York – Just Like a Movie Set


The walled city of York offers so much for the visitor and appeals to many interests.  With the 13th century York Minster, the narrow cobbled streets and half timbered buildings a visit to York is like walking into a movie set.  In fact that is just what was happening on the day we visited in early November, they were setting up for filming as we approached the cathedral.




horse and cathedral

Further up the road where the action was to take place the horses were waiting patiently with their carriage and drivers.

horse and carriage

We did not see the actual filming but found out that they were shooting for a new ITV series about the life of young Queen Victoria.  That will be something to look forward to, especially after the void of Downton Abbey.

on set

Back to real life and how York looks as you enter through the arches of the surrounding wall.  There is a good portion of the original wall left and it is possible to walk it in sections.  It closed for entry at 3 pm that day, so just check the times if you want to do the wall walk.


The narrow winding maze of streets in York offer all types of shops, restaurants, cafes, tea rooms and pubs.  It is just fun to get lost wandering around and in and out of the alleys and nooks.


Below is one of the oldest and most historic streets in York called The Shambles.  It was once an area of butchers shops and houses and now is full of interesting shops and restaurants.  With the overhanging timber framed buildings and quirky and crooked architecture this has been considered one of the most picturesque streets in Britain.  Although it was getting a little too late in the day for a good photo by me, but it is a great street to visit any time of the day.


There is a lot to see and do in York that I am not covering here, but one thing that may be of interest to those of you reading, who like me have Scandinavian/Norwegian heritage.  York was originally founded by the Romans, but was later inhabited by the Vikings and there is a famous Viking Centre in York called the Jorvik Viking Center.  Next time I will make it a point to go there and report back on what I learned of our ancient ancestors.  There is also the Castle and the Castle Museum and tea rooms and plenty of other things to see we haven’t visited.  But we did visit the cathedral.


One of the most famous sights in York is the York Minster, the 13th century Gothic cathedral, the largest in Northern Europe.round window

There is much more to see and learn in the cathedral, but here are a few photos and notes.

Above pictured is the Rose window exterior and below inside the Nave.

york arches

Below is the West Window with it’s stone detailing at the top.


York Minster has 128 stained windows and has more than half of all the medieval stained glass in England.  The Five Sisters window below, is the oldest complete window in the cathedral and dates back from around the year 1260.

stained glass

Entrance to the Quire with the detailed King’s Screen surrounding the arch.


The East Window can be seen with the scaffolding in place as it is currently undergoing restoration.  The window contains the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.


medieval window

One of the tombs inside the cathedral.


Back out in the city and one of the wider more Victorian streets as we walked up to the castle and back.

york street

One last stop at the Golden Fleece.

golden ram

I will let you read the sign about the pub below.  Short version: old and haunted!


The outside of the Golden Fleece and the half timbered building on the street.

oldest pub

We didn’t see any ghosts, just this guy at the bar.

too long at the bar

In the last post I said I would show you the cottage we stayed in.  It was too dark to take any pictures the night we arrived, so I took these the last morning in the misty rain.  It was just barely light enough to see our way down the long narrow road the first night and I was beginning to wonder if my map was right.  This was north of York about 10 miles in a lovely country setting.


We found the sign and were greeted by the friendly owners who showed us to our cottage.


This was our entrance and the windows above is where we stayed.


Inside it was as welcoming and cozy as could be with all the amenities you could want.  Not to mention the delicious homemade brownies left for us.


The lane leading to our cottage.


I went for a little walk and met one of the neigh-bors!  And that my friends was a recap of our quick weekend in Yorkshire.


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  1. If you get to York Minster again it is worth sitting in on evensong with the choir and sitting in the back choir stalls. The Crypt worth a visit too. Such a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Lovely photos and particularly with the Autumn colours as in your last post.

    • Good advice about the evensong Barbara. We have been to the crypt before but will most likely return again as there is so much more to see and learn. Our gift aid tickets are valid for a year which is a nice benefit.

  2. Jane, Great pictures! We so want to find time to visit you and John, but have a lot of irons in the fire in our retirement. But keep on posting and we may show up some day. Pat

  3. You have brought back fond memories of my visits to York.

    The autumnal colours surrounding your cottage are wonderful 🙂

    • York is a great place to visit and glad it brought back memories for you! The setting for the cottage was wonderful and thank you for your comments.

  4. Thanks, Jane! I love seeing the sights with you!

  5. Beautiful photos as always – I thoroughly enjoy every word of your posts !

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