Top 5 Things To Do In York

January 14, 2018

York is a city which is home away from home. The centre is small and easy to navigate. Unlike most developed cities, York still contains quintessential charm dating back to Roman times. Located in the northeast of England, there are direct trains from Manchester and London.

Out of all the cities in the North, York definitely makes my top three for tourists to visit.

Whether you're interested in culture, history or shopping; York has plenty to do and see.

If you're planning a trip to York make sure you don't miss these attractions out!

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Things to do in York

York Minster
The central hub of York, The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter, commonly known as York Minster, is one of largest cathedrals in Northern Europe.

Make sure you allow a pretty penny of time for this attraction, as there are many activities to partake in.

You can visit The Undercroft, touring the chambers beneath the Minster or you can call during a service and see the daily life of Christian worship.

My recommendation is to climb up the tower, the highest point in all of York. Once you have reached the ascent, you will be greeted with panoramic views of the city.

Art Gallery
Located just past York Minster, the art gallery is often forgotten as a tourist destination.

Costing an adult £7.50 with gift aid for entry, children under 16 are free.

Works include paintings and decorative arts from the 14th century to the present.
Currently exhibited is Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape, art based on the First World War.

I also appreciate the gallery for housing university fashion students designs and portfolios, providing a platform for young designers.

Sometimes city life becomes too much and it can be nice to take a break. York has it's fair share of parks, but my favourite to go to is the Museum Gardens.

The gardens are part of the surroundings for Yorkshire Museum and contain Roman ruins and a Medieval Abbey.

The park does get very busy, but I think it adds to the atmosphere as often university students will be picnic-ing on the grass and revising with friends.

The park is also adjacent to the canal allowing for your walk around the park to be extended if you desire.

Leisure - shop and eat
Whilst not the most stimulating, one of the main reasons I visit York every year is for the shops and the food.

As the city is so compact, you can move from one shop to the next without walking too far.

Many of the high street shops are cluster together and similarly, designer boutiques can be found on around Stonegate.

For a dining experience, York is the place. The city houses many traditional pubs, yet still provides chain restaurants for the fussy eaters. The famous Betty's Tea Rooms is located in York's main square alongside the new Ivy, a popular restaurant in London.

York Castle/Walls
Back to history and culture and York Castle and surrounding walls are not to be missed.

The castle stands on top of a high mound, raised by William the Conqueror. Now, under the trust of England Heritage, you can take a tour of the fortified complex.

The city walls, built by William the Conqueror are the longest town walls in England. They follow the city all the way around, originally providing as a defence.

Bonus- Shambles
Of course, I couldn't just stick to 5 when there is so much to see in York, but the Shambles I could not leave out.

Probably the most Instagrammed place in York, the Shambles is an old street in York with overhanging buildings, some dating back to the 14th century.

On the street, you will find quaint fudge and bookshops leading down to independent market stalls.

And if you're a Harry Potter fan, there is an entire shop at the end of the street dedicated to the books and films!

York is, without a doubt, one of those places that I'll keep coming back to- not only for the culture and history but also because of the amazing city life which can be found. 

Have you been to York? 

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