A lovely day out in York

Published: Friday 25th Oct 2013

Having thought about it for the last couple of months, me and my wife Sara finally planned our trip to North Yorkshire for a lovely few days away. And Yorkshire never disappoints.

On the Thursday we travelled up to York, arriving in the evening we decided to have dinner at the Blue Bicycle Restaurant in the Fossgate area of the city. The food was fantastic, as was the service, and both me and Sara would head back there in an instant. Having stopped over we decided Friday was the perfect time to explore York. It was a crisp autumnal day, perfect for exploring the old Roman walls that surround the city.

It was then that we encountered our first and only problem with the city. Parking. The cost of parking in York is not to be underestimated. Unperturbed by the lack of coins left in my pocket we decided to head for the famous walls. I can strongly suggest using the park and ride.

York has more miles of intact walls than any other city in England, and they really do make for a wonderful walk. Having enjoyed the glorious weather and walk, we decided a little bit of shopping was the order of the day. York is a wonderful place to shop, from its modern brands to cobbled street boutique shops, it is ideal for all ages of shopper. Sara and I explored The Shambles, which is an old street with timber-framed buildings, some even dating as far back as the fourteenth century.

Following a few Christmas purchases (early I know!), we enjoyed a bit of lunch before heading along the river towards York Minster. Considered one of the most famous buildings in England, I recommend visiting York Minster to anybody reading this. The sheer size and quality of the building is remarkable.

Following a root around the old Minster, we passed the Jorvik Viking Centre which was packed with queues of young families and children. Not having any of our own yet, we decided on this occasion to give it a miss but would love to return there at some point in the future. We then headed back towards York Minster having seen The Guy Fawkes Inn was located in the shadow of the Minster. The public house, as you may have guessed, is named after Guy Fawkes, who was born in the very building in 1570. So I decided to powder up and sample one of the many local types of ale they offered.

Next stop was the Lamb and Lion pub in Stonegate. It had a terrific ambiance and I would recommend a stop off here for anybody visiting York. Me and Sara absolutely loved York and have pledged to return there in the near future (Christmas would be an enchanting time of year I think in this special city).

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