Why you should visit York

York is a thriving city that is full of history; whether you fancy shopping, eating, drinking or learning, there’s something here for you. Everywhere you look, there’s a piece of history and around every corner, there’s a merchant selling something unique. York was founded by the ancient Romans and as subsequent cultures have called York their home, the city has become a mismatch of all kinds of different buildings and businesses. We’ve pulled together some of our favourites to make the ultimate York guide!

ShopsYork is fantastic for shopping – there are over 2,000 shops including hundreds of independents. We love being part of this community of people passionate about what they sell. Here are some of our favourites:

The York Ghost Merchants:
This is a truly one-of-a-kind store! It is situated on the historic Shambles and is anything but ordinary. The York Ghost Merchants regularly release small batches of spooky, handmade ghosts – each batch is different! They are the only ghost merchants still going to this day and continue to make ghosts using traditional methods. They say it best themselves; every ghost has a “spirit of its own…”.

York Gin: This fantastic company makes the best gin around and it’s even distilled in York! York Gin takes inspiration from the rich history of the city but as well as celebrating York’s past, the York Gin team endeavours to run the business sustainably – a principle that we at Avorium also feel passionate about.

The Yorkshire Soap Co: This shop is one of the most beautifully decorated stores in York. The way all the soaps and gifts are presented is stunning and everything smells delightful! Whether you’re gift buying, treating yourself or just looking round, The Yorkshire Soap Co is worth a visit just for the stimulation of the senses!

Tourist Attractions
The City of York has no shortage of things to see and do, and there’s more popping up all the time! Here are some of the classics…

York Minster: This is York’s most famous attraction, so an absolute must-see! Not only is it absolutely stunning but it is packed with history and character. The architecture is breath taking and the stained glass is extraordinary. There is even a museum in the Undercroft in which to learn about the Minster’s rich history dating back to the Romans!

Ghost Tour: York is considered the most haunted city in Europe due to its bloody history so a ghost tour is a must! You’ll be taken around the city under the cloak of darkness for a spooky tour filled with comedy, history and of course the odd ghost! Make sure you stay with the group…

City Walls: York’s city centre is circumvented by its historic City Walls. 2 miles in total, the walls provide an enjoyable walk around the city and even pass through various mini museums and a café. Even if you’re not up for the whole walk, the walls are a great way to get around the city.

Food and Drink
There seems to be no end of food and drink events in York; from York Food Festival to York Restaurant Week, you will never go hungry!

Last Drop Inn: This one’s our Colliergate local – a fantastic, characterful pub that’s recently been taken over by Black Sheep Brewery. It’s been beautifully refurbished and has a lightly smarter feel but still maintains a traditional, hearty atmosphere.

The Star Inn The City: On the edge of the Museum Gardens you’ll find one of the best restaurants in York – The Star Inn the City. Positioned on the river, the atmosphere is warm and friendly, and the food is to die for. This is a proper Yorkshire restaurant with the ingredients being sourced locally; this combined with genuine Yorkshire hospitality results in a really special experience.

Spark: This is the most chilled space to enjoy yourself in York! Built out of shipping containers it is home to start-up businesses in the food and drink industry – from fried chicken to bao buns to milkshakes there really is something for everyone. A must-try for foodies!What’s your favourite thing about York? Tag us to let us know! @avorium_london