York: city of culture, history and yummy food!

I live in the beautiful and historic city of York. Famous for its city walls, cobbled streets and chocolate, this city is packed with some of the countries best attractions, food & drink and culture. Here are some of my favourite bits…

York City Walls – for the tourists, a unique way to see the city, take some selfies with York Minster in the background and a fab free attraction. For the locals, a short cut round the city which takes you out of the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, a fun place to entertain the kids on a clear day and a great way to nosy in at some of the beautiful houses and gardens contained within the city walls. In the spring they are flooded with a sea of sunny, yellow daffodils.   

York City Walls

York Open Studios – For two weekends in April every year, local artists open their doors to the public for browsing and purchasing local art. Pick up your free map and either head to the city centre to explore exhibitions in bars, cafes, hotels and artist led Pica Studios on Grape lane, or jump in your car to travel further a field. Work includes everything from paintings, ceramics and sculpture to jewellery, furniture and digital installations. It’s a great excuse to explore the city, grab some lovely local produce for lunch and see and speak to some of York’s talented artists and makers.  

The River Ouse – Whether walking, cycling or scooting is your thing, the river Ouse is a cycle and pedestrian friendly route in and out of York and is a pleasure to explore no matter which side of it you are on and which direction you take. Take the river south from the centre of York and you will find the tranquil Rowntree’s park which was dedicated to the city by Joseph Rowntree of Rowntree’s chocolate in the 1920’s. Go a little further and you will find the Millenium bridge, cross over to the other side to find cycle heaven and drop in for a spot of lunch. Back into the centre of town and the river’s edge is dotted with plenty of benches to sit on and watch the boats, ducks and enjoy some peace and quiet. In the summer find the ice cream boat located outside the museum gardens, you can’t miss it as there is a life size cow on the roof!

York’s Indie Shops – York is home to a wealth of independant shops selling local produce, arts and craft, gifts, home wears, jewellery and much more. You can pick up a free York Indie Map to work your way around them all. Some of the best spots to visit are Gillygate, Fossgate, Micklegate, Goodramgate, Colliergate (basically all the gates..) and not forgetting the infamous Bishopthorpe Road.

Bars & Restaurants – There are so many scrumptious independent bars and restaurants to choose from its really tough to pick a favourite. So many of them offer locally sourced ingredients and have a daily changing menu. For brunch and lunch I love Mannions and Co on Blake Street (in particular their sausage rolls are YUM) or Love Cheese on Gillygate – truffle brie, need I say more! If I’m looking for something sweet then Brew & Brownie is my first stop. For evening meals the Rattle Owl and Skosh on Micklegate are a real treat for foodies. Evening drinks are often enjoyed at the Micklegate social or the House of Trembling Madness as both offer a good selection of local beers & gins as well as cocktails and cakes!