Wallace & Gromit's Guide to York
Indulge in museums, rambles and tasty treats aplenty in medieval York, a city where past and present are inextricably linked.
ne of England’s finest cities, steeped in history, the York of today is a grand place for you and your gallivanting Gromit to take a break. Not only is it surrounded by glorious countryside and national parks, perfect for stick-laden rambles, this beautiful walled city is home to some riveting attractions that are sure to bring out the Wallace in you. And with the Wensleydale creamery not far off the doorstep, you’d be crackers not to pay it a visit.
"Did you know that York is the top Gastro-Centre in Britain? Coo! Gromit and I tried our hand (or should I say paw?) at the gastro business once, when we took over the Flying Whippet and re-named it Gastro-Enteritis. Can’t think why it never caught on... But hats off to those Yorkies – they’ve been a tourist hotspot ever since the Vikings invaded the Jorvik Centre. And that York Minster – stunning! Mind you, I wouldn’t fancy cleaning all those windows. It’s a smashing city – you can almost forgive them for being on the wrong side in the War of the Roses." - Wallace
Cracking things to see and do
There’s nothing more evocative of York’s medieval era than a saunter with your trusty pal along the Shambles, the oldest shopping street in Europe, crammed with cheerful cafes and quirky boutiques. Explore the network of alleys, or ‘snickleways’ – Mad Alice Lane, Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate, the names alone are irresistible.
Window-cleaning Wallaces (A Close Shave) will enjoy a peek inside the impressive York Minster *, home to the greatest concentration of medieval stained glass in Britain. The National Railway Museum *, which houses the world’s most famous locomotive, the Flying Scotsman, will also find favour with like-minded railway buffs. Afterwards, take a break and admire the city from a different perspective on a City Boat Cruise . It’s the perfect opportunity for you and your canine companion to rest your paws.
Gromit-friendly places to stay
Just a half-mile walkies from the city centre, the York Priory is a Fido-friendly guesthouse which is sure to make you and your Gromit feel right at home. Alternatively, both the North York Moors National Park or Yorkshire Dales are an easy drive from York and crammed with welcoming pubs and country house hotels. Try the Black Swan Hotel at Helmsley or the Stone House Hotel near Hawes , where you and your furry friend can flop in front of an open fire after a cracking river-splashed walk – doggy heaven!
Time for tea
If you’re after a ‘nice hot cup of tea’, there’s no place better than Betty's . This quintessentially English tearoom, with its silver teapots and vast array of teas, coffees and mouthwatering cakes, has been serving up afternoon teas for nearly 100 years. Nominated Britain’s best gastro destination , York is also crammed with delicious delicatessans, including Henshelwoods, De Clare, Yorkshire Pantry and Hairy Fig, perfect places, along with nearby Newgate Market, to pick up a slab of Wensleydale. Or take a day trip out to the Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes, where you can find out more about Wallace’s favourite cheese.
*Sorry, no dogs.
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