So, last week, I introduced the city of York to you, including ten (10) exciting things you probably didn’t even know!
Oh, and if you didn’t know, where have you been?
I am delighted for them.
North America. You’re welcome!
As you know, I spent the Autumn visiting the UK and travelling around Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire! And Liverpool!
If you’re just tuning in, here’s a recap:
Yorkshire, otherwise known as Yorks or the County of York, is a county in Northern England, and the largest in the UK!
Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire, are areas which are widely considered to be among the greenest in England, due to the vast stretches of unspoilt countryside in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors!
The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose, of the royal English House of York.
If you are versed in English history, you’d know well the Wars of the Roses between the two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster – a red rose – and the House of York – a white rose. If you enjoy watching British cultural dramas, you might recognise the name in the wonderful BBC TV series – The White Queen!
Ha! Ha! Ha!
You won’t believe it, but before this visit, I had never previously been to York!
It’s as bad as when I didn’t go to Switzerland, even though Switzerland is literally next door!
Thanks so much!
York is one of the oldest cities in the UK!
It was previously an Anglo-Saxon trading port known as Eoforwic, and then became more established under the Romans.
In 71 AD, it was known as Eboracum!
As far back as 866, the south of Northumbria – otherwise known as modern-day Yorkshire – was invaded and conquered by fierce Norsemen from Scandinavia, which is present day Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, known as Jórvík!
In medieval times, York became a most important political region via the House of York and an even more important religious symbol from which people did pilgrimages, and the seat of the Archbishop of York since AD 735!
By the 19th & 20th century, York was part of the Industrial Revolution that would turn the fortunes of Britain forever!
1. Ramble through the cobbled streets of York
2. Put on some horns and be a viking for the day at the JORVIK Viking Centre
3. Heave yourself up the York City Wall – the longest medieval town walls in England – and walk along ’em!
4. Have traditional Afternoon Tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms – one of York’s best, and oldest places to have High Tea!
5. Climb the magnificent York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe!
6. Climb up the last remaining part of the intriguing medieval Norman York Castle – otherwise known as Cliffords Tower!
9. Lose yourself in the historical street of York – otherwise known as the Shambles – a 14th century cobblestone alley, and the most medieval street in England!
10. Invest in a York Pass so that you can get into many places of interest for free!
15. Explore life in the Middle Ages, touch, feel, dress up and hear, as you imagine yourself living in mediaeval times, as the Lord Mayor of York, at his 14th century home at Barley Hall!
psst. If you’ve watched the BBC version of the White Queen, you’ll know!
17. And while you’re at it, you might as well get to know Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, and also it was rumoured, the person who gave the word for the two (2) little princes (Edward and Richard) to be murdered in the Tower of London in 1483, and their bodies never to be found, until 1674! But is it true? Visit the Richard III Experience and find out for yourself!
18. Hop on the historical train and learn all about 300 years of history at the National Railway Museum. And it’s absolutely free of charge too!
19. Learn all about Guy Fawkes, and his 1605 Gunpowder Plot. Thankfully, he didn’t succeed, and every year on November the 5th, we celebrate that fact with singing, fireworks, an effigy, and a bonfire!
20. York’s history is full of death, blood and gore. Join a sinister production of the York Terror Trail, and be a part of the story!
21. Go on a ghost walk. There are plenty throughout the city of York. We went on two of them! Not only did we go on a terror trail, but on the Original Ghost Walk of York, believed to be the first exclusive ghost walk in the world!
All you have to do is choose one, and go screaming through the streets!
22. See great drama at the 270 year old York Theatre Royal. With a wide variety of performances, events, activities, and pantomimes featuring the UK’s longest-running Dame, there’s bound to be something you like!
23. Have a drink at the Golden Fleece Inn – reputedly the most haunted pub in York. And see whether you actually see ghosts. Or something else!
24. And if you’re full of courage, visit the Kings Arms Pub – said to be the most famous pub in York – otherwise known as The Pub that Floods – due to the fact that when the city floods, the pub floods with it! It has even been known to have punters standing on upturned crates and floating in and out with canoes, so that they can keep on drinking! Now that’s what I call the British spirit!
25. Marvel at the smallest street with the longest name in the world – Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate!
26. Get yourself a home-made roast beef sandwich at any of the locally owned sandwich cafés
27. Indulge your inner-child and take a horse-ride on the carousel fairground, which has been around for over 100 years, and is a well-loved York institution!
28. If you’ve never had English fudge, you’ve never lived! And don’t even get me started on treacle toffee. I have very fond memories of almost breaking my jaw ‘cos of all the toffee, that I had bought. Yum!
29. Go shopping in York. And why not?!
31. Have cocktails during Happy Hour! We found a gastro-pub – the Slug & Lettuce York – which had fantastic cocktail prices. I mean, on the day that we “stepped in, it was a Monday night, the offer on was 50% Off Food Monday! And cocktails were 2 for 1, ALL day EVERY day! And with mocktails going for as little as £3.95 for a Bambini Bellini, thus £1.97 a glass, my pocket was very happy! We didn’t have our dinner there, but a few snacks and a couple of drink, certainly went down very well…!
33. York is home to the Yorkshire Pudding! A Yorkshire pud is often served with roast beef, roast potatoes, a selection of seasonal vegetables, generous lashings of thick gravy, and is one of Britain’s most important food item, when having the all-important traditional Sunday roast!
So, there you have it.
This article isn’t sponsored, and even though we received VIP press passes, courtesy of Visit York, all opinions and the great #YorkAdventure that we experienced, are my very own!
I have so much to share with you.
I’ll be writing about my visit to the UK, and travelling around Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire! And Liverpool!
December is going to be sparkling!
Watch this space!
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