York is one of my favourite English cities, it is 25 minutes from my home city of Leeds and only 2.5 hours from London by train. The city has bags of character and local history that you can’t help but want to learn more about while visiting. The cobbled street of the Shambles, its iconic Minster, quirky boutique shops, proper British pubs, make York into a fantastic weekend break or day trip destination.
Last week I jumped on a train and visited the city to shoot some video for my YouTube channel, and while there I visited the National Railway museum, wandered around the gardens of the Yorkshire museum and climbed to the top of York minster.
Here are a selection of other things to do in York that I recommend.
Micklegate Bar Museum
The museum is a great way to learn more about medieval York and is housed in the 12th century Micklegate Bar on the city walls, where Richard of York’s head was once gruesomely displayed. It was also a dwelling throughout the ages.
The City Walls walk
York has been a walled city since it was founded in the first century AD. Walking along the walls is a great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and is one of the best ways to experience York with great views.
If you’re staying overnight then you must book on one of the ghost tours at night, when the streets are quiet and there’s just you and hundreds of years of history. There are plenty of ghost stories associated with the city, fascinating whether or not you’re a believer in the supernatural.
Rowntree Park is a real secret, popular with locals. It has a well equipped playground, an ornamental lake, half of which is used for sailing model boats, a skateboarding area, tennis and basketball courts, and lots of ducks and geese.
Housed on the site of York Castle, this is the biggest museum in York. The museum is famous for Kirkgate, its wonderful recreated Victorian street of over thirty establishments where everything from the shop fronts to the sweet jars on the shelves is genuinely Victorian.
I have only covered a small amount of things to do in York, but if you want more ideas I highly recommend Visit York which is operated by the official tourist board for the city, or drop into their tourist information office, a short walk away from York Minster on 1 Museum St, YO1 7DT.