I’ve visited England many times over the years, from London, Liverpool to Newcastle and many others, but none quite like the walled city York. If you want to see England in a new light, then i urge you to step outside the expected and take a trip back in time. York is a wonderfully beautiful town that looks like it has been frozen in the middle ages, the only major difference is the flocks of tourists and modern shops. Small english streets and buildings that are totally british, fish and chips while you watch live street performers and a ministry that will leave your jaw on the ground. It’s a historical town that will not leave you bored for one second.
How to get to York: Take a short twenty minute train from Leeds Station straight to York for roughly £13 return.
Watch the street performers
I was fortunate enough to have an hour spare before visiting The York Chocolate Story (see below) and stumbled upon the perfect act for me. Entertaining, exciting with a sexual undertone that had me in stitches of laughter from start to finish. If you get the chance to catch Man With Big Balls you will not be left disappointed. Catching a street performer is simply a MUST in York. You can even grab a fish and chips from Drakes of York and watch the show for a perfectly English experience.
York Chocolate Story
Did you know York is the home of Chocolate in England? You can experience the entire history at the York Chocolate Story all while you nibble deliciously fresh and handmade chocolates. I dont want to give too much away, except everyone from Cadburys to Terry’s Chocolate Orange all originated from York. It’s a wonderful little experience for all age groups, and i’m still thinking about the milk chocolate blackberry ganache that was freshly made before my eyes.
Standard adult tickets £11.50 to book your tickets follow the link here https://www.yorkschocolatestory.com/booking/
A trip to York is not complete without a visit to the famous Shambles and The Shambles Market. You will be charmed by the small streets, traditional old English buildings and cobble stoned streets. You can sip tea in one of the many tea houses or shop the local trinkets and dishes in the quaint market. If you’re looking for a picturesque location to snap some beautiful photos, then this is the place for you. You will also notice a huge amount of people in Steam Punk apparel, which is massively popular in York. This really is the icing on the cake and makes for a great snap, if they will let you.
This is a cathedral not to be missed and if you’re a fan of Gothic architecture then you will be in your element. It is one the largest ministries in Northern England and is located right in the heart of York. Whether you’re religious or not, this is an incredible sightseeing opportunity. Its interiors are just as impressive as its exterior and its sheer size is mind blowing. You can also visit the York Ministry Tower by lift for a panoramic view of the entire city, or take the stairs underground to visit the York Ministry Museum.
York Ghost Hunt
This is my TOP recommended sightseeing experience when visiting York. The town has a great history of horror stories, myths and tales of true murder. The Ghost Hunt allows you to see every inch of York under the cover of darkness, where you visit several haunted locations and listen to tales of bloody murder. It is the most unique travel experience ive been part of and the tour guide really sucks you in with dramatic storytelling and magic tricks.
You will also have many laughs along the journey for a small £6.
For more information on The Ghost Hunt follow the link here ->YORK GHOST HUNT
York Wall and Richard III Museum
York is famously called the walled city, so no visit to York is complete without a long walk around the wall itself. You will also get some great views of the city and the incredible Ministry. Along the wall you can also visit the Richard iii Experience , i will admit i only went along because i heard you can wear the helmets that are on display. If you follow me on Instagram you will know that i had a lot of fun trying on many helmets, i guess the child in me came out.
If you really want to see the REAL England take a trip to York. Unfortunately i only had 24 hours to see the city and missed activities like The National Railway Museum, York Castle Museum, York Castle, St Mary’s Abbey and many others.
If you’re interested in visiting York this year check out Visit York for more inspiration.