Out and About: York City Centre

Just a bit of a wander around York city centre, from earlier in the summer across one rainy day and one sunny day, typical!!

Way back, I went on a primary school trip to York, visiting the JORVIK Viking Centre and York Castle. I loved York then and still love it now – it offers a lovely dose of quirky shops, historic buildings and cobbled streets. What’s not to like!

The castle wasn’t as modern as it is now, (sorry I didn’t take any pics). As a young child I remember thinking it looked like a giant pudding!!! (I know πŸ™„ πŸ˜†).

Anyway, let’s go for a bit of a wander….

Interesting and quirky shops…..

The Shambles

York is a UK tourist city, (one of the most popular places to visit in the UK), it is geared toward tourists. One of its many tick box must see spots is a cosy little collection of medieval buildings/shops in tightly packed narrow cobbled street called The Shambles.

Be warned, if you want a clear photo, you need to get down there really early otherwise you will never get a clear shot, this place is usually heaving with selfie-happy tourists.

Something about these scenes makes me think of the scenes described by Neil Hanson in his book recounting ‘the great fire of London’

I think the Christmas shop is open all year round.

The last picture above of the beautiful old fashioned manual till – I saw this through a shop window then noticed there’s a flat screen device stuck to it so it’s probably not used in the old fashioned way anymore.

The Shambles also has an outdoor market

More quaint and medieval buildings

Gin shop and the Golden Fleece



York Minster in the background

A street called Pavement

Other Bits

The birthplace of Guy Fawkes 🧐

All things Yorkshire in this shop


Across from York MinsterΒ  – these grassy creations.

York Minster

York’s mighty cathedral, the York Minster can be seen from various points around the city, and a useful landmark for getting your bearings.

York City Walls

Amongst other things, York city centre is characterised by its city walls, which you can walk along and take in the views (heads up – this does include a lot of steps). I’d like to do the whole perimeter one of these days, a nice sunny day….we shall see.

Around the River Ouse

43 thoughts on “Out and About: York City Centre

  1. Sheila Landry Designs

    Oh! How I LOVED this post! So many lovely pictures! I don’t know if you were aware, but I am in the process of designing a holiday village for my painting followers. I create a couple of ‘storefronts’ per year and they are very popular. My next up is a bookstore. I love using real stores as inspiration, taking elements from this one and that one and putting them together in a fun way. Seeing the lovely shops here is so exciting. I especially love the “cat store” as I love cats. πŸ™‚ Thank you, as always for bringing us along with your travels. I so love your posts! Take care. πŸ™‚

  2. debscarey

    York is on the “to visit” list and these pictures have shoved it way up to the top! Now I just need to organise for Himself to take a batch of leave next year.

    That old style till is stunning. We saw a couple earlier this year at a motorcycle museum where the staff admitted they wished they still functioned as they were trying to handle visitors during a power cut!

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