Hi guys! It’s reading week again and this time, a friend and I decided to visit York.
York is about 1 hour 40 minutes away from Manchester by train. It is known to be one of the most haunted cities in Europe, making it the perfect place to spend Halloween in! We left Manchester at 10am in the morning and arrived in York in time for lunch.
We went to a pub recommended by a friend called The House of Trembling Madness and absolutely loved it! It was a small medieval pub, with a very unique interior with no more than 10 tables and old church benches to sit on.
They had a huge selection of local and foreign beers and a great food menu. We ordered a Chorizo Scrumpy, which was chorizo cooked in Old Rosie scrumpy cider and a special of the day, chilli sausages with beer gravy and mash to share.
After lunch, we decided to have a walk around town to visit a few of York’s famous attractions, the York Minster and the Shambles. The Shambles is one of the best preserved medieval streets in the world and was said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. As we were walking around town, we overheard some interesting stories about York from the walking tours. Some were really creepy while others were mainly historical facts but this made the whole trip more interesting.
We then decided to have afternoon tea and heard that a trip to York isn’t complete without a visit to Betty’s tea rooms. We were lucky that we went on a Tuesday and there was no queue. The tea room was very cosy and relaxing, with an extensive tea and pastry selection. Their scones were really good!
The sun was setting by the time we left Betty’s so we decided to have a walk on the walls to watch the sun set before calling it a day! We were tempted to do a ghost tour but the tours leave at night and we wouldn’t make it in time for our train, will definitely be back!