48 hours in York

The historic city of York is a popular tourist spot. Visitors descend on the City from all around the world.

Some come to learn about the city’s Roman and Viking past. Others come to marvel at the magnificent York Minster and to wander the narrow streets, including the famous Shambles area. It’s easy to imagine you have stepped back in time and the tourists love it. You can even book on one of the numerous ghost tours if you want to experience a bit more spooky history or visit the York Dungeons for the gory historic details.

One of the great things about York is that it is a compact city and you can easily make your way around it on foot. We were staying about 15 minute walk away, along the river or alternatively along the fortified walls into the city centre.

Among the highlights on our short stay in the city were the Minster, though it does seem a bit on the expensive side at £20 admission for two, though the tickets are valid for a year.

A different, but better value option for those on a budget, might be the National Railway Museum which is free, though a suggested £5 donation is encouraged.  I’m no train buff but I would rank this as one of the best value visitor attractions in the country. It’s huge and you could easily spend all day looking around if you wanted.

York is also blessed with numerous eating establishments and pubs, many with charming historic features. At weekend it appeared to be a popular destination for hen and stag parties and the numbers of people in the city noticeably swelled with visitors.

Here are a few photos from York…


The Golden Fleece – York’s most haunted pub


One of the many attractive places to eat




On the city walls


The Shambles


York Minster


York Railway Station


The Chapter House, York Minster


Sarcophagus, York Minster


National Railway Museum


National Railway Museum


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