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.

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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.


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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!

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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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