Birthday Celebrations in Yorkshire

I celebrated my 20th birthday a few weeks ago but I’m only just getting round to writing up the posts I had planned so sorry for such a long delay on everything!

My boyfriend and I booked a trip away to York to celebrate my birthday and I thought I would share a few pictures and memories with you here.

I’m actually going to do a separate food diary so if you’re interested in finding some great little places in York for amazing bites to eat, keep an eye out for that!

We started our getaway with a bit of a road trip. It was a long-ish journey from our house to York and as I wasn’t driving, I enjoyed keeping charge of the music – think Mamma Mia soundtrack (first AND second film ofc) with a bit of Hairspray and Grease thrown in for good measure!

We decided to stay in a Travelodge as we booked quite late and it was one of the cheapest and closest places to the city centre that we could stay – I actually quite like staying in a Travelodge! We checked in, got changed and headed into the city centre.

We grabbed some dinner and a drink (check out my food diary to see where) and had a wander around the city. I spent the last few hours of my teenage years wandering the streets of York with my boyfriend, in the search of cocktails and dessert, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Here’s a few pictures from that night, including a picture of me celebrating the final moments of my teens…

When we got back to the hotel, Jake insisted that I open the present he got me but I made him wait at least until it turned midnight so it was my actual birthday. A bit of context – my plan was to use birthday money and some of my wages to get a nice camera, BUT, he foiled my plan and surprised me by buying me one for my birthday gift! I was so happy and it was so thoughtful and sweet! This meant that the next day, I got to play around with my camera and capture some great memories of my 20th birthday!

We woke up and had breakfast in the hotel then headed into the city centre. We had a brief outline of what we wanted to do and went straight to York Castle Museum. I’d been here before when I visited York with my family a good five or so years back and knew I wanted to come back and show Jake.

If you’re visiting York and you love history and museums, or even if you don’t – it’s still a great experience – I would highly recommend visiting here. The highlights for me were the Vivienne Westwood Shoe collection, the Victorian street and the Sixties section. Jake loved the ‘1914: When the World Changed Forever’ exhibition about WWI and the Castle Prison. We took quite a few pictures in there, too!

After this, we headed to Clifford’s Tower which is just across the road. We walked up to the top and the views of York you can get up there are amazing! I have to say, I’m not sure if it’s worth the money (£5.40 per adult) for what is actually there but it was still a lovely thing to do.

We then did the obligatory trip to York Minster (which I’d visited when I went to see a friend last year – I wrote a blog post about this trip, too, which you can find here). We grabbed a snack (again, look out for my food diary post to find out what) and sat and chilled in the Museum Gardens for a bit.

After heading back to the hotel to change, we went out for dinner and wandered the city for the evening. It was so nice to be in the Shambles when it wasn’t packed with people. We were actually so tired after a long day so got some sleep ready for another busy day!

For our final day, we decided to head out to Robin Hood’s Bay. I asked a friend who lives in York where to go and she said either Whitby or Robin Hood’s Bay. I’d been to Whitby before so the latter was our choice. If you’re thinking of heading there, beware, parking is a NIGHTMARE! There isn’t that much parking around and we drove round and round the car park for a good half hour before we got a space!

We went straight for lunch and admired the view of the bay for on top of the hill. It’s such a pretty place and although it was busy, it was so peaceful at the same time. We paddled in the sea and relaxed on the beach and it was a great way to end our visit! I definitely recommend Robin Hood’s Bay if you’re looking for somewhere to go in the North York Moors. The journey there is beautiful, too! The views are amazing and there’s so many stop off points on the way as well.

We headed home that afternoon after such a lovely short break to celebrate my birthday. As much as I love a good, long holiday, short and relaxing breaks are amazing, too, and this one was no different.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Hopefully it’s given you some inspiration of things to do if you’re heading to York – it’s such a lovely place to go!

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