Famous for its tea, terriers and puddings, 1st August or better known as Yorkshire Day, helps to celebrate everything that Yorkshire has to offer and more. Having lived in York for nearly six years, I can’t help but love this beautiful county which has a population bigger than the Republic of Ireland and Wales and only just a few thousand people less than Scotland. There are also seven cities – Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Ripon, Sheffield, Wakefield and York and an abundance of heritage sites and national parks.
To celebrate Yorkshire Day, I thought I would share with you five random things that I love about York and what I think you should have a look into during a visit to York – enjoy!
Still to this day the name ‘Whip-ma-Whop-ma-Gate’ makes me chuckle. If you are wondering what this strange sounding long phrase is, then you’re in for a treat. Whip-ma-Whop-ma-Gate is one of the smallest streets in the country encompassing only a handful of metres of pavement. Why such a long name for a street I hear you ask? Nobody knows!
It’s full of ghosts!
Shops, pubs, streets and even museums, apparently York holds the title for the most haunted city in Europe… crikey! Unfortunately I have never seen any ghosts, but I do enjoy going on the occasional ghost tour to discover all of the ghost stories of York.
It’s chocolate heaven!
York was the birthplace of Rowntree’s until it merged with Nestle in the 1980s. Anyone with a sweet tooth can visit York’s Chocolate Story or see chocolate being made in my all-time favourite place – York Cocoa House, which offers you an abundance of chocolate goodyiness.
Did you know that Guy Fawkes was born and raised in York? You can visit his birthplace on Stonegate or alternatively enjoy a visit to the Guy Fawkes Inn pub.
Seal it with a kiss
According to old folklore if you kiss your other half beneath the western window of the York Minster this is supposed to seal your fate that you’ll create a long-lasting and happy relationship with one another. Look up the ‘Heart of Yorkshire’, which is within the beautiful stained glass.
WHAT do you love about yorkshire? i would love to hear your stories. comment below!
Happy Yorkshire Day everyone!