York had me at “National Railway Museum”.
The perfect halfway spot from Edinburgh, I had to fight for it as Alle wanted to go to the Lake District – we weren’t disappointed. It is such a beautiful little town that I can’t believe I’ve waited so long before visiting it, and the history!
Our first stop was one of the coolest museum of all: the National Railway Museum. I’m not a child and no, I’m not that much of a geek, I simply love travelling by train and there’s a magic to them that any other mode of transportation simply lacks.
Because we had only over a day to see it, we strolled around most of the time by ourselves but also decided to take the White Rose York Free Tours, which I highly recommend. A three hours tour, it takes you on a fantastic journey of this norther english town that has really seen it all through the centuries.
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Not to be missed in York:
– The York Cat Trail, to find all the cat statues spread around the town. These were put up to scare off mice as well as evil spirits! Which someone may say is the same thing… Pick up a leaflet from York Glass shop in the Shambles;
– A walk around the Roman Walls, these are the longest intact walls than any other city in Europe!
– Lunch at the Guy Fawkes Inn, set in the street where he was born and lived. Remember to book a table first though, and don’t expect much from the food itself;
– A visit to the Shambles, one of the oldest streets in York. This is where it’s said JK Rowling took inspiration for her magical shopping street in Harry Potter. Look up for the hooks that were used to hang meats outside the butchers;
– Obviously, a visit to the National rail Museum.
Here’s some more shots of York by night…