For York, we drove down till we arrived at a park and ride and took a bus for the rest of the way. I didn’t know what to expect but York turned out to be an enchanting little town. It used to be a walled city and that’s the first thing we noticed about the place. These days you can walk on it and take in the sights.
The most distinguishing feature of the town is York Minster. It’s quite a grand structure now but has seen its fair share of destructions, constructions and restorations. Currently, its an active cathedral with daily services. You can even time your visit to coincide with a service. A museum inside the building will give you further history of the site.The town itself is very rustic with a heightened old world charm. There are several alleys to be explored with cafes, restaurants and all kinds of stores. There are even “haunted” pubs and we visited a 16th century pub called the Golden Fleece.
As it was a weekend and the sun was out, there was an open market running as well. Stalls selling everything from woollen caps to burgers. It was the perfect day trip with a lovely weather and the music from a street musician complementing the vibe of the place. Liverpool was a different story. We visited on a very gloomy day and had to put up with rain till noon. Visited Albert Dock to soak in some views and had a nice lunch at one of many options at the dock itself.
We aren’t big Beatles fans but we ended up taking the Magical Mystery Tour. A tour dedicated to The Beatles with anecdotes about the band, how the four lads met, how the group was formed and so on. The tour turned out to be a great city tour as well as we went around visiting the family homes of all four Beatles and also places that have inspired some of their songs such as Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane.
The tour ended at Matthew Street and we enjoyed some music and drinks at The Cavern Club. This is where The Beatles used to play before they became popular. The Cavern has become extremely popular over the years with several great artists and bands visiting and performing here. As it turned out, we ended up enjoying both places. Now, I can even say that I like The Beatles music and even have a few favorites on my Spotify list!
More on the UK trip in upcoming posts. Till then, Cheers!