I’m always banging on about my day trips to York and how it’s my favourite city. But seriously, If you’ve never visited York, you must! The city has so much history within the city walls from York’s Viking roots to its chocolate-making heritage. Wandering through the cobbled streets of York never gets old and there’s something for all the family to do.
I try and visit every month but back in November, I was invited to experience an original city adventure in York which you can read all about here & here. I’ve finally put together my vlog of the trip. I’ve uploaded it to the website travelcast.tv which is a new video platform specialising in Travel content which lets you geo-tag your videos. So if you’re like me and spend hours watching people’s travel vlogs, TravelCast is for you!
With so much to see and do, I thought I’d put together my five favourite places in York. It’s hard to narrow it down as there is so many lovely sights and things to do. I could spend hours walking along the cobbled streets and taking it all in.
Visiting the iconic and incredibly beautiful York Minster is the ultimate must-see in the city. The Cathedral is just a spectacular sight and can be seen from across the city. Admission to the Minster is £10 which is a little pricey but it’s worth checking out the incredible interior at least once. You are also able to take a tower tour (an additional £5) which you can climb up 275 steps to the top of the minster and scale the highest point in the city.
The Shambles & Stonegate
I could spend hours walking along the cobbled streets and visiting all the little unique shops. The Shambles attracts thousands of tourists each year and is a must-see. The narrow cobbled street is one of the most well-preserved medieval streets in the world and has been awarded the title for the most picturesque street in Britain. It truly is something special.
I’ve also decided to include Stonegate which is a popular cobbled street in York and home to many lovely little stores such as Jo Malone, Cath Kidston, Oliver Bonas and The White Company. I love walking along here and doing a spot of shopping. You can also go for cocktails at Evil Eye or afternoon tea at Betty’s.
York Castle Museum
There are many Museums to be explored in York from the National Railway Museum, Yorkshire Museum and the York Art Gallery. My favourite has got to be the York Castle Museum. I love that you can transport yourself through the years and visit many different interactive exhibits covering the cities history. You can also visit the Castle Prison which is housed in the museum which features original prison cells. It’s pretty eery down there but really interesting and included in your admission.
The River Ouse
Up until last year, I had never taken a river cruise along The River Ouse but it’s actually quite a fun and really interesting. The York Boat company operates guided daily services along the river which last around 45 minutes. Our captain was called Keith and he was hilarious! He told us all about the history of the waterways that run through the city whilst making us chuckle! Tickets cost £9 and if you’re looking to do your own tour you could hire your own little red boat to drive along the River Ouse!
There’s nothing better than sitting in Museum Gardens in the sunshine and enjoying a picnic. Museum Gardens is home to the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and the Yorkshire Museum which has huge displays of fossils and artefacts from Roman York. There is always something going on in Museum Gardens but generally, it’s a lovely place to just sit and watch the world go by. If you’re looking for food or something to drink, The Star Inn The City is a great place and overlooks the river.
I’m so fortunate to live near York and I get to visit very frequently. I’m going to be working on a couple of new posts highlighting some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. There are some incredibly unique bars and old fashioned pubs which are worth a visit.
Have you visited York? Have you been to any of these places? Where is your favourite place in York?
*This post is in collaboration with TravelCast.TV