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York’s impressive living heritage has made it one of the top three UK cities for visitors, so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in York. Most of our Guru’s highlights can be found close to the medieval heart of town and this is definitely the best place to stay if you are interested in England’s history.
Ancient and beautiful, York is a jewel in the crown of ‘historic England’. Much of the centre of town, set within 13th century walls, is medieval. Laid out along tiny narrow streets around York Minster surely one of the world’s most beautiful Gothic cathedrals
As befits York’s Roman founding, the centre is entirely pedestrianised between 8am and 4pm and it is easy to walk between the main attractions. If you’re up for taking a guided walk or even a themed tour York is the place to do it. There are some really fascinating stories to be discovered.
As well as York’s regular attractions, there are also numerous interesting annual festivals including a Viking Festival, arts, food and drinks festivals and the Christmas Fair.
Not To Miss
- Culture vultures will have a great time in York. The Minster features wonderful architecture, 14th and 15th century stained glass windows, as well as stunning views to be enjoyed from the top.
- You should also check out the Jorvik Viking Centre - once a major Viking trade centre, it's now home to a variety of exhibits showcasing their influence on the area.
- If you're into museums then head off to the York Castle Museum, the National Railway Museum, and the Yorkshire Museum - where you’ll find some impressive Roman treasures.
- Foodies should make sure to go on tours of the York Chocolate Story, York Brewery and Fudge Kitchen York!
If you're planning a visit and want to book one of the best places to stay in York get organised and plan well ahead - it is a very popular and busy destination all year round.
For great value
- The Bar Convent Guesthouse is unusual, historic and a great value place to stay. It is a convent guesthouse, attached to a real convent which is one of England’s oldest, founded in 1686. You’re in the centre of town and there are all the necessary mod. cons.
For a city break
- The Grange Hotel is perfectly located in the historic centre of town close to all the main sights. It is convenient for local restaurants etc., but you’ll not need to venture out as the hotel has two award-winning restaurants as well as 36 stylish rooms.
- Located in the heart of the city, Guy Fawkes Inn is brimming with charm - offering splendidly atmospheric rooms with dark wooden furnishings and exposed beams. Tuck into hearty food before heading off exploring the sights.
- The Principal York, a classic Victorian station hotel, offers elegant yet contemporary accommodation in light hues. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Garden Room for a quintessentially English experience! A great base from which to get to know York.
- Dean Court Hotel is a landmark building in York boasting a prime position opposite the Minster. A pretty traditional exterior opens onto chic modern interiors featuring soft hues, clean lines and chic black tiled bathrooms.
For a romantic weekend
- The Hotel du Vin & Bistro York is another chain hotel worthy of inclusion. A boutique spot with a business twist featuring colourful, quirky rooms and good wines.
- For something more unique, try Middlethorpe Hall & Spa a National Trust property with 29 rooms. Originally built as a 17th Century manor house this hotel is majestic, elegant and memorable and has an award-winning restaurant overlooking beautiful gardens.
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- York's obviously nicest weather-wise in the summer months with the average temperature rising to 15°C in August. Not exactly balmy, but there are plenty of sunny days which are ideal for sightseeing.
- Visitors can fly into Leeds Bradford Airport served by a number of domestic, mainland European and international destinations.
- From here, take the bus or the train over to York - a journey which should last just over an hour. York is a mainline station so consider taking the train.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
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Best Hotels in York
The Grand Hotel 207 rooms from £116York
A well-named hotel in a historic, former railway-company HQ, this place offers five-star levels of service, a spa and a choice of dining options. Bedrooms are vast, comfortable and designed for the modern traveller.Sights nearby - Visit York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe.Great walks - Go for a walk along the city walls.Romantic - Good for couples.Spa
The Grange Hotel 41 rooms from £140York
Built as one of York's premier private homes, The Grange still has a quiet grandeur that has been skilfully updated with a contemporary townhouse look. Bedrooms offer a choice of classic country-house or understatedly modern.Restaurant - Two award-winning restaurantsSights nearby - Visit sights such York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe; the city's walls; the Norman Clifford’s Tower.TraditionalRecommended by - Sawdays
Dean Court Hotel 37 rooms from £170York
A landmark building in York boasting a prime position opposite the Minster. A pretty traditional exterior opens onto chic modern interiors featuring soft hues, clean lines and chic black tiled bathrooms. The cuisine is unfussy, local and undeniably good and staff are friendly and attentive.Families - The five family rooms on offer make this an ideal choice for those travelling with children.Local exploring - Centrally located with many of the city's main attractions within walking distance.Sights nearby - Visit York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe.Sailing - Take a scenic boat trip up the River Ouse.Recommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
The Parisi 11 rooms from £139York (51 St Denys Road)
A beautifully designed hotel in historic York. Individually styled rooms are elegant and chic with crisp white linen set against bold block colours. Breakfast is served in the characterful dining room, adorned with numerous artworks, and you're just a hop, skip and a jump from the city's sights.Local exploring - Ideally located in the centre of the historic city of York.Great walks - Take a stroll around the historic walls and admire the city from above.Sights nearby - The majestic York Minster is less than a mile from the property.Restrictions on children - Children over 8 years old are welcomeRecommended by - Sawdays
Hotel du Vin & Bistro York 44 rooms from £185York
Located in the Mount area of York - Hotel du Vin has delightful, elegant bedrooms in a charming 19th Century, listed building. Lots of cosy, romantic spots to enjoy drinks and nibbles before venturing out to explore this fabulous city. Quirky and unique fine dining rooms for big celebrations.Foodies - Boasting one of York's most popular restaurantsGreat walks - Walk the City WallsSights nearby - Visit York Minster
Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel 21 rooms from £103York
A traditional Townhouse boasting an excellent location on a quiet residential street close to the city centre. Elegant rooms are individually styled, filled with antiques and feature luxurious bathrooms. An award winning restaurant makes this property hard to beat.Local exploring - Ideally situated to access York's many attractions.Great walks - Walk along the old walls of the city and enjoy the fantastic views.Sights nearby - Visit the iconic Gothic-style medieval cathedral of York Minster.Full of character
Lamb and Lion Inn 12 rooms from £59York (2-4 High Petergate)
Charming Georgian-style inn, with narrow passageways and steep staircases, in the heart of York. All twelve distinctly designed en suite rooms offer unique city views. Modern, locally sourced pub food is served in the restaurant, while homegrown cask ales are on offer in the atmospheric beer garden.Sights nearby - Many of York's main tourist sights - including Jorvik, Bootham Bar and The Shambles, are within a 10 minute walkOutstanding locationFull of characterLively area - In the thick of the action.
The Principal York 155 rooms from £229York
A classic Victorian station hotel set in pretty gardens in the heart of the historic city. Elegant rooms are contemporary and spacious with the best boasting Minster views. Sumptuous afternoon teas and contemporary-style dining are a highlight. A luxurious retreat ideal for exploring York from.Hideaway - Set amidst its own beautifully landscaped gardens, giving the feel of remoteness, yet in the heart of the city.Local exploring - Ideally placed within easy access of York's main attractions.Sights nearby - Marvel at the intricate gothic design of the York Minster.Great walks - Take a scenic stroll along the city's ancient walls.
Guy Fawkes Inn 13 rooms from £139York
An atmospheric pub-with-rooms in the heart of the city, opposite York Minster and walking distance to the sights. Darkly cosy, with gas-lit bar and dining-room, bedrooms are elegantly simple with well-worn antiques, some with four-poster beds, plus there's hearty food and real ales.Local exploring - An atmospheric hotel walking distance from many of the cities historical and cultural sights.Sights nearby - Visit York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe.Sailing - Take a romantic boat trip on the River Ouse.Full of character
Bar Convent Guesthouse 19 rooms from £72York
Unusual guesthouse in an elegant living convent. Newly refurbished comfortable rooms, a baroque chapel, Victorian garden and glass roofed entrance hall make this an impressive building. A cafe serves meals until high tea. Best of all is staying amongst the sisters of the convent.Total relaxation - Unwind in this tranquil convent, enjoy afternoon tea in the walled garden and read up on the towns history in the library.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe.Full of characterTraditionalRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa 29 rooms from £199York
National Trust owned 17th century manor house on the outskirts of York. Majestic gardens, elegant interiors, luxury spa. Award-winning restaurant with garden views.Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolSpaTraditionalRecommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
Grays Court 11 rooms from £211York
This hotel not only oozes history - the building dates from the 11th century - but is in an enviable location, between the Minster and the medieval walls. Bedrooms are light and gracious, the food elegant, and few tourists know it's there.Local exploring - An atmospheric base to explore the historical city of York.Great walks - Discover the rugged beauty of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.Sights nearby - Visit the majestic and neighbouring York Minster.Full of character