Things to do in York on a Rainy Winter Day
Arguably one of the most well known and historical cities in the UK, York is buzzing with plenty to do and will forever be immortalised through plays, songs and even a children’s nursery rhyme (remember the Grand Old Duke of York?). Whether it’s shopping along the famous Shambles, walking the medieval walls, being mesmerised by York Minster or conforming to the coffee culture, York isn’t without things to do. But if most of the days out consist of being outdoors when it’s chilly and pouring with rain, is that still the case?
“Now is the winter of our discontent,” according to son of York King Richard III, but it absolutely doesn’t have to be on a rainy winter day in this fascinating city. Here are our top picks of things to do.
History – Richard III experience and York dungeon
He may not necessarily have been the deformed tyrant that Shakespeare made him out to be but York owes a lot of its history and attractions to Richard III, whether making reference to the city walls and dungeons or trying to remember the colours of the rainbow (“Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain”). Try visiting the Richard III experience at Monkbar, one of the major fortified gateways in medieval times. This museum explores the turbulent life and times of this ex-monarch, including the imprisoning of the Princes and the Battle of Bosworth.
If immersive is your thing, try York Dungeon for a slightly different museum encounter. Complete with actors, special effects and torture chambers, this 75-minute experience will surprise and shock you. Be prepared for ten performances featuring executioners, highwayman Dick Turpin and even a hanging…
Consider picking up a YorkPass – covering over 40 attractions, it may make sightseeing a lot cheaper for you or the family.
Indulge – spa day and afternoon tea
What better way to spend a rainy day than relaxing in luxury? Five-star venue The Grand Hotel & Spa is renowned for its spa days and has received a large number of positive reviews. Get a massage or soak in the whirlpool and don’t forget to grab a cocktail while you’re there.
Indulge in other ways by heading down to York Railway Museum and have afternoon tea on a quaint renovated railway carriage called the Countess of York. The pinnacle of sophistication indeed, treat yourself to an afternoon of a selection of teas, cakes and sandwiches and relax indoors as you quickly forget the bleak outside.
North Yorkshire Remedials – damp proofing specialists
Make sure the rain and the wet doesn’t seep into your own home while you’re out enjoying your day in York and be sure to damp proof your property. At North Yorkshire Remedials, we provide services in damp proofing and dry rot treatment as well as plastering services. In addition to York, we operate across the whole of North Yorkshire from our offices in Ripon, Harrogate, Thirsk, Northallerton, Wetherby and Tadcaster too. Get in touch with us today for all your damp proofing needs.