Yes to York!

Autumn is probably my favourite season, I think it is the perfect time to wrap up warm and have city days. So, when a couple of my friends asked me if I wanted to meet them in York, I obviously said yes!

york1An imposing Gothic Cathedral, Roman city walls and Viking heritage – York is steeped in history! Within it’s ancient walls, the city’s medieval cobbled streets and 14th century buildings are beautifully preserved. york3

We spent the day walking around the city, taking in many of the heritage sites. A stop at Clifford’s Tower, affords you incredible views of North Yorkshire once you’ve climbed to the top. york2

However, I must admit that for me, York Minster encapsulates all that is special about the city. It has imposing architecture, beautiful medieval stained glass and an atmosphere that leaves you awestruck.


Where: York, North Yorkshire.

Getting There: Visit York have a great web page that has a wealth of information about traveling to York and much, much more.

My tips:

  • Go in Autumn or Winter. The christmas lights create a magical atmosphere. The attractions are also much quieter than other times of the year.
  • If you do want to visit more than one attraction – buy a YorkPass. It gives you admission into many of the heritage sites and is very affordable.
  • Stop for afternoon tea at Betty’s! Enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea, with a selection of to-die-for cakes whilst the cafe’s pianist plays in the background. Do book ahead, otherwise you will have to queue outside until a table becomes available – this is a very popular spot!
    I almost forgot to take a picture because I was so excited to eat it!

    I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave me a comment with your tips for having a great time in York (if you’ve been).

xo Gem

I'm Gemma, a travel blogger who is in love with exploring new places. Follow me for luxury travel tips, travel inspiration and photography from around the world.


  1. I also love York, but have never spent more than half a day there. My favourite bit is the walk around the city walls – a different way to explore a city and lots of nice views. Will have to check out Betty’s next time I go!

    1. I was the same, I’ve been to York a lot of times but I’d never checked out all of the heritage sites. They are totally worth a visit!
      Yes, I definitely recommend Betty’s, it’s a lovely traditional afternoon tea and soooo good.
      I’ll have to take the walk around the walls next time, thanks for the tip!

  2. I’m heading to York on Thursday. Being from North Yorkshire, I am ashamed to say I haven’t spent much time there! Hopefully going to try and get into Betty’s!
    Great photos. I must remember to take my camera!!

    1. Hey,

      Hope you have a great time today! Isn’t it always the same way, we don’t spend as much time visiting places where we are from.

      Let me know if you enjoy Betty’s – it’s a fav of mine 🙂


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