Now, York is the ideal long weekend destination for food-loving travelers and their companions. With new restaurants and bars popping up all the time, and established eateries gaining notoriety, there’s a good reason York has been buzzing since its founding in AD 71.
It's drier than most Northern towns but can get chilly in winter.
If you only have time for one thing, make it The Block for the best pizza around.
If you’re arriving by train into York, you’re well-placed to pop straight into Partizan for a flat white and a bagel to take the edge off. Once you’re caffeinated, dump your bags and head to the center of town—a short walk from anywhere, really, it’s not a big place—for a tour of some of York’s historic and haunted pubs.
For dinner, go classic with a slice at The Block, or take a tour of York’s indie eateries to find some hidden gems. Be sure to note spots that you want to come back and visit on your own.
Make the most of your second day in York by getting tickets for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. The route passes by all of York’s major attractions, and it’s often the quickest way to get around.
Get to know York like the Vikings might have done on a foraging tour. Here you’ll learn about the edible plants growing right in the center of town. Then, it’s just a short walk to the Blue Bell or The Ackhorne—traditional Yorkshire pubs serving local ale and pies. If you fancy something more sophisticated, go to Ambiente for delicious tapas and sherry.
On your final day in York, browse the city’s many independent boutiques and craft shops. It’s a perfect town for shopping, and there are lots of designer shops as well as thrift and vintage stores. Once you reach Coppergate, you’re a few streets away from House of the Trembling Madness, a medieval town house turned into a craft beer bar and dining hall. Try the locally made sausages.
If you’re more of a sweet tooth, walk towards Clifford’s Tower and pop into York Cocoa House for hot chocolate, house-made chocolate treats and even the odd chocolate-making workshop.