WHAT TO DO
PLAY CROQUET IN THE GARDEN AT TREASURER’S HOUSE
Minster Yard, York, YO1 7JL
There’s something brilliantly eccentric about The National Trust’s Treasurer’s House. But the real delight is the garden that has won gold in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition three years in a row. After a stroll, why not play giant Jenga or a spot of croquet. You’ll enjoy not just the beauty and tranquillity of the grounds but a unique view of York Minster.
WHERE TO STAY
88-96 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL
It’s a rare treat to find yourself somewhere so passionate about their city that they work with local tradespeople. Hotel Indigo is a chocolate box of 101 individual, award-winning designed bedrooms, all stuffed with fabrics and furniture crafted in the county. The restaurant works with local suppliers to create a menu with Yorkshire flavour whilst the bar serves Yorkshire cocktails and of course, Yorkshire tea. The result is a stylish and utterly unique hotel – book yourself in.
WHERE TO EAT
46 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS
Bettys has entered folklore – a trip to York wouldn’t be complete without visiting this much loved tea shop. Our favourite has to be the one in medieval Stonegate in a listed building just a short walk from the Minster. This is the place for tea. And you can’t have tea without a cake or two (you’re not being greedy, this is part of the authentic York experience).
WHERE TO DRINK
CUT & CHASE
39 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS
In a city like York it’s easy to get caught up in the history and the architecture. But don’t miss out on the modern city. Cut & Chase is just that, offering a contemporary take on classic British food. Think seasonal and local. If coffee’s your thing, start the day with brunch. But head back in the evening for the cocktails because they’re top-notch. Take The Herbalist for example, it’s made with their own thyme gin muddled up with green chartreuse, elderflower syrup and lime. A true Yorkshire cocktail.
WHAT NOT TO MISS
York, YO1 7LZ
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, The Shambles is York’s oldest street and recognised as Europe’s best preserved Medieval street. As you walk down you’ll notice the buildings on each side lean in so that they almost touch in the middle. Winner of Google’s ‘Most Picturesque Street in Britain’, today The Shambles is bustling with shops and restaurants so you can combine history and culture with a little modern-day shopping.