We went on a sneaky little weekend getaway to this gorgeous little city last week and it was well worth it! It is small and quaint, but it has a cathedral so a city it is!
Everywhere we turned there was a historic piece of infrastructure. The image above was taken from the original lookout of the York Castle, Clifford’s Tower. We circled the top of the structure and looked out to the stunning buildings below that give the city a medieval charm.
Must do’s when in York would have to be Clifford’s Tower, the Jorvik Viking Centre, The Shambles, The Golden Fleece and the simply stunning York Minster. There are plenty more attractions to get your eyes around but in the short time we were there, these were a perfect amount to focus on.
The Jorvik Viking Centre takes you on a trip through York’s Viking history with a gondola ride through a recreation of a Jorvik town. It’s interesting, a bit different and not too expensive. As long as you’re ok with experiencing every element of the time, including the smell, then this is a great way to learn the history.
The Shambles is a gorgeous street right in the centre of York city and is known for its picturesque nature. It has always been a main street of the town but it’s crooked and rickety exterior is what draws thousands of tourists in each year. Definitely worth a little visit, if not to marvel in how the buildings are still standing, then to enjoy some of the retailers that have moved in.
The Golden Fleece sits at the bottom of The Shambles and is known as the most haunted pub in England, so naturally, you have to go and have a pint there! I can’t say we got to experience the full haunting f the pub, but it was great to be in such an old building that holds so much history.
Finally, York Minster is one of the most picturesque cathedrals you will ever see. It’s sheer scale and vastness aside, the architecture of this building is something to marvel. It is certainly the heart of this little city, and it’s not hard to see why.
If you want a weekend getaway while in England, hire a care and get yourself to York - I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we did!