Ok, so you have driven up/down the A1, or ridden the rails to York Station. You’ve schlepped your bags into the bedroom, admired the view/sitting room/contents of the fridge in your cottage courtesy of Gorgeous Cottages (we hope!). Now, your in York; world renowned Heritage City. Home of the greatest gothic cathedral in Britain, if not north of the Alps. The walls surround the city. There are phallanxes of museums and shops to view, more pubs per head than…bla bla, amazing restaurants, ghost tours, big wheels and rivers to enjoy. Crickey moses! What to pick? So this is our top 5 must-visit things to see in York. And when you have had your trip, come back and give us your alternative top 5?
Do not to miss….
- York Minster: As one of the most important cathedrals in world, the Minster is suitably awe inspiring. Try to visit during Sunday morning service, when the choir boy’s angelic voices resonate around the walls and set the skin tingling; the perfect spiritual cleansing after a late night on the tiles. Once suitably revived in body and soul set your sights on climbing the 275 steps up to the top of the Minster’s Central Tower – the view of York from up there and the surrounding countryside is fantastic.
- It’s a shambles:Thought to date back over 900 years, York’s oldest street and the most perfectly preserved medieval street in Europe, The Shambles wouldn’t look out of place in a Harry Potter film. You can just imagine Hagrid tumbling out of one of the crooked old doors. Today it plays host to a variety of tourist focused shops selling everything from fudge to fine art. The Shambles is also a good place to join one of the many ghost tours around the city. Key thing to try and do is make up a good reason as to why the houses are all top heavy! Favourite reasons are for emptying chamber pots, shading meat on slabs below or just because they couldnt build straight!
- National Railway Museum: Dust off the anorak and head for the Railway Museum situated close to York station. Although it is really good for kids, it’s fun for adults too – honest! There is a fantastic range of pristine locomotives for you hop on board and play at being the railway children. Housed in several large buildings, our favourite is Station Hall, where you can experience the luxury and indulgence of rail travel in days gone by – just try to keep that image in your head during Monday morning’s commute…
- Shopping: Although York has always been a good bet for Christmas shopping because of the sheer volume of independent gift shops, in recent years the city has seen something of a commercial renaissance. Alongside all of the high street favourites like Zara, Mango and Karen Millen, designer boutiques have been popping up all over the place, with Vivienne Westwood’s store on Blake Street just the latest.
- Bettys Tea rooms: Where the Dales meet the Alps; you simply cannot come to York without indulging yourself in this Yorkshire institution. Dating back to the early 1900s, Bettys has been serving up cream teas and delicious food for almost a century. Created by young Swiss confectioner Frederick Belmont in 1919, the décor and dress of the waitresses today maintain the atmosphere this bygone era. Best value v quality “snack in York has to be a pot of coffee and a warm Fat Rascal.
Where to stay on your Luxury Cottage Holiday in York
We have lots of gorgeous Luxury York Cottages, both in the city itself and on the outskirts. Try the fabulous 10 George Street – a large 3-bedroom luxury cottage in central York, just a stone’s throw from all of the best shops ans restaurants. Great for families and groups of friends who want to be in the midst of it all.
There’s the stunning Granary at Sheriff Hutton, just 10 miles North of York. A sumptuous 2-bedroom cottage with a wonderful feeling of space and comfort. It features a beautiful large kitchen, wood burning stove, games room and lovely master bedroom with open plan en suite.
We also have the very lovely Ethel’s Escape and Peach’s Place – again just 10 miles from the city centre set in a pretty Yorkshire Wolds village. There are 5 luxury cottages here, all of which have their own unique character and are lovingly cared for. Great location for walking but still just a taxi ride from a night out in York!
A little further out, close to Castle Howard in the stunning North York Moors, there’s the picture perfect Spring Cottage. A darling two-bedroom property with cosy wood burning stove, separate family room, large private garden and gorgeous bathroom.
All you have to do now is decide which one suits you!