After a scenic 4.5-hour drive from Bristol, we reached York around 7 p.m. Hungry from the journey, we headed to Riverside Farm near our hotel for a delicious dinner of traditional English Roast with mash and gravy. It was the ideal way to unwind after our travels.

After dinner, we were all exhausted, so we hit the hay to recharge for the exploration ahead the next day.

York, a picturesque city in North Yorkshire, England, is renowned for its rich history and captivating medieval walls. We couldn’t help but marvel at its timeless beauty.

This was where Tim parked as we wandered around the cathedral. It felt like the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll.

It was interesting to see the sculptures and renovations being done at the York Minster.

This was what it said on the posters outside the cathedral: For over 250 years there has been almost constant restoration work on York Minster. The masons work up to 50 tonnes of stone every year. The works here involve repairing the facade and replacing stone and glass in 15 windows damaged by wind, rain, and pollution. Starting in 2016, it is an 11 year project costing £11 million.

Commonly known as York Minster, the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe. It is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and was completed in 1472.

Beside the cathedral is the statue of Constantine the Great (AD 280—337). He was one of Rome’s most powerful and successful emperors and the first to self-identify as a Christian.

This is the Garden of Remembrance right beside the cathedral.

Next, we drove off to the Shambles. Funny that first things we saw as we started our walk were cats… a whole window filled with cat photos

…and cat sculptures.

We spotted colourful food stalls and vibrant surroundings, with crisp autumn colours, making our wanderings even more delightful.

In York, mornings are a feast for the senses, especially when you start your day with no breakfast at the bustling Shambles Market. Jack and Tim indulged themselves in a hearty Yorkshire breakfast, complete with sizzling bacon, locally sourced sausages, and golden eggs. While I had a simple crepe.

We wandered through stalls brimming with fresh produce, artisanal treats, and aromatic brews. A bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to buy anything.

The Shambles is a historic cobblestone street with preserved medieval buildings some dating back to the 14th century.

Walked amidst the lively atmosphere and charming surroundings on the main street and spotted some quirky signages.

Then it was time to bid farewell to one of England’s most enchanting cities as we set off for our next destination.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. nesfelicio says:

    Wonderful shots! It’s been a while since I’ve visited. Thanks for refreshing my memory and for the new developments, too.

    1. Teresa says:

      It is always lovely memories to look back on our travels. Glad that you enjoyed my share today.

  2. restlessjo says:

    It’s good to see a place that you know well through someone else’s eyes, Teresa. It’s a beautiful city and I’m glad the sun shone for you. Great photos! Thanks for the link 🤗🩷

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes you know this place very well…and glad the sun did shine even just for a bit. Thanks Jo.

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  3. VJ says:

    Wonderful. I remember York from my travels. Looks like you had a special experience.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks VJ, very special indeed.

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  4. margaret21 says:

    You’ve definitely captured the atmosphere in a city I know well. I particularly like the ‘feel’ of the bricks and stone in your images here.

    1. Teresa says:

      It is one of my favourites, although we didn’t stay long enough but the ambiance is wonderful.

      1. margaret21 says:

        If it weren’t for those pesky tourists! I can say that, ‘cos I’m one too…

        1. Teresa says:

          Haha me too!

    2. Heyjude says:

      You’ve captured the essence of this lovely city, one I know fairly well, being originally from Yorkshire. Lovely photos and surprisingly quiet!

      1. Teresa says:

        No, definitely not quiet. Haha I just waited for them to go away. Glad you liked the photos. I really love the place and was glad that I have visited it.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Tourists huh!

          1. Teresa says:

            Well I can’t say much because I was a “tourist” too 🤣🤣🤣

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  5. Toonsarah says:

    York is one of my favourite cities, I’m so pleased you were able to visit and that you liked it too 🙂 Getting a close look at those carvings from the Minster is some compensation for the restoration work I reckon.

    1. Teresa says:

      The restoration is taking a long time and costing a lot of money, but I guess it is worth it in the long run. Thanks for the comment Sarah, it is a wonderful experience.

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