This was our third visit to York this year so it’s fair to say that this is a city that we really enjoy spending time in. We know our way around much better now and the pressure to do all the tourist sites was off. So, no visit around the inside of York Minster this time and no trip to the Railway Museum or York Castle Museum.
As the weather was better this time too, we spent a bit more time outside. We did a short part of the City walls and spent time in York Museum gardens which looked fabulous with all the tulips in bloom. We also walked along the River Ouse for a couple of miles.
We still had to do a bit of shopping, from the oldest shopping street in Europe, the Shambles, to the more modern shopping areas and large department stores.
History is everywhere and it’s easy to see why York is such a tourist hot spot. We’ll be back again before too long. Here are a few photos from this latest visit…
The ruin of St Mary’s Abbey
Looking towards York Minster
St Mary’s Abbey
Old buildings and narrow streets
Grey Squirrel sat on stone eating in York Museum Gardens
York is one of the most vibrant, historic cities in the UK. It’s a great place to visit and on a recent trip I wondered around the narrow streets and tourist locations with my Fuji X-T2 as the sun went down and the lights came on.
One of the most famous areas of York is The Shambles and Minster area. With its narrow streets and over-hanging timber framed buildings, some of which date back to the fourteenth century, The Shambles is a tourist hotspot. At night however, when many of the day trippers have left it is possible to take a more leisurely stroll around the area.
York is a city brimming with history and culture. Here are a few pictures from our visit. Our next trip to York is already planned.
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.