Watch Me Leeds: plus take a day-trip to York

Watch Me Leeds: plus take a day-trip to York

Our next stop in Northern England was Leeds for 2 nights.

We really wanted to stay in York after Newcastle but accommodation in York was super-pricey. Ultimately we decided to stay in Leeds and take a bus up to York.

Watch Me Leeds: plus take a day-trip to York
View from the bridge near Brewery Wharf, Leeds

In a similar vein to Newcastle, I found Leeds nice enough but lacking in tourist enticement. We stayed near Brewery Wharf, a bustling after-work hotspot with cool bars and great eateries.

We found a place to eat just across the river, The Calls Landing aka The Stew and Oyster. True to its name they serve stews and oysters, almost exclusively! Oh, and lots of local tap beers 🙂

Watch Me Leeds: plus take a day-trip to York
The Stew And Oyster, Leeds

Next day, I booked 2 return tickets to York via the National Express site. The price was £14.40 for 2 x return tickets but prices always fluctuate depending on time of travel.

If you do the same thing, pay attention to the bus numbers and description on your confirmation email. Buses are operated by third-party providers, even if those drivers try to refuse your National Express booking email, you have to insist that you are catching that bus!

Watch Me Leeds: plus take a day-trip to York
Screenshot of National Express confirmation email – note the 3rd-party bus providers….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But enough of the nitty-gritty details!

York is definitely worth a visit. A Roman wall surrounds the city. Amazing, ancient architecture is everywhere. Tiny, cobbled streets. A dedicated Harry Potter shop (I feel like that’s been done before though!).

York seems to be the pride of Northern England, or at least it seems to have the largest tourist pull of the region.

Watch Me Leeds: plus take a day-trip to York
York and its quant alleyways

The castle is also a cool sight to behold……

Watch Me Leeds: plus take a day-trip to York
York Castle

Also, we didn’t make it to these spots but there’s a York Museum and a Viking exhibit (Jorvik was the old Viking name for York).

Overall, I’d suggest to stay in York if the price is right. If not, its easy enough to day-trip it to York from Leeds.

Tip #1: Take a bus from York back to Leeds after 7pm and cut your journey time in half by avoiding the after-work traffic.

Tip #2: For Leeds, The Stew and Oyster stews are around £5-6 and super-filling. Pair it with a beer and sit in the outside area next to the river.

Watch Me Leeds: plus take a day-trip to York

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