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The Treasurer’s House, York

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Treasurer's House, York

A Hidden Gem in The Heart of York

Step through 2,000 years of history with one visit to this house of dreams, where rooms are set up and furnished to mirror the grand styles from medieval times to the early 1900’s.


Opposite the spectacular York Minster Cathedral, and nearby the iconic Shambles in the city center of York, lies “The Treasurer’s House”. Named after the treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman road.  It dates back to 1091. The gardens are absolutely thriving in summer and access to the York City Wall is nearby.

York Minster

York Walls

York Walls

Original stained glass window Treasurer's House, York


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A Peek Inside A Norman Castle!

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Clifford's Tower

This week I’m running a series of throwback travel adventures from trips I took in 2018. I’ve written about my time at Middlethorpe Hall – an elegant country house in York – as well as trips I took to York + Oxford in England. Coming up are adventures I had in Lesotho – a self-enclosed Kingdom within the borders of South Africa – as well as New York and Newport, Rhode Island.

Today is all about an outstanding castle in York – a Norman castle with a bloody past built by William the Conqueror. I hope you enjoy this article + please give requests or feedback – any specific travel destinations you want me to write about? Through the last 10 years I’ve give you photos and travel tips + info on over 52 cities – you can browse them by clicking the tab along the top labeled “Blog”.  (more…)

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Recipes From Betty’s Tea Room, York

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An Afternoon With Betty’s Tea Room

Betty’s Tea Room offers Traditional Afternoon Tea and is famous the world-over. Lovingly refined since it first served it in the 1920s, it’s the afternoon tea that set the standard.

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During the war …. one of the rooms inside – The Oakroom – became “Betty’s Bar”, a popular haunt among servicemen from nearby air bases.

Some left a permanent reminder of their visit by inscribing their name onto a mirror which still hangs in the basement café!

By the end of the war the mirror featured nearly 600 names. Sadly many of the young men who signed their name never returned from their dangerous missions overseas.

The tea room has tons of delicious pastries and in this article, I highlight 5 of my favorite recipes to make at home.

Here are five recipes from the famous tea room’s pastry chefs that you can try at home! (more…)

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The Shambles, York

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York Minster, England
York Minster, York

We spent a weekend in York last July (a great time to go!), during which time we enjoyed adventuring around the Harry-Potter inspired streets otherwise known as “The Shambles”. What an iconic place to visit! (more…)

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Middlethorpe Hall, UK

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Middlethorpe Hall UK

Highlight on Middlethorpe Hall in York

Middlethorpe Hall is a 17th-century country house standing in 20 acres of grounds in Middlethorpe, York, North Yorkshire, England. It is currently used as a hotel.

It’s a symmetrical red brick and stone house built in 1699 and since 2008 has been owned by The National Trust. (more…)