On our recent summer staycation we spent a day in the beautiful Cathedral town of York. Neither of us had ever been before so were looking forward to exploring and visiting all of the historical landmarks and browsing the quirky shops.
If you’re thinking of adding York to your summer hit list, here are my top four thoughts from our trip!
One: The Shambles has the best food!
Typically, not long after we arrived in York, our tummies were rumbling! I try and make a point on our visits to towns and cities to avoid chain coffee shops like Costa and Cafe Nero, and fully immerse ourselves into the local trades and delicacies. York was no different, and after a little walk, we came across The Shambles Food Market. The smells were incredible as an eclectic mix of stalls all tried to entice us in! Hubby led the way on this one and decided on KREP – a quirky crepe van with the most luxurious toppings I have ever seen! (@kreptruckyork)
The food market had so much to offer so I would definitely recommend seeking it out instead of diving straight in to the nearest Starbucks. (http://www.shamblesmarket.com)
Two: The Gardens are beautiful
As a very out-doorsy coupe, we always tend to get bored of shops and are naturally drawn to natural open spaces on any of our City breaks. In York, we visited the Museum Gardens which, not only has the best ice cream hit in the whole town, is also steeped in history. The garden hosts the magnificent ruins of St Marys Abbey (a monastery that fell victim to Henry VIIIs dissolution of the monasteries in 1539) and the remains of the Roman fort of Eboracum. It is a really interesting and atmospheric park in the centre of York’s modern day hustle and bustle.
Three: Give the Teddy Bear Tea Shop a chance!
When lunch time came around, the skies looked as though a major downpour was imminent so we dived into one of the closest tea rooms we could find. Turns out, it was “Stone Gate Teddy Bear Tearooms”, a quaint old fashioned toy shop and tea room. Needless to say, I was a little nervous that we would reach the top of the stairs to find creepy, old stuffed bears gathered around tables with a couple of spare chairs for customers like Jeff and I! Luckily, it’s actually a very picturesque, traditional tea room with no bears in sight!
The food was delicious and presented on an instagram-worthy wooden chopping board. The staff were lovely and it wasn’t expensive. Points all round for this one!
Four: York Minster is Beautiful
York’s sky line is absolutely dominated by the central tower of York Minster and when you see it close up, it is one of the most impressive buildings you will find in this country. It is vast and has so much history it is humbling to be in its presence. We didn’t go inside, but we spent time slowly walking around its perimeter taking in its architecture and beauty. The Minister is close to a National trust garden which we sat in for at least an hour in the shadow of the towers; it was so peaceful and felt like we were miles away from the crowded streets we had just come from!
We took so many photos, but they really don’t do it justice so you have to see it for yourself!
We would definitely go back to York as it was a really relaxing and varied day; food, shopping, walks around the parks and taking in the history. I hope this post has inspired you to spend some time there and explore it for yourself!
Until next time,