York Mystery Plays
Among the many reasons to stop pedalling for a while when you reach the richly historic capital of the ‘White Rose’ county this summer are the city’s Mystery Plays, first performed in the 14th century and now featuring bicycles. Set against the dramatic backdrop of St Mary’s Abbey, the Plays are an exhilarating piece of biblical story-telling outdoor theatre performed by a huge cast of mainly local extras.
The Plays run from 2-27 August - go to the York Mystery Plays site for more details.
Richard III was the last king of the House of York. His defeat at the Battle of Bosworth Field was the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses. The museum about him is just off the route near the Minster in the medieval Monk Bar gatehouse.
Check out the city’s Hub Station too for secure bike parking; shower, wash room, changing and toilet facilities; and cycle maintenance and repairs with experienced mechanics at hand to dispense wisdom and elbow grease. Head south from the Minster over Lendal Bridge, turn left and left again into Wellington Road by the river.
Stay at The Bloomsbury.