York is one of my favourite places to be. It is where I go to university and it’s where I plan to live afterwards too. When most people visit York their first thought is Bettys (a very famous tea room), the Shambles or the Minster. These are highlights of York but I thought I would share some of the slightly more obscure things I love about York.
Teddy Bear Shop
This is a place I discovered in my firsr year of university. It is pretty obvious that you can’t miss it due to the huge purple bear that greets you at the door. The inside is small, but as it is down one of the old cobbled streets, you have to accept that most of them are pretty tiny! You can buy every single teddy you ever managed, or lust after them, and there is also a little cafe upstairs that is super cute. Also, they change the bear at the front ever so often but my favourite is the one I snapped last year:
The cafes in York are amazing! There are so many to choose from but again, as many are pretty small (and maaaany students are aware of their existence) it can be hard to grab a table. My favourites are Brew and Brownie and Fossgate Social which are both places my friend introduced me to. Brew and Brownie do the most amazing South African tea, hot chocolates and stacked pancakes. The prices are reasonable i.e. cheaper than Starbucks and the atmosphere in there is super nice. Fossgate Social is pretty similar in times of prices and quality. It often has social events on at night and becomes a bar too.
Ghost walks are everywhere in York. You will constantly be given flyers for various different ones – walking, on a bus, you name it! They are incredibly popular in York and even Johnny Depp has been on one so it must be fab. The bus ghost tour can set you back about £10 but it looks like the Harry Potter Knight Bus so nobody is complaining! The walking tours are only a couple of £ and York is rife with ghost stories so it’s definitely worth it.
Käthe Wohlfahrt is a German Christmas shop in York that is built across several floors in a gorgeous timber frame building. They house the most fantastic Christmas decorations, which they wrap and box up for free, that I got some for friends and family this year. Most people have said it is one of the best Christmas shops they have every visited so it’s worth checking out! I did a Boomerang on my Instagram of the Christmas tree in the window (here)
University of York
If you are visiting during the summer, walking around the Heslington West campus of the University of York is a must. There are some secret beautiful gardens around Heslington Hall (pictured below) and there are so many lakes to wander around. However, if you’re terrified of geese I would not suggest it! Geese are everywhere at the university and if you don’t get used to walking long distances around such volatile creatures and generally just turning around and walking another way if they’re in front then it’s not for you!