Historic buildings in York
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5 history sites in York that will enthrall the whole family

From fossilised Viking poo to the street that inspired Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, York has over 2000 years of history to enthrall the whole family. Here are five history sites not to miss.

Historic buildings in York

York minster

York minster took 200 years to build and has one of the largest medieval stained windows in the world. Built over a roman fort, the original roman mosaics are on display in the undercroft. Here you can also see 1,000 year old Viking elephant tusk, known as the Horn of Ulf. If you’re visiting with kids, the Doom Stone in the crypt is also worth a look – this Norman colunade is carved with gory depictions of lost souls being boiled alive!

For the fittest among you, the central tower is worth the climb for its unrivalled view of York’s skyline.  

View of York Minster Rose Window

Jorvik Centre

In the 10th century York was a Viking City, named Jorvik. Built on one of the world’s biggest archealogical excavation sites, the Jovik Centre recreates the sights and smells of this Viking town via an interactive train ride through unpaved, rubbish-strewn streets. However, you may want to hold your nose as you journey past the Viking loo. After the ride there is a chance to handle real artefacts like Viking ice skates and even see a fossilised Viking poo!!

People enjoying the Jorvik ride


Clifford’s Tower

Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Clifford’s Tower has a haunting past. In 1190, it was the site of one of the worst anti-semitic massacres of the Middle Ages. A violent mob trapped York’s entire Jewish community here. Rather than face death at the hands of the mob, the jews set fire to the tower and 150 people lost their lives to the flames.

View of Clifford's Tower, York


The Shambles

This charming 14th century walkway was once York’s most prominent butcher’s market or ‘Great Flesh Shambles’. Today it is famous for being the inspiration for Diagon Alley in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. At night, it’s said the headless ghost of Thomas Percy (who was beheaded by Elizabeth 1st) can be seen wandering the street desperately searching for his head. 

A view down the Shambles walkway

Barley Hall 

A five minute walk from the Shambles, is Barley Hall. Constructed  in 1360 by monks, this magnificent tudor townhouse was once the home of the Lord Mayor of York and is a rare example of medieval architecture.

A full view of the outside of the hall


So, if you are visiting York there’s plenty of history and gore to enthrall the whole family. 


At The Bungalow, Pocklington for families, Walks

Your Guide to a Dog Friendly Holiday in Pocklington

At The Bungalow we understand that dogs are part of the family and so we want you to know you are welcome to bring your pooches with you when you come. Whether you want to enjoy the Yorkshire countryside, visit the seaside, or just explore Pocklington’s amazing shops, we want you to enjoy your holiday with your pooches by your side and so we’ve put together this guide of dog-friendly places to visit.

Dog Friendly Cafes

A stunning walk from the Bungalow is the World Peace Cafe. Here they don’t just offer fresh water bowls for four-legged customers, but there is also a furnished hut just for dogs and their owners to use if it’s cold or raining. In winter time this is heated by a cosy log burner and is the perfect place to revive before your walk home. 

In town, one of the most welcoming spots for pets is the Wolds Cafe & Coffee House. Pop in for delicious cake and a cuppa whilst you’re out shopping or go for brunch – they do a mean full English! Another fabulous spot that welcomes dogs is the Smile Cafe on The Mile. There’s always a fresh water bowl outside and you can even top up your groceries in the shop whilst you’re there.

Pet-Friendly Pubs & Restaurants

Judsons wine bar serves excellent meals for two-legged members of the family and welcomes four-legged ones to sit alongside you. Just be careful if you decide to dine from their comfy leather sofas and your dog can reach the table – you might find you’re sharing more of your meal than you meant to!

If you just want to pop into town for a drink, the Cross Keys pub has a garden where dogs are welcome. 


There are two circular walks right from the front door and the good news is they both take you past a dog-friendly cafe where you can refresh whilst you offer your pooches a drink. Head up the hill along the path along the left side of the wood and keep heading uphill until you reach the top. Then, either turn left, then right, through a gate and through woodland until you reach the far corner of the golf course, then take a left down a dirt track road until you hit the main road. Here turn left back along the Mile into town. On your right is the Smile Cafe. 

Alternatively, at the top of the hill head straight on and follow the nature trail through a woodland skirting the golf course until you reach the entrance to Kilnwick Percy Golf Course. Here you cross the road and head for the Madhyamaka Buddhist Centre where the World Peace Cafe welcomes dogs and tired walkers. Head home along the lakeside. 

If you don’t mind travelling a bit further, then Allerthorpe Woods is the perfect place to let your dog off the lead to enjoy a good run. Watch out though, the sandy woodland floor here is crisscrossed by streams slick with black mud that sticks like tar. Bring a towel to wipe down your adventurous dogs at the very least! 

Doggie days out

Another great place for dogs is Allterthorpe Lakeland Park. There are three lakes to walk round and the ones further away from the cafe are quiet if you want to be able to enjoy a peaceful walk. This is also perfect for families who enjoy watersports. Further afield, but well worth the effort is Castle Howard. Dogs are allowed on leads throughout the landscaped gardens and there are water bowls at the outdoor cafes. Burton Agnes Hall, an Elizabethan manor house built in 1600’s, also welcomes dogs in the grounds and woodland walk. Spend the day playing giant chess and other board games in its walled gardens then enjoy a coffee or wood-fired pizza for lunch in the outdoor courtyard. 

Of course, the best place to let your dogs run free is on any of East Yorkshire’s wide-open beaches. Fraisethorpe has a car park and the Cowshed Cafe allows dogs all year. Bridlington’s south beach also allows dogs along its southern section all year. 

Pet shops

If you’ve forgotten to pack their favourite toy, or just want to treat your four-legged friends, there is a choice of two shops in Pocklington just for pets. From dog leads to dog blankets, either Pocklington Pet Store or RM English have everything your pooch could ever want. 


We hope you won’t need them, but just in case, we recommend Battleflats just at the bottom of the hill from the Bungalow.

So, if you are bringing your dogs on holiday with you, we hope you’ll agree that Pocklington has everything you need for a pet-friendly holiday.