This year spring coming late, snow was still falling in mid-March, so the weather in England, especially in the north, was quite cold around 10 and 13 degrees in April. I travelled to York in the second week of April by Virgin train that took 2.30 hours from King Cross station (London) to York station. Using app Trainline, I got a good deal for early booking that charged £36.50 for 2 tickets with railcards. However, after payment completed, my friend told me that if I booked the ticket on Virgin website, I would be sent wifi password on the train with the same price. Damn it!
York has been known as the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire or historical walled city of North Yorkshire since it has more miles of intact walls than any other city of England, in which is awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
York welcomed me with a spring drizzle. England’s specialty is unpredictable weather, it can bring dark clouds covering the sky and rain any time, regardless of whether you’ve seen the weather forecast before planning your trip.
The town is quite small, so you can hop on a bus or walk wandering this lovely historic place. There are 4 main types of travel tickets in York, including AllYork Day, AllYork Young person’s Day, AllYork Family, and AllYork Week.
I plan to stay at York 1 night and continue the exploring-North-United Kingdom journey to Edinburgh the next day. YHA York should be highly recommended for those who are in search of a reasonably priced hostel in York. The accommodation is just 15 mins walk or 8 mins travelling by bus to central town, which also have several ranges of rooms for couples, groups of friend or family. Staffs are super friendly and helpful since they provide guests necessary things such as towel, hair dryer, iron and so on by taking deposit. You can also ask a self-storage to keep your luggage safely when you go out. You can also enjoy a £15 cash reward when using Booking.com for making reservation with discount link.
The must-try dishes at York are Yorkshire wrapping pie and pudding, which later on become the traditional cuisine of England. Just pop in a random pub on Museum St near York Minster, namely Thomas’s of York, to enjoy this such delicious food.
After a truly English meal, we walk to the center for exploring every inch of this heritage site.
When in the United Kingdom, your heart will melt seeing the show of street artist and his young coordinators.
No visit is complete without walking through The Shambles – the oldest street in York which was structured with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the 14th century. And you will see a glimpse of mystery, magic and a fantasy novel we all know.
A lovely corner of a teahouse serving free cuppa for a cold day.
Then exploring another English heritage – Clifford’s Tower which had been used as ‘a treasury, exchequer, mint, gaol and seat of royal power’ since the 14th century. Following the stair to the Wall-walk, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the town.
Feeling a bit tired after a day wandering the city, we stopped at Bettys Café Tea Rooms in St Helen’s Square – a 82 year-old tea room, tried the fabulous cream tea for the first time. It’s also home to a great afternoon tea spot I absolutely recommend.
On our last morning in York, we awoke to the sound of birdsong drifting through the window, checked out at 9.30 am and then took a bus to town for having a breakfast.
While it was raining outside the door, we were enjoying two perfect dishes of poached eggs with ham, salmon and bread in a cozy coffee shop – Brew&Brownie.
The town exploration continued after the rain stopped. The first destination was York Minster – the second highest office of Church of England that is also called as Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York.
If you have time, let’s spend the rest of the afternoon visiting Yorkshire Museum or taking a short-walk in Museum Garden.
Walking along the most famous wall of York before jumping on a train to Edinburgh.
Can’t wait to tell you my 3 days in the capital city of Scotland, and also my most favourite place in United Kingdom.
Hope to see you in my next blog!