Sunday, 27 October 2013

Glimpses of York

York. One of the great cities of the North. Appreciated not for industrial heritage like Sheffield, Manchester or Leeds but for the rich history that you find everywhere you turn, and can practically smell in the air. Yet it is small enough to feel very friendly, is easy to get around on foot, is great for a spot of wandering and soaking up the atmosphere and has lots and lots to see and do.

York was an important Roman fort, a Saxon and Viking settlement, a medieval walled city, a city full of fine Georgian architecture and a hub of the Victorian railways. The two main shopping streets run along the lines of the two main Roman roads leading to the fort. Then there are lots of tiny, twisty passages and alleyways from medieval days. It is such a fantastic place to explore, to wander about and see what you can find. Here are some glimpses from a recent short stay.

It is time to go exploring.

What will we find around the corner?

There are sculptures on many buildings. Maybe we are being watched? Think what they have seen.

The streets are so interesting but remember to look up or you will miss many sights and details.

Look out for the cat!

And the sheep!

We come across a round stone building, maybe part of the old wall?

Then some beautiful old timbered buildings, look how uneven they are.

We see some scary faces looking down on us.

And some beasties.


We look through the gates at the Treasurer's house and decide to pay it a visit.

There is lovely stained glass bought from majestic old houses needing to sell items to survive.

Look at the grand staircase with amazing wallpaper, large portraits and the superb chandelier.

Then we take refuge from the rain in the nearby Minster.

We see the Rose Window and stare at the colours.

Then admire a tapestry, the ram catches our eye.

We look at the most beautiful ceiling in a circular room and feel a little bit dizzy.

And admire a gorgeous tiled floor when we need to look down again.

We come across this and stop still and think.

Afterwards we see there be dragons and we leave quickly.

Suddenly we notice ornate red brick instead of stone, it makes quite a change.

Look at the lion on the drainpipe. The water roars from it's mouth.

It is then that we realise we are a little bit weary and need to go off and find tea and cake before we can explore anymore.


  1. Wow what a lovely city!

    I love old places, I love wandering through them discovering all those beautiful buildings!

    1. It is such fun discovering all the nooks and crannies of an old place isn't it!?

  2. That cat is too much, oh my goodness, I absolutely adore it - why aren't there stone (I'm guessing it's stone...or cement?) cats jumping out of the walls of more buildings? I don't think I've ever seen that before. It's so cool and one of the highlights of this beautiful post for me. Thank you for including a photo of it.

    Have a fantastic weekend!
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* We made it to the antiques fair and it was terrific! Not terribly big, but a lot of really friendly sellers, plenty of great vintage (and antique pieces), some decent prices (and a few that were so high it was almost laughable, but thankfully not too many in that camp), and just an awesome overall evening out.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. I am so glad that you made it to the antiques fair, sounds like lots of fun. There is a vintage fair near me next week which I am looking forward to hunting for treasures at.

      I was so excited to spot the cat. The building it was on was next door to the Golden Fleece that I also pictured. I spotted the gold sheep then looked up and along and was overjoyed to find the cat. I couldn't tell what it was made of.

  3. I used to work in York and took it's beauty for granted as I marched from station to work and back again every day. But whenever I go now I wish I'd not taken it for granted. It's such a beautiful city, isn't it, so rich in history. x

    1. What a lovely place it have worked! It is one of my favourite places to visit.

  4. As a southern girl, I really have not done much exploring "up north" (everything is "up north" from where I live on the South Coast!) and I haven't been to York since I was a kid! But I would definitely like to visit again and your post has made me keen to do so! :)

    1. I hope this post bought back some nice memories for you. In August we went to Sandwich for my cousin's wedding and were reminded just how far away the South Coast is!

  5. what lovely pictures I love hidden treasures like this. I in particular like the little cat

    kate the old fashioned way

    1. Thank you. I am a great fan of cats so I had to include it once I had found it.

  6. Hi! I'm a new visitor to your blog and this is a lovely post. I love York too. I love walking round the Shambles whenever we visit and buy fresh bread from that little bakeshop near St.Margaret's house.
    Hoping to go back soon.

    1. Hello Marion, thank you for visiting. I am hoping to back to York soon too and I will look out for the bake shop which sounds great.