Walking down the cobbled streets between the quaint rustic buildings, it’s easy to imagine you have been transported back in time. By Shanie Dover.
York is an ancient walled city dripping with history and culture, from stories of Vikings and Romans to traitorous Royals, the history woven in to the very fabric of the place is something to marvel.
I was lucky to spend a weekend exploring and experiencing what the city has to offer for a humble traveller, and I can honestly say I was not disappointed.
Just a short drive from Manchester and Liverpool, York is easily accessible by either car or train and offers a huge selection of accommodation from which to choose.
I stayed at the Hotel Indigo York (www.hotelindigoyork.co.uk), an adorable artistic hotel in a priceless central location. The hotel was superb, offering beautiful accommodation with spacious modern rooms, a huge bed and a lovely modern bathroom.
I also loved the added extras in the room – locally sourced condiments, Sky TV, a Nespresso machine and more – which I think add invaluable comfort.
The city of York itself is just magical, with plenty to do for young and old and with multiple attractions to choose from you will have to use your time well.
On the first day I started off by wandering over to York Minster, what an impressive cathedral, I would highly recommend a trip up the tower from where the view is simply breathtaking.
After lunch I climbed the city walls and discovered the royal experiences of Richard III and Henry VII, unearthing the secrets of England’s complex regal past.
Later on, I felt very brave and booked an experience like no other. The Ghost bus tour is a really good chance to get uncomfortably close to the dark and blood soaked past.
There is no need for story making as the true tales of the past are more terrifying and shocking, from Dick Turpin to public executions, a truly fun and chilling experience.
On the final day I made sure not to miss the Castle Museum. What an insightful look in to the past and such fun.
A big tip is not to underestimate how much there is to see there, especially if you walk over to Clifford’s Tower.
I was sad as the day went on that I would shortly have to leave but before I did I made one last trip, walking through the narrow fable like Shambles admiring the vintage shop windows and taking in the sickly sweet smell of hot fudge.
I headed towards the Roman Bath house pub so aptly named as, within its basement you can see a well preserved example of Roman Baths and hear from the Landlord himself how this time capsule was uncovered.
Driving away I had a feeling of contentment – what an astonishing little city. I only wish we could have stayed longer as there are so many attractions we simply didn’t have enough time to see. I cannot emphasise enough how much fun we had and recommend a trip there yourself.
We used this card to gain access to all the attractions, making great savings – and leaving your purse in your bag can take the stress out of getting around.