My son and I will be arriving in York by car mid-afternoon on Tuesday 20 August and will be staying for three nights at The Groves.
Things we would like to do/see are:
> National Railway Museum
> Eden Camp
> Drive to Goathland then steam train to Whitby and back
> lunches or dinners in an atmospheric pub
Can you offer advice on:Y
> is it possible to do Eden Camp and the Railway Museum comfortably in the one day?
> if we arrive mid afternoon from Cambridge, could we visit The Shambles and York Castle Museum before closing time? What time do the shops close along The Shambles?
> how long would it take to drive from The Groves to Goathland? I'm thinking of catching the 12:50 pm train to Whitby, then heading back almost straight away, arriving back at Goathland at 2:50 pm. The visit is for the steam train ride experience (rather than to see Whitby) and we would like time in Heartbeat country, as my son is a big fan.
> looking at the nymr website, pre-booking a train ticket doesn't appear to guarantee a seat. Is there likely to be a problem with buying a return ticket at Goathland station on the day? There seems to be a small discount if we buy more than 5 days in advance, but if the seat is not guaranteed, I don't see much point.
Any additional tips for our time is York would be most welcome. From here, we will head up to Edinburgh on Friday 23 August for the Tattoo that evening.