Exploring York

A city I've always wanted to visit is York, and after my boyfriend raved about how great it was when he spent a week working there I knew we had to visit. After scouring the internet to find a hotel we decided on Hedley House  it was a good price, had a car park and was walking distance into the city centre. The reviews on trip advisor were good and it included breakfast, my favourite meal of the day, we were sold!

Arriving in York after a long drive we checked into our hotel, left the car and walked through the Museum Gardens and into the centre. This took no more than 5 minutes and we were surprised how close our hotel was!



With it being an absolutely gorgeous, if not too hot, day, we decided to spend the day walking around exploring the city. The first sight we came across was the York Minster, something you'd struggle to miss if you were ever in York due to it being a huge Cathedral! We were going to venture inside and possibly climb up the tower, but we thought it was quite expensive and instead thought we'd enjoy the architecture from outside. 


Our next stop was The Shambles, one of Britains most popular streets, it's definitely a tourist destination and was filled with people. I'd still recommend taking a peak if you're ever in York as it's such a quirky and interesting place. The buildings have this unusual design where each floor comes out further than the one before. Josh explained to me that it had something to do with beams bending or something. I don't know, nor care, I just like how it looks, like the street has just stepped out of a period drama.



Our exploring of The Shambles came to an end when we saw The York Roast Co. offering delicious sandwiches with the option of pulled pork, roast beef or turkey. Both Josh and I went for turkey, stuffing and cranberry in a bun, and it was good and reminded me of Christmas. We sat and people watched whilst eating our lunch, one of my favourite things to do, and then we carried on mooching around York. I loved all the bunting that was up across the city, it gave it such a summery feeling.


We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the park before heading out to dinner and then an early night after exhausting ourselves exploring. The next day we decided to check out a Museum, as both Josh and I are big history fans we decided the York Castle Museum looked the most interesting, and we were not disappointed. The museum has exhibits from across history, with two 'high streets' that have been created to look as realistic as possible. The first high street is 'Kirkgate' the Victorian Street, featuring shops showing items from the time, a backstreet showing the poverty experienced by many, and also a life-size horse and carriage. 



The exhibit I enjoyed the most was The Sixties, another high street with shops displaying clothes, and other items from the era, there was also a juke box playing 60s music and a moped, the colours were bright and It made me wish I was around during that time.  There was also a special exhibit to mark the 100 year anniversary of WW1, it displayed items from the war as well as teaching about all the different aspects of war. Again it was an interactive exhibit where you could walk through the trenches.



At the end of the WW1 exhibit there was a room covered in a blackboard with chalk to write your thoughts and feelings about the exhibit. This was amazing to read, with everybody commenting on the importance of Peace and the horror of war, as well as leaving thanks to all those who served our country. The Castle Museum was probably one of the best Museums I've been to, it covered so many different eras, much more than just those I've mentioned, including the York Prison, where Josh locked me in a cell! I'd definitely recommend visiting, and it's reasonably priced.


Our trip to York was definitely a great one, and It's a place I'd recommend to everyone. This trip, along with our visit to Wales has reminded me of all the places I've yet to visit within the UK. Im now adding more places to my Travel Wish List, but this time there a little bit closer to home.

I'd love to hear your recommendations of places in the UK I should visit in the future. 

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  1. I went to York for the first time a couple of weeks back and loved it. If you go again you might like the Yorvik Viking Centre, it's interesting but it doesn't take more than an hour to get round. Also next time I go back I really want to do the cat walk - they've got lots of little cat statues hidden around the city on buildings and you have to go around trying to find them all, they're so hard to spot.

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    1. It's great isn't it! We debated the Viking Centre but couldn't afford it/didn't have enough time, definitely next time we visit though. Ooh I hadn't heard of the cat walk but that sounds really interesting, there was lots of yellow bikes across the city when I visited because of the Tour de France.
      Emma x

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  2. I've been wanting to visit York for ages since I've been at uni in the North West but still haven't got the chance. It looks like such a beautiful place! Maybe I'll get there next year :) xx

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    1. I'd really recommend a visit, it's lovely, especially if you're up North for uni. Im from down South but at uni in the North West as well, so I try and visit lots of places when Im at uni. :)
      Emma x

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  3. I've always wanted to visit York, my friend lives up there so I really have no excuse not to go up there! Sounds like you had a busy couple of days though, must have been knackered by the end of it!! I love visiting museums and get so excited walking around replicas, it's weird to put yourself in that era. Weather looks gorgeous too, hope you guys had a lovely time xxx

    Hannah xo | hannatalks

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    1. You should definitely go visit, especially if you've got a friend there! I was knackered by the end and had a great sleep that night! I love museums with replicas and stuff like that, makes it feel like you're really there. We did have great weather, really lucky with it.
      Emma xx

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  4. I never thought of visiting York before, it looks lovely!
    I would say places like Cornwall are beautiful, especially in the summer!!

    LauraThinksAbout

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    1. It really is lovely, it's one of my boyfriends favourite places.
      I'd LOVE to visit Cornwall, I've heard it's gorgeous.
      Emma x

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  5. Wow I haven't visited UK yet and this looks quite promising! Very nice blog btw, I just found you :)

    Xx Cristal Pearl

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    1. The UK has some really lovely places and York is definitely somewhere I'd recommend visiting, also London as well obviously! And thank you :)
      Emma x

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  6. I went to York just over a year ago and loved 'The Shambles' too! We also ate a really nice grill bar - I cannot for the life of me remember the name. But it was a lovely few days! :)

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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    1. The Shambles are so quirky I love the buildings. York is a really lovely place.
      Emma x

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  7. Not been to York in years but this makes me want to take another trip there. I have no excuse really being from Yorkshire! Don't forget to visit Leeds ;)

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    1. You should definitely go visit if you're so close! I really want to visit Leeds one day, heard it's a great place for a night out as well!
      Emma x

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  8. I've never been to the UK and I know that many places are very modern. In my head, York is what UK looks like. It's gorgeous there and if ever visit, this is definitely somewhere I'd stay at. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

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    1. Lots of places in the UK are quite modern, but I'd say in most if not all cities you can find some very old parts, especially churches or cathedrals. York is a bit different because everything is quite old looking. It really is gorgeous. :)
      Emma x

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  9. Aww looks like you had a great trip to York! I really love your photos - York really appeals to me because it's such a culturally and historically rich city. xx

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    1. We did have a really great time, and thank you, Im lucky to have a boyfriend with a good camera so Im make the most of it and get him to take photos for me :) I love places with a great history and culture.
      Emma x

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  10. Wow, it looks beautiful there! I have wanted to visit York for a while but never have. All your posts are just adding to the list of places I need to visit!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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    1. It really is beautiful, I'd really recommend visiting! You'll be having some great posts while your in Canada though, there definitely going to make me want to travel!
      Emma x

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  11. Gorgeous photos! I love visiting places in the UK - there are so many places on my wishlist! I would like to stay a night in York with my boyfriend, as he has never been, and I have only been for the day and didn't feel I got to see everything. I did go inside the Minster though, and would definitely recommend it if you ever go back. I wasn't too fussed about going in, but I soon ate my words as it is incredible inside. The architecture is unreal, and so beautiful. I didn't expect to feel so strongly, but I loved it. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos, I really enjoyed reading this post! xx


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    1. Thank you :) The UK does have some really great places, and I'd recommend York, I think I need to go back and do more as we only had 2 days there as well. I think maybe next time we would go in the Minster. Glad you enjoyed this post :)
      Emma x

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  12. How beautiful is York! I live in Leeds so it's so close, I definitely will be visiting!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. It's so lovely! I'd love to visit Leeds as well. You should definitely take a trip there :)
      Emma x

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  13. I've always wanted to visit York - it sounds like such a lovely city, and so much to do! xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. It's a really lovely city. Theres lots of touristy things to do and its just a great place to wander around.
      Emma x

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  14. I love York, it's such an interesting city and luckily not too far away from me! Glad you enjoyed your trip

    Jess www.jessmcguireblogs.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I did really enjoy my visit, I can't wait to visit some other cities in the UK. :)
      Emma x

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  16. Looks like so much fun! While I've never even been to the UK, I love places with that historic background--even if it's just covered in tourist attractions. It's all kind of fun and interesting. Loved looking through these photos!

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    1. I love anything historic especially with old buildings. Thanks :)
      Emma x

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  17. What beautiful pictures! I need to go traveling when I'm older, even if it's just in the UK! xx

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

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    1. I LOVE travelling, even if its just in the UK. So I'd definitely recommend visiting as many places as you can!
      Emma x

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  18. Gorgeous photos! I haven't been to York for YEARS, but I'm still raving about it to friends. It's just such a quaint little city, and they even have a shop selling everything to do with cats (The Cat Gallery). MASSIVE win. x

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    1. It's so great isn't it. Wow wish I'd seen that shop!
      Emma x

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  19. I went to York when I was studying for my A Levels with school but I would love to go back again as an adult A stay over night sounds perfect!

    Corinne x
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    1. I think you can appreciate things a bit more as an adult haha, :)
      Emma x

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  20. Lovely post - I've never been to York, but I will definitely be putting in a visit as it looks great ! Your photographs are really artistic Emma :) Helen xx (www.littlehelsb.com)

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    1. Thank you, I have my boyfriend to thank for most of the photos haha. It's a really lovely place :)
      Emma x

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  21. I definitely want to start visiting some more places in the UK, I wouldn'tve thought to visit York. It looks amazing! :)

    Lauren

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    1. I think there can be just as great places in the UK as abroad, I've got a growing list of places I want to see. I'd deffo recommend York though, it was so pretty and just great to walk around and explore.
      Emma x

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  22. those little streets really remind me of the ones in harry potter... is that just me?
    anyway, lovely post! very informative. I will hopefully be visiting york soon :)

    Mara // marashares

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    1. No they're definitely similar to Harry Potter!! Was so lovely, I wouldn't be surprised if they got inspiration from there! Hope you enjoy York love :) xx

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  23. I live in York and this post has reminded me not to take the city for granted! It's a beautiful place to visit and live.

    Bethan, Audacity of Food

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  24. York is such a beautiful place, lucky you living there! Definitely don't take it for advantage, maybe have a little tourist day! :) x

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