Simon Calder's tips on how to spend 48 hours in York

York Press: Simon Calder and cameraman Douglas Bolton take a break from filming the Visit York video Simon Calder and cameraman Douglas Bolton take a break from filming the Visit York video

Travel journalist Simon Calder, of The Independent, has launched his tips on how to spend 48 hours in York as part of Visit York’s marketing campaign for the year.

The newspaper has featured a double-page spread on the city and a new video has also been unveiled.

To coincide with Simon’s recommendations, Visit York has launched a new social media initiative to ask its 9,000 Twitter followers and 9,000 Facebook fans how they would spend 48 hours in York under the hashtag #York48hrs.

At the same time, 95,000 subscribers to the Independent online will receive tips from Visit York on what to see and do in the city.

Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of Visit York, said: “Our new partnership with VisitEngland has enabled us to work with a quality national newspaper with a superb reputation for inspiring travel articles.”

Simon said: “What a treat to be filming in York. It is the most photogenic of cities, and just made for the 48 Hours concept – with so many dimensions and such rich heritage packed concisely and elegantly within the walls. I hope it inspires many more visitors to come and spend at least two days here.”

This new marketing activity uses the first instalment of funding from the government’s Regional Growth Fund, as part of the Growing Tourism Locally investment project, led by the national tourist board VisitEngland and supported by East Coast Trains.

Visit York was recently awarded £666,666 to produce campaigns over the next three years to encourage more Britons to holiday in the city.

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9:52am Tue 29 Jan 13

roskoboskovic says...

come on simon what does a family with say 2 kids aged 6 and 11 do in york on an evening in winter.the place is a ghost town after dark and unless you count going for an evening meal as entertainment or maybe the cinema then that s it.
come on simon what does a family with say 2 kids aged 6 and 11 do in york on an evening in winter.the place is a ghost town after dark and unless you count going for an evening meal as entertainment or maybe the cinema then that s it. roskoboskovic
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9:55am Tue 29 Jan 13

xtc says...

Go to the pub like everyone else!
Go to the pub like everyone else! xtc
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12:33pm Tue 29 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

Wonder if he's included the druggies at the Central Methodist Church? What an ad for York they are!!
Wonder if he's included the druggies at the Central Methodist Church? What an ad for York they are!! nick clogg
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5:19pm Tue 29 Jan 13

rodney'sdog says...

Not a place for families after 5.30 -its back to the industrial estates then for bowling and drinking. Simon should have noted how there are virtually no parking spaces around the city centre-in a city that feeds /depends on tourists for its survival. Its time to open up the city and let the people in rather than them going to Leeds where they can park and shop and do things on an evening without leaving the City Centre. Bus fares in York are horrendous-before yousay Park and Ride -they need to be a nominal sum-not half a shopping
budget!
Not a place for families after 5.30 -its back to the industrial estates then for bowling and drinking. Simon should have noted how there are virtually no parking spaces around the city centre-in a city that feeds /depends on tourists for its survival. Its time to open up the city and let the people in rather than them going to Leeds where they can park and shop and do things on an evening without leaving the City Centre. Bus fares in York are horrendous-before yousay Park and Ride -they need to be a nominal sum-not half a shopping budget! rodney'sdog
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5:23pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Woody G Mellor says...

See above comments from a miserable minority. Sadly every town has 'em.

They do not in anyway speak, or represent the majority of York residents or visitors.
See above comments from a miserable minority. Sadly every town has 'em. They do not in anyway speak, or represent the majority of York residents or visitors. Woody G Mellor
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7:39pm Tue 29 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
See above comments from a miserable minority. Sadly every town has 'em.

They do not in anyway speak, or represent the majority of York residents or visitors.
A realistic not miserable set of comments!
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: See above comments from a miserable minority. Sadly every town has 'em. They do not in anyway speak, or represent the majority of York residents or visitors.[/p][/quote]A realistic not miserable set of comments! nick clogg
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9:42pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Paul Meoff says...

Do as the locals do for their entire lives. Moan and whinge about everything. In 48 hours you could do traffic, bikes, flooding, p1kies and immigrants. After so much fun, book a whole week and do the HS2.
Do as the locals do for their entire lives. Moan and whinge about everything. In 48 hours you could do traffic, bikes, flooding, p1kies and immigrants. After so much fun, book a whole week and do the HS2. Paul Meoff
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1:02pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Woody G Mellor says...

nick clogg wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
See above comments from a miserable minority. Sadly every town has 'em.

They do not in anyway speak, or represent the majority of York residents or visitors.
A realistic not miserable set of comments!
Negative, miserable comments.

Cheer up. You'll be dead one day.
[quote][p][bold]nick clogg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: See above comments from a miserable minority. Sadly every town has 'em. They do not in anyway speak, or represent the majority of York residents or visitors.[/p][/quote]A realistic not miserable set of comments![/p][/quote]Negative, miserable comments. Cheer up. You'll be dead one day. Woody G Mellor
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