York is a fairy-tale town. It’s exactly one of those places that you start liking as soon as your train stops near the platform, and we love the fact that we live close enough to go there regularly. Why York is so charming? Here are all the reasons you have to see, to hear and to try.
York is green
For a Medieval town York is quite big, but what is even more striking is the amount of vibrant green inside the old town. Parks and alleys, trees and grass – in summer time it’s a splendid place.
The symbol of York is no doubt its gorgeous cathedral. Built in 14th century, York Minster is never entirely finished. Such a huge building requires a constant restoration… Believe or not, but the maintenance of the Minster costs around 18 thousand pounds per DAY. Perhaps that explains the excessive cost of the entrance. (18£). However, the view from the tower is worth it. Perhaps. By the way, The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York – that’s the full name of York’s minster is one of the largest gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe.
The cutest street of York in the area called Shambles. Too crowded with tourists during the day, but the most charming and mysterious place of the town by night.
The City Walls
Their perfect condition shows, that it’s not just ruins of something that used to be, but doesn’t exist any longer. York walls are free to everyone and look very naturally in the whole town ensemble. Not to mention that they resemble the Great China Wall… at least on the picture.
Castle and Museums
Clifford’s tower is another must point of York. It’s a much cheaper version to enjoy the town view, though it’s not as spectacular as the one from the Minster. Informative and rather picturesque point. Concerning the museums, there are lots of them, but we sincerely recommend visiting the York Castle Museum, which proposes a full and rich exposition on the history of York people and many others.
Yes, it’s a touristy cliché, but after all, why not if it’s good? This tour is entertaining, funny and offers a great opportunity to enjoy BBC-English which is not so common in this part of the country. Did you know that York is the most haunted city of England? Yes, it is! And beware of this guy, Ian, he is awfully great!
York is lively and animal friendly
The families of geese and ducks strolling calmly in the middle of the town – too cute to be true.
There are some fantastic tearooms
Get some toffees from the Shambles and enjoy a cup of tea in numerous cosy tearooms of York.
York is a town of bicycles
The quality of the city is measured by its infrastructure for the bicycles. York is far behind Copenhagen, but it’s full of happy cyclists, who make any town adorable.