After a delicious "full English breakfast" at our B&B we headed back to the York Castle Museum where the best sections were costumes and artefacts relating to marriage, pregnancy, birth and babies, and a street recreated from the Victorian era. Samplers by 11 year old girls in the 17 and 1800's also caught my eye. Bought three pretty tins in the gift shop.
The views from the nearby Clifford's Tower sitting on a man made hill were excellent and lent perspective on where then original York Castle (and later prison) had stood.
Next was Fairfax House which had been immaculately restored to its former glory and had many beautiful rooms.
We still hadn't visited the York Minster but is was on the agenda after lunch! While the Minster itself was spectacular the underground section proved fascinating - excavations in the 1960's to shore up subsiding foundations had uncovered the foundations of the original Norman church built on the site and then ruins of Roman barracks including footings, walls, columns, and busts. Later we visited the medieval Barley Hall and National Railway Museum before catching the train back to London.