York is another of my favorite cities to visit in the UK. Not as popular as cities such as London and Manchester but it has to be put on a list of places to visit. A walled city founded by the Romans and once invaded by the Vikings. York is a wonderful place with its ancient walls surrounding some areas of the city, it’s truly unlike any other in the UK. York is also said to be the most haunted city in the UK, but don’t let the ghosts put you off 😂. There is so much to do, and here is my brief guide of things to do in York.
Immerse yourself in some of Yorks’s history by visiting some of the cities 30 museums, you have the York castle museum and the York dungeon (my personal favorite), Henry VII, and Richard III experiences to name just a few. The museums are a great way to learn about Yorks past and provide a make for a great day out.
The Shambles is an old Medieval style shopping street with cobblestones and old wooden-style buildings and is one of the most picturesque places in the city. With traditional sweets shops, chocolatiers, tea rooms, and cafes here, your sweet tooth will be glad you came. Over the years most of the traditional buildings have been restored, this doesn’t take away the Shambles magic. Spend a few magical hours walking around here, you won’t regret it.
York river and harbour cruises
I love a good old river cruise and Yorks is no different. It’s a great way to sit back and relax while taking in the splendid scenery while you cruise down the River Ouse. There are various cruises available, the river Ouse lunch cruise, the river Ouse dinner cruise, the river Ouse afternoon cruise, and the river Ouse city cruise. The tours range in price and times, with the evening dinner cruise being the longest and most expensive.
The cathedral of York or more commonly known as York Minster is a stunning piece of medieval architecture and one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe. Come and see the magnificent stained glassed windows and high ceilings and immerse yourself in some of the Cathedrals stories, from fires that threatened its very existence to the hidden stories behind the stained glass windows.
All tours must be booked online before visiting and cost £11.50 (€12.80) per adult, and free for children as long as they are with a paying adult.
York walking tour
For a true York experience, take one of the city’s walking tours. There are a number of different tours available but whichever you choose You will find the tour guides extremely knowledgeable so if your keen to learn about the city’s history then this is a great place to start, and if you’re like me and have a love of chocolate, then try the York’s chocolate story tour.