How York can make the perfect day out - just a short trip from Sheffield

Believed to have more tourist attractions per square mile than any other UK city, York is the perfect destination for a daytrip from Sheffield.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 4:45 am

How do I get there?

For those wishing to drive, it takes approximately one hour and 15 minutes, if you go via the M1 from the A6109. From there, you need to take the follow the M1 to the A64 in North Yorkshire. You will need to take exit 44 from A1(M) and follow the A64 to Station Ave/A1036 in York. To go via public transport, there are regular rail links from Sheffield to York, the quickest of which is the direct, CrossCountry service which takes 48 minutes.

What is there to do?

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Pedestrians pictured walking along The Shambles, York.
Pedestrians pictured walking along The Shambles, York.

There are still plenty of attractions you can enjoy in York, while some Covid-19 restrictions remain in place, such as a walking tour with York Dungeons. These tours launched on April 16, and those partaking in one will be taught about York’s most infamous rogues and heavenly saints including Dick Turpin, Guy Fawkes and the Pearl of York herself- Margaret Clitheroe- as you laugh, creep and jump around the winding streets of the city. Tickets cost £5.50 for children and £6.50 for adults, and can be bought by visiting: https://www.thedungeons.com/

York is home to a a web of winding streets flaunting designer stores, independent shops and boutiques, and each distinct shopping area has its own speciality.

You can find high street favourites on Coppergate, Parliament and Coney Street, while Gillygate and Petergate are home to a selection of wonderful independents. And for those looking for something a little bit different, head to the Shambles Market which has over 85 stalls selling a wide array of goods.

Where is good to eat and drink?

A group of visitors in York, watching a street entertainer in King's Square, York.

Located in York city centre, the riverside beer garden at Brew York is a good choice for ale fans, thanks to their tap room and wide selection of craft beer. They also have a delicious menu of baos, ramen, wings, salads, fries, curries from YUZU Street Food. They are not taking bookings, and walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Visit their website at https://brewyork.co.uk/ for more information.

Another good choice, while alfresco dining is the only option for eating out, is the Corner Pin on Tanner Row, which is a short distance from York railway station, and the hustle bustle of the city centre. The popular, traditional pub has a selection of beers, spirits and wines on offer as well as a menu of sumptuous, New York-style pizza pies from EborCibus Pizza. You will need to book ahead, which you can do via their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/thecornerpinyork

Spark:York, based at 17 – 21 Piccadilly, is a venue that combines shopping and street food, and reopened when the latest set of restrictions were lifted on April 12. Rad Pizza Shop; Shori, selling Asian fusion food and Sloppy’s Burgers are among the traders selling food at Spark: York, and for more information please visit their website at: http://www.sparkyork.org/

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