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The Many Stories of York

Posted on: March 10, 2021

I am a guest over at the wonderful blogsite, A Bit About Britain. Thanks, Mike for this opportunity to share my love for this amazing city.

A Bit About Britain is delighted to welcome author and traveller Darlene Foster, as a guest writer explaining her affection for the city of York.

Shambles, York

The charming city of York in North East England is steeped in over two thousand years of history, harbouring many stories within its ancient walls.

Forty-four years ago, my first airplane trip took me from my home in Alberta, Canada to York, England to marry my Yorkshire hubby. I fell in love with the city, walked the medieval walls, visited the fascinating museums and enjoyed tea and cream cakes at the many teashops. At the end of my month-long stay, I gave friends from Felixstowe a guided tour of my favourite city. I have returned several times and it never disappoints.

Eboracum, the name the Romans gave the city, was the capital of the Northern part of what we know as England, two thousand years ago. Parts of the sturdy walls built by the industrious Romans still stand. I love walking the medieval walls that surround the old part of the city, offering fabulous views and photo ops. I believe anytime is a good time to visit, but my favourite time is in the spring when cheerful daffodils grow along these ancient walls.

It was also the capital of a Viking Kingdom later in the 9th/10th centuries, when it was called Jorvik. Many York residents can trace their DNA to Viking roots. A visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre is a must.  

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76 Responses to "The Many Stories of York"

Romance at it’s finest and amazing historic particulars! Thanks for sharing this most enjoyable piece, Darlene. r

Thanks, Irene. York has a special place in my heart.

You look like a mouse next to that guy! I love the architectural whimsy of the buildings in the top photo.

He was a burly Viking as I mentioned in the article! The picture of the Shambles at the top is not mine but typical of the medieval streets in the old part of the city. It is a place straight out of a storybook. You can imagine how a girl from the prairies felt when she first arrived there!

Like you just wandered into a wonderland 🙂

Oh, Darlene, I loved York! Tea at Betty’s was a wonderful experience as was our tour of York’s Chocolate history. Don’s favouite place, above all, was the JORVIK Viking Centre. I am imagining that we may have passed each other in the street! Thank you for taking me back to York!!!

It seems anyone who visits York, falls in love with it. A number of my husband’s family worked in the chocolate industry and we were given a tour of Rowntrees. There is also a fabulous railway museum that I failed to mention. I’m pleased this brought back wonderful memories for you.

We went to the railway museum, too! In fact, that was our first place that we visited. WOW!!!!

I like Mike’s blog. Lots of interesting material there!

It is a great blog and his books about Britain are perfect.

I love York too but haven’t been there since 1980!

It looks like its time to go again, once we can travel. You will find not too much has changed.

York was the first city we visited on our second trip to England. What I remember most was how teeny-tiny the trash can was in the bedroom and how HUGE was the cathedral, Yorkminster, which went on for blocks.

Thanks for resurrecting pleasant memories of this charming place.

Glad to have brought back some good memories for you. I found everything to be small when I was there, except of course the Minster, which is massive!!

Thanks for being such a charming and fun guest, Darlene! Lovely piece about a fascinating city.

Thanks, Mike. I enjoyed putting it together.

Wow, what history! Thanks for sharing your story!

And that is just the tip of the iceberg! There is so much history in this place!

Where’s Amanda in York, Darlene? 😀 I can’t wait to go there and walk through the fascinating history. I love old places. Heading over to read the rest at Mike’s.

I haven´t written that one yet! You would just love it there. xo

I also loved York, Darlene. Walking along the wall was a highlight and Greg loved the Victorian Street at the York Castle Museum.

Marcelle loved that Victorian street too. I used to have a cute picture of her by the sweet shop.

Such a romantic and interesting story with so much history. Love reading about all of it. I have to admit I never went that far for a man. 😉 Just across the street.

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post. Lucky you to find the right man just across the street.

Thank you for sharing your experience with this beautiful city with us!

Thanks so much. It is a great city.

I’m off to read the rest of the story. I love England, and have visited four time so far, but only once to York. I look forward to seeing it again, now with renewed interest thanks to your post.

Thanks! I hope you enjoy your travels to York with me.

I enjoyed it so much!!!! xo

You should blow up that last picture!! Love this, Darlene. I miss traveling!

I know, we all do. Glad you loved this article.

I’m not too far from York here in Hull. That’s a great blog.

My mother-in-law was born in Hull. Thanks for popping in, Vinny.

Ah right that’s great.

I enjoyed the tour of York you provided on A Bit About Britain. The burly fellow you’re posing with in the photo makes you look Amanda size!

Thanks! I am about Amanda size!! Glad you enjoyed the tour.

You’re welcome, Darlene!

I loved this!

Thanks, Jenny. xox

You’re welcome, Darlene. 🙂

I’m trying to imagine your feelings when you arrived in York for the first time. So much of England is quaint and old, especially compared to Canada, but York is a really special place.
We were there a couple of years ago, hoping to go back later this year.

It was like stepping into a fairy tale. I hope you get back to York soon. Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope we get back there later this year. My cousin lives an hour away from York, there is so much to see in that area.

I forgot to mention, my Mum’s maiden name was Foster too 😉

That is cool. It is a fairly common name but it would be interesting if she is somewhat related to my husband.

Loved your tour of York, Darlene!! I feel like I was there!

Some great paining ideas for you should you get to visit!

Thank you so much for sharing and participating at #SeniSal RT done

Why did they build the top stories farther out from the street level?

The overhanging timber-framed fronts of the buildings were deliberately close-set to give shelter to the ‘wattle and daub’ walls below and to protect the meat from any direct sunshine as there was no refrigeration in those days. Also, the waste from butchering was thrown into the street as there were no sewer systems. This way, the waste would not land on the next floor. Hope that answers your question. Thanks for reading my article.

Thanks for sharing this post. No wonder Amanda is such a world traveler, she comes by it honestly. Michele Somerville, The Beach Girl Chronicles

Thanks, Michelle for stopping in. Have a great day!

So fantastic, Darlene – I love York and you do true justice to it! Toni x

Darlene, I absolutely love York. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful English city outside London. The historical legacy left by the Vikings is awesome. I did not realize your husband is from Yorkshire? Great post 🙂

Thanks, Gilda. I´m glad you agree about York. xo

It’s a lovely city for sure.

I guess it made a big impression on me as it was the first English city I spent time in.

I have never been, but it does look and sound quite delightful. We will have to try and visit next time we are in the region.


It is charming and still has that old-world feel to it. The people are down to earth and friendly also. I am amazed I have been somewhere you haven’t been to. xo

I often go past it on my way to Edinburgh but don’t know York itself well. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. Would like to visit properly some day Darlene. x

Maybe you can stop in one day, or meet your parents there. That would be fun, you could have tea at Betty’s. Perhaps when we can travel freely again. I’m so glad I took my mom there and she was delighted there was a tearoom named after her!

I’d love to have tea at Betty’s! How lovely that you took your mum there. Can’t wait until we are free to travel again. x

Looking at those top heavy ancient buildings, it is a wonder that they don’t topple over.

They built them to last in those days. xo

Hi, Darlene,
we love York as well. It’s like a time machine in former times we like to romanticise. And as of Viking origin ourselves we always feel at home in York.
Thanks for sharing
The Fab Four of Cley
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

It is like a Time Machine! Thanks for commenting, Klaus.

Wish I can visit York some day🧡

I hope you get there one day!

Great read! I absolutely love York it’s such a wonderful place to visit. Would love to have visited the Jorvic Viking Centre, but it had flooded before my last trip. I’ll add it to the list for next time 😀

It had flooded before our last trip too but they had set up a temporary display. Fortunately, I had visited it a couple of times before. I do hope you get there next time. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

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