I was recently invited to experience a thrill-seeking adventure in York. I took my friend Becca who’s from Derby along on the trip and she had never visited York before. York is basically my second home as it’s my closest City. I used to go to college there so I was pretty excited to show her around. Visit York had kindly given us a York Pass which gives you access to over 30 attractions across the city. It’s safe to say, Becca fell in love with York pretty much straight away. Who could blame her? It’s one beautiful city!
After checking into our hotel which was the Best Western at Monkbar (more on that soon!) we headed to the York Castle Museum. After a slice of cake in their cafe, we started the journey around the museum which covers so much of the history of the city. It really reminds me of Beamish as they have a recreated Victorian Street but also exhibits on the sixties, world war 1, fashion through the years and so much more. The museum is actually housed in the Castle Prison and still has original cells.
After freshening up, we went for dinner at Stonegate Yard Bar & Grill. Despite it been pretty cold outside, we decided to dine al fresco! It’s a really cute spot and I’ve been a few time for beverages but never food. Becca went for the fish cake salad which she really enjoyed but my Chicken Burger wasn’t the best. In the words of Mary Berry, it had a soggy bottom!
When it comes to all things ghostly, there’s a variety of Ghost Walks and also The York Dungeon. Becca and I aren’t particularly great when it comes to getting spooked. We once actually visited Madame Tussauds in London and decided to brave their dungeons. We were absolutely petrified, clinging on to each other and screaming our heads off. It actually turned out we were still in the que area! We swiftly made our escape before it was too late.
Instead of opting for one of the Ghost Walks, we decided to go on the Ghost Bus Tour. These tours take place daily twice a day from the train station. I’ve seen the bus many times and it reminds me so much of the Knight Bus from Harry Potter so I knew we had to give it a go. The tour was spooky in parts but on a whole it was hilarious! The tour actually went around all of York City Centre and lasted for 90 minutes. I would really recommend doing it as we had such a laugh on board and actually learnt a lot about the streets of York.
En Route back to the hotel, we stopped off at my favourite bar in the city; Judges Lodging. I’ve raved about this place before on my blog and it’s secret rooftop courtyard is perfect for Summer. There’s so many nooks and crannies in Judges Lodgings and is perfect for a couple of drinks by the fire. At the moment, the Christmas Market has a couple of stalls outside in their front courtyard making it super festive! After a couple of drinks, we headed back to our comfortable beds at the Best Western Monkbar before embarking on day two of our Thrilling Adventure in York.
I had originally planned to visit the iconic York Minster which for me, is an iconic building – a must see. Unfortunately, it was closed due to graduation ceremonies all week! One of our thrill-seeking activities was going to be to climb the Central Tower and experience the view from the rooftop. Next time, we will be sure to do it!
Christmas in York is my favourite, it’s all decorated so beautifully. I’ve also recently visited Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland at York’s Designer Outlet which is home to the largest Ice Rink in the North. If you’re looking to read about more attractions in York, check out this post I wrote last year featuring the Minster, The Chocolate Story and Jorvik (which is currently closed but has gone on tour around the city).
Stay tuned for Part Two! Have you visited York before?
*I was invited by Visit York as a guest and provided with a complimentary stay and York Passes, all opinions are my own