After our short holiday in Durham in May this year, we were looking forward to our visit to York; to see more of the North. Arriving via Leeds-Bradford airport by train, we were greeted on the York train station by David, the owner of York Stay apartment. Upon arrival at the apartment Melanie, his wife, was waiting for us. The kettle was boiling and Melanie had made some yummy cake. We were speechless once we got acquainted with the apartment. Beautiful renovated last year, with a view of the communal garden, we could just see the top of the Minster from our window. This place felt like a home! We do recommend it.
The next day, after a good night’s rest we made our way to York city centre. It is just a 5 minute walk from our apartment. Little Betty’s (Big Betty’s sister) had some sweetness to welcome us to York. And as we sat by the window with the view of the Minster, we decided, that’s where we wanted to go next. The Minster, steeped in history, had a few surprises up its sleeve and the best views of the city. Once we climbed the 275 steps to get up the tower, we could see all of York and beyond, to the Moors!
But York is more than the Minster. It is packed full of wonderful things. The Barley Hall, The walls, The York Castle museum and the Railway Museum were our favourites by far. And then there was so much more we saw! The costumed artists on the main square, the Shambles, all the nice quaint shops and tea houses like Crumbs cupcakery. And a choice of restaurants… Jamie’s Italian, Zizzi, and Pitcher & Piano with awesome river views.
Mo(o)r(e) of the North.
As we wanted to see more of the north, we booked two tours with BOBH (Best Of Britain Holidays). The trips to the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors where just beautiful! The small group guided day tours are all we could wish for. Seeing a lot of ‘off the beaten track’ villages and places with guide Mark. Rolling hills, Abbeys, small towns, a wicked dragon, seaside, sheep everywhere and heather. It had it all. With plenty of free time to spare we had the choice of restaurants and things we wanted to see. We really did see all the things we wanted to see, even though we were on a tour. Loved it!
On an other day, we visited Scarborough and Scarborough Castle by train. We arrived when sea mist covered it almost entirely, which made it spooky and yet so fitting. The remains of this castle are well documented, and the curtain walls are a sight you have to see. Impressive as they are from below, once you climb up the hill you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Scarborough beach and the sea. Sadly the town itself did not had the wow factor for us, as it was too glittery to our taste.
We are looking back to our 14 day trip with fond memories and a big smile. The weather was perfect, so where the people, our apartment at York Stay, the landscape and York. I am sure we will be back for more!