5 things to do in York, UK

Picture the scene: cobbled streets, quirky buildings, 2000 years of history, a huge cathedral, a river, lots of pubs, restaurants, shops…. My husband and I chose York for a romantic four day mini-break because I have always wanted to go there (and he likes to keep me happy) – a decision we did not regret.

Here’s 5 things we got up to: (keep scrolling for two foodie recommendations too)

York Minster



I’m not religious at all, but there’s something special about a huge Cathedral. York Minster is impressive inside and out, the size alone made my jaw drop. The stain glass windows and ornate stone carvings are something to behold. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s tonnes of history; below ground they found Roman ruins and there’s lots of interesting stuff to see, as well as the main cathedral.

Jorvik Viking Centre


Really interesting museum, you’re taken through on a carriage like a low-key rollercoaster… There are wax-work (or maybe not wax, but ya get the idea) models that move about and show you what like was like for the Vikings of York – very interesting and well worth a visit.

Clifford’s Tower

cliffords-tower  cliffords-tower-view

Clifford’s Tower dates back to William the Conqueror, so yet more history to behold here. Well worth climbing to the top and having a look inside – the views over York are wonderful.

The city walls


York’s city walls are impressive, mostly because of how in-tact they are. Really enjoyed walking along them, taking in the city from all angles and imaging life back in the days that the walls were used to defend the people within. A must-do.

Cruise on the river Ouse


We opted for a floodlight cruise; leaving at 9:15pm. As well as a glass of Prosecco and some soothing jazz and swing music, it was simply just a lovely, gentle thing to do, taking in York from the river with the sun setting. Really recommend it.


Highly recommend The Star Inn the City, where we had our anniversary dinner (and returned for a drink on the terrace another day, too). Delicious food (good veggie options) and impeccable service.



Also: Betty’s Tea Rooms, as it was a special occasion we opted for a veggie afternoon tea in the Belmont Room (booking required) which was just divine. I don’t want to show off but I’ve had a LOT of afternoon teas… and this was one of the best. EVER.

Lastly, the yorkie wraps from the York Roast Co. – veg, potatoes, stuffing, gravy wrapped in a yorkshire pudding. Amazing lunch.

York is lovely…yorkshire-pudding-wrap

Highly recommend it for a mini-break. In between doing all of the above, we had time to wander around the shops, sit in the park and watch the world go buy, get drinks outside (weather was lush) and just relax. Stayed in a nice B&B, too, Bowen House >

Great trip. Highly recommended.

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