A Walk through York, through the Snickleways & into the pubs

by nickbelfield

What better way to spend a weekend than walking round the historic city of York, soaking up the atmosphere, getting lost in the maze of Snickleways and resting up in the great pubs.

I was once told that the City of York (and the surrounding area) has more pubs than days of the year! I'm not sure how true this, but it can certainly offer you a vast host of drinking establishments for you to rest up in after walking around the historic city of York.

Jorvik, as it was called by the Vikings, is situated in North Yorkshire on the River Ouse. It is steeped in history and culture and this is captivated in the buildings around the city. No more so than in The York Minster which is clearly the dominating feature of the city, enticing people to visit its amazing architectural structure. Part with less than £15 to go inside and see what delights this ancient place of worship has to offer.

York isn't just about the Minster though, as there are plenty of other attractions to keep you busy. Take a walk down the Shambles, a street dating back to the 14th century which will offer you a unique shopping exprience with some delightful quirky shops. Be sure to look up to the sky in the middle of the street and be amazed with how far the buildings over hang the street. Why not take a walk towards the south of the city and go and see the ancient ruins of Cliffords Tower, otherwise know as York Castle or take a long walk around the Roman Walls of the City, so you get to see the City from every view point.

Other attractions include being thrown back in time at both the Jorvik Viking Centre and the York Dungeons, which are great for the whole family. Enterance to these attractions for a family of 4 will cost you £26.00 at the Viking Centre and £49 at the Dungeons (all though take my advice and order online for a much cheaper price for the Dungeons). It you are a train enthutiast (or just like a good museum) then be sure to go to the National Railway Museum. It's a great, interesting museum and it's free!

York offers a great selection of shops for you to enjoy spending all your money, whether it be high street brands or little quirky souviner and craft shops. Be sure to head down the Shambles and check out the unique shops they have, or stop on the corner of St. Helen's Square and have a traiditional cup of tea and a scone at Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms (even if it does cost quite a lot).

If all that shopping and sight seeing has made you hungry, then why not stop at one of the great pubs that serve food and get yourself a bite to eat? There is plenty to choose from, all for a good price! On our last recent visit, we went for a pub tea at Hole in the Wall, situated on High Petergate where I got a fantastic Beef and Ale Pie for only £8.75 (with potato's and veg). Or going from past expierience, Russells on Coppergate offer you a great carvery for a reasonable price!

But, if your more bothered about sinking a few pints after a busy day, then York has to offer the best pubs around. Not only are they great, but there are that many to choose from! How about the Golden Fleece on Pavement, which is self proclaimed the most haunted pub in York. You'll have a great time enjoying a drink here and reading about the various ghosts that reside here. Or try the Guy Fawkes Inn, which is on High Petergate just across from the Minster. As the name suggests, history has it that the great plotter himself was born in this very building. Other watering holes that I enjoyed on my last visit were the Black Swan, which is out on Peasholme Green, offering you a great atmosphere in this 17th century building. Or go and have a cheap pint in the Kings Arms. You might want to take your wellies to this one though as it often gets flooded in heavy rain seaons due to it being next to the river Ouse!

Obviously with all the sight seeing to be done and all the pubs to be visited, you'll need somewhere to lay your head at night! Luckily, York has many a guest houses and hotels to be at your service! We recently stayed at the Crescent Guest House on Bootham which offered us a very nice (if small) room for £70 a night with breakfast included and only a 5 minute walk from the Minster. But if your more into a hotel chain then there is the Travelodge or Ibis which will offer you competitive rates, or if your more of a luxery hotel goer then the Chuchill Hotel (also situated on Bootham) will suit you down to the ground with it's luxery and superior suites and 2 AA Rosettes restaurant.

So whatever you take an interest in, I'm sure York will be able to offer it you! Take a visit there and take in the sights, the history, the pubs and the atmosphere that this great city has to offer!