Day 4 was ours to spend in York. I made a friend at the hostel the night before, and we decided to explore the city together that morning.
If you made it to the York Minister (Cathedral and Metropolitical Curch of Saint Peter) before 9 your entry was free, so that’s where we headed first! It’s the largest cathedral of its kind in Northern Europe.
Next up was Clifford’s Tower.
Then back to the wall we went, to cover the area I didn’t get to yesterday! Every so often there’s a fort, all of which look different. It was nice to see some variety.
I really like finding the history of old buildings, so my new friend and I parted ways as I went to check out the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. It’s a medieval guidldhall, and one of the most important buildings in a medieval city.
According to the pamphlet, this group become a guild in 1430 (“The Mystery of the Mercers”) before changing its name in 1581 to the “Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York”. A Merchant Adventurer was someone who risked or ‘adventured’ his or her own money in overseas trade bringing back goods and wealth to the city. These traders became the most influential citizens of the city. There was originally a religious aspect to the Guild but they had to really underplay it during the reformation.
First built in 1357, it’s now a fully functioning museum, wedding and hospitality venue.
My next (and favourite) stop was the Treasurer’s House. One rich guy bought this giant house and continuously redecorated it to make the building look as authentic as possible, decorating it as it would have looked in the past. It wasn’t all terrible either, which I wasn’t expecting.
In another historical building across town, Barley Hall, you could find original movie costumes from an arrange of movies including Hamlet, Elizabeth, The Duchess, Pride and Prejudice, The Portrait of a Lady, Sweeney Todd, and The King’s Speech:
My day ended with my most favourite activity: shopping! It had been so long since I had real time in an actual city, so I spent a few hours perusing the shops and updating my very limited travel wardrobe.
All in all, I really enjoyed York! It’s a great city with a perfect mix of historical and modern elements. I was very jealous when a university friend decided to go the University of York for her masters. Very very jealous.