A Local’s Guide to York!

A Local’s Guide to York!

York has a very special place in heart, I got engaged in York, I lived there for awhile, it’s a place I keep returning back to and one day would like to call it home again. In my opinion, York has something for everyone so here are my tips for making the most of your trip to York by doing as the locals do!

What to Do in York

Really there are endless things that you can do in York but some of my favourites are:

York Minster


Really no visit to York is complete without a visit to York Minster. It is perhaps York’s most iconic site and will not disappoint. The architecture is simply stunning and the inside tour is fascinating. If you are feeling energetic then walking to the top of the tower offers unrivalled views of the city.

Please note: Children must be aged 8 to climb to the top of the tower.

Combined tickets for visiting the inside of the Minster and to climb the Tower are:

Adult – £15
Seniors and Students – £14
Child (ages 8-16*) – £5

Take a ghost tour

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Being such an old city, York is full of ghost stories. Take a a ghost walk to learn more about York’s more gruesome and spooky history. Our personal favourite tour is the Original Ghost Walk that leaves nightly at 8pm from the Kings Arms, the pub which famously floods!

Tickets: £5.00 Adults – £4.00 Children

Shop in the Shambles!

The Shambles is perhaps the UK’s best example of a Medieval Street. There are lots of quaint and tourist friendly shops (Parents beware there is a Harry Potter shop!). The shops all overhand the street and in my opinion there is no other street quite like it! It is particular special to visit during the festive season!

National Railway Museum

This is definitely a family favourite and great on a rainy day.  The National Railway Museum has a great collection which includes the Mallard, and a Shinkansen train. It’s a great day out for all the family!

The Castle Museum

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The Castle Museum is another great rainy day activity. It is a great museum with my favourite exhibit being a replica Victorian street.

Cost for out of town visitors: Adults £10.00 and children free with paying adult.

 

Walk the City Walls

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York is  beautiful walled city and a great way to see it is from the wall themselves. The walls allow you to see the whole of the city and see the city from a different angle. And the great thing is it’s free!

Where to Eat in York

York is a city full of great restaurants and eateries. Some of my favourites are:

Kapadokya 50, YO1 6PL

This was our regular haunt when we lived in York. I love Turkish food and this is some of the best Turkish food I’ve had in the UK.

The Lime House, YO1 7LS

This was the restaurant that Wandermust Daddy took me to before he proposed so has a special place in my heart! It is a lovely restaurant with hearty foods and a great sticky toffee pudding!

Oscar’s, YO1 8AZ

This is a family friendly favourite. They do great burgers and have really friendly staff who are very accommodating of children.

Where to Drink in York

Best Cup of Coffee York

The best cup of coffee for York has to be Coffee Culture! On the historic Goodramgate, Coffee Culture is over three floors in a higgledy piggledy old building and is just full of rustic character.

Best Tea in York

I am going to admit something, despite the queues that line around Betty’s teashop and the people hordes of people who flock there everyday as I local I never went to Betty’s tearoom. I regret this! But the queues have to mean something right? So if you want a cup of tea and afternoon tea then you probably want to check out the famous Betty’s tearoom! I have it on very high authority that if you want a traditional tea experience then Betty’s is the place for you.

Best Pub in York

This is likely going to be a controversial choice. York is a city full of amazing pubs so picking just one favourite is an impossible task. But here are my favourites:

Evil Eye

A York Legend! Evil Eye has perhaps one of the greatest ranges of alcoholic beverages that I have ever seen in a pub. It also has a legendary Sunday roast!

Guy Fawkes Inn


If you want a historic pub then Guy Fawkes is the place for you. Guy Fawkes Inn is the birthplace of Guy Fawkes. With large open roaring fires and amazing pies, the Guy Fawkes Inn is the a quintessential English pub. If you want food, then for me the only choice is there amazing pie!

Pivni

This is Wandermust’s Daddy’s favourite place in York for a drink. If you are about craft beer person, then you will love Pivni.

Have you ever been to York? What do you recommend doing?
This post was submitted as part of GoEuro #likealocal travel blogger competition

25 Comments

  1. October 7, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I love traveling like a locals and hanging out with locals. I really appreciate guides like yours. Thanks for sharing and hopefully I am going to visit York one day. Now I know what to do 🙂
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  2. October 7, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Love York! Haven’t been for a few years though, the viking centre is another great place to go, although my children were a bit spooked!

    • October 7, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      Thought it might be a bit scary for he toddler. Know they had to shut for awhile too as they were flood damaged

  3. October 8, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    We LOVE York, we aren’t too far away and go quite often, it’s such a gorgeous place and so much to do!

  4. October 10, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I haven’t been to York since having my little one, so this will be a useful guide, thanks #citytripping

  5. October 10, 2017 / 11:34 am

    I’ve wanted to go to York for a while now and recently a British friend of mine informed me about an awesome place to grab a beer in York that not even most locals know about because its upstairs everyone walks past it called House of Trembling Madness! #CityTripping
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  6. October 10, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Really nice pictures! Looks so beautiful!

  7. October 10, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Great timing! We’re going to York for half term so this is very useful. My son is learning about Guy Fawkes at school so I think we’ll have to pay that pub a visit. #citytripping

  8. October 10, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    I can’t believe you haven’t been to Betty’s! You’ve got to have a fat rascal and cup of tea there next time! I have been to the Harrogate one and the queue seems to go down fairly quickly. #citytripping

  9. October 11, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I remember visiting York as a kid, I loved exploring the little cobbled streets and the Viking Museum. Such a pretty place, I’d go back in a heartbeat!

  10. October 11, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I am also a big fan of York. We had some wonderful days out there when I was young and I have taken my kids there for a visit too.

  11. October 11, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Some great tips on what to see and do in York. I really enjoyed walking the walls on my visit and the National Railway Museum.

  12. October 12, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Taking a ghost tour is just the kind of thing I would love to do, especially in a city with a medieval feel like this one, I can only imagine how spooky and awesome that would be!

  13. October 13, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Nice, I haven’t been to York and my next trip to the UK will only be to London. But the city sounds really interesting. The Minster looks super impressive and I would love to go on this ghost tour! That sounds like something I would totally enjoy! 🙂

  14. Saakshi
    October 15, 2017 / 11:32 am

    I always prefer living like locals in any new country I travel to. I am definitely bookmarking this post which is a comprehensive guide on New York. Ghost tour sounded interesting.

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