Cheltenham, Great Britain (PressExposure) September 15, 2009 -- Halloween is always a fun time, especially for children and history enthusiasts. Now, with Halloween fast approaching, Smooth Hound is offering discounts to York to take advantage of all the events that allow visitors to step back in time.
While cartoon super heroes are popular costume choices for some children, knights, damsels, kings and queens have always remained as top choices for others as well as many adults. Now history buffs can really immerse themselves in the experience, just in time for Halloween.
On Smooth Hound, knights and damsels can find accommodations that will allow them to live like kings and queens. Many of the hotels that Smooth Hound is featuring in York are small boutique properties located in beautiful historic buildings, so visitors can really get the feeling of stepping back in time.
There is good reason for history enthusiasts to love York. The area has been inhabited since the first century B.C. when the Romans founded the city. It was captured by the Vikings in the 9th Century and as such there is a Viking Centre in the city. The centre is celebrating it's 25th anniversary and is offering free admission for the year.
Those interested in medieval history will find a number of attractions as well. Just in time for Halloween there is an event called Medieval Mysteries. This program is a fun way to hear some of the best ghost stories in a great location, Barley Hall. Barley Hall is a wonderful living history. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum fully including touch items. Visitors can unravel clues to solve a great mystery tale. It's sure to be fun for the whole family.
Another great event for medieval history lovers is the St. Nicholas Fayre Market. Over the last weekend in November, merchants gather to sell their wares in a recreated medieval fayre. Merchants will be in costume and the event combines shopping and living history. What could be better?
Other medieval attractions that can be seen all year include the Shambles and Clifford Tower. The Shambles is often called one of the best preserved medieval streets in all of England. The Shambles are narrow streets that transport visitors back in time. In some places the streets are so narrow that if you stand with your arms outstretched you can touch the houses on both sides of the street. The Shambles offers a variety of shops for all your shopping pleasure. Clifford Tower is the remnant of a 13th century castle. While most of the castle has disappeared over time, the tower still remains and is open to visitors for a minimal fee.