York YHA, Snapshots of York

Snapshots of York

So, York.

Last week I mentioned that I took my mama to Berwick-Upon-Tweed on a little train journey + YHA adventure.

Our next stop was York.

We spent two nights in York, again arriving late.

We ate dinner on the train on Friday evening, walked to the hostel, had drinks in the common room (ale for Mama and me, hot cocoa for the boys) and then settled into our bunks for the night.

We were up bright and early on Saturday for our one full day of sightseeing in York.

We walked all over York before the day was over, making stops at the Viking Museum, York’s Chocolate Factory and York Minster.

Um, at York’s Chocolate Story, you get to make your own lolly. And the people in the picture frames speak to you! Super fun.

We also shopped the markets in The Shambles, where Mama found a new hat.

I think we actually went inside every shoe store in this street, which the boys really appreciated. (sarcasm)

I found new hiking boots on sale though so it was worth the scavenging.           

Also, York is pretty high on the charm scale. 

Everywhere you look there are darling rooftops and weensy cobbled alleyways.

As an American, towns like these make me feel like I have somehow learned to time travel.

But of course, that’s ridiculous.            

For lunch we had the best burgers on the rooftop terrace of a pub called The Habit.

Highly recommend!

Fab views of York Minster from the roof AND fab service!

In the afternoon it started to rain, so we darted in and out of shoe stores and tea shops. 

I think there are as many places for tea in York as there are people. It would be hard to choose a favorite.  

At five, we headed off to Evensong at York Minster.

York Minster, Snapshots of York, YHA, England

A Rick Steves tip for visiting famous cathedrals is to attend the daily Evensong service.

Usually only about 45 minutes in length, the readings and Scripture are sung by a choir.York Minster, Snapshots of York, YHA, England

It’s a beautiful experience and completely free to attend. It’s also usually more interesting for the kids than the usual tour of a church. We were all a little damp from the rain and maybe a tiny bit sleepy.York Minster, Snapshots of York, YHA, England

Beautiful service in a beautiful place.York Minster, Snapshots of York, YHA, England

After the service, we walked out of the city walls to head on back to the YHA, where we took hot showers to get warm before ordering dinner there at the bar.                 

York YHA, Snapshots of York

This lobby is where you access the WIFI at the YHA, so of course, the boys spent a good bit of time here.York YHA, Snapshots of York

York YHA, Snapshots of York

Then it was time for bed!

Breakfast in York, YHA

Sunday morning we had breakfast at the Cafe Concerto, a recommendation via Twitter!Breakfast in York, YHA

It was a gorgeous day, so we spent our last few hours walking the old city walls. York Town Walls, Snapshots of York, YHA

These walls are the most complete medieval city walls in England and alongside them you can even see the remains of walls from when the Romans ruled. Everything is crazy old in York.

York Town Walls, Snapshots of York, YHA

Except for spring! Which seemed brand new while we were there. We left York under blue skies and rode our train back to Aberdeen past spring lambs and yellow blooms.

However, by the time we reached Aberdeen, it was snowing.

York is only six hours away from Aberdeen by train, but it’s a few degrees warmer for sure, a fact I will remember when making plans to visit again!

York YHA, Snapshots of York

Here are a few more photos from our hostel!York YHA, Snapshots of York

A game room and computers!York YHA, Snapshots of York

Toilet and shower rooms.

York YHA, Snapshots of York

Our stay at the York YHA was complimentary as part of a partnership with YHA to promote family hostelling! 🙂 We love staying with YHA though. For more of our hostel stays, check out the archives.



  1. York is one of my favorite places EVER. When we were there three summers ago, we lucked into dining on the patio of a (great!) vegetarian restaurant just as bell-ringing practice was starting at the Minster. Atmospheric for sure!

    (Hugs to you as a mother of a new high school grad. I’ll make my maiden voyage into those seas next year.)

  2. […] I have been to a service at Westminster on another visit to London and I went to Evensong again on a visit to York. […]

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