Adam surprised me by coming up to York for the week a little while ago and we decided to be proper tourists for a few days despite some murky weather! (Sometimes you need to be a tourist in your own town). If you ever plan on going to York for a day trip and don’t want to do something that costs a lot, I would definitely recommend the few things we did.
The Castle Museum
Turns out that I can get in to the Castle Museum in York for free (as well as a few others) which is great – as well as it only being around £5 for young adults. They have a great Victorian exhibition, featuring set out classrooms and even what feels like a whole town of shops to replicate a Victorian street. They also had a huge exhibit about the prisons in York which was very interesting but also very creepy. Finally, they had two exhibits that followed how fashion and toys have changed and developed over time which I really enjoyed.
The City Walls
Another free thing we did was walk part of the city walls of York. We didn’t have very long as they closed at “dusk” (how specific!) so we chose to walk the part that gave us a fantastic view of the York Minister. It wasn’t very long, I believe it is about 6.5 miles altogether, but because it is broken up in to parts you aren’t obliged to walk the whole thing at once which is nice. We found it impossible to get a photo together so we instead decided on some cute ones of us walking along. I also had a disposable camera with me and I took lots of photos that I can’t wait to get developed!
Nothing beats the views that we got of the Minister at the end though!
We didn’t go in to to Clifford’s Tower as you had to pay but it is next to the Castle Museum and presumably grants you a fantastic view of the city. It is always busy with people climbing up and down and I have been assured that it is a must so I will have to add it to my to-do list of touristy York things!
I hope you liked my mini touristy post of York and enjoying what free and very cheap things that the city has to offer.