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I had THE best night’s sleep in our Travelodge room, and we woke up early on Sunday morning to scoff down sausages, bacon and hash browns from the hotel’s breakfast buffet. The best way to start a day.
We rocked up at the York Dungeon for 10am, and were in the first group to get spooked. Most Dungeon attractions follow the same kind of pattern with stories from the local area, and York was no different. But as I always find with Dungeons, I was thoroughly entertained by the entire thing – great actors, plenty of laughs and the odd jump scare. Oh, and I even got to be part of the show…but how, you ask? That’s a secret…
Our second attraction of the day was the York Castle Museum, which definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s a bit of a hodge-podge museum, with diverse exhibits – many of which contain objects donated by members of the public.
Starting with a historical journey of people’s York homes throughout the ages, we then discovered the world of children’s toys. A lot of the museum focused on everyday life – the kind of museums that interest me the most.
A highlight was definitely the Victorian street set up – a full street built into the museum, with shops and amenities you could actually go into. The sweetshop actually sold sweets, and in the police station, we shut ourselves in a cell. Probably arrested for disorderly conduct, after the sugar high from all the chocolate and sweets we’d been tucking into over the weekend…
One of the things I did want to do was visit The Shop That Must Not Be Named. Yep, it’s a Harry Potter shop. Unfortunately, the queue was around the corner and we only had limited time, so instead we checked out another spot I was keen to visit – The Golden Fleece.
The Golden Fleece is rumoured to be York’s most haunted pub – so much so that the TV show Most Haunted filmed an episode there. While we didn’t encounter any ghosts, we did enjoy a pint in the company of a drinker who looked like he’d been sat at the bar for a very long time…
What to eat when in Yorkshire? A Yorkshire pudding, of course!
After taking a walk through the fascinating Shambles, we stopped off at The York Roast Co. to grab ourselves a local delight. A flat Yorkshire pud, with pork, stuffing, veg and gravy rolled up into it. Insert a big heart eye emoji here at living the northern dream.
Elsewhere along the Shambles and in the surrounding area, we found all kinds of quirky and wonderful shops – from clothing boutiques to a prop weapon store, and even a teddy bear tearoom! If you like pondering around cute streets with doors that lead to interesting places, this is the city for you.
Move over Lush, this girl’s found a new favourite. I couldn’t resist popping into the Yorkshire Soap Company – while Conor waited patiently outside – as soon as I spotted the colourful displays.
I went around sniffing all the soaps and bath bombs and seriously, they smell AMAZING. Still sweet, but with a slightly more ‘grown up’ vibe than Lush while still being freakin’ ADORABLE. I picked up a Lavender bomb and had the best bath ever when I got home.
A walk through the park lead us to the Treasurer’s House, which we’d heard about on our Bloody History of York tour. Apparently this place is super haunted!
While we didn’t see any spooky things while we were there, the house itself is gorgeous. Well-maintained and featuring rooms that have hosted royalty, the volunteer staff told us loads of interesting tales about the house and its inhabitants.
Our last stop on our York city break led us to the Richard III experience – a small but fascinating museum dedicated to all things…you guessed it, Richard III.
Our walk back to the station led us along a section of the city walls, and I found it amazing that they were a general thoroughfare as well as an interesting tourist experience. Peering over into back gardens and views of York Minster, we took our time as we strolled along, chatting about our favourite parts of the weekend.
York is such an awesome city, and by far one of the best UK weekend breaks I’ve been on. Even though we packed plenty into our visit thanks to our YorkPasses, it’s somewhere I’d be keen to go back to and discover even more of – and I highly recommend you get yourselves there too!
*We were guests of Travelodge and were given complimentary passes by Visit York – all other expenses and all itinerary choices our own.
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