York (England)

I have been to York twice in the last 2 years and both times were during the winter (I love Christmas markets!) It’s a gorgeous, quaint English city with lots of character!

Things to do…

1 – York Minster
The Minster is hard to miss – it’s on of the largest cathedrals of its kind in Northern Europe and dates back to medieval times! Go inside and you’ll be able to really appreciate its enormity!
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2 – York Castle / Clifford’s Tower
Is so cute and teeny but is the largest remaining part of York Castle!
Tickets to go in are £5.40!
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3 – York Museum Gardens
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The gardens surround the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and are free to go in!
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We went to a Christmas lights display one evening which was quite pricey! I can’t find whether it’s happening again this year, but it a nice Christmassy thing to do.
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4 – The Shambles
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Is a really cute cobbled street with over-hanging buildings. It is now home to many shops and restaurants!
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The streets of York in general are full of character and are lovely to meander through.
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Places to eat…

The Guy Fawkes Inn – we had a delicious roast here! It’s a medieval inn and the birthplace of Guy (Guido) Fawkes (who tried to blow up parliament in 1604 – the guy we burn on bonfire night!!)
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The Botanist – looks like a bar from the front but there’s a really cute restaurant at the back. The pics of the food don’t look the best but it’s really good (especially the puddings!)
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Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms – there’s always a really long queue to get into the tea rooms as it’s very well known in York! The cakes are delicious and it’s a nice place to relax away from the cold!
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The Fudge Kitchen – you’ve got to pop in to try some delicious fudge! If you’re lucky you’ll see them making it in front of you!
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Of course if you’re there during December you’ll likely eat and drink at the Christmas markets too! York is magical at Christmas but I’m sure it’s beautiful all year round; a charming English city, perfect for a weekend break!

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