York is a beautiful city in the UK with a lot of history, as it was founded by the ancient Romans. With a variety of wonderful attractions to offer and things to do, it’s the ideal place to visit for families and history enthusiasts. Today, York is a very fashionable city, attracting tourists from all over the world. It’s such an easy city to navigate by foot, or you can hop on and off one of the local sightseeing buses.
York is known as one of Europe’s most haunted cities, so you can learn a lot about its spooky history via attractions such as guided ghost walks, the Ghost Bus Tour or you could pay a visit to York Dungeons. Using actor led shows, visitors get to see a unique history of the dungeons. Book in advance if you can though – as the queues can be quite long.
One of the main attractions of York is the stunning gothic cathedral, York Minster, which is one of city’s main and most popular attractions. If you are visiting with young family, it may not be ideal to go up the different levels but at least you can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful view. Before or after visiting the Minster, your next stop could be The Shambles! Imagine a pretty street where the fifteenth-century buildings almost touch because they lean into the middle of the cobbled street. If you’ve done your research on York, you may be aware of The Shambles which has a long and interesting past. The Shambles also impressively won the award for Britain’s Most Picturesque Street in 2010.
For something a little different; the York Maze is the home of one million living and growing maize plants, which will re-open with a brand new maze design in July 2017. Offering over 20 different rides, shows and attractions, York Maze is the perfect place to visit for a fun-filled family day out. If mazes are not your thing, the Jorvik Viking Centre is soon to re-open, now that it has recovered from the water damage and flooding which happened in December 2015. Re-opening on 8th April 2017, the Jorvik Viking Centre is built on the remains of Viking Jorvik (York). You will be transported back to the year AD960 where you can experience the #ReturnOfTheVikings.
York has plenty of museums to offer, covering many different themes. The National Railway Museum is definitely worth a visit, as it is great for kids of all ages but also ideal for older relatives – making it the perfect family destination. Other experiences and attractions include York Chocolate Story (because who doesn’t love chocolate?) offering plenty of chocolate related trivia, or the Yorkshire Museum which can be found in the stunning museum gardens.
During your visit to York, you and your family may start to feel a bit peckish. The city of York has so many options for food, including restaurants, cafés, tea rooms, and pubs. You should also try to experience the Yorkshire based family company, Bettys Café Tea Rooms.
There’s such a variety of exciting attractions to see and do. The beautiful city of York is the ideal place to explore, especially as a family for a perfect city break. You will enjoy every minute in this gorgeous city.
Have you visited beautiful York before? If so, what did you get up to?
Louise Rose Railton is a York based lifestyle food and travel blogger. She studied Public Relations and Media at Sheffield Hallam University. Now working in healthcare, Louise also works freelance and blogs in her free time. Check out her blog over at www.louiseroserailton.com.