If you've read my previous post on visiting York, it will come as no surprise that this gorgeous city ranks very highly on my list of favourite places in the UK. It's like a larger, fancier version of my beloved Canterbury, and as a bonus is also currently home to my youngest sister while she finishes her degree! So when my uni besties and I were planning a pre-Christmas meet up, York felt like the perfect place to visit for some festive cheer.
We drove up early on Saturday morning amidst the mist and fog, at times feeling as though we were driving through clouds! I took such joy in spotting each and every sign for "the North" - it tickles me for some reason (probably Game of Thrones related). We arrived in York right in time for lunch!
Unbeknownst to us, we'd chosen possibly the busiest weekend to visit - the city centre was heaving while we pushed our way through the Christmas market and perused restaurants for somewhere to eat! We made sure to book a restaurant and the York Cocoa House for Saturday evening dessert (their hot chocolates are what dreams are made of) before retiring to our delightful Airbnb for the night. We stayed just outside the city, surrounded by crisp frosty fields, in the cosiest home we could possibly have found. It was the most charming Victorian house, with a luxury bathroom (the heated floor was very welcome after freezing temperatures!) and to top it all off, the hosts cooked us a marvellous full English the next morning. The cherry on top was their gorgeous springer spaniel Colby, who graciously allowed Stephie and I to give him lots of goodbye cuddles. I would absolutely recommend John and Branwen's home for anyone looking for somewhere luxurious and affordable to stay near York. This is not an ad - we all just really adored their hospitality!
On Sunday, after stuffing ourselves with our delicious cooked breakfast, we attempted to walk it off by roaming around the Museum Gardens, down the Shambles and back up to the city walls, peering into divinely sculpted back gardens and dreaming of owning one of the enormous houses clustered behind the Minster. After a quick bite to eat at Olivia's Café, and a quick detour to the Yorkshire Soap Company to stock up on candles (their Whitby Bay and Cashmere & Cocoa candles are utterly gorgeous, and they have 15% off until 31st January!), we said our goodbyes and started the long journey home.
I didn't think it was possible to fall more in love with York, but I did - it's such a beautiful, vibrant city, with the dreamiest buildings. I definitely want to head back before my sister graduates next year and before I get too big to clamber up the steps to my beloved Gatehouse Coffee...