Before visiting York in June, I looked online to see which attractions the walled city had to offer. When visiting other cities I like to have a few sights and attractions in mind to make sure we see everything we want to.
As York is rich in ancient history I discovered that a lot of the attractions focused on this. Haven’t ever really been interested in history, these didn’t appeal to me so instead we found other places and things of interest to see whilst we were there.
Cruise along the River Ouse
A short walk from York train station is the River Ouse which is lined with restaurants, pubs, houses and gardens. A river cruise is a great way to see more of the city whilst also learning a bit about the history of York from the skippers live commentary. Boats depart daily from King’s Staith and Lendal Bridge with tickets costing £9 for an Adult, £5 for a Child or £24 for a family ticket although these can be bought for less online.
Step back in time at Betty’s Tea room
A trip to York isn’t complete without a visit to Betty’s Tea room. Inspired by the art deco elegance of a luxury liner, Fredrick Belmont, the founder of Betty’s, chose York to be his most sophisticated branch. With curved windows, wood panelling, ornate mirrors and stained glass, the tearoom echoes class. Visitors flock to Betty’s to indulge in anything from petit pastries to three course meals. Although there may be a lengthy queue, it’s well worth the wait!
(Photo credit to Mandy Charlton – mandycharlton.com)
National Railway Museum
Just outside of York train station is the National Railway Museum. Exhibiting over 100 locomotives that once ran on railways in Great Britain, the free museum is a must see for anyone interested in transport.
(Photo credit to Cat Elizabeth Williams – rockandrollpussycat.co.uk)
Walk along the River Ouse
The river ouse makes for a great walk, even in the rain. Lined with trees and dotted with seating, it’s the perfect place to sit, unwind and watch the canal boats.
Discover Chocolate like never before!
Thanks to Mr Rowntree, York is proud to be the UK’s home of chocolate. York’s Chocolate Story is a hands on way to discover the history, secrets and processes behind chocolate making. The hour long tour priced at £10 per Adult includes lots of tasty samples and is engaging and fun for all ages. Be sure to try one of their amazing milkshakes at the Chocolate Cafe!
Relax in the Museum Gardens
Situated alongside the River Ouse is York Museum Gardens. The ten-acre botanical Garden is a great place to wander, explore and admire the fantastic range of trees, flowers and wildlife. The large and tranquil open space is an ideal place to enjoy a spot of lunch and garden tours take place every Sunday from 1-2pm.
Designer labels for less
A short bus journey from the city centre is Yorks Designer Outlet. Home to 120 designer brands and with discounts of up to 60% off, the McArthurGlen Outlet is a fantastic place to bag a bargain.
There’s talent in the streets of York
As if the narrow cobbled streets of York aren’t interesting enough, there are street performers on nearly every corner. From the fun to the risky, there are acts to entertain everyone. Make sure to support these individual artists, it’s a small price to pay for their talent and risk taking!
Visit York Minster
The Cathedral of Saint Peter, commonly known as York Minster is one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe. The Anglo saxon architecture and stained glass windows are stunning to look at and York Minster have really considered children by providing them with Explorer backpacks filled with tools to explore their way around the Minster. An annual ticket for an Adult is £10 and includes a guided tour, any child under 16 is free with an adult!
Visit Roly’s Fudge Pantry
Located in the shambles, Roly’s Fudge Pantry take great pride in making fresh and crumbly fudge onsite daily. Offering a wide range of flavours from best sellers to seasonal specials, there really is something to suit every occasion.