The beautiful city of York has been my hometown for over 11 years now – I moved here when I was just eight years old and I’ve been incredibly proud to call it ‘home’ ever since.
During my time living here, I’d like to think that I’ve become somewhat of an expert with regards to the best things to do, see and eat in the city and today’s post is all about my best recommendations for the things you should do if you ever find yourself here.
York City Walls
One of the most famous attributes of York is the city walls and on a nice, sunny day there’s nothing better than spending a few leisurely hours walking around the city. Matt and I did this back in the summer and it really was the most perfect way to spend an afternoon. If you ever find yourself in York with a couple of hours to spare then I definitely recommend taking a stroll along the walls and admiring the city.
The Museum Gardens are always incredibly popular no matter what time of year it is but they’re particularly beautiful during the festive season. There’s always a festive light display as well as a number of lit-up Christmas trees. The Gardens are somewhere you can enjoy a yummy picnic during in the summer months or enjoy taking a leisurely stroll around during the colder months. They’re located right in the centre of town so they’re ideal for popping in while you’re doing your Christmas shopping.
Potentially the thing that York is most famous for – the York Minster. It’s a strikingly beautiful cathedral in the middle of the city that captures the hearts of so many tourists whenever they see it. From a local’s perspective, it can sometimes be a pretty busy area of the city if you’re just trying to go about your daily life but if you really stop and admire it sometimes, you’ll appreciate just how stunning it really is. Regardless of the time of the year, the Minster looks gorgeous against any backdrop and it’s definitely something you have to see during your visit here.
The Railway Museum
I haven’t actually been to the Railway Museum in years but I always remember how much I loved going as a kid. If you ever find yourself in York with the kids then I’d highly recommend paying a visit to the Railway Museum as it’s full of culture, fun and plenty of grand trains. There’s something that both children and adults can enjoy here and I really couldn’t recommend it enough.
Thor’s Tipi is actually only around during the festive season so if you’re ever in York at Christmas time then you should absolutely pay a visit to the Tipi. It can get overwhelmingly busy most of the time but if you’re willing to queue for a little bit then it’s certainly worth the wait. The interior is incredibly warm, cosy and festive and there’s plenty of delicious festive drinks for you to indulge in. You can also enjoy wandering around all the Christmas markets that are located in Parliament Street, with plenty of festive stalls where you can pick up some delicious goodies and cute ornaments for the tree.
Places to eat
If you’ve read my blog for a while now you’ll have probably seen a few of my posts mentioning some of my favourite places to eat in York but I thought I’d round some of my all-time favourites up in this post too!
- Cosy Club
- Little Italy
- The Botanist
- Brew and Brownie
- Stonegate Yard
- Cut and Chase
- Slug and Lettuce
- The Dormouse
- The Ivy
- Humpit Hummus
Have you ever been to York? What’s your favourite thing to do here? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.