York is an exquisite city located in Northern England and is filled with charm, allure, and history. An incredible 13th-century wall still stands strong enclosing the town, and narrow streets consisting of timber-framed homes twirl across the town with the York Minster at the centre of everything. The town erupts with contemporary restaurants, cafes, museums & shops while still maintaining the heritage of the city with antique shops, markets, and traditional pubs. Regardless if you’re a UK resident or you’re a guest, you should make a point of touring York and include it in your England to-do list.
Reasons to Visit York:
York is easy to get to!
First of all, how do you reach York?
York is situated in Northern England, which is North of Leeds and a couple of hours from London, however, you can get to York via public transit. I go to York by train and the train station is located at the heart of the city so when you arrive, you can easily get to city attractions and accommodations, making this aspect among the reasons to tour this wonderful place!
The train station itself is very remarkable and worth visiting even if you’re not looking to board it to get to the city!
There is a plethora of activities to engage in York but the first and best attraction in York is perhaps York Minster!
It is among the world’s glorious cathedrals, exquisite from the interior and out and brimming with history, and is among the best spots to visit while in York!
The Old City Feel!
York is a relatively small city, particularly compared to Manchester, Leeds, and obviously, London.
At one point, the city was encircled by a wall that functioned as a fort and now makes up what is known as the Old City of York. Most of the original wall – constructed by the Romans is still intact, in fact, it’s got more miles still standing compared to any other England city so if you follow the wall around, it will be a good way to view the city and see the history behind it.
History is among the top reasons many people visit York!
The iconic English Cobblestone Streets!
Enclosing York Minster is the loveliest, tiny, cobblestone streets. ‘The Shambles’ is among the top streets in York and most attractive and was voted as the most picturesque street in Britain in 2010.
Presently, it is filled with restaurants, pubs, and shops and will certainly give you the authentic feel of England!
Shopping in York!
York is brimming with shops, most of which can be found along the good-looking, famous streets. There’s a great mixture of boutique shops and high-street stores. You can also join a wine club if you’re a wine connoisseur.
Fun Activities in York!
If the weather makes the outdoors tricky to explore, there are amazing museums to visit. Another awesome tourist attraction is the York Dungeons. You can see York’s 2000-year amazing history, coupled with actors showing a completely themed experience.
York offers so much more than just walking around and shopping, you can still do fun things which is among the many reasons to visit York.
York is walkable!
Lastly, a major reason why I suggest that you visit York is that York is small enough that you don’t need to public transport or take a taxi. But at the same time, it is large enough for you to take some time to explore, but you can walk to pretty much anywhere in a limited amount of time.
And obviously, there are several cafes, restaurants, and English-themed pubs around the city that are sure to excite both locals and visitors alike.