If you've followed my recent blog posts (and you should've. If you didn't, do so now), you'll know I made a trip to England recently. My itinerary consisted of Leeds and Bristol with day trips to York and Bath sprinkled in.
Having only spent a day in York, I can't truly extol the virtues of this city. However, I can recommend it as a nice day trip if you happen to be in Leeds - it's only 40 minutes away by train. It's accessible, beautiful, and there are plenty of tea rooms, cafes, restaurants, and pubs to keep you fed and watered.
The first thing you'll see upon walking into the city via Museum St is the York Minster. Take in its majesty and all its gothic glory. Walk around it. Walk into it.
Then, explore the city's winding labyrinth of streets and alleyways. Get lost. Stumble upon the Shambles, a street with quaint timber-framed buildings, hanging over the narrow street. Imagine how it might've been to shop there 600 years ago in its medieval bustle. Wander down a Snickelway.
If you're hungry or thirsty, stop by the first cafe or tearoom that intrigues you and have afternoon tea. Alternatively, Filmore & Union does a splendid Orange and Lavender cake.
Find the River Ouse. Its banks will lead you back to Museum St (if you walk in the right direction). Stroll through the Museum Gardens, indulge yourself with some ice cream. Plop down on the grass, enjoy your treat, read a book, or do whatever makes you feel happy.
Note the ruins of St Mary's Abbey in the Gardens, a remnant of another time.
If you have time, stop by the National Railway Museum on your way back to the train station. Two words: trains galore.
Then, make your way back to the awesome place that is Leeds...