I couldn’t wait to get to quirky York. The air was already filled with Christmas scent and I really needed to spend some quality time in this haunted place. The city is full of fascinating sights, lovely restaurants and pubs, there’s a lot to see and do. I dare to say it is absolutely essential to take a ghost hunt walk across the foggy city.
The Shambles is the oldest street in York, and my favourite. It was love at first sight! I wanted to come here again and again and so I dragged Charlie here every day of our stay! I loved the overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. Every tea room we went to had a unique atmosphere and all of them were slightly sloped. So quirky and cute.
St Mary’s Abbey in York
St Mary’s Abbey in York is extraordinary, especially against the blue clear sky. I love visiting places like this, rich in history and heritage, where architectural pieces once powerful and rich are only ruins now. Though it leave a lot of room for imagination of what it was like back in the day.
It was once the richest abbey in York and North England, surrounded by beautiful gardens, unfortunately it was closed and subsequently substantially destroyed by Henry VIII.
I really loved the Clifford’s Tower and the whole setting. It looks beautiful in a day time and rather spooky at night! I especially liked its ghostly look when we were on a ghost hunt walk. It was a foggy night and our tour guide was a good story teller and it seemed that the tower was reliving the tragedy.
While on the ghost hunt walk we also came across the haunted Skeldergate bridge. it looked so ghostly covered in fog and dimmed lights.
The Golden Fleece pub
While strolling the streets of York we also popped in to this pub for a drink. The Golden Fleece is supposed to be the most haunted pub in York. Boo!
The building itself is ancient, dating back to 1503 and our ghost walk guide mentioned that several ghosts live here and like to show up from time to time. The pub has a few rooms upstairs, but I am not sure if I’d want to sleep there…
It’s slightly sloped inside and we could definitely feel the chills across the room while having our drinks.
The Gothic style cathedrals are my favourite and York Minster is just magnificent! We were lucky to climb up the tower on our first day of arrival as the tower was closed later for the graduation celebration.
The detail of this masterpiece is fascinating and the interior is as beautiful as the exterior. I especially loved the large stained glass windows. Can you imagine how much work is involved in creating something as beautiful as this! It is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe!
The narrow spiral stone staircases took us up to the tower to witness a beautiful panorama of York with the gargoyles looking down at us.
The sunset from atop the cathedral was so soothing.
2000 years of history in 2 miles
The city of York is surrounded by so called Roman Wall. The walk along the wall is lovely and has plenty of details to investigate. It has been altered since the Roman times, nonetheless an intriguing feature of the city. A stroll along wall is also a great way to see York from a slightly elevated level.
Where to stay in York
We most definitely enjoyed our stay at Gillian and david’s Victorian Town House. The Alexander Guest House is a five star B&B and the host are so lovely. On our arrival we were met and greeted by Gillian and offered a steamy cup of tea by the crackling fire. It was a good start to our stay in wonderful York. Highly recommend.
Alexander Guest House
Bishopthorpe Rd, York YO23 1JS, United Kingdom
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