A day in York

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York is a city that has something for everyone: historic sites, an abundance of attractions, and plenty of festivals and events to keep the whole family entertained.

It’s a place where the past seamlessly combines with the present. You’ll see Roman centurions and Vikings wandering the streets while the very latest looks can be found in high end shops. There’s horse racing and an annual magical ice sculpture trail, all framed by ancient city walls.  

If you’re thinking of taking a day out, then catch one of the regular trains to York and you’ll be strolling along the cobbles in no time! Here’s a guide to help you work out what to do while you’re in this captivating city. 

Walk the Shambles

The Shambles is the oldest street in York and is one of the most well-preserved medieval streets in the country. Its quirky, lopsided buildings and narrow cobbled road are said to have been the inspiration behind Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series, which is why you’re likely to see fans of the books and films in this area during your visit. 

The Potions Cauldron in York

Along with some Harry Potter-themed stores, you can browse a range of shops here. There’s also the shrine of St Margaret Clitherow here. Her house is located on The Shambles, and worth a visit if you want to find out more about her story. 

Tuck into chocolate

York is famous for its connection to chocolate. Thanks to its riverside location and interconnected rail links, the city became easy to ship ingredients to. As a result, Terry’s and Rowntree’s set up production in York.

If you love chocolate, you can find out more about how the city became known for creating some of the most iconic sweet treats at York’s Chocolate Story. 

Explore York Minster

York Minster is the city’s magnificent cathedral. Its spires can be seen from around the city centre and the stained-glass windows are truly breathtaking. This is a sacred place with an 800-year-old history. 

York Minster

Inside York Minster

While you’re here, you can climb the 275 steps and look out above York’s rooftops or explore the crypts on a Hidden Minster tour or simply take a seat and soak up over eight centuries of history. 

Wander the walls

The two miles of medieval city walls encircle the city’s centre and offer views of the surrounding areas. Check ahead to ensure the walls are open as poor weather conditions can lead to them being closed, but if you can access them while you’re here, you can follow the trail and stop off at cafés and shops, or head to other attractions along the way. 

A day in York

What will you do on a day trip to York? 


2 thoughts on “A day in York”

  1. I have never been to York and spent any time there, I have just been through it or changed trains there. It does look a great place to visit. I have always wanted to have a walk in the Shambles.


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