About Ines R
Lives in Madrid, Spain
Since Nov 2008
25-34 year old female
I prefer to stay with the locals and get to know the places from the "inside"! :) In my experience, their tips are always really helpful, and it's so nice to come back to a home instead of a hotel after a whole day of exploring. I am a writer for TripAdvisor. Check out my guides below!
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Sites, History Museums, Bars & Clubs
Ghost & Vampire Tours
Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Speciality Museums, Game & Entertainment Centres
One of the largest medieval cathedrals in Europe, York Minster has Anglo-Saxon origins, even though the building you see nowadays was mostly constructed in the 13th-15th centuries. The cathedral is one of the landmarks of this city, and you shouldn't miss out on its awe-inspiring naves, windows (the Great East Window is considered the stained glass equivalent of the Sistine Chapel), and vaulted ceilings. You can find Roman columns in the crypt, as well as the tombs of Walter de Gray and other important figures of medieval Britain.
York's are the longest and best preserved defensive walls in England. They have encircled the city since Roman times, and are a symbol of the its importance through the millennia. There are many paths and gates to be discovered...
An old cobbled street that dates back to pre-Norman times, The Shambles is arguably the best-preserved medieval street in the world. The upper stories of its timber-framed houses lean in, almost touching at the tops and giving The Shambles its picturesque look. You will feel like you've been transported to the 14th century, when this area was a butchers' market — even though today it's lined with numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, and tourist attractions.
Located on the site of the old York Castle, this museum recreates the last 300 years of life in the city. It holds a vast collection of everyday items, as well as reproductions of rooms, shops, and homes, which come to life with sounds, lights, and smells from another era.
The National Railway Museum takes you on a tour through 300 years of train history. Here, more than 100 locomotives (such as the Mallard and the Flying Scotsman), plus 300 other vehicles, tell the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society.
Set on the gardens of the Yorkshire Museum, these 950-year-old ruins are all that remains of the former Benedictine abbey. A serene, yet mysterious, atmosphere makes this is the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Probably Yorkshire's finest home, Castle Howard is the perfect place for a fun day out. This stately 18th-century private residence is set on 1,000 acres of land and has been featured in several film adaptations. The grand staircase, the bedrooms, and the breathtaking great hall are all magnificent!
This cosy, popular old tavern has changed names many times in its long history. Its current moniker dates back to the 1970s, and pays homage to the ancient Roman baths that were discovered here during some renovations in the 1930s. Today, you can visit the Roman museum and bathhouse in the basement, and then head upstairs to enjoy traditional English food and live music.
It's no surprise that ghost walks are among the main attractions in ‘Europe’s Most Haunted City.' You have plenty of choice when it comes to providers, and most tours involve captivating storytelling. The informative guides lead you on an evening stroll, during which you will learn a lot about the city's history and get to know many of its hidden locations.
Built on the very site of the Viking city of Jorvik (discovered only 30 years ago), this groundbreaking museum is a fascinating experience that brings to life the houses, workshops, and backyards of the ninth century Viking community in an unbelievably authentic way. Here, you'll experiment lots of sensory stimuli — smells, sounds, heat, cold, damp, and voices speaking in Old Norse — that will give you the chance to experience what life was like 1,000 years ago.
Set on a high mound, this old keep is virtually all that remains of the castle built by William the Conqueror. The tower has a gruesome history that includes the massacre of the entire Jewish community in 1190. It was also here that Henry VIII had the bodies of his enemies publicly displayed. While some find that the history is not so well represented, the tower is a popular attraction for the stunning panoramic views that can be enjoyed from its top.
Built in 1357, York's guildhall was one of the most important buildings in the medieval city. It has three main rooms: the great hall, the undercroft, and a chapel — all of which are very well-preserved. The building is on a timber-frame structure, and the craftsmanship of the decorations is of unbelievable quality.
Housed in a two-storey shop, York Chocolate Story takes you on a tour through the history of chocolate. The informative guides will tell you all about the origins of this magical treat, as well as how it is made, and how York came to be the UK's home of chocolate. The best parts, though, are the delicious samples and the opportunity to make your own chocolate lollies.
Formerly a museum, The York Dungeon is now an experience that holds actor-led shows, special effects, and displays of models and objects that recreate the gory history of the dungeon. The actors are really informative, and will lead you through the stories of actual people who inhabited the dungeon. There is a lot of interaction with the public, so shy folks, be warned!
Theatre Royal was originally built in the 18th century on the site of the former St Leonard's hospital, and some medieval walls and archways are now part of the modern building. The theatre is famous for its traditional pantomimes, which it claims are the best in the country.