As my dad and husband are keen cyclists we knew as soon as it was announced that the Grand Depart (Tour de France 2014) was going to be in York we knew we would be there. We booked our accommodation a year in advance only to be let down at the last minute. Luckily we managed to find another hotel not too far from York city centre which was nice and so we booked our 3 rooms there instead.
A Family Trip To See The Tour de France 2014
We set off from Scotland in our cars on the Friday and stopped by near Manchester to visit my nana as we hadn’t seen her in a while. We then headed across country towards York. Unfortunately we got stuck in traffic after a motorway accident and we didn’t move for over an hour. Eventually we got to the hotel and after a few teething problems with our room we finally had our dinner and settled down for the night.
The Saturday morning was actually our sons 3rd birthday but we had decided to celebrate on the Sunday instead (he wasn’t to know so we got away with it) It also meant my father, brother and husband set off incredibly earlier to see the start of the tour in Leeds. While my mum, and me took my son to the National Railway Museum in York and also walked and seen some of the sights in the city (like York Minster). My son absolutely loves trains and we spent pretty much all day walking around exploring and getting pictures taken with every “Thomas” train! That evening we met up with the boys and had our dinner and talked about our day.
Sunday we were up early again giving our son his birthday presents at breakfast and then headed off on foot into York to watch the next stage of the Tour de France go through York. After waiting forever we eventually seen and cheered on the cyclists heading through the city. It passed very quickly but we still had fun. We then set off back to the hotel to jump in our cars and head off towards Flamingo Land to give our son a birthday treat.
After spending the rest of the day at Flamingo Land we jumped back in the cars and drove the long journey back up to Scotland.
Overall we had a fantastic time even though we did have a few hiccups with the accommodation. Our son enjoyed his birthday and he still talks about it now!