Autumn in York

Picture this: the summer’s drawing to a close, and orange autumn leaves brighten the cobbled street. There’s a crisp light breeze and bright blue sky – under which sits a skyline of gothic architecture, medieval buildings and the grandeur of three, four, five storey Georgian mansions. Welcome to York in the Autumn – a time of year that’s especially magical. If you’ll be visiting during this season, here are some of activities that are perfect for exploring the city during the most colourful time of the year.

Go for a wander

With streets that are almost exclusively pedestrianised, exploring York by foot is the best way to discover the city. Meandering around York is ideal for an autumn afternoon of shopping and dining, and make sure to saunter past the River Ouse and ‘The Shambles’ – a street in the city centre with beautiful overhanging buildings, some of which can be dated all the way back to the 14th century.

Sate your cravings with a delicious sugary hit

With summer behind us, it’s that time of year when the weather turns and comfort food becomes all the more enjoyable. Between shops, art galleries and bars, you should pick up some fudge from one of the numerous fudge shops to be found here (with the York Chocolate Story being particularly popular).

Warm up, in one of York’s many fabulous boozers

If Ye Olde Cosy Pubs are your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice in York. The Guy Fawkes Inn is an especially popular place for thirsty tourists and locals alike. While another traditional pub worthy of a visit is The Golden Fleece (which proclaims to be the most haunted pub in Britain).

If you love cocktails, then take a trip to the Punch Bowl, The Exhibition, Bora Bora, or the Evil Eye (also on this road is a Christmas shop, which is open all-year round, becoming especially busy during autumn and winter).

Take a riverboat trip

Want to see more of the River Ouse than merely walking by? There are numerous riverboat cruises in York that allow you to step on board and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city street.

City Cruise York sets sail from the King’s Staith Landing and the Lendal Bridge Landing; their staff are always friendly and the tours are both entertaining and informative. Whatever the Autumn weather, these boats will shield you from the elements, with enclosed saloons or an upper deck if the sun is shining.

Get suited, booted and ready for the races

York Racecourse first opened its doors in 1731, since which time it has offered a packed schedule of events all year through, with special family days during some Sundays of the year.

With so much to see and do in Autumnal York, the last thing you want to be doing instead is packing, cleaning and hauling your belongings from one place to another. Our York moving service can handle the leg work, leaving you more time for walking hand-in-hand and shopping ‘till you drop. Use our two-minute quote form, or call Ralph, owner of Van Man York on 07931 849 112.

Autumn In York