Whether you’re venturing out to discover new places, or you’re commuting around the area you have lived in for your whole life, often, travelling by bus can introduce you to some of the hidden gems dotted around that may have otherwise gone undiscovered.

Throughout this journey from Haxby to the City Centre of York, we begin in the thriving, small town of Haxby, perhaps one of Yorkshire’s lesser known villages, filled with hidden gems. Connecting the neighbouring suburbs to the bustling city is what First Buses are for, and the number 1 is ideal for those of you wanting to explore and discover some hidden gems of your own.

Bus stop: Memorial Hall

Haxby Bakehouse – This bakehouse and delicatessen has been supplying the people of Haxby and beyond the highest quality bread and pastries since they opened their doors in 2008. Run by Tina and Phil, the team prepare freshly-baked bread every day, as well as using the finest produce sourced locally in Yorkshire.

Ryedale Court, 8 Ryedale Ct, Haxby, York YO32 3SA

Thora and The Prince – This small, independently owned homeware and lifestyle boutique opened in the town of Haxby in 2015. This shop is filled with an abundance of quirky gifts, accessories, locally made gifts, children’s wear and jewellery alongside other homestyle and lifestyle products. In addition to selling these gifts, they also work closely with local creatives and established UK brands.

20 The Village, Haxby, York YO32 3HT

Red Lion – If you’re looking for a local, family friendly pub, then the Red Lion in Haxby should be the one place that comes to mind. Combining a great variety of beers with homemade food, karaoke nights and sunday roasts, you’ll be making an excuse to visit every week.

52 The Village, Haxby, York YO32 2HX

Millers Fish and Chips – Not like any other ordinary fish and chips takeaway, Millers is known to be the UK’s No.1 fish and chip shop. As well as following tradition, Millers offer their customers a vegan menu and have even been tried and tested by none other than Rate My Takeaways Danny Malin.

55 The Village, Haxby, York YO32 2JE

Bus stop: Gillygate

Doner Summer – Vegan junk food restaurant Doner Summer has been set up in Leeds, York, Hull, Huddersfield and Manchester. Their trendy eateries specialise in vegan comfort food from kebabs to loaded fries, and a selection of summer cocktails like the popular options Passion Fruit Flossi and Dundee Daiquiri made with Irn Bru!

40 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ

Gillygate Framing – Established since 1979, Gillygate Framing prides themselves on providing high quality picture framing services. This home goods store is perfect for those in need of homeware and stationary besides their traditional and bespoke frames.

30-32 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ

HEIMA – This traditional hardware and homeware store on Gillygate is filled with all things eco-friendly, useful and indie. From everyday DIY tools and sustainable homewares to eco-friendly refills, keeping the environment at the front of their ethics and encouraging customers to do the same.

34 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ

York Theatre Royal – The York Theatre Royal is located in St Leonard’s Place, which originally opened in 1744, seating approximately 750 people. Even after the hit of Covid, the theatres bounced back better than ever, with a packed programme of live shows, big productions, cultural events and world-renowned traditional family pantomime.

St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD