Jennifer goes to York and Windsor

View of York from Clifford's Tower

View of York from Clifford’s Tower

The last two stops on my trip were York and Windsor.

Clifford's Tower

Clifford’s Tower

York is a historic medieval city. In fact, it was one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire. For many centuries, it was a major port and trading center because it is set on the Rivers Ouse and Foss.

York is a beautiful city and, if you go, I recommend walking it. It is the best way to see everything and gain a true appreciation of the city. I walked everywhere, including the entire city wall, which is about three miles.

There are tiny alleyways and historic buildings all over York. One of the alleyways, The Shambles, inspired Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. At the center of all of the historic buildings and medieval streets is the York Minster. The York Minster is a magnificent work of architecture. Construction on the Minster began in 1220 and it took more than 250 years to complete. It is definitely worth a visit.

York Minster

York Minster

York City Wall

York City Wall

The Yorkshire Museum has quite the collection of artifacts, but the gardens impressed me the most. They are gorgeous. The ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey stand in the gardens. St. Mary’s Abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII during the Reformation of the church. After a day of walking around, the gardens are a great place to relax and have a picnic.

Ruins of St. Mary's Abbey

Ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey

Gardens at Yorkshire Museum

Gardens at Yorkshire Museum

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor is a small town built around Windsor Castle. It’s a cute town, but, of course, the highlight is the castle, which was built by William the Conqueror. It is the oldest inhabited castle in the world. A tour of the castle takes you through the State Apartments, which are quite opulent.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Have you visited York or Windsor?

For more about my trip, read my other posts:

Jennifer goes to the British Isles

Jennifer goes to the British Isles – More of London

Jennifer goes to Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford University

Jennifer goes to Bath and Stonehenge

Jennifer goes to Warner Bros. Studios and Chester

Jennifer goes to Dublin and Cork

Jennifer goes to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

Jennifer goes to Edinburgh

Jennifer goes to Alnwick Castle, Stirling Castle, and Loch Lomond

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Jennifer goes to Bath and Stonehenge

Park in Bath

Park in Bath

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing photos from my trip to the British Isles. This week, I’m sharing details from my day trip to Bath and Stonehenge.

Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with lots to do. While there, I visited the Roman Baths, which were constructed in 70 AD. The baths are huge and surprisingly well-preserved. At the end of my tour, I visited the Pump Room and drank some of the spa water. It’s full of minerals and wasn’t as awful as I expected it to be.

The Great Bath

The Great Bath

After my tour of the baths, I walked through the city. There’s a pretty park, an abbey, and lots of shops. As a fudge connoisseur, I can tell you that Bath has some of the best fudge I’ve ever had. I bought two pounds and it was long gone before the end of my trip.

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time for the  Jane Austen Centre. I guess it gives me a reason to go back.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Not far from Bath is Stonehenge. Stonehenge dates back to 3100 BC and was built in three phases. It’s believed that it was built for ceremonial purposes.

I’ve been to Stonehenge before, but it has changed. The visitor center that was near the stones closed. A new visitor center was built and they now run shuttles to the stones. It’s a definite improvement because the stones are surrounded by grass fields all around as opposed to a parking lot full of cars and tour buses.

I was awestruck when I first saw Stonehenge years ago and I was awestruck again. It’s amazing that, with the weight of those stones, anyone was able to position them in that way and that they are still standing.

Have you been to Bath or Stonehenge?

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