With a rich history rooted in the Vikings and Romans, York is an attractive destination for those looking for a culture-packed city break. This vibrant city offers a plethora of things to do and see, and we’ve put together five reasons it should be on your bucket list this year.
Food & Drink
York has so much on offer for those looking for a culinary experience and is a fantastic destination for foodies. With a variety of restaurants available, from luxurious fine dining to street food and traditional pubs, there’s something for everyone.
Whilst they might be currently on pause, York is also home to an array of food and drink festivals, along with culinary demonstrations and cooking classes. If you want to immerse yourself in the food culture of York, do some research and book ahead, so you don’t miss out on the amazing restaurants or cookery classes.
Surrounded by medieval walls, York is teeming with history and culture, from the museums and art galleries to the dramatic York Minster; if you’re considering a cultural getaway, this is a destination not to miss.
For those looking to explore the artistic offerings, York Art Gallery, boasts an incredible collection of paintings featuring artists such as Lowry, Hockney and Turner, with art spanning several centuries. Before you travel, make a list of all the amazing things you may want to see and do on your trip and call ahead to see if you need to book tickets.
For those looking to add a touch of luxury to their trip, you won’t be short of things to do in York. From enjoying a sophisticated afternoon tea to exploring the artisan shops or taking a boat ride down the river, there’s plenty to choose from.
Booking into a luxury five-star hotel such as The Grand, York, can offer that extra touch of luxury, with an onsite cookery school, fine dining and stunning cocktails available in their restaurants, bars and lounges.
To make your trip as luxurious as possible, research some of the many amazing things on offer in York and book in advance to secure your place and take the stress out of your trip.
Ranging from quirky independent stores to luxury brands, York has a fantastic array of shops for those looking to splash out. The Shambles, a world-famous cobbled street is not to be missed; with an incredible spectrum of buildings, The Shambles is one of the best-preserved medieval streets in Europe. Filled with quaint cafes and boutiques, this picturesque shopping street is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
If you’re looking for designer clothes and want to make a day of your shopping, then just outside York centre is a fantastic outlet with some incredible brands, there is even transport available from the city centre.
York has so much history, and much of it is reflected in its architecture; from the wooden framed buildings on The Shambles to the impressive York Minster, there are a few spots not to miss if you want to take it all in. Not only can you see the Minster from the outside, but you can also book a ticket and head indoors to take in the impressive stained-glass windows and 7th-century architecture.
Another spot not to miss is Castle Howard which is based just north of the city and is well worth a day trip if architecture is on the agenda. This incredible stately home has been the star of many film and television series and is surrounded by 1000 acres of gardens, lakes, and temples – a must-visit if you’re planning a trip to York.
There are so many reasons to add this beautiful city to your travel bucket list, and we’ve covered just a few here. If you’re looking for an impressive city with culture and luxury at every corner, then look no further, it has it all.
Read more travel guide and articles in our dedicated section here.