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A Local’s Guide To York: Things To Do, See And Eat


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.


Museum Gardens

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.


York Minster

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

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!

  1. Cosy Club
  2. Rustique
  3. Betty’s
  4. Bill’s
  5. Little Italy
  6. The Botanist
  7. Latinos
  8. Brew and Brownie
  9. Stonegate Yard
  10. Cut and Chase
  11. Gusto
  12. Source
  13. Slug and Lettuce
  14. The Dormouse
  15. D’Vine
  16. Lucia
  17. The Ivy
  18. Prezzo
  19. Ambiente
  20. 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.


  1. Abi Street
    20th December 2017 / 10:41 am

    I’ve heard so many good things about York. It looks absolutely stunning, definitely want to plan a weekend break there for 2018!

    • chloedickenson
      21st December 2017 / 9:49 pm

      You definitely should! Xx

  2. 20th December 2017 / 12:28 pm

    Ive only ever been to york once or twice I think and I cant really remember much! I certainly havent visited these main spots (other than possibly the Cathedral when I was a lot younger) which sound like they would be nice! York isnt too far away from me so its definitely a place I would like to spend a weekend at!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      21st December 2017 / 2:07 pm

      You should deffo come over one weekend, I’m sure you’d love it! Xx

  3. Abbeylouisarose
    20th December 2017 / 2:09 pm

    I actually visited quite a few of these attractions on my most recent visit to York and I thoroughly enjoyed them! The Minster really is breathtaking – it was such a shame that it was so cold and icy on the day that we went though because it meant we weren’t able to walk along the city walls! I will have to come back and check out some of the fab restaurants you’ve recommended!

    Abbey ???? http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      21st December 2017 / 2:07 pm

      Ah that’s so lovely! You definitely will have to come back soon! Xx

  4. 20th December 2017 / 10:04 pm

    I live very close to York so I spend so many weekends there, I’ve just been to the Christmas market for the second time yesterday and enjoyed it as much as the first time! So beautiful & festive!

    • chloedickenson
      21st December 2017 / 2:06 pm

      Ooh that’s so cool! Xx

  5. 20th December 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I’ve never been to York but it sounds like a lovely place to visit. I’m definitely adding it to our bucket list – looks like the perfect place for a weekend child free x

    • chloedickenson
      21st December 2017 / 2:06 pm

      It really is such a gorgeous place! Xx

  6. 21st December 2017 / 11:04 am

    My parents visited York last year and ever since seeing their photos and hearing about their antics I’ve wanted to go!! So planning a trip sometime next year with James and Jake. Xxxxx


    • chloedickenson
      21st December 2017 / 2:06 pm

      Ooh yeah you should deffo come up for the day! Xxxx

  7. 23rd December 2017 / 11:49 am

    It sounds like there’s a lot of cool things to do in York, love the sound of Thor’s Tipi and love the fact that there’s some Merry Christmas lettering at the railway museum. I’ll have to visit York at some point xx

    Kristy | http://www.thevioletblonde.com

  8. 27th December 2017 / 11:46 am

    I’ve only been to York once and loved it! I need to plan another trip sometime soon x

  9. 21st May 2018 / 3:31 pm

    I’m actually going to York in two weeks for a day, so I’m keen to visit the museum gardens. Your pictures look great, and have made me want to go during the festive season. Thanks for your guide!

    • chloedickenson
      4th June 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Thank you! I hope you have a great time in York – do let me know if you need any recommendations ❤️

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