Letters From … York, UK

Welcome to York, England!

I've been dreaming of this place for so long, after stumbling onto it somewhere on Pinterest. I was so surprised but how authentically ancient this place looked that I was dead set on visiting it one day. Funny enough when I asked my family and friends that resided in England, some never thought of visiting, while some barely even heard of it! All the while, I introduce you to one of Englands quaintest cities full of history and pride! I hope you enjoy my York, UK pictures and tales!

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One of the first things you'll notice in York is a HUGE cement wall that looks like it wraps around the entire city! The original walls were built in 71 AD, and since then have served to protect the city from any harm or danger.

York is one of the only cities with its original city walls still intact! It felt so surreal to be able to walk along the city walls and it's almost in your face with how large and long it is!

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They are literally everywhere.

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Yorkshire pie.

A common British side dish consisting of a baked pudding made from a batter consisting of eggs, flour, and milk or water. The earliest records of Yorkshire Pudding was within a publication by Hannah Glasse in 1747, in “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Simple”.

I had to get it because it's what you do when you're in Yorkshire, right? However, I'm sad to say I wasn't a fan! I'm not a fan of caramelized onions, and it tasted a bit bland to me. However, it was something I was happy to say I at least tried.

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Ah. Defensive York.

This is Clifford's Tower, a mound originally built by William the Conqueror, and all that currently remains of York Castle. It's such a beautiful structure with tons of history in it alone. You can climb up to the top and see a wonderful 360-degree view over the City of York.

However, there has been some dark, dark history here too. A plaque lays at the foot of the Tower commemorating one of the worst massacres in York history. In 1190, there were anti-Semitic riots driving the Jewish community of York to seek refuge in the Royal Castle, where Clifford's Tower now stands.  Tragically, the massacre that followed caused an estimated 150 lives to be taken.

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Big fans of Harry Potter anyone?

Diagon Alley was said to be inspired by the Shambles in York! In fact, there is a shop here for some massive Potter fans.

I considered entering but the line to enter actually curved around the entire store. Also, (at this point) I didn't read any of the books so I didn't feel worthy enough to. However, today, having caught up with the world and actually read the books, I wish I entered.

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One of the icons of York is the York Minster.

This impressive Gothic Cathedral is beautiful beyond words.  Built in 637 AD, this fantastic structure has served as a place of baptisms, burials, Royal Weddings, and so much more.

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In an attempt to save money, but also relish in York after my amazing day full of history, life, and a lot of architecture. I highly recommend anyone visiting England to take a trip up to the North of England and experience so much more than England has to offer!

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