Unique Gifts and Things To Do in YorkOne of the UK’s most beloved historic cities, York boasts evidence of Roman, Saxon, and Viking roots, as well as being characterised by its stunning Georgian Townhouses, Victorian Railway Station, and of course, the world famous gothic-style York Minster cathedral. So, if it is a historical day out that you are looking for, then you’ll be truly spoilt for choice!
Your visit to York will undoubtedly begin with a compulsory visit to York Minster, the largest and arguably most beautiful, medieval cathedral in Northern Europe. Having been enchanted by the grandeur and gothic architecture, take some time to explore the cathedral’s undercroft and crypt, or climb the stairs of the tower for unparalleled views over the city. Capture the full atmospheric effect by approaching The Minster from the famous cobbled streets of The Shambles, and pick up a sweet treat or knick-knack on the way. First-time visitors can continue their journey of historic discovery, with a stroll along the ancient city walls. Enter the City Walls Walk from the south via Micklegate Bar, and pass through York’s most important medieval gateway, just as many a Royal has done before you. Once upon a time, Micklegate Bar even play host to the severed heads of rebels and traitors – you can find out who, with a visit to the museum!
A historical day out in York doesn’t have to mean lengthy walks and architecture…there are plenty of fun things for all the family to get involved in. Chocoholics should pay a visit to York’s Chocolate Story for a tasty trip down memory lane…learn about the city’s famous confectionary families – Terry’s and Rowntrees – and get hands on with designing your own chocolate bar. You’ll also be able to savour the sweet treats with a sampling session or two – yum! For something a little more thrilling, why not take part in a guided Ghost Tour of ‘Europe’s Most Haunted City’? Whether you choose to hop on board the Necrobus or join a story-teller for a walking tour among the alleyways, you’ll unearth York’s more spiritual past and learn about its notoriously ghoulish residents.
Locals with a need for speed are spoiled for choice with race tracks at both Elvington and Tockwith. So whether you are looking for a thrilling supercar driving experience where you can test the limits of a Porsche or Ferrari, or are searching for a driving gift for someone who loves classic American muscle cars, there are track driving activities for everyone, in York!
If you are planning a romantic UK staycation or a weekend away with a few friends, then York’s café culture and boutique shopping opportunities make this city an ideal travel location. York seamlessly combines classic with contemporary and boasts an unrivalled collection of gastro-pubs and award winning restaurants, alongside quintessentially English afternoon tea houses and international cuisine eateries. The city truly comes to life once the sun goes down, so put your glad rags on and venture out to one of its stylish waterside bars and clubs or settle down for a quite drink at a heritage tavern…whatever ambience you’re looking for, we can guarantee that you’ll find it in York!
So whether you are looking for days out gifts for friends, overnight city breaks for your partner, or simply a fun day out for the family, York is the place to be!