York was first founded by the Roman 9th legion in 71 AD. They built a small fortress homing 6,000 soldiers, later York was captured by the Vikings (866 AD) and expanded. Today York is a walled city, with medieval cobble stone streets and an old, elaborate, ornate minister. York serves as a great day trip for couples, friends, families or indeed a solo visit. Here are some ideas of what you could do in York:
York Minister – the grand minister is a sensational sight, its alluring structure is stunning. You can pay £10 per adult to go inside or just pop your head around the door and peer inside for free. To climb the towers costs £5. Walk around the minister through the park to get some more divine views.
Museums – there are lots of museums most are free. Take your pick from; The railway museum, York art Gallery, Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum or the scary York dungeons.
Walking – My favorite thing to do in York is get lost in the Shambles, the narrow cobble stoned streets are delightfully quaint. You can wonder around watching people, looking at the shops and gawping at all the freshly baked treats in the bakery windows. After mooching around, walk along the river Ouse and through the Museum gardens where you can take park in Fawlkenery paying £3 to hold an owl.
Eating – there are lots of restaurant choices in York, from the main chains such as Zizzi, Byron Burger and Wagamamas to independent smaller restaurants (hot roast sandwich shops etc.) For the bigger chains there are lots of deals around so check online before hand. For example at the moment there is a code to use at pizza express giving 40% off the final bill (DWQE59OL) – valid Mon-Thur and Sunday until sept 11th. It is worth looking at Martin Lewis’s webiste: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/cheap-restaurant-deals for the latest deals.
Drinking – there are tonnes of cute, lovely little cafes scattered around York most are situated in the Shambles. There is also the famous Betty’s teas room. Personally I think it is over-rated I prefer the teddy bear tea room, which sells huge teddy bears and has a lovely cafe upstairs looking out onto the cobble stoned road. Look out for all the rustic pubs, some situated on the river side others dotted around town.
Shopping – York is full of unique shops, from hat shops to toy shops. You could easily spend the day mooching around browsing all the weird and wonderful gadgets and gimmicks. It is the perfect place to buy birthday presents, gifts or just simply window shop.
These are just a few of the things you can do in York there are many more attractions. Feel free to look into the ghost walks starting at 7.30 or the boat trips (£8 per person), bus tours, York’s chocolate story shop or just walk around and see what you bump in to. Enjoy your stay.