York is truly unlike any other place in the world, with its rich history, iconic attractions and vibrant food and drink scene, there are SO many reasons for the historic city to be on your travel bucket list.
But if you’re not yet convinced, here are 5 reasons why everyone should pay a visit to York…
York has so many stories to tell from days gone by. Founded in around AD 71 by the Romans, Eboracum (as the Romans called York) was born. In 866AD, The Vikings invaded the city, a significant moment in York’s history, something which you can learn all about at JORVIK Viking Centre! Our boutique hotel in York recommends taking a stroll along the City Walls and taking in impressive views of the many medieval buildings.
Fancy a pint in a traditional English pub? Then York is the place to go! It was once said that the city has a pub for every single day of the year (365), we are unsure if this remains to be true, but even so, that’s a hell of a lot of pubs! The oldest date back to 1644, so be prepared to duck under low beams and cosy up near open fireplaces with a local beer. Or why not do a bit of a pub crawl?
One of the best-preserved streets in the world, and a tourist hotspot, The Shambles is enough to bring anyone to York. The narrow cobbled street, which was once a street of butchers, is now lined with independent shops, cafe and restaurants. It is also dubbed ‘The real Diagon Alley’ being home to a number of Harry Potter inspired shops. The perfect place to pick up some souvenirs, or just take some gorgeous photos!
The Chocolate City
Once known as the ‘Chocolate City’ York has a pretty sweet past! The birthplace of Rowntree’s and Terry’s is no wonder the city has earnt a reputation for its chocolate and sweet treats. You can learn all about York’s chocolate history at York’s Chocolate Story, a decadent experience which takes you through the history of chocolate and try your hand at being a chocolatier.
Avid photographer, or Instagrammer? York is the place for you, with some of the most picturesque buildings, scenery and attractions in the UK. The area just outside our boutique York hotel, Walmgate is one of the city’s oldest streets and the perfect place to get a couple of snaps. Some of the top places to go for pictures include the City Walls, York Minster and of course, The Shambles!