York is one of my favourite cities in the UK, It’s basically my second home as I attended college there for two years. Last week, Alex and I took a little trip in collaboration with Think Money to see what you can get up to in the city. The great thing about York is there is so much to do and see and some of the best bit’s are free.
Costing just under £12 for a standard return on the train, York is the perfect place for me to visit quite regularly. There is something for everyone; shopping, history, culture, food, bars, museums and so much more. Alex and I started our day with a walk along the city walls and over Lendal Bridge which offers lovely views of the River Ouse.
York Museum Gardens is the home to the Yorkshire Museum which I personally haven’t ever been to, but I absolutely love the gardens, especially on a beautiful sunny day. The Museum Gardens are situated right by the river and just minutes away from the city centre.
One of the biggest landmarks of York is the famous York Minster, an absolute must-see in the city. Whether you just look at the building which is insane or take a tour inside which is £10 or £15 to climb the walls.
York Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower are both a short walk away from the city centre and in the summer host a little vintage fairground which is so cute and I believe they have an ice rink over Christmas but ice and I don’t mix so I have never been! I really enjoyed looking around the York Castle Museum, I’ve been a couple of times and It’s great to see the history of the city through the years. Clifford’s Tower is the remains of York Castle and costs £4.20.
The National Railway Museum is another must-see Museum and the best part, It’s Free Entry. I’ve been visiting the museum ever since I was a little girl and they’ve got some great events for children. I’m not particularly interested in trains, but it’s still pretty interesting especially if there is Harry Potter event with the Hogwarts Express. I once also saw Chitty Chitty Bang Bang there! Other Museums to explore in York is the Jorvik Centre and The Chocolate Story.
York is a brilliant place for Shopping, with many independent stores on The Shambles and your regular high street chains, It’s no surprise that I do make regular trips to York. There are some amazing little quirky boutique styled shops down the cobbled streets. Personal favourites are the Emporium, The Cat Store and Christmas Angels. I love how there is a Christmas shop open all year round! It’s pretty surreal entering a festive grotto in the middle of Summer!
On the outskirts of the City is McArthur Glen Shopping Outlet where you can bag a bargain and also Monks Cross Shopping Park which is home to a brand new John Lewis store (and an impressive beauty hall).
What I’m Wearing:
Blouse – Primark (Similar Here)
Jacket – Zara
Shoes – Primark
Bag – Primark
Sunglasses* – Sunglasses Shop
No trip to York would be complete without a trip to Betty’s tearoom. It’s an absolute gem and almost always has lengthy ques outside as it attracts many tourists. It’s well worth it though and I’d recommend the Betty’s Afternoon Tea which you can actually book in advance and costs £18 per person. If you are looking to avoid ques, there is a ‘Little Betty’s’ round the corner on Stonegate.
York has many lovely, unique places to eat and drink and is a popular destination on weekends. Many bars such as The Biltmore, Bora Bora, Evil Eye and The City Screen Bar are all worth checking out but a recent favourite is Judges Lodgings. I have no idea why I’ve not come across this place until earlier this year. In a restored Georgian Townhouse, Judges Lodgings is like nowhere I have seen before. It’s pretty easy to get lost as there are many rooms upstairs and downstairs in the cellar bar. On previous occasions, we have sat outside on a lovely rooftop area snuggled up in blankets.
We decided to stay for food with Alex opting for soup and I went for a Chicken Burger which I had been desperate to try. The food was amazing and although slightly pricey, it was well worth the visit to be in such a fantastic setting.
Check out York’s top 17 Hotels with Quintessential English Charm by HotelsCombined to complete your York adventure. I would thoroughly recommend a trip to York if you haven’t been before, there is plenty to do and so many beautiful sights to see. Have you been to York before?