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Renting a car in York for a day?

We're going to be in York in September and thinking of renting a car for just a day. I want to go to Thirsk to the James Herriot Museum, and then out to Whitby. Anyone have any experience doing this? Any suggestions helpful :) Tips, things to see, anything really!

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We did 28 days driving around in S. Wales and England.
We spent three nights in York, then drove to see Castle Howard, not that far from York. Then, we drove to Pickering, on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, spent the night at a great B&B there. The next morning we drove over the Moors, stopped to see the train yard were the steam train HQ is located, then on to Whitby for the day. After visiting Whitby, we drove to Durham for two nights.

It would have been very hard to have done a day trip to Whitby from York. You would do best fining a place to stay in Whitby for a night.

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All i can add is that we took a train from York to Thirsk to see James Herriot’s house. James Herriot was his pen name, his real name was James Wight. Seeing his house was fantastic, a highlight of our 3 mo trip. Train was super easy if you want to do that one day, and Whitby on another day.

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I agree that you'd be better off staying overnight at or near Whitby than trying to take in all of this in a one-day car trip. You probably want to give yourself a good chunk of time at the James Herriot Museum, don't you? Generally renting a car for one day isn't very cost effective because there are charges built in other than the per-day rate. You'd want to compare car rental cost vs. train, and check the hours of opening at the rental agency.

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We took a van tour with bob.holidays that went to Whitby when we were in York last month. My husband really wanted to see the moors and decided he did not want to drive. He was glad we did it but I thought it was too much driving for one day. We left and 9 am and were back by 5:30 pm. If you had a longer day, you would have more time than we did.

I agree with others who think you should the night there.

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Thanks all, I guess I was thinking Whitby was closer. I think we'll probably take the train to Thirsk and then go from there :)