Imagine a city with Roman roots and a Viking past, where ancient walls surround contemporary independent shops and vibrant eateries and there’s a festival for every month of the year. Welcome to York !
The city, split by the River Ouse, is best-known for its 800-year-old minster and The Shambles, a picturesque cobbled lane dating from the Middle Ages.York is an ideal size for exploring on foot, and is surrounded by some of England’s most beautiful countryside; it is only just over two hours by train from London or Edinburgh
.Few cities in the world can rival York for history and character. A picturesque riverside city encircled by ancient walls, York has a fascinating story that goes back 2,000 years
You can not go to york without visiting the Minster. Dating back to medieval times, this splendid Church of England cathedral features magnificent 14th- and 15th-century stained glass, stonework and elaborate tombs.You have the opportunity to explore underground chambers and follow in the footsteps of Roman Soldiers If you have the energy you can climb the 275 steps of the central tower,and from there you will be at the highest point in the city and be rewarded with amazing views.
Afterwards why not treat yourself to a nice afternoon tea. The place to go is the most famous tea rooms in all Yorkshire …..Bettys Tea Rooms A cross between a traditional English tea room and a sophisticated Swiss cafe,with beautiful interiors inspired by the Queen Mary ocean liner, Bettys is like no place else for afternoon tea and they have an amazing selection of sweets and light meals
The Shambles is an old street in the city with overhanging timber framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe and although none of the original shop-fronts have survived from medieval times, some properties still have exterior wooden shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open window. Today, the beautiful old buildings have been restored and now house cheerful cafes, quirky boutiques and even a coin & stamp dealers York’s most famous shopping street was once lined with Butchers’ shops, today the smells are rather more pleasant with aromas from the chocolate, fudge and sweet shops, clothes and accessories and gift shops.
In the evening if you are feeling brave and like an adventure you could travel back in time, cross the centuries and experience the stories that make up the hidden and blood chilling history of York’s ghostly tradition.Be guided along narrow passageways and dark streets to investigate bloodcurdling tales of scandal and death – of phantoms, ghosts, apparitions and supernatural stories of the strange and macabre The tours usually last around ninety minutes and it is an experience not to be missed !
There is something for everyone in York, whether you are a history buff or just want to to enjoy the wonderful cosmopolitan atmosphere and winding streets where you will find something interesting around every corner. And if you decide to stay longer there are many hotels and guest houses to suit all budgets So if ever you find yourself in England be sure to put York on your must see list !!