York has been hailed as Britain’s most beautiful city, and the place where most people want to live in the UK. It certainly is a special city – its small, but crammed full of beautiful buildings, and more boutique shops, restaurants and cafes than you can shake a stick at. History seeps from every brick, wood beam and cobblestone, and it’s hard not to imagine legions of Romans or hordes of Vikings roaming the streets. York is one of my favourite cities in the UK, and it was a pleasure to come back to visit. Here are some images of York to make you want to visit too!
The York Minster is an incredible building, and if you visit, don’t miss the chance to climb the towers to the roof for a unique view of the city, and to see the Minster up close and personal! The view from the top isn’t the most exciting, mainly because the Minster is the highest point in York, but I loved seeing the towers from a different angle. Visit in the late afternoon as the sun drops lower for better light. Be warned though, the climb up 275 uneven, narrow, spiralling steps is not for the faint-hearted. Read the safety information before you decide to go!
The stained glass windows of the York Minster are works of art, with the Rose window, Five Sisters and the Great East Window, a beautiful heart design and the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.
York City Walls are definitely worth investigating, punctuated with bars, or medieval gates which were used to check people who entered into the city before letting them pass.
The streets of York hide many secrets, and simply strolling around you can get a feel for the history and the culture of the city throughout the ages. Visit York on a weekend and you will struggle to take pictures without hundreds of people, but get up early enough and you’ll have the streets to yourself.
York has two rivers running through it, the Ouse and the Foss. Snap the river from the various bridges, or take to the water for a cruise on the Yorkboat.
York Museum Gardens is a pretty green space where you can relax in the sunshine, or walk among the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, and discover hidden treasures that most people don’t bother to visit.
York really is a beautiful city, I hope some of these photographs have inspired you to visit soon!
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