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)
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.
For lunch we had the best burgers on the rooftop terrace of a pub called The Habit.
Fab views of York Minster from the roof AND fab service!
At five, we headed off to Evensong at York Minster.
A Rick Steves tip for visiting famous cathedrals is to attend the daily Evensong service.
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.
Then it was time for bed!
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.
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!
Toilet and shower rooms.