I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published December 13th 2012
Tour the river and warm up at the pub
The River Ouse flows (and often overflows) through York and features prominently in the city's long history. It is said by local tour guides that the Roman wall once followed the river and that Vikings sailed into the city via the Ouse. A riverside walk, at any time of the year, is a relaxing way to finish off a day of touring the city.
The river can be crossed by several bridges through the city or followed by riverside walks. Tall medieval houses, remains of the Roman Wall, and other landmarks of the city are visible along the way. In cold weather, clouds of damp fog and mist rise from the water giving the city a mysterious atmosphere.
Remains of the Roman Wall. Photo by Erin Connelly.
After a long walk by the river, warm up in one of York's many historic pubs, such as The Golden Fleece, which claims to be England's most haunted pub, as well as the oldest Inn in York. Apart from old age and ghosts, the pub offers a great selection of traditional foods and ales, which are perfect after a hike around the city in misty weather. Like most city attractions, the pub is not far from the river.
The Golden Fleece
16 Pavement York YO1 9UP 01904 625171
Take time to enjoy the River Ouse during a weekend away in York.