36 Hours in York
6 weeks ago I had the unexpected pleasure of some time off, with my other half. We decided to make sure it was quality time together and to get away from the humdrum of home for a bit.
We stayed at the rather lovely Principal York Hotel which, despite it's elegant appearance, was not quite as smoothly run as I'd have hoped, but it all got sorted in the end!
After checking in, we headed out to explore.
I think I must have a Christmas-sensor embedded in me because I can sniff it out anywhere and was quickly drawn into this store.
Our next stop was to The York Museum.
By the time I'd been dragged out of Christmas-land, time was ticking on a bit... The very kind attendants at the museum reassured us that we would have time to do one wing and helpfully, gave us a pass so that we could return the next day for the other half of the museum.
The museum was formerly a Prison and we spent our first day in the Women's Wing - which housed a number of historical exhibits and (most impressively) a full scale replica of a Victorian Street, complete with back alleys and stores for you to wander in and out of.
After all that time-travel we were feeling a bit peckish so headed to Betty's (a Yorkshire institution!)
Dinner was a little disappointing so I'll skip over that and move on to Day 2...
We returned to the Museum bright and early, ready to tackle the next wing. This holds an eclectic mix of modern day history (1960s - Present Day) and a centuries-old history of the prison.
Once back outside we headed for the Shambles. (Perhaps the most instagrammed street in York.)
A few people have assumed it influenced the Harry Potter stories or was used in the film (there's actually very little to link the two) and as a consequence Potter-mania has invaded the street.
By far the best of these shops is The Shop That Must Not Be Named.
People quite literally queue up to shop here...
After all that horcrux-hunting I was hungry again.
York is famous for it's history with Chocolate.
(And with fruit pastilles - but as I'm a chocaholic that's of little interest to me.)
Monk Bar is just the sort of shop to fulfil any craving you might have. But I can particularly recommend the liquid chocolate shot in a chocolate cup!
Our visit to York was choc-a-block and I will be back again soon!