovely games master Joey.

Ahoy matey, it was all hands on deck, as there was munity aboard the famous Soldado Pirate Shipwreck, as we plan to steel Captains Chiver’s most prized treasures, but had to act quick as there would be no Parley, instead his ghostly ghoul, would find and drags us down into a watery grave at the bottom of the Mersey.  Us swashbucklers bagged the booty and made our escape with the riches, but the question is can you?

Roxy Ballroom Liverpool – VIP Style

Andy and Eleanor, the super chilled and cool Roxy staff, gave us a big high five and welcomed us into the Roxy Ball Room world of fun. Roxy Rocks, so bring on your best game face and prepare for some ballsy play, as things get serious in the VIP – The ultimate private game playing experience.

A private space for you and your squad to play pool on the impressive full-size Sam K tables, ping pong on full size competition tables and bring on beautiful beer pong.

Prepare for victory early and take things up a notch and order some Champions platters, for the team, a giant size super feast which includes classic pizza slices, Buffalo chicken wings, mac & cheese bites, onion rings, garlic ciabatta and fully loaded fries.  Wash this down with a range of mocktails, cocktails and beers.

Wind down back in your Novotel hotel room and refresh with the complimentary in room coffee making facilities, tea tray with biscuits, bottled water, and perhaps watch a movie.

Ropewalks Bar & Kitchen – Breakfast

Day two and time to refuel, with breakfast Novotel Liverpool style.  Either opt for the buffet in Ropewalks or have breakfast in the comfort of your exec room.

Big beautiful British breakfast included sausage, bacon, egg, mushrooms, tomato, beans with toast and a veggie option with vegetarian sausages all served with tea, coffee and orange juice.

Head Down to the UNESCO World heritage site: The Royal Albert Dock, to see the iconic Royal Liver building, titanic memorial and have your snap taken with the Beatles fab 4 statue.

The Beatles Story

Let Beatles Mania commence, beginning with jumping on a self-guided tour at the award-winning The Beatles Story, that will take you on a journey, as you discover the fab four and their lives, culture and of course their marvellous music!

Abbey Road Studios, the yellow submarine and new for 2018 is the India exhibition which celebrates 50 years since the Beatles travelled to Rishikesh in India.

Magical Mystery Tour

Jump aboard your very own “yellow submarine” for the Ultimate Beatles Fan experience – The Magical Mystery Tour. “She’s got a ticket to ride”…well I definitely did and could not wait. The Tour has four key photo opportunities and stops at Penny Lane, George Harrison’s birthplace; 12 Arnold grove, Strawberry Fields and Paul McCartney’s childhood home.

Along with many highlights including the childhood home of Ringo Starr, St Peters Church where John and Paul first met, John Lennon’s childhood home and Former schools and colleges of John, Paul, George and Ringo including the Art College and the Liverpool Institute (now LIPA)

The Cavern Club Front stage

“Help me if you can, I’m feeling down…” a sure thing to perk up anyone’s mood is Location Matthew Street, the beating hub of Liverpool’s music scene, with the Cavern Club being at the very heart of it.

Cavern Club Front stage has a variety of truly talented live musical performances with musical “words of wisdom” so “Let it be, Let it be, let it be” Also, there is masses of Liverpool Legends memorabilia to keep any Beatles fans and lovers of Liverpool entertained.

Ropewalks Bar & Kitchen – Dinner

Feeling famished and fancy a freshen up, well it’s just a hop, skip and jump away back to the comfort of your Novotel hotel.  Pop into the Ropewalks bar, who offer a variety of drinkies, including their lovely Love Lane beer and a range of mouth-watering mocktails.

Go mega with mains and try their lovely superfood salad, pear & feta salad with balsamic dressing or meat things up with the 12 oz sirloin steak, served with fries, salad and a generous jug of peppercorn sauce.

Delicious desserts came in the form of chocolate heaven and a delightful cheeseboard with grapes, biscuits and chutney.

We then headed back into the city and was ready to bring on the Beatles good time vibes.

The Cavern Live Lounge  – The Cavern Beatles

Prepare to scream out; John, Paul, George and Ringo, as you head into the Live Lounge, for a live stage set from the legendary – The Cavern Beatles.

Warm up act and then the tribute fab four, aka The Cavern Beatles, made for an amazing musical evening to enjoy the Beatles classics.

LL1The next morning, we fancied a lighter breakfast, so went all continental at the Novotel.

This included a range if fab fresh fruit, mouth-watering porridge with preserves, pastries and orange juice.

St Johns Beacon

Reach new heights at St Johns Beacon and enjoy full panoramic views of the Liverpool skyline, the Liverpool Waterfront, the Wirral and North Wales.

Also, home to Radio City and if you are lucky you will see a live radio show, as studios are fully visible – exciting stuff.

Love Life, Love Liverpool!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Top Manchester Activities

Top Manchester Activities: October 2018 

Marvellous Manchester, a UK city which offers visitors, so much to see and do, but here are my top options, in no particular order, for those who want to have fun while in the city.

1.TeamSport Go Karting 

Located slap bang in Manchester City Centre, Grab the Girl & Guy squad and head down to TeamSport Go Karting Manchester for the race of a lifetime.

Hit the track, feel the speed, use your skill and aim for the chequered flag and prepare to clinch victory from your opponent by driving smart.  Let Meg, Clo, Hillary and the rest of the team look after your safety while providing a fun on track experience.  What will your best lap time be?

2. Lucardo University of Magic: The Entrance Exam

Fancy your hand at being a witch or wizard, well first you must graduate from the University of Magic.  Get your wand at the ready and prepare to cast your way to success.

Lucardo offer a truly unique, immersive and exciting spellbinding experience in Manchester City Centre.  Find your way into a secret room, cast a spell and make a potion.  With Professor Emma’s help we graduated, the question is – can you?

3. Popup Painting 

Prepare to Paint Popup style, with Popup Painting, originally a London launch with the aim of promoting creativity out of the classroom.  Now held at venues throughout the UK, Manchester being one of them, try your hand at paint brushing your way to creating your very own marvellous masterpiece.  Our afternoon was based on the interpretation of Hokusai’s Great Wave Painting.

We sploshed and splashed our way around the easel like seasoned pros with our friendly skilled artist’s step by step guide.  Fancy going off-piste, not a problem, as your artist promotes and supports your inner creative desires.  The event offered a relaxed atmosphere, with laughs and giggles galore and thanks to his lovely assistant paint was in plentiful supply along with all art supplies such as brushes and apron too – all included within the price.  Why not dip into the pot and get your spills…thrills with Popup Painting, you never know you may be the next artistic genius #popuppainting

4.Vertical Chill Indoor Ice Climbing  

Location Deansgate, is the place to be, for the ultimate unique activity. Feel the freeze and get into the cold zone.  Challenge yourself to climb new heights and hear the crunch of the ice, as you battle your way to the top of this vast glacial thrill.

Our expert guide Matt was informative, knowledgeable and gave us the confidence to reach the top.  With quality kit and a top motivational mentor can you also reach the top?

5.Escape Reality Manchester: Bank Job

Grab your elite squad of highly skilled bank robbers, as you are amongst the chosen few who have been challenged to infiltrate the security systems at the world’s most protected bank vaults.

Part of our team attempted the skilled system override on the previous night but failed.  They did manage to disable the security cameras and took the opportunity to leave us clues, so our team were now fully prepped to break into the vault and steal that dazzling diamond.

Escape with the diamond within 60 minutes or face life in prison! An exhilarating, exciting and entertaining experience, will your teams diamond bank balance go boom or bust!

6.East Lancashire Railway Dining with Distinction Lancastrian Lunch

At the East Lancashire Railway, in Bury greater Manchester, you can Dine with Distinction and sophistication, by opting for one of their on-board dining services such as the Red Rose Dinner or as we did the lovely Lancastrian Lunch.

Roll out the red carpet, step on board their traditional Orient Express Pullman style carriages, enjoy delicious dining, picturesque and lovely Lancashire countryside, the beautiful Irwell Valley, providing you with the ultimate first-class elegant experience and an exquisite journey back to the Golden Age of Steam.

7.Roxy Ball Room Manchester

Rock up to Roxy Ball Room Manchester, located on Deansgate, and prepare for a fab fun filled game playing experience.  Check in with the team, Molly, Ashley and Laura, a bunch of laid back friendly guys and gals, who will make sure you have a shed load of fun.

Make sure your ball control is on top form, don’t balls things up and pot, ping pong and putt your way to victory during games of pool, ping pong and crazy golf.

8.Breakout Manchester: Enchanted

Whirling and whizzing through the library Wizarding section, a mesmerising dusty book caught our eye, as we began to turn the pages, large yawns followed, and we found ourselves deep asleep and waking up in an enchanted forest.  Wandering and walking, throughout deep forest for hours, encountering creepy creatures, scary shadows, we spotted an exciting entrance to a delightful dazzling house made of gingerbread and sweets.

What we were yet to realise is, that the witch had put us under a spell, a terrifying trap awaited and if we didn’t escape the witch would be returning to eat us.  Have your wits about you and keep chanting “run, run as fast as you can you can’t catch us we have a Gingerbread Breakout Plan!”

A spellbinding fascinating fairy tale, a charming and captivating game with a little bit of spookiness sprinkled in for good measure.  We escaped Enchanted, Breakout Manchester’s Magical escape room experience, question is can you?

9.Base Bar Mcr

Bring on your A game and prepare to bat the ball out the park, in the brilliant Base Bar Batting Cages.  Get kitted up and then the team will prep you for a super awesome session.  A plus is the balls are non-stinger, so in the unlikely event you get hit, it will be a soft blow.

So don’t be cagey, be full of confidence and you will be batting like a pro in no time.  Along with their range of amazing American snacks and drinks and some seriously awesome music beats, this is a super fun activity and well worth a whirl.

10.City Cruises Manchester Afternoon Tea

For over 30 years, Manchester City Centre Cruises, have been operating passenger boat cruises in their two luxury barge boats.  The Castlefield cruise location, was ready and waiting, for our turn to set sail with Captain Alan and his loyal sea skippers.

Enjoy the amazing Afternoon Tea on board, as you sail through the Bridgewater canal system, on to Manchester’s marvellous Media city. A yummy activity for family, friends and loved ones to enjoy.

11.Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester

Whether you go in solo or already have your squad worked out, The Crystal Maze Live Experience Manchester city centre, based on the 90s Iconic series, with the original legendary Maze Master Richard O’Brien and his ever loving marvellous mumsie, is where eight individuals become one team to conquer the crystal dome.

Bomber jackets, booth team time, then prepare for a journey through four zones, Medieval, Industrial, Aztec and Futuristic.  The four game types include Mental, Mystery, physical and Skill, so play to your team strengths, so you can scoop as many crystals as you can to exchange for time in the Crystal Dome. And yes for the mega fans, you do get a go on the amazing Aztec super slide!

12. Junk Yard Golf

Rumours are flying around, that Crazy golf just got epic, and I can confirm it’s all true! Get your game face ready, as things are in full swing down at the super cool Junk Yard Golf site slap bang on first street Manchester.

Welcomed on course Gary, golf club in hand ready to swing into action and get on it like a car bonnet.  Yes, there is a slide, and yes you can actually slide down it too!  Party people, this is the place to be with UV Lights, loud music and flashing lights, while you get funky on the golf course and strut your stuff.

13.The Range Golf Simulator at the Range

Roll up to the Range for a High-quality Golf Simulator experience.  The lovely Charli looked after us, settled us down in our own private curtained booth, as she briefly explained the high spec Gc2s Launched monitor technology.

Try your hand at virtual play on golf courses throughout the world including Pebbles beech.  Along with the tech, added features include music, salt smells, blowing winds to give you an all-round realistic immersive simulator experience.  Hit the ball essentially against the visual facing “bed sheet” to bag yourself a hole in one.

14.Clue HQ: Cell Block C

Clue HQ, the live escape game, located under Manchester Piccadilly Train Station was where criminal Danny Badd framed myself and friends for a crime we did not commit, locked up in game Cell Block C crying out “We are innocent” but no one was listening!

With no chance of an acquittal and our appearance in court was just over 1 hour away, we were left with no option, but to try and break free before the cuffs are placed and that prison door slams for life.  We just missed out, the jury found us guilty, so we donned the orange jump suits and prepared to do the time.

15.Rock Over Climbing

Rock over Climbing Manchester, a brilliant bouldering centre, prepares you to soar new heights and prepares you to climb your way to the top.

Our lovely lady instructor, a real diamond, was fab and just what you want when you are a complete novice; practical, patient, friendly and gave you the confidence to tackle the climb. Want to get to the next grade, well I’m sure Rock over Climbing, will get you on peak form.

Now, the only challenge left is, that you just need to work your way through the full list, have fun!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Make York your Destination for 2018

Make York your Destination for 2018

Founded at the confluence of the rivers Foss and Ouse, with an eclectic mix of Georgian, Medieval and Victorian characteristics, the wonderful walled city of York, with winding quaint, narrow streets and snickleways, has been perfectly preserved making it a picturesque location which combines historical heritage with sophisticated, contemporary amenities.

Known as Eoforwick to the Saxons, Eboracum to the Romans and then invaded by the Vikings who coined the name Jorvik, York is a city steeped in history and charm, an architectural Aladdin’s cave of all things historic, but is an ever-evolving city which offers a range of exciting events, activities, museums and restaurants.

Travelling by rail to York could not be easier and the station is less than a 5-10 minute walk into the heart of all the historic action.  Perhaps you already have an organised itinerary, or maybe decided on a spontaneous trip away, either way, if you have already pre-purchased your yellow York passes then you are good to go, if not just pop over to the Visit York office and the fabulous friendly team will get you on your way to exploring York.

The York Pass offers you a choice of free entry to over 30 York tours and attractions.  You can buy a one, two or three-day pass, making your York Adventure fuss free, fun and cost effective.  During our visit, we used the pass for JORVIK Viking centre, York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower, York City Cruises, York Minster and York chocolate Story.

JORVIK Viking Centre

Transported back in time, during our visit, the city was hosting the Viking festival which sees a range of exciting events taking place throughout the city, such as re-enactments, along with an array of colourful characters dressed in attire befitting of York’s historical past.

JORVIK Viking centre is now a super state of the art attraction, located on the site of the original 1976 dig, providing an interesting, imaginative and immersive experience.

Begin your journey at the epi-centre of the Coppergate dig, that unearthed and evidenced key historical moments within this bustling trading hub, such as the Viking invasion in 866AD and the Norman Conquest of 1066AD.  Exciting excavations revealed a well-preserved Viking village, where over 15000 objects were recovered, including an Anglo-Saxon helmet which resides in the York Castle Museum.

Step into the shoes of the inhabitants of 10th-century York and prepare to experience the sounds, sights and smells – yes smells of the Viking-Age.  With the latest in state of the art animatronics, their new ride, places you at the centre of the action using touch screen technology and interaction for you to re-discover and re-live life like a Viking.  Listen out for Old Norse, Old English and even ancient Arabic and let the 22 characters, authentically presented, guide and educate you about the York way of life in the Viking ages.

York Castle Museum

Dr Kirk lived in an industrial era of change, with the introduction of steam travel, motor travel, historical traditions and ways of life could easily have just been forgotten.

  Dr Kirk began collecting key artefacts and in 1935 he agreed to give his private collection to the City of York and on St Georges day 23rd April 1938 the Museum was officially opened.

Kirk remained personally invested in the museum, importantly wanting his historic objects to be displayed in their original context, as a way of transporting people back in time.  His legacy lives on within the museum, by adopting Kirks approach, it has enabled visitors to authentically experience York’s past way of working and living.

Incredible displays and exhibits, that include perfectly preserved artefacts, which take you through the eras including; Kirkgate, The Victorian Street, York’s sweet historic past, 1914 when the World Changed forever, Shaping the body, The Sixties, Toy Stories and York Castle Prison.  Museum staff such as the delightful Denise, are on hand to help you delve into the detail and explore the exhibits to the full.

This year also marks the 80th Anniversary of the museum where you have a chance to make your mark on history, that could see an object you provide, being on display within the museum.

Clifford’s Tower

Who is the king of the Castle?  Well, make the climb up the steep steps to the top of the ancient mound to find out.  Built by William the Conqueror in the reign of Henry II, York Castle has once been a royal mint and a prison in years past.  Famous prisoners included highwayman Dick Turpin, who used the alias “Palmer”, before is execution on 7th April 1739.  Also, in 1665, the Quakers founder George Fox, spent two nights imprisoned here.

Feel the bold brilliance of battle, stand where castle guards once stood looking out for enemies, by taking the self-guided wall walk tour which offers panoramic views across York with a fabulous view of the marvellous Minster and on a clear day you can see as far as the York Moors.

On the other side, there is a great vantage point to take a snap of the “Eye of York” which includes the female prison, Debtors’ prison and the Assize courts.

The two prison buildings now house the Castle museums exciting exhibits and collections.  The courtyard Castle hub is the central point to begin your exciting adventure.

York City Cruises

We boarded at the King’s Staith landing location, for a cruise down the river Ouse, with York city Cruises.

Opting to take a seat on the top deck, our Captain’s commentary entertained and educated us, about York’s famous floods, the Millennium bridge, the Clifton Bridge and much more.

Also, if things get chilly either bundle up or head down to the lower covered deck for warmth and perhaps some refreshments from the bar.

Our trip was actioned packed, highlights included seeing the York University rowing team in training and an authentic traditional Viking ship.

York Minster

An iconic York landmark, the York Minster Cathedral with its Gothic architecture, is a breath-taking sight and the beating heart of York.

Marvel in the Minsters magnificence, a sanctuary of worship, a place of calm, peace and tranquillity.

However, more turbulent times at the Minster, have nearly seen the building burnt down, deliberately in 1829 by Jonathan Martin and the mysterious fire of 1984, where there was possibly a fault or a deliberate act of arson, to this day the outcome is still inconclusive.

Meticulously restored, the Minster basks in all its glory, where visitors can view key highlights including the nave, medieval stained glass, the under croft, chapter house, memorials, the kings screen and the central tower.

Seeking solitude, time to reflect or a moment of prayer, the Minster provides perfect places to pray, reflect and light a candle in memory of others.

York’s Chocolate Story

Entertaining, educational and engaging, the exhibit enables you to embrace your inner child and get creatively chocolatey at York’s Chocolate story.   Discover the origins of chocolate from cacao bean to bite and explore how York’s industrial and chocolatey historic past intertwines and evolves, with the likes of big name brands Rowntree’s and Terry’s.

Thomas our fabulous fun guide, along with historical characters from the past, brought chocolate to life with the addition of some chocolatey samples to keep things sweet.

Prepare to mix things up in the kitchen, as you get to make your own chocolate lollipop, with sprinkles and toppings galore let your imagination run wild and create your own piece of chocolate history.

Watch the experts demonstrate how it should be done, and enjoy their results – exquisite handmade chocolate loveliness.

Where to Eat

Betty’s Tea Room

A York institution, a visit to Betty’s famous tea rooms on St Helen’s square is a must.  First served in the 1920’s Betty’s have refined and evolved their exquisite Afternoon tea experience.

Lavish in the Lady Betty Afternoon tea served in the tranquil setting of the Belmont room, with interiors inspired by the Queen Mary Ocean liner, and a perfect pianist playing, you would be mistaken for stepping back in time to a bygone era of elegance and opulence.

Delightful, delicious and dainty offerings included an amazing pea, cucumber & tomato cocktail appetiser, the sensational savouries, range of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam. lovely pretty pastries all perfectly presented.

Streamlined service, employees that excelled and the tastiest of offerings, book Betty’s for an unforgettable experience.

Grand Hotel

Experience the grandeur of the Grand and enjoy their signature five-star Afternoon tea served in the relaxed Rise restaurant & bar.

Let staff attend to your needs, as you catch up with friends, family & loved ones, over fabulous finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and lovely pastries & sweet treats.

Add on a glass of the fizzy stuff or a handcrafted mocktail to make your Afternoon tea super special.

Carluccio’s for Lunch

Escape the hustle & bustle of York’s St Helen’s square and lavish in some lovely lunchies Italian style at Carluccio’s which was once home to the iconic Terrys chocolate shop.

Interiors mix traditional and contemporary styles and combined with the fabulous food offerings, you can grab your own slice of the dolce vita lifestyle.

Bills Restaurant – Dinner

The bright lights of York led me to brilliant Bill’s which offers a delicious and delightful dining experience with genuine and authentic service, home cooked food, and smiles are plentiful.

The place oozes charm with the rustic and shabby chic interiors eclectically, but tastefully mixed to create a homely relaxed feel.

The marvellous mocktails along with sensational seasonal dishes makes for a perfect dinner with friends, family or loved ones.


The Grand Opera House

With its opulent and ornate Edwardian décor the Grand Opera House York, located in the centre of York, is a real gem.

Headlining that weekend was David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, an eccentric, exciting, engaging and entertaining live performance where a young girl named Stella visits London with her parents Lord and Lady Saxby, only to be in grave danger.

 A creative cast that charmed and captured the audience, an imaginative, innovative and intoxicating script, and a giant owl, what more could you want from an evening out! A personal escape back to childhood, which was simply frightfully funny and fabulous.


An exciting, electric and engaging experience in the centre of York, escape room brand “canyouescape” provide you the opportunity to become a super hero legend in their new game Operation Hero.

Our game master James the Flush prepared us for battle to use our skill, strength of mind and inner super hero powers to complete our mission, save force four and grab our slice or victory.


Unlock your imagination, with escape room brand, GR8Escape in the centre of York.  Do you want your very own NYPD badge and a place on the New York Police Department Force?

Well, there is only one block in your way, master diamond thief Bugsy Bronxton! Alleged to have stolen the famous Manhattan Star Diamond its up to you to find it.  Issued with a rookie warrant use your detective skills to solve clues and puzzles to find the Diamond, before your one-hour countdown hits zero

Where to Stay:

Premier Inn York

Located within walking distance from York train station and a short walk to York’s major attractions and activities Premier Inn York North on blossom Street is a perfect place for families, couples and friends to stay while playing in York.

Relaxed environment, offering modern rooms with all the mod cons required to make your stay cosy and comfortable, the Premier Inn North was a homely hub and ideal for city sightseeing & exploring.

How to get to York:

By car – York is situated only 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network. Frequent Park and Ride bus services operate into the city centre.

By train – York is on the East Coast mainline. It takes less than two hours to get to York from London. York is served by East Coast and Grand Central Trains. National Rail enquiries call 08457 48 49 50 (in the UK) or +44 (0) 20 7278 5240 (overseas) or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

Virgin Trains East Coast runs fast, frequent train services from stations along the London-Scotland East Coast route.  VTEC operates 72 weekday services between London King’s Cross and York, including a non-stop service each hour through the day, taking as little as 1 hour 49 minutes to complete the journey. VTEC also has direct trains to York from Scotland, North East England and the East Midlands. York Station is a short walk from the city centre.  Visit www.virgintrainseastcoast.com

Grand Central runs train services between the North East of England and London, calling at Sunderland, Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton, Thirsk, York and London. For information/reservations: call 0345 603 4852 or visit www.grandcentralrail.com

By coach – If you are travelling by coach, you will be able to get a direct service to York from many UK cities. National Express coach services call 08717 81 81 81 or visit www.nationalexpress.com

Car Hire –

Europcar – call 0871 384 1087 or visit www.europcar.co.uk

Sovereign Chauffeur Company – call 01937 541881 or visit www.sovereign-chauffeur.co.uk

By Air – York is served by three key international airports: Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Doncaster with superb routes across Europe and the rest of the world.  A direct rail service operates from Manchester Airport into York. Leeds Bradford Airport: take a taxi to Horsforth, then direct train to York (1 hour).

By Ferry – Hull is the nearest ferry port served by P&O Ferries with daily overnight crossings from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge (www.poferries.com).

For any further information and your free guide to York, please contact: York Visitor Information Centre, Tel: 01904 550099, email: info@visityork.org or visit the website at www.visityork.org info@yorkpass.com or visit www.yorkpass.com

Easy to get to, exciting attractions, activities, tours, excellent eateries, have your own York Adventure and, Make York your Destination for 2018.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx



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