Jules came to visit me for a whole 5 days last week and I was so excited and pleased to see him after a long 3 and a half weeks. He's a Southerner so I wanted to take him somewhere lovely up Nooorth he'd never been before. I've been to York a handful of times before, but mainly as a child looking for pottery along the old Roman roads. My mum went to Uni in York so knows the city very well and always speaks very highly of it in terms of cultural (and shopping!) value.
We used the fantastic Askham Bar park and ride service which was a total bargain - free parking and £2.70 each for a return bus ticket. Will definitely be using it again! We got all over the place, stopping for a lovely lunch at the prettiest Ask Italian I've ever seen.
My date. We had calamari to start and a ginormous pizza each for our main. Beautiful!
After lunch we decided we needed to stretch our legs, so we had a mosey on down to the Minster.
It is an amazing church and reminds me very much of Canterbury Cathedral in size and atmosphere.
The grounds surrounding the Minster looked very autumnal with all the colourful leaves from the trees scattered over the floor.
York is one of the prettiest cities there is going. Just look at these ye olde houses! The shambles are little pedestrianised shopping alleys packed with crooked little independent shops and give the city a lot of personality. Not to mention there are the old city walls all around the perimeter which you can get on and walk around for £0. There are also larger chain shops if you are starting your Christmas shopping and plenty of lovely cafes and restaurants to refuel after a long day of shopping.
York, I shall be back soon!