Last year Chris and I decided to do a trip through England and Scotland for two weeks. We planned to head North and cover all the best bits of the UK that we'd been wanting to see. We started with a couple of nights in the Peak District and Leeds to stay with Chris's Aunties and Uncles, before we arrived in York. I'd only ever heard good things about York so I was super excited to see it. We arrived early and checked into our room. We'd booked an Airbnb just inside and right next to the city walls - it was a great location and really reasonable. We started by heading up onto the wall and walking around the city looking down. We stopped to see the Minster and walked around all the little cobbled alleyways and the Shambles, checking out all the little shops. York has some of the best street names I've ever seen Jubbergate, Skeldergate, Feasegate and the best... Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate.
We had a drink and lunch at The House of Trembling Madness, an eccentric pub upstairs above it's own off-licence, with walls decorated in all sorts of taxidermy. They had a huge selection of beers including some of the strongest beers I've ever heard of (Tactical Nuclear Penguin 32% and Mystery of beer 70%!). If the beers in the bar weren't enough you could try any of the 600 beers in the downstairs off-licence for a small corkage charge. I had the most amazing stew with cheese toast to soak up my beer. After lunch we went up Clifford's Tower for a view of the city and in the evening met outside the King's Arms Pub to join one of the ghost walks. It was brilliant! I never got to see any ghosts but heard lots of fabulously eery stories while walking down all the little York Streets in the dark!
York is a wonderful city. I can highly recommend it for a weekend visit!