One minute guide to York

If you only do 5 things in York…

  1. Take a walk round the historic city walls
  2. Walk along the river to Rowntrees Park
  3. Have lunch at Grays Court
  4. Visit the Yorkshire Museum
  5. Climb to the top of the Minster


Every weekend we seem to find something new and interesting to do in York and with so many festivals and events planned throughout the year there’s never a bad time to visit. I’ve put together this ‘one minute guide’ to give you a quick introduction to the city and let you know about some of my favourite places.

York city centre is very easy to get around and small enough to not feel overwhelming. Most attractions are within a short walk of each other and unless you want to get out and about and explore some of the wonderful countryside around York there’s really no need to have a car.

There’s nothing I like better than pottering around York city centre and browsing in some of the more unusual and unique shops. My favourite streets for this are Gillygate, High Petergate and Stonegate. These three streets are minutes from each other and as well as lovely things to buy you’ll also find an abundance of coffee shops and small cafes most serving good coffee and homecooked food – my favourites are Cafe Number 8 and Cafe Concerto.

After a morning’s shopping you might like to take in a bit of culture and learn something of the history of York. I know it’s a bit of a cliche but the Yorkvik Viking Museum is well worth a visit and an excellent choice for a rainy day. My personal favourite is the York Dungeons – a chilling look at York’s horrible past. York Castle Museum is a family favourite and the National Railway Museum is always a hit with the kids.

Assuming the weather holds – this is Yorkshire! – the perfect prelude to a romantic evening meal would be an early evening stroll along the river. You could start the walk with a beer in the Kings Arms – York’s most flooded pub – amble up the riverside and end up on the opposite bank in the Living Room which has a balcony overlooking the river.

If romance isn’t your thing then how about combining your walk with a bit of ghoulish history on one of York’s many ghost walks?

After an excellent meal, I’d end the day with chilled glass of wine (or two) in one of York’s many bars before strolling back to my comfy bed.