Exploring beautiful Medieval York in northern England

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When visiting the UK don’t overlook the fascinating northern English City of York. It’s filled with historic buildings, quirky shops, and a rather gruesome past. It’s a unique place and was even voted the “best and most beautiful city” in the whole of the United Kingdom in a recent poll.

York’s Medieval streets are rare in Europe. Spending a day there is like going back in time as you walk over the cobbles, surrounded by buildings built some 900 years ago. Throngs of people go about their daily business and in the summer months it’s packed, just as it would have been nearly a thousand years ago. It’s not a set or recreation – it’s the real thing.

True, there are no animals walking around and standards of hygiene have greatly improved (bonus: people no longer throw out their toilet waste into the street!), but the cobbled streets, Roman wall, and half-timber framed buildings still remain.

The following is a picture tour including pics from my last few visits. I’m returning this Winter to capture the city at Christmas, along with a more detailed look at Viking history. And perhaps a visit to a pub or two. And the sweet shops. A nibble of some Christmas puddings. And maybe I’ll scoff some mince pies, purely for research purposes you understand.

Ahem. Let’s start the journey….

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Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere! This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British blogger, photographer and actor based back in the UK after many years of living in America. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.

  • Marty

    I am definitely going to have to add York to my list of places to visit!!

    • It’s a must. I wish London wasn’t always a major focus for American travellers when there are so many amazing things further up the country.

  • Laura Stokowski

    True Story. I went to York in 1982. Ambling along the Shambles, I saw a chess set in a window that I really liked, but I didn’t buy it. I returned home to Anchorage, and thought about that chess set, but I didn’t even know the name of the shop. No internet in 1982. I sent a letter to “Shop with Alice in Wonderland Chess Set in the Window, The Shambles, York, UK.” on the envelope, with my telephone number inside and an explanation. I got a phone call from the shop owner, and I purchased the chess set over the phone!

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