A Weekend in York
The trip to York, England was a highlight of all the CEA trips. The magical, medieval city has a such a rich history, I felt I was living my 6th grade Medieval Times dreams. The CEA crew boarded a bus and journeyed four hours north of London to the charming town.
The first stop of the day was York Minster Cathedral. This breathtaking church is the site of over 2,000 years of history. We spent a good amount of time in here guided by the informative audio tour. My favorite part was exploring the undercroft where you can see the remains of ancient Roman barracks through a glass floor.
Next, we went with our guide on a walking tour around the city. Exploring the medieval ruins was enchanting. There was a Medieval festival that weekend, so many people were dressed in full medieval outfits. We then had free time to wander around the remarkable town and I consumed the best fish n’ chips ever.
That night, we stayed in a lovely hostel and had plenty of free time to grab dinner and experience the nightlife of York.
The next morning we woke up early and went to the Clifford’s Tower. It is one of the only remaining structures of the York Castle built by William the Conquerer. Over time, the tower has served as a prison and a mint. The stunning views from the tower were so surreal. It’s easy to see why this is such a landmark of the city.
We then traveled about an hour from York to Hardwick in Chesterfield. This estate was dotted with medieval ruins and a magnificent Elizabethan country house (more like castle). We were given plenty of time to explore the ruins, discover hidden rooms in the mansion, and wander the gardens. This place was truly a wonderful end to a great weekend of English history.
Caitlyn B. is the Spring 2017 MOJO Blogger in London, England. She is currently a Junior studying Communications and Media at DePaul University