Travel Itinerary: York, England
So my trip to York get cancelled. I, like many people, had many travel plans cancelled in 2020, but this one really hurt. It was my last trip of the year, and I really thought I was going to be able to make it. It was also the trip that was closest to home, but alas, it wasn't meant to be! I've tentatively re-booked it for early 2021, so we'll see!
But in the meantime, I thought I'd go through what was my itinerary for my weekend away. York is located in the county of Yorkshire, in the North East of England. It's a huge, incredibly beautiful county, so if you are exploring the city of York, I do recommend venturing out and exploring the dales too. The city itself has a rich Viking heritage, and looks like it's out of a storybook with its vintage lanes and beautiful buildings. It's truly an Instagram dream!
Day 1 - Arrival Day
There are so many ways to get to York depending on where you are travelling from. It's about a 2.5 hour drive from Edinburgh if you're coming from up north, but you can also get the train from all over the UK. The train is a great way to see the British countryside, so I definitely recommend giving it a go!
There are so many fantastic hotels in York; it really is a stylish place. We were planning to stay in a pretty amazing independent hotel suite called The Enchantment Chamber. It's a super cosy, Harry Potter-themed flat with all the amenities you could ever need. It's also conveniently located right in the city centre, so you're only ever a short walk away from all of the attractions. The only downside is there's no dedicated parking, so you may have to look at other nearby car parks if you're bringing your own vehicle.
If you're arriving later in the day like we were planning to do, I just recommend spending your arrival day in York walking around and taking in the beauty of this amazing city. It's so historic, with so many twists and turns that you could spend all day just walking around seeing the sights!
For dinner, we were planning to go to Las Iguanas, which is a chain of South American restaurants in the UK. Yes, I know, it's not very York to go for Las Iguanas. If you are travelling here and are not from Britain, I definitely recommend visiting a traditional pub or something like that, but since I go to York fairly frequently, I figured it was okay to go for a chain! I do highly recommend Las Iguanas though; it's got a very varied menu and the food is always delicious.
Day 2 - Full Day
Let's start our only full day in York off with some breakfast. We were just planning to visit Caffe Nero. There are so many amazing places to go for lunch and dinner in York that I figured a small coffee shop would see us through until the afternoon.
From there, I recommend starting your day at Jorvik Viking Centre. In my mind, this is the main attraction in York; it's always been my favourite. York has a strong Viking heritage, and this museum takes you through this history. There's also a ride in here that is so much fun, with interactive exhibits and smells. It's fun for the whole family, but adults will also enjoy this amazing experience!
After enjoying the sights and smells of Jorvik, I recommend walking next door to York Minster. This cathedral makes the skyline of York; it's an imposing, beautiful building. Even if you're not religious, I highly recommend walking around this feat of architecture, it's truly amazing.
If you're still up for some more walking, take the time after this to explore The Shambles. This is probably the most beautiful area of York. These historic, twisted lanes house loads of great shops. You can spend ages here looking around everything you can buy, and also just looking at the fantastic exteriors of these buildings.
There are also some great places to eat here. We were planning to go to the York Roast Co. for our lunch. York is of course the birthplace of the yorkshire pudding; a British roast dinner staple. This takeaway restaurant puts an entire roast dinner inside a yorkshire pudding wrap...it sounds like my dream! It would be the perfect thing to get if you were looking for the true British experience.
Suitably full from lunch, I recommend taking a bit of time to go back to your hotel/room and relax. It will have been a long day from walking, and you probably (hopefully) have a lot of shopping bags, so drop them off back at the room and pick up your feet.
Once you've relaxed, I recommend taking a relaxing visit to York Castle Museum. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is my favourite museum in the world. It's way more interactive than your regular museum. It has loads of displays of rooms in different eras to show how design and technology has changed over time which is super cool. The highlight is definitely the full Victorian street that you can walk along; it feels like you've stepped back in time! I highly recommend taking the time to visit.
After a long day exploring York, you've earned some good food! We were planning to visit Masala Craft, a casual Indian restaurant. I haven't visited this place before, but it looked super yummy. Focusing on traditional Indian street food, this restaurant has a wide array of choices on offer. I'm sure it would be a win if you like Indian food!
Day 3 - Departure Day
and just like that, it's time to go home. As I said in the beginning, you may want to move on from the city at this point and explore the beauty of the county, but for us, we were planning to head on home.
But not before having breakfast at Bill's. This is a chain of quirky restaurants you can find in some cities throughout the UK. They can be hard to find, so I always try to go when I'm in a city that has one. They're also incredibly popular, so I do recommend booking before showing up. Bill's specialises in breakfast food, so take a stop here before heading home!
And that's it for your trip to York; I hope you found this itinerary useful. If you do use this itinerary, even parts of it, please let me know how you got on. Hopefully I'll be able to put it into practice myself at some point as well! If you've been to York, what is your favourite thing to do there?
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