I’m back with Part Two of My Original City Adventure in York. You can catch up on Part One here if you haven’t already seen it. Day Two in York kicked off with a full English breakfast in the Monkbar Hotel. After checking out of the hotel and leaving our luggage we headed over to the York Art Gallery. Our plan for the day was to fulfil all ten stops of the York Selfie Trail which had been put together by Visit York.
The York Art Gallery was actually a stop on the trail and I hate to admit that I didn’t even know this gallery existed. The Gallery is included in the YorkPass and the current exhibition ‘Flesh’ is running until next March. It’s probably not for everyone as it’s quite full on but the gallery also is home to several other collections including the Centre of Ceramics where there’s an installation of ten thousand bowls!
Museum Gardens is one of my favourite places to relax and chill out in Summer. Located right by the river it’s a total dream when the sun is shining. We decided to check out the Yorkshire Museum which is within the garden’s grounds (hence the name Museum Gardens). I don’t think I’ve ever been in this museum either. It’s actually pretty huge with displays featuring fossils, rare animals and artefacts from Roman York.
Following a wander around the gardens, we decided to go on the York Boat which sails daily along the River Ouse. As we had just missed one, we went to Star Inn The City which is on the riverbank and one of my favourite restaurants in York. We went for a cheeky Mulled Wine as we were still pretty full from breakfast. Star Inn The City is well worth the visit, whether you are looking for an amazing meal, a cosy drink by the fire or to sit out in the Summer sunshine with friends overlooking the river.
It was then time to step aboard and sail down the River Ouse. The boat doesn’t go too far out before looping round whilst the Captain informed us of all the sights. I think he was called Keith and he was absolutely hilarious and had us giggling throughout the journey!
Despite having grand plans of visiting some interested restaurants and bars; we ended up in Revolution. Having said that, it’s not the worst place as it offers a lovely view over the River Ouse where we had previously been sailing and serves up Halloumi and Chips – YAY!
No trip to York would be complete without visiting The Shambles, especially as it was Becca’s first trip to the city. The Shambles is a super famous medieval narrow cobbled street in York which attracts many tourists each year. Some of the wooden exteriors have been preserved all of these years and it really is such a picturesque street. Just a short walk away is Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate which I believe is the smallest street in York and also has the most ridiculous name. Try saying it after a couple of drinks! I had to show Becca this as it’s always made me chuckle ever since I discovered it when I was a child.
It was then time to collect our bags and head to the train station. We managed to squeeze in one last selfie on the trail in the station. We only missed out on one, which isn’t too bad! I had such a lovely time exploring York. Although I’m a frequent visitor as it’s my closest (and favourite) city, it was great to take some time out and see the sights as you would usually see me in the shops! It was also really great to show Becca around who had never visited before. She fell in love with the city the moment she arrived. A massive thank you to Visit York and Zeal for arranging this Original City Adventure!
Have you been to York before? Isn’t it just so beautiful?!
*I was invited by Visit York as a guest and provided with a complimentary stay and York Passes. All opinions are my own.