My mum and I. Whenever we’re together, it
usually always involves a spot of tea, a lot of food and giggles. This time we decided to spend the day away from both hometowns and go off to York for the weekend.
First up, a walk around the iconic city walls. Built during the Roman times to defend the town against war and still a substantial amount remain until this day. Even if history isn’t your thing, you can still appreciate the longevity and scale when walking around. It’s also a great way to see the perimeter of the city. All in all, the walk takes around an hour.
Next up is the York Minster. A stunning piece of architecture which is centrally located in the city and also one of the largest Cathedrals in Northern Europe. You can opt to get a ticket which gets you around the Minster & Tower. Or, do what we did and go in for free but only to a certain point within the building. You can still view the stunning details inside and capture a few great snaps!
Tip: We came in the summer, but if you’re ever nearby during the Autumn you have to visit when the Illuminating York festival is on. A great way to see the city in a different light, literally. The iconic landmarks of York light up at dark, through different means of lighting – it’s a must on my list for this year.
A short walk around the Minster brings you to Deans Park Garden. A definite place to spend an hour or so on a good weather day. A little quieter than the rest of the centre but that’s a plus point in my eyes. To top it off, you get some pretty spectacular views of outside the Minister too.
Seeing and reading up on a lot of history definitely builds up your hunger, so it was great timing to be heading off to Betty’s Tea Rooms. Cornerstone of York, and you can see why. Inside was packed full of snap-happy customers, it’s a real tourist point but with such a tasty menu, why wouldn’t there be? I had my tea and cake way to quick to think about Instagram so here’s a picture of the outdoor sign.
Fuelled up, we were ready for some shopping and the likes. The next place on our to-do was another York hot spot, The Shambles. It’s picturesque buildings look like something mentioned in many an old English tale. There’s plenty of little places to wander into for gifts for others and gifts for yourself.
A slower paced second day. We made the short walk to Clifford’s Tower which got missed off yesterday (partly down to getting too carried away with shopping). Verdict: worth a gander, while it’s sunny at least.
If you’re a lover of beer / ale you need to visit here. I’m talking about the House of Trembling Madness. The building itself is very small and crammed with absolutely thousands of different beers. If you’re not into beer, you can look up all the mass of stuffed animal heads decorating the walls. It’s definitely a place with an acquired taste. What many people don’t realise is that there’s a restaurant upstairs and this houses some lovely food. I had the countryside platter, a vegetarian delight. But of course, plenty of options available for meat lovers.
Tip: Do as the locals do? Head over to Fossgate. York’s not so hidden gem. It’s a bustling street full of independant shops, bars and restaurants. Easily spend an afternoon here – which we did. We popped into the Fossgate Social for a drink. It’s really relaxed vibe and live music makes it an easy favourite. Finishing off our York weekend was dinner at The Blue Bicycle (conveniently located on Fossgate). Being a huge fan of sea food, I was glad to see the menu cater to that. For starters I had the Seared Shetland Scallops followed by Pan-roast fillet of Stone Bass.