Updated: Jun 11, 2019
I had always assumed that York was more of a historical city rather than anything trendy or progressive. A quick google before my visit didn’t change this assumption. Never the less, Frankie and I were excited to see York Minster, The Shambles and Clifford’s Tower. I couldn’t have been more wrong with my assumption. York is the perfect blend of old and new and a feast for the eyes around every corner.
We parked at Clifford’s Tower but decided to visit the monument on our way back to the car. Not far from where we parked we stumbled across a lovely little café called Daughter. It’s Instagram friendly décor and delicious menu of bagels, toasties and cakes along with amazing coffee made this the perfect place to stop after a 2-hour long car journey.
We decided to head for The Shambles but got side-tracked en route by lots of cute little shops and beautiful scenes of the canal. We then discovered what became our favourite part of York which I had no idea existed! The Spark. Basically, a market of independent retailers, food and drink. It reminded me of a grungier version of Mackie Mayor and Altrincham Market. We had a quick mooch about, took some pictures and decided to come back later for our tea.
The Shambles is awesome! So many cool independent shops. Frankie’s favourite was obviously the sweet shop and mine was ‘The Shop That Must Not Be Named’. I had no idea that The Shambles were the inspiration behind Diagonally in Harry Potter and although the scenes weren’t filmed in York, Harry Potter fans have always gathered at The Shambles, hence the themed shops. The Shop That Must Not Be Named was like stepping into the world of Harry Potter, every detail has been thought about, the staff were all dressed in robes and the wand display was incredible!
After walking round The Shambles for an hour or so we headed for York Minster. We didn’t go inside because I didn’t think Frankie would appreciate it. But we admired its beauty from the outside and sat down in the gardens for a short while before heading back to The Spark for some food.
On the way back to the car we walked up to Clifford’s Tower hoping to check out the panoramic views but unfortunately got there a little too late.
I will definitely be returning, maybe to check out the night life next time. One thing that surprised me about York was how close together everything is, there’s no boring walks because there’s so much going on but at the same time it feels so peaceful and calm.
If you’re planning a visit to York I hope this helps you out... and if you’re not you definitely should!