After saying goodbye to Scotland, our travel adventures continued in the city of York. We took a train from Edinburgh, and spent the day exploring the streets of the historic, walled city. Much of the medieval architecture is still in tact, which made wandering the streets a surreal experience.
York is full of narrow streets and pedestrian routes that once lead to various marketplaces. This was one of my favorite spots, Shambles, which used to be the region where all of the butchers shops were located. Today, it is lined with various cafes and shops, but it's not hard to imagine a bustling medieval marketplace lined with hanging carcasses and burly men slumping around meat for sale.
The York Minster is probably the crown jewel of the city, as it lies in the hub and towers above everything else. It's one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe, and its Gothic architecture is breathtaking.
We opted to pay five pounds extra so that we could take a tour of the Minster tower. It was a long climb up a narrow staircase, and it was raining when we got to the top, but definitely worth it for the views.
Across the street, we took a stroll through the gardens of the Governor's House.
One of the coolest things about York is that you can actually walk along the medieval city walls. Our original plan was to do the entire 2.5 mile circuit, but a rainstorm that would roll in later in the day kept us from completing our goal. Still, it was pretty awesome to roam through this section near the Minster.
Clifford's Tower - part of York Castle. Unfortunately, this was the last thing in the city we got to see before a torrential downpour began. Upon seeing these black clouds, we decided to call it a day and head back to our hotel for the evening. Although our day was cut short, we still got to experience a lot of York's stunning architecture and vibrant culture (and the most amazing donuts I've ever eaten!). The following day we hopped back on a train and headed to London - post coming soon!