The next day, Sunday, I set my alarm for half past 5 and made my way into the still sleeping city around 6 – what a difference to the day before!
It felt like I was the only person in York and I made the most of this!
The Shambles really felt like a movie set, no wonder they were the inspiration for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books and movies.
“Shambles” is an old word for an open-air slaughterhouse and meat market. And the Shambles in York used to be filled with butchers. Some of the houses, dating back to the 14th century, still have the meat-hooks hanging outside and the outside shelves to display the meat.
I walked without having a real idea on where to go and rediscovered a few of the Snickelways I had explored on Saturday. Like the Coffee Yard, the longest of the Snickelways.
York started to wake up slowly, there was a group of bicyclists waiting to go on a biking trip and music coming out of the Mister, people going to church.
The Roman Column vis a vis from the Minster.
This Column came from the north-east colonnade of the Roman headquarters building. It was originally built in c100 AD by the soldiers of Legion IX. It was re-assembled and re-used by Legion VI in the 4th century. (Historic England)
York Minster – the Cathedral of York and one of the biggest in Northern England, founded in the 7th century.
York Assembly Rooms
It was time for breakfast and I started to look around for an open café and actually found some that already were opened at 8 – the city started to wake up!
After breakfast, I made my way to the train station to catch the bus to Castle Howard. Walking towards Micklegate.