Admire the famous medieval buildings overhanging the Shambles, browse Newgate Market’s 110 stalls (open every day except 24-25 Dec and 1 Jan), rest your feet in a tearoom or cosy pub, and buy sweets or tasty deli treats from any number of cute shops.
There’s a cluster of second hand bookshops and vintage fashion shops on Fossgate. One of the bookshops has a large collection of Folio Society hardbacks upstairs which is pretty darn cool. There’s also a great foodie shop and cafe called The Hairy Fig which is a very nice spot for lunch.
It’s free! There are various points along the wall where you can climb up to start walking along and it’s open every day from 8am until dusk (unless there’s a bad risk of ice or slipperiness due to bad weather).
Especially spectacular if you’re lucky enough to see it against a beautiful blue sky.
We only had two days in York and spent most of our time catching up with friends visiting from Australia. Some other things we could have done:
- Seen York from the top of Clifford’s Tower.
- Viewed contemporary objects and art at The New School House Gallery.
- Gone to the Jorvik Viking Centre.
- Eaten at Rustique. (Unfortunately we only found out about this French restaurant after our friends Margie and Nathan visited York a couple of weeks after us. Rustique does a 2 course set menu for £11.95 or 3 courses for £13.95 and by all accounts the food is excellent!)