This article was written by one of our Student Bloggers, Sanchari.
Do you love castles, Roman history and Vikings? Then York is definitely the place to go for a day trip. Located in North Yorkshire, this city of cathedrals and rich culture is bound to make anyone who is interested in a little bit of history ecstatic.
This tour was part of one of the day trips organised by the Students’ Union as a part of their Give it a Go programme. I went to York on 21 October with two of my flatmates and we started at around 8am from the Students’ Union.
We went to the City Walls surrounding the city first. The view of the city from the walls was mesmerizing. The next destination was York Minster, one of the main attractions of York. York Minster is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe and it was amazing to see such a grand structure soaring the heights of infinity throughout so many decades. When we went inside, the spectacular structure was beautifully engraved with so many glass paintings and archaic designs. It is definitely something that can’t be missed.
Next we went to the Shambles Market where I was literally crying out of joy. I’m a huge foodie and seeing so much food from different cultures all in one place and sold at such a cheap price…nothing made me happier! We tried some Greek and Spanish food which was extremely tasty and didn’t burn a hole in our pockets. Also, Diagon Alley from Harry Potter is inspired by the Shambles street. So if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you would find a couple of stores selling exceedingly good Harry Potter merchandise.
York is also incomplete without having a taste at Betty’s Café tea rooms. There was a huge queue outside since it is so popular but the wait was worth it. We had Betty’s traditional afternoon the, which included mouth-watering scones and delicious cakes along with a range of sandwiches. Trust me when I say this – that was some of the best British traditional food I had since I came to UK.
We then decided to not make this trip all about food and go to Yorkshire Museum. There we saw a myriad of things ranging from how the Romans built this city to how the Vikings ruled here. It was pretty interesting and we landed on an observatory which is supposed to be one of the oldest ones. I really like astronomy and seeing how an observatory functions excited me to the core.
Next on the list was a boat tour on the River Ouse. This experience was so enthralling. The pilot of the ship was telling us all about various places that we could see from the boat. We went under two beautiful bridges and, honestly, I felt like I was in Venice because that’s all I had seen in movies and now I was actually experiencing it. We had hot chocolate while we were on the boat and that made the experience even better. Hot chocolate, beautiful city, on a boat tour, good weather- what could have been better?
Our trip’s last stop was the Clifford’s Tower which was in an elevated height that gave us an extremely good view of the entire city and the two rivers.
We departed at 5pm and reached back around 7pm at the Students’ Union. This was my first day trip and it couldn’t have been more satisfying.
To find out more about such amazing upcoming trips, visit https://tickets.sheffieldstudentsunion.com/give-it-a-go-tickets/trips/. If you are living in the University accommodation, you can even get a discount with your Residence Life key fob.
So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and experience the most of UK!