If you’re planning a visit to York this winter, or you’re a permanent resident of the city, then there’s good news: York is a city that’s filled with amazing things to see and do. With so much history to draw upon, you’re sure to find something to keep you occupied for several hours or so.
Let’s take a look at some of the city’s highlights.
A ghost tour
Much of the history of this city is actually quite grisly. At one point, it was actually declared the ‘most haunted city in Europe’ by the International Ghost Research Foundation.
If you’d like to learn about the darker chapters in the city’s history, then you might look into a tour that’s designed to shed light on them. Interestingly, there are actually many tours which seek to do this. You can tour the city on foot or a bus. There’s an experience put on by the York Dungeon, among countless others. Do your research, and pick the tour that matches your needs and budget.
Visit the markets
During the festive period, cities up and down the UK host Christmas markets. In the ancient town centre of York, which is roughly where you’ll disembark when you get the train to York, you’ll find a number of amazing alpine-style chalets set up, right up to December 22nd. Each sells a different sort of product, with delicious artisan foods and crafts all up for sale. If you’re visiting the city during Christmas, it’s a must-visit!
Roam the shambles
When it comes to shopping in York, you’ll have a choice between the modern high street and the ancient ‘Shambles’. This city-centre street dates all the way back to the Medieval period and takes its name from the butcher shops that used to line it. Nowadays, it’s a home for boutique retailers. If you’d like to indulge in some retail therapy and come away with a few unique souvenirs, then this is the place to go. Give yourself plenty of time to explore every shop, and to grab a bite to eat, too.
Walk the walls
If you want a historical perspective on the city, then taking a stroll around the ancient city walls is the way to obtain it. You can walk along the top for free, from between dawn and dusk, where the weather permits. There are two miles of walls left standing, making these the longest of their kind anywhere in England.
Your tour around the city walls will tend to take you within walking distance of many of the city’s major attractions, like York Minister Cathedral. As such, it can form the basis of your adventures in York!