I spent a pleasant 24 hours in York last week with my mum. We met there and stayed for one night at the Dean Court Hotel (which was nice but unbearably hot).

York is full of amazing medieval buildings. This is Barley Hall. You can’t turn around without bumping into something ye olde. For a lover of fiction set in the Tudor era, this was a welcome treat.

There are interesting signs everywhere.

My brother drove over from where he lives near Derby and we all had dinner and a nice evening walk around the walled city.

Next day, Mum and I spent the day shopping in the myriad little stores in York, found a church jumble sale, the outdoor market and even made it into the background of filming of a new ITV show. We also fit in some cake eating and shoe buying, of course.

We were also fortunate to be there when the continental market was in town, featuring food from the Carribean, Greece, Holland, Italy, China, Germany and much more – I tried a cannoli for the first time ever – it was awesome!

Then it was time to catch the train and come home again. It was a lovely way to spend a day off! I’d definitely recommend York if you’ve never been, or even if you have.


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