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3 Days in York

Walking the streets of centuries old towns, like York, always brings me such delight. Thinking of the people who must have walked the same streets and the different modes of transportation really gets my imagination going. I spend 3 days in York, England and really loved all of the exploring I was able to do. Read on for my suggestions on things to do and see.

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A Brief History of York

York was first established in about AD 71 by the Romans, when approximately 5000 soldiers set up camp. The reason for them picking York was all about a girl. It seems that the queen of the area, Cartimandualiked Romans quite a lot, even though her husband, Venutius, was not a fan. They separated and when Venutius tried to take over Cartimandua’s land, the Romans helped her. There’s more to the story if you’re interested. You can read about it in the History of York.

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3 Days in York

When I visited York, it was May and we were actually staying in the lovely village of Selby, about 14 miles away. I was able to visit York three times, with three different people. I personally experienced most of the things I’m sharing with you and really enjoyed them.

York Minster

York Minster is a must see on your visit to York. It’s a beautiful old church, with a rich history. The first Christian church built on this same ground dates back to 627, although the current church was built over 250 years beginning in 1220. It was built in the Gothic style and it quite striking.

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The Minster was set on fire in 1829 by Jonathan Martin, who believed they were praying incorrectly in the church. The choir of the Minster was destroyed before the fire was out.

There are tombs like the one below in the church.

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The Minster from behind. You can see that it is under some construction.

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This is the Chapter House ceiling in the Minster. It’s so interesting.

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The King’s Screen in the Chapter House.

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York Castle Museum and Crown Court

I don’t remember why we didn’t visit the York Castle Museum on one of my 3 days in York, but looking it up since, I’m sad that we didn’t as it looks quite interesting, with a lot of varied displays. If you have a chance, I would say you should go for sure.

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Clifford’s Tower

Clifford’s Tower was built by William the Conqueror and was originally wood. It was burned down during the Jewish Massacre in 1190.  The current tower was built in 1245 and was once part of the York Castle. It has been used as a prison and a mint during its time. The views from the tower are quite wonderful, so beyond the history, that makes the visit even more worthwhile.

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Model of York.

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Inside Clifford’s Tower.

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Have Some Chocolate

Seriously, who can pass up good chocolate? Not me, that’s for sure. A visit to Monk Bar Chocolatiers is a must for any chocolate lover. It’s located on Shambles, which is a street that dates back to the 13th century. Be sure to walk around and check out the other shops too.

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My sweet friend Cristy was my tour guide on chocolate day!

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I may have picked up a little chocolate to take home. It may not have made it.

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Walk the City Wall

You must walk the City Wall on your visit to York. You can see some really great views and get a little exercise too, it’s 3.4 km. Plus, if you plan it right, there will be lots less people to run into. This is my friend Ryanne, who took me around York on one of my days.

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The Romans built the first walls in AD 71, but by the time the Danes took over, in 867, the walls were in ruins. The walls that surround the medieval city date to the 12th to 14th centuries. They were restored, extended and widened during the Victorian period. They are quite fun to walk around.

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The views are wonderful!

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Explore the City Streets

During your 3 days in York, be sure to explore the city streets. This is one of my favorite things to do any time we go to a new city. I think you could walk around the old streets for hours and not get bored.

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While you’re walking around, you will no doubt see some interesting things, like this fella with the Mona Lisa painting.

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Or, a guy on a ladder in his underwear telling stories.

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If you’re really lucky, you will find some Star Wars characters walking around for your kids to interact with. My little buddy here really got a kick out of this Stormtrooper.

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Take a Ghost Tour

I didn’t take a Ghost Tour because they are at night and I was in Selby at night. However, I heard and read great things about them. You can find one to interest you on Trip Advisor.

Tour the York Mansion House

If you like touring old mansions, this one is for you. The pink house below is the York Mansion House and it’s open for tours! Finished in 1732, the house has hosted, heads of state, kings, queen and even wounded soldiers. Take a tour and hear the stories for yourself.

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Visit Richard III Museum

At Monk Bar, experience the trial of Richard III in the Richard III Museum. It was quite interesting to hear and read about, especially since at the time, I didn’t know anything about it.

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You will also tour his prison and see the actual Medieval Loo. Sadly, they actually had to add not to use it on the sign. I always wonder what must have happened when obvious instructions like these are added. Kind of like ‘coffee is hot’ on the side of a coffee cup.

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Eat Some Crepes

No trip to York would be complete without trying a Banana and Nutella Crepe. Keep your eyes open for the carts that roam the streets selling them. This was my first bite of the yumminess that is a Banana and Nutella Crepe during my 3 days in York. Be sure not to miss it!

Where to Stay

As I said, I stayed in Selby and not York when I visited, but I still have a recommendation from Anisa at Two Traveling Texans. You should check out her post about the St. Nicholas Fair Christmas Market too. I think I want to go back at Christmas time. Thanks Anisa for the recommendation!

“The Park Inn by Radisson is the perfect home base for your stay in York. You can’t beat the location, it’s right on the River Ouse walking distance from both the railway station and the city centre. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and well-equiped. The hotel offers complementary Wifi and an onsite bar/restaurant.”

If you have time to spend more than 3 days in York, there are loads of other things to do and see. It’s an interesting and lovely town. When you’re done in York, drive up the coast to see Whitby and Holy Island. They are fantastic places as well.

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20 Comments

  • Reply noel June 15, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Wow this looks like a wonderful city to explore with so much history, historic architecture and stunning old central district. I would love to visit this area some day.

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      You really should. I know people want to visit London when they go to England, but they are really missing out on Northern England. It’s beautiful and there is so much to see.

  • Reply Carol Colborn June 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I thought we visited York when we spent a month in Newcastle/ Apparently not. I think it was Durham instead. What an interesting history this town has, especially about Cartimandua, Maybe she liked one Roman in particular and that’s why they separated?

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      It’s quite possible, although unconfirmed in my research. It all seemed very sorted.

  • Reply Hannah June 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    York is one of my favourite UK weekends away. I love walking the wall, and climbing up to the top of Clifford’s Tower. I haven’t visited the Richard III Museum, but that looks really interesting!

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      I loved those things too. The museum was very interesting, although Richard was a bit creepy to me.

  • Reply sherianne June 17, 2019 at 7:01 am

    York is such a fun city. I loved walking the wall and seeing the leaning buildings. My absolute favorite was Betty’s Tea House, Every treat I tried was amazing!

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      Oh, I didn’t go there. If I go back, I will have to check it out!

  • Reply Elaine Masters June 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Such a fun place to get in touch with history. I love the idea of walking the old wall. Found something similar in Quebec. The views were wonderful – they had to be. The chocolate looks wonderful and I adore the logo. Doubt mine would make it home either!

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      It really was fun and so interesting. I’m so glad I was able to go. Next time I will explore the south part of England.

  • Reply Linda (LD Holland) June 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I really need to plan a long trip to England to get out of London. York sounds like a good idea for 3 days. I would like to go up to the site of Clifford’s Tower for a panoramic view. Or maybe walk around the wall. Hubby would want to head straight to Monk Bar Choclatiers to indulge his chocoholic ways.

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      Yes, you must get to the north of England. There are so many wonderful and lovely places to see. I’m with your hubby. Chocolate calls my name.

  • Reply Renata - www.byemyself.com June 18, 2019 at 11:20 am

    York reminds me of many smaller towns I’ve visited in England. Although London is great, these small towns have much more British charm to them – and I just adore all these old structures.
    Never thought England had outstanding chocolate – but it looks really good.

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      I haven’t made it to London, or very far south, but I really loved Northern England. It’s so beautiful and there is so much to explore. I was surprised about the chocolate too, but it was yummy.

  • Reply Nicole June 18, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I always loved visiting York minister when I was in York. I need to try those chocolates next time!

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 11:33 am

      Oh yes you do! Such a treat. I’m happy we found them, although I seem to find good chocolates most of the places we visit.

  • Reply Sara June 19, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Walking the streets of towns with centuries of history brings me so much delight too! Me, being me, would not have been able to not buy some of those Monk Bars! Oh and then there are the crepes.

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Yes, lots of good food to eat there, right along with all the history. It’s the best of both worlds.

  • Reply Trisha June 20, 2019 at 4:40 am

    I’ve always wondered how these ancient cities and palaces were actually done without proper technology. Everything is just so precise and beautiful!! I would love to try those monk chocos after the end of a long day touring these. Thanks for the tip on the ghost tour. Might as well join that!

    • Reply ppadmin June 20, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      I’ve wondered the same thing. The miraculous thing is that they stand the test of time. Our buildings today are not built to the same standards. Do be sure to visit Monks Chocolate. Such a great treat.

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