Last Week’s Shoot – York on a Sunny Spring Day

This shoot is actually from the week before last – you remember when it was briefly summer? – but it’s taken me until now to get all of the images processed up!  I decided to use the sunny spring weather to freshen up my image collection of York…

Daffodils at the City Wall in York
Daffodils on the bank below the city walls on Queen Street, York

From the station I had a wander round toward Micklegate first, intending to walk on the wall from Micklegate Bar – the daffodils still looked pretty good on the bank below the city wall on the way.

Holy Trinity Rectory in York
Holy Trinity Rectory on Micklegate, York

I had a quick diversion along Micklegate and found one or two buildings that I’d not photographed much before (probably because the way they face makes them a bit tricky) including Holy Trinity Rectory, which nevertheless looked quite nice with backlighting on the foliage and flowers in the garden.  The Priory Church of Holy Trinity next door is a lovely building set back in the shade but it’s crammed in between other buildings making it tricky to get at, but it’s just about visible between buildings round the corner on Priory Street.  Also nearby on Trinity Street is Jacob’s Well, another fine old building associated with the former priory which now serves as the parish room for the church.

York City Wall in Spring
York City Wall in Spring

I returned to the bar and up onto the wall.  It’s probably not the most inspiring stretch of the wall but it was a pleasant walk in the fine weather with the daffodils in flower and a bit of spring foliage coming on the trees.

Cliffords Tower in York
Clifford’s Tower in York

Descending from the wall at Baile Hill, I crossed Skeldergate Bridge – which led to some inevitable photographs of Clifford’s Tower (though the daffodils were finished here) before heading through a very busy city centre.

Merchant Adventurers Hall York
Merchant Adventurers Hall

I had a look at one of my favourite places in the city – the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall along Piccadilly, which always reminds me of visits to this fine old timber frame building with my Dad when I was a kid.  There’s now a cafe in the ground floor and you can sit out on the lawn in the sunshine, which plenty of people were doing…

Shops on Fossgate in York
Shops and entrance to the Merchant Adventurers Hall in Fossgate

I headed through the garden and round to the main entrance of the hall which has a passage through to Fossgate with its lovely row of independent shops.

York Minster from the City Walls at York
York Minster from the City Wall

I made my way through the busy city centre and along to Monk Bar where I climbed the city wall again for the stretch round to Bootham Bar with views across to York Minster.  This is one of the best bits of the wall with lots of interesting gardens along the way with the Minster as a backdrop.

The Yorkshire Museum at York
York Museum Gardens

I descended the wall again at Bootham Bar and crossed Exhibition Square to walk round the art gallery and into Museum Gardens, which was by late afternoon filled with people enjoying the warm weather.

Kings Staith in York
Rowers passing busy Kings Staith by the River Ouse

From the gardens I walked along the river with boats scudding past the Guildhall to Ouse Bridge where Kings Staith was equally heaving with people and rowers were out on the river.

St Martin Church Coney Street York
Ornate Clock at St Martin Coney Street, York

I returned along Coney Street, under the impressive clock at St Martin’s Church before crossing Lendal Bridge to head back towards the station.

York Guildhall from Lendal Bridge York
York Guildhall and lamp standard on Lendal Bridge

The Guildhall looked lovely in the afternoon sun from the far side of Lendal Bridge and a rare gap in both pedestrians and vehicles made a photograph of it with one of the lamp standards along the bridge possible!

York City Wall and Minster in Spring
The city walls in spring with York Minster in the distance

I rounded off the trip with a third jaunt along the walls from Lendal Bridge to Micklegate Bar before returning to the station for the trip home and a bit of photo editing!

For more images visit my City of York gallery.  All images are available to license with immediate downloads available and are also available to purchase as fine art prints.



About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a retired landscape and travel photographer still taking the occasional photograph! For image licensing and prints see

6 Responses

  1. Some fabulous photos of my favourite UK city. I was married in York 41 years ago and visited again last year. We also got a sunny day in January. The daffodils along the walls are amazing! Thanks for the great walk down memory lane.

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