Vote for York as Interrail Destination of the Year 2015

28 February 2015 |
Interrail Destination of the Year 2015


The cathedral city of York has been shortlisted for Interrail Destination of the Year, along with 14 other European cities. It now needs your help to win the public vote and take the title.

Voting is taking place on the Interrail Facebook page and York has only 36 votes. This puts it far behind many of the other shortlisted destinations including Heidelberg in Germany (441 votes) and Antwerp in Belgium (285 votes). In fact, York is languishing at the bottom of the table with only 2% of the votes in total.
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Walking on sunshine: Cathedral City Guide takes part in Yahoo’s Project Weather

22 February 2015 |

Recently we had an email from Yahoo inviting us to submit some of the photos from our travels to the ‘Project Weather’ photo group on Flickr.

We’re always happy to share our snaps, of course, but ‘Project Weather’ isn’t an ordinary Flickr group: photos accepted into the group get displayed as background images on the Yahoo Weather app and on Yahoo Weather for desktop.
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Win a two-night break in a Georgian country house hotel with Visit York

10 February 2015 |
York Minster from Clifford's Tower

York Minster from Clifford’s Tower
by Allan Harris

Here at Cathedral City Guide we keep our eyes peeled for any good cathedral city-related competitions, and we’ve just come across a belter. Visit York, the official visitor information service for York, is giving away a two-night break for two in this historic city.

The lucky winners get to stay at the Best Western York Pavilion Hotel, a Georgian Grade II listed country house situated just a mile from the centre of York.

But that’s not all – also included in the prize are a pair of two day ‘York Passes’ (which grant entry to 30 top local attractions including York Minster) and train tickets from any East Coast mainline station too.
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Fiction’s greatest cathedral cities: Barchester, from Anthony Trollope’s The Warden

1 February 2015 |

Anthony Trollope's The WardenThe United Kingdom’s real-life cathedral cities have inspired many famous fictional ones, and perhaps chief among these is Anthony Trollope’s Barchester.

The Victorian novelist introduced the city in his 1855 novel The Warden, the first in the six-book ‘Chronicles of Barsetshire’ series (also known as the ‘Barset Novels’). It is located in East Barsetshire and is the cathedral city of this fictional county.

While Barchester itself is also fictional, is clearly modelled on one or more of England’s western cathedral cities, as these two quotations from The Warden suggest:

“Let us presume that Barchester is a quiet town in the West of England, more remarkable for the beauty of its cathedral and the antiquity of its monuments than for any commercial prosperity.”

“The cathedral town of ___; let us call it Barchester. Were we to name Wells or Salisbury, Exeter, Hereford or Gloucester, it might be presumed that something personal was intended.”

And of these cities, it is perhaps Salisbury that has the greatest claim; according to Trollope’s autobiography (1883), it was during a visit to Salisbury Cathedral that he conceived the idea for The Warden. But Trollope did also once live in a cathedral city – Winchester, for three years, as a schoolboy at Winchester College.
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Lincoln chippy wins ‘Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year’ award

31 January 2015 |
Burton Road Chippy

Lesley Graves and Des Anastasiou, co-owners of Burton Road Chippy

Burton Road Chippy in the cathedral city of Lincoln has been voted independent fish and chip restaurant of the year.

It took the accolade in the National Fish & Chip Awards 2015, prestigious awards which recognise the quality, value and choice offered by fish and chip businesses across the UK. They are organised by industry authority Seafish.

As well as scooping Independent Restaurant, Burton Road won the Staff Training and Development category and was a finalist in the NFFF Fish and Chip Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award category. It was also voted the best fish and chip takeaway in the Eastern England region.
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Help make our new Google+ community for Canterbury a success

24 January 2015 |

Here at Cathedral City Guide we use social media to keep up with the latest happenings in cathedral cities up and down the country, and one of our favourite social media sites is Google+.

But while many cathedral cities have their own active communities on Google+, we were surprised to notice that Canterbury – home of the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion – did not.

So we set one up.
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Exeter invites locals to submit designs for ‘Exeter Pound’ notes

18 January 2015 |
Exeter Pound logo

The Exeter Pound logo, designed by Exeter College student Lily Bedingham

People in the cathedral city of Exeter have been invited to help design the paper notes for a proposed local currency.

The ‘Exeter Pound’ project aims to launch the currency this autumn, providing the city’s economy with a complementary currency that can be used alongside sterling.
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A look back over a fantastic 2014 for Cathedral City Guide and a quick peek forward to 2015

31 December 2014 |
Grapes Smell York

Putting ‘olfactory guidebook’ Smell York to the test – a personal highlight of 2014

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is nearly over.

Over the course of the year Sarah and I visited a number of cathedral cities, including Norwich (twice – no, wait, three times), Canterbury, and Oxford. Perhaps that’s slightly fewer than in previous years, but we did also find time to get married and have a baby.
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Cafe Turquoise, Canterbury: a fabulous find that is right on (the beaten) track

30 December 2014 |

Cafe Turquoise, CanterburyWhen exploring a city, there’s little better than making the most incredible discovery down an unpromising side street. But sometimes it isn’t necessary to go off the beaten track at all.

Cafe Turquoise is a great little establishment in Canterbury and it’s situated on one of the city’s most picturesque streets, Butchery Lane. This central location places it close to the city’s Roman Museum and within spitting distance of the cathedral.

The cafe’s decor is both retro and generally rather continental, with art nouveau mirrors, 1950s-style teapots and cups, and a spiral staircase twisting up from the ground floor to the second. During our visit the soundtrack was provided by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and crooners of that ilk.
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Thinking about visiting Oxford in the new year? We know where to start…

27 December 2014 |

Radcliffe Camera, OxfordWe’ve now completed our page all about Oxford – making it the 13th city that we cover in detail here on Cathedral City Guide. On our Oxford page you’ll find information about getting there, the sights not to miss, and suggested activities too.

As well as this, the page has an Oxford-specific events calendar and some fun facts about ‘the city of dreaming spires’. For example, did you know that Oxford University graduate Roger Bannister ran the world’s first four-minute mile at Iffley Road Track in Oxford in 1954? He was a junior doctor at the time.
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