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About York

York’s impressive living heritage, charming medieval streets and beautiful Gothic cathedral have made it one of the UK’s top three cities to visit. There’s a stellar selection of accommodation in the historic city, from cosy B&Bs to award-winning smart hotels fit for a whole range of budgets. Our pick of the best places to stay in York offers something for everyone — whether you’re keen to immerse yourself in the city’s rich past or dreaming of a trendy city break in a modern design hotel.

A history buff’s dream, much of York’s city centre is medieval: a network of cobbled lanes — known as ‘The Shambles’ — promises surprises around every corner. Set within imposing 13th-century walls, the area is pedestrianised during the day (8am - 4pm) – ideal for idyllic exploratory ambles. Discover independent shops brimming with everything from books and vintage clothing to artwork and chocolates, then duck into a cafe for a well-deserved slice of cake, before rounding off the evening in one of the city’s lively bars. Spectacular York Minster is not to be missed — it ranks amongst the world’s most striking cathedrals.

York is a wonderful year-round destination with a fabulous programme of annual events — from the Viking Festival in February, to the Literary Festival in March and the gorgeous Christmas Fair in December. Time your trip accordingly, and peruse our pick of the best places to stay in York to ensure that you’re heading back to somewhere brilliant after a superb day of cobbled strolls.

The Best Places to Stay in York

For a city break

  • The Grange Hotel is perfectly located in the historic centre of town close to all the main sights, including York Minster. With 36 stylish rooms and a real sense of grandeur, the hotel also boasts two award-winning restaurants — you may find yourself tempted to eat in, despite the plethora of nearby options!

  • The Principal York is a classic Victorian station hotel with elegant rooms, some of which offer superb views over the Minster. Set in lovely gardens (perfect for afternoon tea!), this is a smart spot both for travellers arriving by train, and for those eager to experience a verdant retreat right in the heart of the city.

  • Dean Court Hotel occupies prime position, just opposite the Minster. Chic modern interiors and smart black-tiled bathrooms are tucked behind an attractive traditional facade.

  • Hotel Indigo York has a funky semi-industrial vibe, with quirky design touches, a warm welcome and a true Yorkshire influence to both food and ambience. Whilst still within the old city walls, this property is on a quieter, trendy street in an area known for its eateries and vintage shops.

  • Grays Court oozes history — the building dates from the 11th century and is likely the city’s oldest lived-in house. It also occupies an enviable location between the Minster and the medieval walls. Bedrooms are airy and classic, and the hidden location makes this one of the city’s best-kept secrets!

For a romantic stay

  • The Parisi is a beautifully designed hotel in the historic city centre. Elegant rooms are individually styled with wonderful pops of colour and plenty of character, creating a bright, bold feel for a gorgeous couples' retreat. Request a room with a roll-top bath!

  • The Hotel du Vin & Bistro York features quirky, comfortable rooms. The buzzing bistro, excellent wine list and smart, romantic feel makes this offering from the well-regarded hotel group an ideal spot for a weekend à deux.

For a traditional inn

  • Lamb and Lion Inn is a charming Georgian-style pub hotel tucked right alongside one of York’s imposing medieval city gates. Steep staircases and narrow passages reveal twelve distinctly designed en-suite rooms. The pub itself is a real highlight, with homegrown cask ales and an atmospheric beer garden.

  • Guy Fawkes Inn brims with charm, offering splendidly atmospheric rooms with dark wooden furnishings and exposed beams. On the site of the birthplace of Guy Fawkes himself, this is a stellar way to immerse yourself in York’s history — complete with hearty pub food and within easy reach of all the sights.

For a B&B

  • B+B York offers light, bright bedrooms in a lovely building just minutes from York’s historic city walls. Hearty breakfasts set guests up perfectly for days of exploring.

  • 23 St Mary's is a plush B&B brimming with funky decor, housed in a Victorian townhouse. Highlights include a central location, characterful design and four-poster beds in the luxury suites.

For foodies

  • Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel is a wonderfully-appointed property on a quiet residential street near the city centre. Think antique-filled bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms with roll-top baths and an award-winning restaurant perfect for foodies!
  • Middletons is a charming bolthole, featuring beautifully restored buildings centred around a courtyard garden. Nab a cosy, romantic room or a garden cottage with space for the whole family. The stellar fine-dining restaurant is the real highlight.

For a country house

  • The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa is a charming, family-owned country house hotel, full of character and eclectic furnishings. The location between the city centre and the racecourse is great, plus there’s a garden with a pool, meals are top-notch and dogs are welcome!

  • Middlethorpe Hall & Spa is a majestic country-house hotel just ten minutes from York itself. Choose this spot for beautiful gardens, an award-winning restaurant, classically elegant bedrooms, antiques and oil portraits. Restful and romantic.

For luxury

  • The Grand Hotel is a striking red-brick edifice, previously the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company. Think big sumptuous bedrooms, superb service, a luxurious spa in the former vaults and a whisky lounge to retreat to after dinner.

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.

Prefer an apartment?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private house we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • York is easily accessed by air, with regular international and domestic flights landing at Leeds Bradford Airport. Hop aboard a bus or train to York itself (approx. 1 hour).

  • Alternatively, drive to the city or take the train to conveniently located York Station.

  • If you would like to hire a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

  • Whilst the weather is warmest in July and August, clear, crisp spring and autumn days are well-suited to exploring. York is immensely popular at festival times, so do book your accommodation well in advance to avoid missing out!

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Best Hotels in York

  • Clementine's Townhouse Hotel York 28 rooms from £103

    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.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    GardenPet friendlyParking

    This large and handsome B&B in a peaceful and well-heeled part of the city offers rooms with a rich designer style and a flair for the quirky. With a garden and sitting-room, there’s plenty of space to relax, too. See More

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  • Bar Convent Guesthouse York 19 rooms from £109

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Cafe open for breakfast, lunch and high tea
    Full of character
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    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. See More

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  • The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa York (Yorkshire) 24 rooms from £110

    Local exploring  -  With the main attractions of York within walking distance, this hotel is a great base for local exploring
    Total relaxation  -  With a sauna and hot tub, plus an onsite bar and restaurant, this hotel promises guests total relaxation
    City Style  -  Set in a former private residence on the approach to York, this hotel has classic Yorkshire style
    Great walks  -  Explore historic York with a long walk through the city; head to the still-intact city walls before visiting the cathedral
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyParking

    Midway between the city centre and the racecourse, this charming, family-owned country house hotel is full of character and eclectically furnished. Meals are top-notch plus there's a garden with pool. Book a luxury suite for a four-poster bed. A charming escape. See More

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  • Lamb and Lion Inn York (2-4 High Petergate) 12 rooms from £119

    Sights nearby  -  Many of York's main tourist sights - including Jorvik, Bootham Bar and The Shambles, are within a 10 minute walk
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Full of character
    Outstanding location

    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. See More

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  • Middletons York (Yorkshire) 56 rooms from £119

    Romantic Break  -  Couples rate this heritage hotel highly; book a cottage room for a charming country feel, with exposed stone walls
    Weddings  -  Set in a listed property with an idyllic courtyard garden, book this hotel for your dream wedding venue
    Local exploring  -  Set a short stroll from the city centre, this hotel is a tranquil base for local exploring in York
    Sights nearby  -  Visit York Minster, a historic cathedral in the city dating back to the 7th century. The church is renowned for its architecture
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A cluster of beautifully restored listed buildings centred around a courtyard garden is the setting for this refined hotel. Bright guestrooms are dressed in a soft pastel palette with vintage-style furnishings. The fine-dining restaurant is exemplary. A charming bolt-hole. See More

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  • B+B York York 26 rooms from £129

    Local exploring  -  Situated just a few minutes from the historic York walls this property is perfectly positioned for exploring the city by foot
    Sights nearby  -  Visit York's main attraction, York Minster, the impressive 1000 year-old cathedral
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the York city walls and admire the historic city from above
    GardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A chic B&B offering a superb location just minutes from York's historic city walls. Light and airy rooms are simply dressed with soft hues, light pine furniture and modern bathrooms. Hearty breakfasts are served. The perfect base to explore the city on foot. See More

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  • The Parisi York (51 St Denys Road) 11 rooms from £139

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located to explore 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 welcome
    GardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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 York Minster. See More

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  • Guy Fawkes Inn York 13 rooms from £139

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Smart pub food
    RestaurantGardenNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Indigo York York (Yorkshire) 103 rooms from £139

    Foodies  -  Foodies will love the hotel's fashionable restaurant, serving local classics made from fresh, seasonal produce
    Local exploring  -  Set in a prime, central location in York, this hotel is a perfect base for local exploring in the city
    City Style  -  With boutique interiors inspired by the city's history, this hotel has lots of chic Yorkshire style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit York Minster, a heritage cathedral that dates back to the 7th century and still operates as a church today
    Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A fun, modern hotel with a strong design sense, a Yorkshire influence to its food and a warm and friendly welcome. Plus, it's in one of York's trendier areas but still close to the centre. Book a premium suite for a spa-style bathroom. Very chic. See More

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  • The Grange Hotel York 41 rooms from £140

    Restaurant  -  Two award-winning restaurants
    Sights nearby  -  Visit sights such York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe; the city's walls; the Norman Clifford’s Tower.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel York 207 rooms from £159

    Spa  -  Set in the former vaults you'll now find pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool & state of the art gym
    Sights nearby  -  Visit York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe.
    Cooking classes  -  Half day, full day and evening courses for all levels of home cook!
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendly

    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. See More

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  • Dean Court Hotel York 37 rooms from £170

    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.
    RestaurantDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro York York 44 rooms from £185

    Foodies  -  Boasting one of York's most popular restaurants
    Great walks  -  Walk the City Walls
    Sights nearby  -  Visit York Minster
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled accessParking

    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. See More

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  • 23 St Mary's York (Yorkshire) 12 rooms from £190

    Local exploring  -  Set in the heart of York, within walking distance from the main attractions, this hotel is perfect for local exploring
    City Style  -  Set in a heritage, Victorian townhouse with cosy interiors, this hotel has lots of local Yorkshire style
    Families  -  Family rooms are available at this hotel, making it a favourite with parents
    Great walks  -  Head into York on a long walk from this hotel and visit the main sights, including the Theatre Royal and Guildhall
    GardenParkingNo pets

    An elegant and peaceful townhouse B&B, a 10-minute walk from York Minster, with light and comfortable bedrooms, and a home from home atmosphere.; book a luxury suite for a four-poster bed. Relax by the sitting room fireplace after a day out sightseeing; an inviting city break. See More

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  • Middlethorpe Hall & Spa York 29 rooms from £199

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe.
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 6 years old
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel

    The perfect choice if you want to explore York but from the comfort of a country-house hotel. Classic looks combine with handsomely furnished rooms and a well-regarded restaurant, all wrapped up in acres of parkland - and the city just 10 minutes away. See More

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  • Grays Court York 11 rooms from £220

    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

    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. See More

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  • The Principal York York 155 rooms from £229

    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.
    RestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    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. See More

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