Wondering how to spend 24 hours in York? You’re in the right place! Tiz and I have just got back from a whistle-stop trip to this beautiful historical city, and I wanted to tell you a little about how we made the most of our visit (and show you what I wore – you know me!). It was our third visit to York, a place we already absolutely adore, and on this trip we actually fell even further in love with it. A few weeks ago I was kindly gifted a City Break For Two voucher from Red Letter Days, and as soon as we spotted that York was one of the destinations we knew we had to pick it. Here’s what we got up to!
Outfit details for the photo above, taken outside York Minster:
Blouse: Topshop (Similar available from Nasty Gal)
Shoes: Koi Footwear
Where To Stay in York
After looking through the hotel options for York offered with our voucher, we decided on The Churchill hotel. The photographs of the rooms looked cute and quirky, and the reviews were brilliant. I’m thrilled to say that we weren’t disappointed with our choice – the hotel was wonderful! We were upgraded to a more luxurious room on check-in, and parking and breakfast were included with our booking. Check-in was smooth, despite the hotel being super busy (a good sign, in my opinion!) and our room was compact but perfectly presented.
Breakfast was delicious, and there was an awesome choice with great service from start to finish. I opted for the Healthy Breakfast, which featured toast, cereal and a gorgeous fruit, granola and yogurt combo, and Tiz chose the Full English. All of the hotel decor is beyond stylish and so well thought out – it’s uber modern with a historical twist, and you can see more photos of it on my Instagram page. I’ve put lots of sneak peeks onto my Travel Story Highlight! There are a couple of images of our room below too. The bed was very comfortable and I particularly loved the bulldog artwork in the bathroom!
Where To Eat In York
We were SO lucky with the places we chose to eat during our 24 hours in York – we basically had the foodie time of our lives! It started when we found this gorgeous little place called Cafe Concerto when we were absolutely ravenous for some lunch. The cafe was adorable, with the walls adorned in sheet music, and it had a super friendly vibe as soon as we entered. I enjoyed a ridiculously delicious Brie and Grape Baguette with a Soya Cappuccino and Tiz had the Soup of the Day. We’d recommend this spot to anyone, and it set us off on an awesome food path for the duration of the trip!
For dinner that same night, we went to another hotel’s restaurant – Oxo’s on The Mount. Here we had one of the best 3 course meals we can remember, and I’ve popped some photos of this up on my Instagram Story & Travel Highlight too. I can’t even begin to describe how tasty the food was, and the staff were absolutely lovely. My wonderful mum actually treated us to the meal, as she had wanted to do something nice for us after the rough summer I had – it was so thoughtful and incredible sweet, and we couldn’t have picked a better restaurant!
Finally, for lunch on our second and final day in York we went to Bettys on Stonegate – it’s the one we’ve always been to as the larger tea room is always so busy, and this smaller one is our favourite. We had an absolutely incredible lunch followed by coffee (for me) and tea (for Tiz) and two delicious cakes to share. I’ve also put photos of this on my Instagram page! If you’re in York, Bettys is a complete must. You won’t regret it!
Where To Drink In York
After a recommendation, we stopped off for a quick pint in the House Of The Trembling Madness on Stonegate, and we were so glad we did! You walk in to what looks like a beer emporium, and when you wander through to the wine stores at the back you find a staircase. You can go up to the pub, which is a snug meeting place full of history and great beer, or down to where the spirits are stocked. We had a very enjoyable summer beer and a proper good laugh, and it felt so cosy and festive.
We actually had a good look around the shop downstairs afterwards and picked up a bottle of mead, our favourite winter drink (mulled wine is great, but mead is better!) which is ridiculously tricky to find normally. Again there are some extra photos on my Instagram page, but here are a couple to give you an idea of how cool this place is. Definitely pop in for a drink next time you’re in York!
What To Do In York – City Walls
When we weren’t eating or drinking (we spent rather a lot of time doing both, I have to say!) we were wandering around York and taking in the sights. I’m dividing this section up as there were quite a few things we managed to fit in to our 24 hour trip, and we really enjoyed all of them! As we’ve visited York before we’ve already done quite a few of the main attractions, like the York Dungeons, inside the Minster and the various awesome museums, so this time we decided to keep it a little more spontaneous.
We were so lucky with the weather, so decided to have a walk around the York City Walls. It was brilliant to get the different perspectives of the city, and for a history geek like me it was a real treat. It was also brill to get some exercise and walk off some of the more indulgent food we’d enjoyed, as well as working up an appetite for our visit to Bettys. I was a total outfit repeater on our second day, and teamed the same coat, skirt and shoes mentioned at the start of this post with my new favourite Nasty Gal Leopard Print Blouse.
What To Do In York – Key Sights
When visiting York, there are certain sights you’ll be completely in awe of – two of those are the York Minster and Clifford’s Tower! Although we didn’t actually go into either of these places on this trip, we have explored them before and both are well worth a visit inside. It was actually pretty cool to really take in the exterior of both of these phenomenal buildings, and both Tiz and I said that we noticed the details and intricacies of the Minster more than ever on this occasion.
There are countless other incredible buildings to see in York – you see something historical and awe-inspiring on virtually every corner! It’s one of the joys of just wandering around the city and getting a little lost, as you never know what you’re just about to stumble across.
What To Do In York – Shopping
Finally, I couldn’t write this post without talking about the shopping in York! There are countless independent, super cute boutiques as well as many high street favourites, and if you’re on the look out for gifts you’re going to be spoilt for choice. Almost every street in the city centre has some fab shops to stroll around, but my favourite street by far is The Shambles. It’s world famous for its sloping buildings and quirky offerings, and we particularly loved the Harry Potter themed stores – yes, plural! There are about 4!
Stonegate is also great for shopping, and I was excited to find an Oliver Bonas shop opposite Bettys – two of my favourite thing in one little section of this gorgeous city! You couldn’t possibly be bored wandering around the shops of York. I think there’s something for everyone, and with Christmas coming up the potential for gift shopping is around every corner. If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’re in luck too – there are so many old fashioned sweet shops, I actually lost count!
And there we have it! A huge thank you to Red Letter Days for sending me the voucher for this city break away in York – I love to buy people experience vouchers like this as gifts, as time away making memories with someone you love is pretty priceless.
Have you visited York? What do you love to do there?