York, a quaint English town with a rich medieval history that enchants all who walk its cobbled streets. York truly is a ‘proper’ English city as the lads here call it! This walled city is a definite must see if you’re up North.

These are my top picks for a day in York:

1) Walk along the Roman Walls

Be awe-inspired after a walk alongside what remains of the city’s medieval walls. Whilst it once stretched for two miles across the entire city and castle, some parts now lie buried underground and other parts were demolished in the 18th century.

2) See the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey

To get a real taste of how far York’s history goes back, take the time to visit the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. Founded by the Normans around 1086, all that is now left are parts of the exterior walls and archways. However, these ruins are still a marvel to look upon giving a sense of how grand the Abbey would have been in its prime!


3) York Minster

York Minster would have to be one of the most stunning cathedrals in the world with a history that stretches incredibly far back in time! The stained glass windows are the highlight of the place of worship and currently being repaired to look the way they would have at the time of their creation. Look at old artifacts by visiting the underground chambers before climbing up the Central Tower to the highest point in the city with breathtaking views. And if you’re feeling romantic take your lover to the ‘Heart of Yorkshire’ window. Local legend says couples who kiss under it will stay together forever.

4) The Shambles

No trip to York is complete without wandering down the famous Shambles street! Discover that the phrase ‘looks like the Shambles’ harks from this very street that was once filled with butchers shops.  The street is incredibly narrow, with the 15th century buildings  leaning in towards each other. A walk down this street really does make you feel York’s medieval history!

5) Clifford’s Tower
Witness another piece of history by climbing up to Clifford’s tower and all that remains of York Castle. A symbol of the country’s medieval royalty, the remaining tower was built by Henry III during the 13th century. It was named after Roger de Clifford who was executed for treason and hanged from the tower walls. Today, the surroundings are far more peaceful and you can enjoying excellent views of the city.

6) Fish and chips with mushy peas for lunch

If you get hungry doing all this sightseeing stop for a classic English lunch of Fish and Chips with a side of mushy peas. On a cold, windy day nothing beats beer battered cod and crunchy chips and the surprising (but welcome) addition of peas for a dose of your daily greens!

7) Chocolate factory
Indulge your sweet tooth at York’s Chocolate Factory. Stepping inside is reminiscent of stepping into a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scene, where cocoa delights abound!

8) York ghost tour
Finally, if you’re stopping overnight why not get up close and personal with the haunted side of York.

York truly is a place that allows you to step back in time!


About The Author

A Melbourne city girl through and through, Olivia is a Communications student at RMIT. After dreaming of crossing international waters her entire life, she has spent the last six months studying in Leeds, England. As cliched as it is, she believes travel really is the only thing that makes you richer and intends to spend the rest of her life exploring and discovering the world. A lover of the arts, good food and quality wine she realises the importance of being an enthusiast in life. Because honestly, lukewarm is no good for anything. Twitter: @oliviawindsor Blog: http://exchangeonaplatter.wordpress.com

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