This week’s travel journey takes us to the lovely the city of York.
Like stepping back into the middle ages, the overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shopfronts of The Shambles makes it one of the UK’s most historic and picturesque streets. A place of extraordinary cultural wealth, visit York and you’ll discover a beautifully preserved medieval city that’s a must for history buffs. Step 2,000 years into the past as you wander the Gothic halls of York Minster Cathedral, delve into the city’s Viking past at the annual Jorvik Viking Festival, or explore history of a different kind at the National Railway Museum. Trace the footsteps of William the Conquerer and enjoy mesmerising views from Clifford’s Tower, or dip into the eclectic array of independent boutiques nestled in the postcard-pretty 13th century timber buildings of The Shambles – York’s most beautiful street. Add to that a buzzing foodie scene and some of Britain’s most stunning scenery, and you’ll soon see why York’s the place to visit.
This walled city in northeast England was founded by the Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III.
Top three things to do/see in York:
Visit the York Minster
You can’t miss York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe and also one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in the world. The cathedral you see today was begun in 1220, took around 250 years to finish and is now widely considered to be one of Europe’s finest medieval buildings.
Take a walk down the Shambles
The Shambles is often called Europe’s best-preserved medieval street, although the name is also used to collectively refer to the surrounding maze of narrow, twisting lanes and alleys as well. The street itself is mentioned in the Domesday Book, so we know that it has been in continuous existence for over 900 years.
Visit the JORVIK Viking Centre
Travel around 10th century York, experiencing what it was like living in the city. The sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age are brought vividly back to life as you journey back 1,000 years.
When it comes to tradtional Yorkshire food you can’t leave York without trying their famous;
Yorkshire pudding was considered a poor man’s meal, and it was cooked beneath the meat so that it would collect the drippings and juices, making sure that not one drop was lost. Crispy on the outside and custardy in the center, it is a mouth-watering dish that can also be reheated and enjoyed the next day, after the big Sunday roast.
Fat rascals are traditional Yorkshire cakes consisting of shortcrust pastry leftovers, mixed dried fruit, butter, and sugar. The sweet treats are additionally flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon zest. They have been made in Yorkshire since the beginning of the 19th century.
Parkin or perkin is a sticky cake originating from Northern England, although it is mostly associated with Yorkshire. It consists of flour, oatmeal, black treacle, and either lard or butter. Many cooks like to spice it up with a hefty dose of ginger in order to elevate the flavours.Parkin is characterised by its hard texture after baking, but if it is left in a sealed container it becomes soft and moist. Parkin is always prepared for Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night)—celebrated on November 5—but it is also commonly enjoyed throughout winter.
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