Valentine’s Day isn’t celebrated in my house as our anniversary is on the 20th February, although we do try and spend at least one weekend around this time doing something just for the two of us, and this year we’ve decided to be tourists in our own backyard.

I often forget how lucky I am to live in the beautiful city of York. I’m surrounded by history, beautiful parks and a whole host of wonderful cafes, shops and eateries, not to mention plenty of walks, cycle routes and tourist attractions. So here are my top 5 things to do in York…

Walk the City Walls

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Mr G and I love a good walk, but we don’t like to be too far from a little café or a local pub so walking the city walls of York is perfect for us. Not only is it free you get stunning views across York, plenty of picture opportunities and the chance to wander arm in arm whilst having a chat.

Visit Roundtree Park

Roundtree Park is en-route to York centre from our house and somewhere we visit regularly. Home to a reading library and cafe, duck pond, tennis court, basketball court, skate park, beautiful gardens and much more it’s a little haven by the riverside. We even had our wedding photos taken here so it holds a special place in our hearts.

Watch the street bands


The quality of some of the street artists that play in York is phenomenal. Usually found in the square near Betty’s Café and Jamie’s Italian you can buy a coffee, grab a pew and listen to some amazing acapella covers. One of our favourites has to be the Y Street Band.

Grab a bite to eat

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There are nearly as many restaurants in York as there are pubs so you’ll never go hungry. Depending on the sort of meal we’re after our favourite pit stops are Bill’s, Kennedy’s and The Whippet Inn, but there are plenty of gastro pubs and cafes lining the streets, just pop in and sample them for yourself.

Indulge in a cocktail or two

With the amount of old pubs in York you might be surprised to learn there are some great cocktail bars too, all in one handy strip. Starting at Kennedy’s and ending at Turtle Bay pop into each bar along the street and tickle your taste buds with some very delicious gin cocktails.

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