Greetings from York

Greetings from York

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.

Day 1

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!

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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.

 

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In full bloom. Cred: Dancing Beastie.

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.

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Cred: Abbi Lou

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.

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Boo to the rain – exploring the offerings of the Shambles.

Day 2

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.

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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.

 

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14 Comments

  1. 31st August 2016 / 11:41 AM

    Sounds like a great trip. Even though I live in the UK I’ve never actually been to York!

  2. Amandas_Wanderlust
    31st August 2016 / 11:42 AM

    York is such an attractive city. I have only been once on a business trip and didn’t get to explore enough, but your post has reminded me that I need to go back. I love the narrow streets of the Shambles and all the tea rooms. The cathedral is pretty impressive too. The house of trembling madness sounds interesting! Nice post!

    • 1st September 2016 / 2:46 PM

      It’s a beautiful historic city surrounded by the city walls. When you live there, it’s all so normal. Yes, the shambles are always a favourite for people! The best sweets and chocolates.

  3. 31st August 2016 / 12:43 PM

    The light hitting Clifford’s Tower is just beautiful and York Minster is incredible! Tea and architecture are two of my favorite things. I’m adding York to the list of places I want to explore when I’m in the UK.

  4. Kathy - Walkabout Wanderer
    31st August 2016 / 1:04 PM

    I love York. So much history and beauty and as you mentioned TEAROOMS 🙂 I haven’t been there for a few years. You have really inspired me to go again. Thanks

  5. 31st August 2016 / 1:10 PM

    Fossgate sounds very cool! I must say I don’t share you live of tea though.

    • 6th September 2016 / 10:52 AM

      It’s super chilled, lots of fun bars. Even if you don’t like tea, there’s plenty of hipster coffee shops around now too. 🙂

  6. 31st August 2016 / 3:25 PM

    This sounds lovely! I’d love to visit sometime, especially the Shambles – looks so quaint! Hope your mum enjoyed it too.

  7. 31st August 2016 / 9:01 PM

    I had no clue that York was such a beautiful and historic place. In fact, it looks like my kind of city. Your photos are great!

  8. ivannar89
    31st August 2016 / 11:42 PM

    That cathedral looks stunning and impressive. and even though you may not have captured your tea and cake in Betty’s Cafe, that sign indicates a real treat. My mouth is watering already.

  9. ivannar89
    31st August 2016 / 11:45 PM

    That cathedral is simply stunning. And although you missed getting a photo of your tea and cake, the sign outside Betty’s Cafe tells me all I need to know: that place looks delish!

  10. 1st September 2016 / 12:17 PM

    I am the same way with my mom – all of the food! I almost went to York this summer and this post is giving me serious regrets…ah well, next time!

  11. 1st September 2016 / 5:16 PM

    I keep meaning to head over to York for a weekend (I’m in Bolton), but still haven’t got round to it. This may just be the inspiration I need to book that train ticket!

    • 6th September 2016 / 10:56 AM

      Definitely visit if you’re so close. It’s a nice day out especially on a hot day! 🙂

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