We’ve been to York many times with our day excursions and many more to come, but we still can’t get enough! We just love this pretty city and so will you.
York is a historical city filled with attractions, beautiful medieval streets and a stunning cathedral. It’s a city that was founded by the ancient Romans, has a Viking past and is surrounded by impressive walls.
We have put together some of our favourite places to see when visiting York.
Tthe most picturesque little street in Britain is a must-see in York! The Shambles is a popular street in York lined with timber framed shops dating back to the later medieval period. The name Shambles is believed to come from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘scamol’ used to refer to the wide shelves that butchers would display their goods on.
The street used to be home to the city’s butchers for many centuries and the word ‘Shambles’ was used to refer to a single place where butches gathered and sold their meat. The good thing about this street is that you can stroll along it whenever you like and find something new!
If you are planning to visit we would recommend getting there first thing in the morning or later in the evening when the shops have closed, to avoid the crowds.
One of the most striking moments of your day trip will be the moment you visit York’s cathedral. York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe, and it’s a remarkable building that contains the largest concentration of medieval stained glass in England.
From the views of the city from its central tower to the underground chambers where you can learn more about the area’s history, this is an impressive place to visit. Find out more about the ticket prices and opening times here.
York city walls
Walking the city walls while you are in York is a must. York’s walls are the longest stretch of medieval walls in any city in England! We would advise you to just walk the shorter sections of the wall as the whole circuit would take about 2 hours.
Walking around the city walls is also the perfect way to discover popular sights and learn more about the towns history. The walls are open everyday and close around dusk. Private guided tours are also available if you would like to know more about the wall’s history.
Did someone say chocolate?
We’ve got to mention York’s chocolate story for all the chocolate lovers out there! This guided tour will help you discover the history of chocolate in the heart of York – plus you get to taste the chocolates and other tasty treats throughout the tour.
The tour prices start from £12.50 for adults but family packages are available. Find out more here.
St Nicholas Fair York
Okay, okay…we know it’s a bit early to talk about Christmas but who doesn’t get excited with the thought of fairy lights, Christmas decorations and the smell of mulled wine?
The York St Nicholas Fair brings out Christmas stalls and traditional chalets along Parliament Street, St Sampson’s square and the Judge’s Lodging. The fair is perfect for gift and stocking ideas, for Christmas shopping and of course for mulled wine and draft ales.
The market starts from the 17th of November and goes on until the 23rd of December.
We are visiting St Nicholas Fair on the 24th of November. Call us on 01325286924 to book your seat or request a call back here.