York Travel Guide

York Travel Guide


I suppose you could say that I hit the jackpot finding a boyfriend that lives in such a beautiful city - we certainly aren't bored when we travel to his family home for the weekend. York, as a city, has so much to offer. With its cobbled streets, cosy tea-rooms and shops and over 30 museums and attractions, York is the perfect destination for a mini-break. So I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite places to visit in York.

York's Chocolate Story

York Travel Guide

When Jack and I visited York's Chocolate Story we were in our element! It's a really interesting attraction where you attend a tour of the factory and learn all about the history of chocolate, whilst frequently getting to taste samples of chocolate- what's not to love? During the 90-minute tour, you also get to make your own chocolate lolly, which as you can see by our beaming smiles, clearly pleased us. They also have a chocolate-making demonstration which is interesting and again you get to then eat the chocolate. Need I say more? If you're a fan of chocolate and like to be fed, go here.

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Jorvik Viking Centre

Admittedly, the last time I visited this attraction was years ago with my mum and grandma on a weekend trip to Harrogate, so it is bound to have changed, but I wanted to include it in this post as I do think it is one of York's most popular attractions. There always seems to be queues outside of the Viking Centre and I know that as I child, I really loved it. I still have the viking coin that they give you so I guess that makes me either super sentimental, or just a massive hoarder.

York Minster

York Minster

You can't miss the York Minster. It's such a beautiful cathedral which towers over the city, containing underground tunnels where you can explore the history of York. If you can manage to climb nearly 300 steps, the York minster has a tower where you have the best/highest view of York city. The perfect place to visit to get those all important insta pics!

Cliffords Tower

York Travel Guide

By the centre of town, near all the shops and a car park, stands Cliffords Tower. If you climb a steep flight of stairs, you can also view the city of York in all its glory. I recommend visiting this tower if you are interested in medieval history as this tower has been burned to the ground twice, so now it is all that remains of the castle that was originally built by William the Conqueror.

York Boat

York Travel Guide

Like in many cities, York has open-top buses travelling around the city frequently. But what I really like about York, is the York boat on the River Ouse. Traipsing around York all day can really take its toll on your feet so on our first weekend together in York (when I didn't wear suitable footwear for the cobbled streets) Jack and I took to the York Boat, kicked back and relaxed, whilst also allowing me to sightsee and learn lots about the city's history.

York Travel Guide


Harry Potter Shop


York is home to three Harry Potter shops which sell Harry Potter merchandise. My favourite is 'The Shop That Must Not Be Named' which is located on the Shambles, in the centre of York. I was really lucky to capture the picture below of the store, as usually there is a queue of visitors waiting to go in! If you're a Harry Potter fan, I highly recommend visiting at least one of the shops! I also want to add how friendly the staff are at this shop. The staff are all dressed up as Witches and Wizards which really adds to the experience.

York Travel Guide

Harry Potter Shop

Bettys Tea Room

I can't talk about York without mentioning the infamous Betty's Tea Room- and the infamous queues (see below). I highly recommend visiting Betty's Cafe for afternoon tea, although I suggest you book in advance and save up a few pennies beforehand, as it is not cheap!

York Travel Guide


Have you ever been to York? Do you have any suggestions of places in York where I can drag Jack to visit with me next?

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Life Update



It feels strange to be writing in 1st person, using colloquial language and not writing on Word. I guess thats what comes with being a final year student. I really enjoy writing on my Blog, as I'm sure you all are aware, but lately I've been struggling not only to find the time to blog, but also the motivation to do so. I guess the pressure of being a third-year student has really got to me and I've struggled to keep up with everything. 

Although the complete motivation isn’t quite there yet, as I am in the midst of my exams, I am enjoying slowly jumping back on the blogging bandwagon and planning some upcoming content. I guess blogging is returning back to being an outlet and an escape from the Uni work again.


My lectures all finished last week and now it's only around four weeks left until I sit my last ever exam and say goodbye to Preston for good. Right now it's all feeling very bittersweet. I can't wait to finish my degree and graduate in the summer and begin the next chapter of my life, but I also hate change and after three years of routine and being a Uni student, the outside world all seems very daunting. I also am dreading leaving my friends, my job and this city behind. Over the past three years, everything has just become 'home' to me and, if I'm completely honest, who doesn't love living a two minute walk away from Primark?

I've heard from a few of my friends who graduated last year that it is very difficult to keep in touch with your friends after you leave Uni as everyone goes their separate ways and you aren't all living in the same area anymore. I'm really not looking forward to those goodbyes but I'm really going to put a lot of effort into keeping the friendships that I have made over the past years. I know thats easier said than done and I am preparing myself for the amount of effort that is going to be required to do so, but I think it's important to hold onto those people that make a positive difference in your life and make you feel good. No matter how hard is it, I'm going to at least try to maintain the friendships. 
(It's down in writing now anyway so I guess theres no excuse!)


On a brighter note, I have lots of exciting plans planned for after I finish Uni. A few days after my last exam, I am heading home for a spa day with my mum and my sisters which couldn't be anymore perfectly planned. Then I am seeing James Bay in Manchester the following week and then less than two weeks after I have finished, I am jetting off to the Canary Islands for a week of sun and RE-LAX-ATION

Hopefully my blogging mo-jo will return in full-swing after I finish Uni but for now, please just bear with me 🙏🏻

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The Couple Next Door | Book Review

The Couple Next Door Book Review

I picked up 'The Couple Next Door' on a whim from Waterstones a couple of weeks ago. As soon as I read the blurb, I was instantly sold and eager to get home, make a cup of tea and start reading this. The plot of this book reminded me a lot of the Madeline McCann case as a six month old baby, with rich parents, is stolen from it's cot as the parents attend a dinner party next door.

The Couple Next Door Book Review

This book is full of suspense and definitely a page-turnerI read this book in just under a week, and with my dissertation submission date fast approaching, I'd say that's pretty good going for me. This book is a psychological thriller and although it's not the most twisted thriller I've read, this book is perfect if you're looking for an engaging, holiday read.

I thought this book was very well paced and I was pleased to discover that you find out who kidnapped the baby halfway through the book, unlike most other thrillers who save the big reveal for the very end. This book had me doubting who was the master-mind behind it all again and again. With each chapter ending came a new shocking revelation which made this book addictive. I was desperate to find out who took the baby and WHY. As the narrative goes on, further secrets are revealed so this book does require some concentration from the reader, otherwise you'll miss important information.

The Couple Next Door Book Review

From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was only at the very end I felt disappointed as I thought that the author could have continued to build up the tension and done more of a 'big reveal'. I felt like the ending was far too dramatic, lacked logic and not necessary, so I felt like that ruined the end of the book for me. Although, it did make me wish there was a sequel to this book, just so I could find out what happened after that, so I guess you could say it was extremely enticing and crazy throughout.
The Couple Next Door Book Review

Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to those of you who like psychological thrillers. It contains plenty of suspense, surprises and twists. The final ending was very disappointing in my opinion as I felt as though it was far from reality, but it did add an element of violence if thats of interest to you. 



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