A Day in York

I stayed in the historic city of York for the first time a few weeks ago and had a lovely time (besides the rain and icey wind)! It’s a quaint little city with fascinating architecture, old buildings and castles.



I spent the night in the Grand Hotel & Spa. It’s just 5 minutes by foot into the city center and a short walk away from the train station.


It was a cold and windy day in the city so before heading out to explore we decided to have breakfast in a cute little cafe.


The Baileys Cafe Tea Rooms in York. A delicious menu even offering an American breakfast of pancakes! I opted for a scone with clotted cream, jam and some tea. I need to eat scones whenever I’m in the UK!


Sweater is from Oasis.


While enjoying tea and breakfast we planned our afternoon in York. So much to do, not enough time! We chose three sights we really wanted to see.

If you only have a few hours in York, these are my top sights to see!

  • York Minster: The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, also known as the York Minster is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.

  • York Museum Gardens: Large gardens surrounding Yorkshire Museum, with big trees and beautiful flowers, Roman ruins and medieval abbey.

  • The Shambles: York’s most famous street, lined with timber-framed buildings, small cafe’s, souvenir and candy shops. 





My boyfriend had the English breakfast which he raved about. We devoured our food and headed out into the cold.


The York Minster looks incredible from the inside and out! Definitely a must see if you’re in York.

Iconic gothic cathedral with vast glass stained windows.


Coat is ‘Aurore Long Wrap Coat‘ by Ted Baker. My favorite winter coat of all time!

Bag is from Michale Kors. I only use this bag when I’m traveling.


In the York Museum Gardens. It’s a quiet and peaceful place to relax in-between the hustle and bustle of the city.

Botanic gardens in the center of the city, beside the River Ouse.


After sightseeing we went back to the hotel to pick up our luggage, have tea and write postcards before heading back home.

Does anyone enjoy writing postcards? I still love sending snail mail.



Traveling with Rimowa suitcase and Christian Lacroix bag.



Have you been to York? What is your favorite city? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo Shannon Laura 

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