York, England

The medieval city of York located in Northern England, is a fascinating place to explore. You will find cathedrals, museums, city walks, ghost tours, outdoor activities and The Shambles; York is a great location for families, couples, and solo travelers.

York Minster, completed in 1472 after hundreds of years of construction, is one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Europe. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York and offers daily services for locals and visitors.

The Shambles is the oldest part of the city dating back to the 14th century. It is a collection of timber-framed buildings, twisting, narrow, alleys and streets filled with shops, restaurants, buskers and pubs.

I am amazed by the load bearing beams in these buildings; they certainly stand the test of time!

Clifford’s Tower, dating back to the 11th century, is the remaining part of York Castle and is an interesting place to explore.

The city has many other interesting sites including Jorvik Viking Center, City Walls, National Railway Museum, and numerous other sites. As I have mentioned in many of my previous blogs, I love to wander through a place and take photos, and York is a great place for that.

There are many hotels, inns and Airbnbs to choose from in York. The last time I was there I stayed at Ashley Guest House, a small, family owned and operated bed and breakfast centrally located to most of the sites in the city. This beautiful, Victorian inn has quiet, comfortable, beautifully decorated rooms and provides the traditional Full English breakfast that will power you through most of the day.

A special thanks to my husband, theTravelerSketcher, for providing a few of the photos in this blog post.

Have you been to York? If so, please leave a comment with your favorite things to do and see there.

Wishing you grand adventures!

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