Welcome my third home in York, England!! (first one being Bangkok and second one is Christchurch, NZ). Not only it is the capital city of Yorkshire District, it is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in north eastern part of UK as it is only 20 minutes from Leeds, 2 hours from Manchester or London, and 3 hours from Edinburgh.
York is considerably small so you can basically spend one day to see almost all the most important places.
Here are the top ten places you should visit in York. Ready.. set.. go!
1. YORK CITY CENTRE
Let’s start our day in the town centre. It’s pretty small but it is full of variety of shops and restaurants everywhere.
First things first here is a quick map of York.
As you can see York is very small and everywhere on this map is all in a walking distance.
1.1 TEDDY BEAR SHOP
I suggest you to stop by this Teddy Bear Shop where you can create and customise your own teddy bears. This shop is very popular here in York.
1.2 YORK’s CHOCOLATE STORY
Here you can take a tour to see how chocolate is made and you get some free chocolates along with the tour as well!
1.3 YORK DUNGEON
Another popular tourist attraction in York for those who are more adventurous and want to explore the darker side of York. Don’t get me wrong, the queue is really long even on the weekdays let alone on the weekends.
2. THE SHAMBLES
This is arguably the oldest and the most famous alley in York.
3. CLIFFORD TOWER
4. YORK CASTLE MUSEUM
5. RIVER OUSE
6. YORK MINSTER
York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe.
This is what you sees first thing after you enter the building..
I can say that the interior of the church is breathtaking.
7. YORK ST MARY’s ABBEY
8. YORK CITY WALLS
9. NATIONAL RAIL MUSEUM
Another of my favourite place in York, National Rail Museum has gone far beyond my expectation than being just an average railway museum.
From mini models to real life trains from all around the world, from World War II period to the modern era this museum has it all!
This is a real Shinkansen imported from Japan where you can go and have the full Japanese Shinkansen experience yourself!
10. THE UNIVERSITY OF YORK
If you have spare time, why not pay a visit to The University of York (it is only 20 minutes by bus no. 4, 44 and 6 from the town centre).
There are two main campuses Heslington West (main campus) and Heslington East (which is more new) but I guaranteed both are really worth the visit!The University of York is the home to hundreds of ducks and rabbits!
This concludes the top ten list of places you should visit in York. I hope you enjoy this York adventure! However, this is not everything Yorkshire has to offer. Other nearby places such as Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Chatsworth House are something not-to-be-missed as well!
Happy exploring and stay awesome!
Kasidit Vongvatanapuntu (Kay)