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.