Summer treats in York

A post inspired by the heat wave that swept across the UK last week, that brought copious BBQ’s and beach visits for many. 

Now with the British summertime in full swing, marked by the noticeable amounts of rain and thunderstorms, I thought I’d compile a list of summer treats for those in York, for when the sunshine does eventually come back. 

(N)ice Cream Factory 

One for those with a sweet tooth, no summer day is complete without ice cream. The (n)ice cream factory on Fossgate, uses liquid ice cream to make seriously smooth and seriously delicious ice cream, fresh upon order. 

Offering multiple flavours, most of which can be made using vegan ingredients too, there is certainly a flavour for even the fussiest of eaters. The menu regularly changes as well, so there’s always something new to try. A real sweet treat! 

THOR’S SÓL ÁST tipi bar 

Someone say cocktails?! The much-loved Thor’s tipi has moved location for its’ summertime revival, now situated outside the Principal Hotel, near the railway station. With an extensive cocktail menu and day beds perfect for a siesta in the afternoon heat, you can’t go wrong. 

Make sure to check it out if you’ve got a free afternoon. 


For those wanting a day trip outside of the city, I’d suggest hopping on the train to Knaresborough. This market town just 30 mins away from York offers plenty to do for a day in the sunshine and may even be the perfect spot for a date. 

From walking alongside the river Nidd and perhaps stopping for lunch at one of the cafés on the waterfront, browsing some of the independent shops or hiring a boat on the river, there’s plenty of opportunities to make summertime memories.  

Rowntree Park 

Maybe a picnic or an afternoon reading in the sun tickles your fancy. If so, heading to Rowntree Park for a blissful day in the glorious gardens will be the one for you. 

I am forever grateful to have been introduced to the natural beauty that is the park by a friend only last term and have been eagerly waiting for some sunshine and a free day to revisit. 

Crossing Millennium Bridge on the way to the park, you can choose to cycle or walk. Maybe stopping off at the park for a light bite at the café if you are following one of the orbital routes; a detour that would never be regretted. 

Note: a must-visit for dog lovers! 

The Walls

Walking the city walls my seem like a tourist-y thing to do, but there’s a reason why. walking the walls is so popular. You see the whole beauty of the city for free! And on a sunny day, you really do see York in the best light. 

After living here for two years now, the walk never gets old. Stop off mid-walk and grab an iced latte or refreshing beverage, and you’re good to continue the walk. Fun and free, what more could you want! 

The Shambles Market

For all food lovers, the street food at the Shambles Market is a real summer treat. Despite being open all year round, the summer sunshine certainly makes the outdoor food experience more enjoyable.

With an array of cuisines, both sweet and savoury, you’re sure to find something to enjoy whilst sat on the picnic benches, taking in those rays.

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