Inspiring Places: York

After the terrible flooding that York suffered at the end of last year it is great that the City is now back to normal, here are some ideas for enjoying the sights:

York is one of England’s most beautiful historic cities. It’s been home to the Romans, the Saxons and the Vikings but the York of today is a fashionable city that successfully combines heritage and history with designer shops and medieval architecture. Its famous gothic Minster graces the city along with Georgian town houses, the Victorian railway station, smart restaurants, bars and cafés. The Yorkshire Museum, York Art gallery, Castle Museum, York Dungeon and York’s Chocolate Story all add to the Cultural experience.

Hit The Streets: There are streets with quaint names such as Coffee Yard, Swinegate, Grape Lane (formerly Grope Lane as it was the Red Light district), Mad Alice Lane and – most famous of all – the Shambles a famous street of medieval butcher’s shops.

Walk The Walls; circumnavigate the city as you walk around York’s famous medieval walls, the longest in England and enjoy fantastic views. You need to allow about two hours.

Ouse, Bar Wall, Minster - York

River Ouse – Bar Wall in Spring – York Minster

Cruise The Ouse; Take a cruise along the River Ouse and get a different angle of the city.

Explore the Minster; the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe. You can view the largest concentration of medieval stained glass in Britain or tunnel underground to the Roman, Saxon and Norman remains in the undercroft and crypt. Or treat yourself to breathtaking views over York and tackle the steps to the top of the Minster.

Shop ‘Til You Drop: Browse around the designer shops of Petergate, Stonegate and the Swinegate Quarter, explore the narrow cobbled streets of the Shambles or York’s antique centres.

Steam Along To: The National Railway Museum, admission is free to the world’s greatest railway museum.

Local Cuisine:  There’s no shortage of places to find a Yorkshire pudding and roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. Try a ‘fat rascal’ – a delicious cross between a scone and a biscuit, studded with almonds and cherries, with a pot of Yorkshire tea and don’t forget the Chocolate.

And if a coach holiday is what you are looking for, take a look at these great itineraries:

York and Burton Agnes Hall Orchid Festival
3 Days – 4th March 2016 – £155

Steaming through Yorkshire
4 Days – 17th March 2016 – £349

Historic York Spectacular
5 Days – 21st March 2016 – £219

Scarborough, Medieval York and Eden Camp
5 Days – 29th May 2016 – £499

…and you can find many more on


No Comments

Leave a Comment