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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.
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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 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 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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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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
The Churchill Hotel York 32 rooms from £78Restaurant - Elegant Dewsnap's Brasserie is considered one of York's best restaurants. The garden terrace offers delicious wood-fire pizzasOutdoor dining - New garden terrace, designed in line with Covid requirements boasts heated parasols, firepit & igloos in winterHistoric - A real Regency beauty, the Grade II-listed building dates from 1827. The Prince of Wales was a guest in 1898Romantic Break - With free-standing baths & sumptuous four-poster beds, suites are designed with special occasions in mind
Graceful Georgian mansion converted into an on-trend contemporary boutique hotel. Standard rooms channel a trendy modern vibe, while statement suites go all out. Sleek dining areas - including brasserie, terrace & bar - are all places to be. Works for both romantic weekends or upscale city breaks. See More
23 St Mary's York (Yorkshire) 12 rooms from £100Local exploring - Set in the heart of York, within walking distance from the main attractions, this hotel is perfect for local exploringCity Style - Set in a heritage, Victorian townhouse with cosy interiors, this hotel has lots of local Yorkshire styleFamilies - Family rooms are available at this hotel, making it a favourite with parentsGreat walks - Head into York on a long walk from this hotel and visit the main sights, including the Theatre Royal and Guildhall
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. Relax by the sitting room fireplace after a day out sightseeing; book a luxury suite for a four-poster bed. An inviting city break base. See More
Bar Convent Guesthouse York 19 rooms from £109Total relaxation - Unwind in this tranquil convent, enjoy afternoon tea in the walled garden and read up on the town's history in the libraryQuirky - The living convent is open to guests, which means guests can explore the lovely gold and white Baroque chapelLocal exploring - York has a huge amount of history (starting at the hotel itself) making this ideal for a cultural getawayHistoric - This is England's oldest convent founded in 1686Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
A unique guesthouse in an elegant living convent. Newly refurbished comfortable rooms, a baroque chapel, Victorian garden and a 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
Dean Court York 37 rooms from £119Families - The five family rooms on offer and the childrens' menu make this an ideal choice for those travelling with childrenShort break - Petite York is ideal for a quick weekend break - packed full of cultural sites all within a small areaLocal exploring - Centrally located with many of the city's main attractions within walking distanceSights nearby - Visit York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern EuropeRecommended 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
The Bishop & The Bison York 8 rooms from £125Local exploring - Well located right in the centre of York, ideal for getting to know the city highlightsCity Style - With its smart accommodation and luxury touches this is a chic city baseSights nearby - 15 minute walk to the very centre of townShort break
A smart boutique B&B in leafy Clifton, just 15 minutes from the centre of York. Eight individually designed rooms reflect the owners love of Victoriana and Americana! Think statement William Morris style wallpapers, luxury bed linens and toiletries. Stylish stay that's perfect for a York city break. See More
Hotel du Vin & Bistro York York 44 rooms from £129Short break - York is packed full of cultural sites, pretty cobbled streets, and good restaurants - an ideal destination for a weekend jauntFamilies - Extra beds can be placed in rooms or there's the option of interconnecting rooms for older kidsFoodies - The classic French restaurant with a superb wine list is one of York's most popular restaurantsCity Style - A period Georgian property having undergone a chic renovation giving it a dark and clubby vibe
Malmaison York York (2 Rougier Street) 150 rooms from £129Business meetings - A covenient spot for business with 3 meeting rooms (seating up to 180), 6 pods & business centre — all with smart technologyLocal exploring - Fantastic central location means all of York's many attractions, nightlife & restaurants are within walking distanceCity Style - Popular & buzzy with both locals & visitors alike... this has all the ingredients to become a York classicValue chic - Entry level rooms offer incredible value for such a fab city spot
If you’re looking for a delightful, design-savvy stay in the heart of York, Malmaison’s latest outpost is just the ticket. Dining at SORA Sky Bar affords an incredible view of the city & beyond to the White Horse of Kilburn. Enjoy on-site spa, brasserie & meeting facilities. Fun with fresh feel. See More
Guy Fawkes Inn York 13 rooms from £139Local exploring - An atmospheric hotel walking distance from many of the city's historical and cultural sightsFoodies - It is pub food but done very well - perfect for foodies wanting an authentic pub experienceLively - The pub runs regular events - the Sunday night live blues gig is particularly popularHistoric - The history goes that Guy Fawkes was born in the cottage to the rear of the property
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
Hotel Indigo York York (Yorkshire) 103 rooms from £139Foodies - Foodies will love the hotel's fashionable restaurant, serving local classics made from fresh, seasonal produceLocal exploring - Set in a prime, central location in York, this hotel is a perfect base for local exploring in the cityCity Style - With boutique interiors inspired by the city's history, this hotel has lots of chic Yorkshire styleSights nearby - Visit York Minster, a heritage cathedral that dates back to the 7th century and still operates as a church today
Middletons York (Yorkshire) 56 rooms from £140Romantic Break - Couples rate this heritage hotel highly; book a cottage room for a charming country feel, with exposed stone wallsWeddings - Set in a listed property with an idyllic courtyard garden, book this hotel for your dream wedding venueLocal exploring - Set a short stroll from the city centre, this hotel is a tranquil base for local exploring in YorkSights nearby - Visit York Minster, a historic cathedral in the city dating back to the 7th century. The church is renowned for its architecture
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
Clementine's Townhouse Hotel York 28 rooms from £143Short break - York has a good choice of attractions but it is also compact making it a great option for a quick weekend breakFamilies - Several pairs of adjacent rooms are in self-contained areas of the two buildings - well suited to familiesLocal exploring - Walking distance to York's many attractions including York Minster and several museumsGreat walks - Walk along the old walls of the city and enjoy the fantastic views
The Fat Badger York (2-4 High Petergate) 12 rooms from £143Foodies - The AA Rosette restaurant serves classic pub food with a modern twist, ideal for those interested in locally sourced produceFamilies - With a children's menu, and space to add extra beds to some of the larger rooms, this would be a perfect spot for familiesLocal exploring - The hotel's proximity to all of the main attractions in York make it an ideal spot for exploring the cityHistoric - Sat within the historic bar walls, this 17th century pub is packed full of character
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
B+B York York 26 rooms from £149Local exploring - Situated just a few minutes from the historic York walls this property is perfectly positioned for exploring the city by footShort break - York has a wealth of cultural & historical sites yet it is contained in a small area making it ideal for a weekend getawayFamilies - A selection of family rooms that sleep up to four means this is an easy stay for familiesSights nearby - Visit York's main attraction, York Minster, the impressive 1000 year-old cathedral
NO.1 - YORK York 39 rooms from £157Families - Children's treats include in-room tipis, instant cameras for capturing the best moments and kids' menus in the restaurantRomantic Break - This newly renovated property offers individually styled rooms some with four posters plus a spa and a great restaurantLocal exploring - Well located for easy access to all of York's top sightsSights nearby - No 1 is 10 minutes' walk from York Minster and don't miss the city walls
This stunner of a Georgian mansion has been given a cool 21st-century makeover that retains lovely period details but updates them with a laidback style, minimalist bedrooms and a cossetting spa. Family- and dog-friendly, too. A stylish fun base with easy access to the city's best sights. See More
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa York 29 rooms from £203Local exploring - Well positioned to enjoy the best of the both worlds. Set in beautiful countryside but just 10 minutes from York's city centreTotal relaxation - An elegant country house hotel with pretty gardens, grand interiors, standout service, and a spa - ideal for a relaxing breakFoodies - The restaurant is a smart occassion with exemplary British cuisine served in elegant surroundsHistoric - An 18th century National Trust property that's part of the Historic Houses HotelRecommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
The Grand Hotel York 207 rooms from £209Cooking classes - Half day, full day and evening courses for all levels of home cook at the award-winning cookery schoolFamilies - The hotel takes particular care of families with family suites and especially crafted experiencesFoodies - With an excellent 3 AA Rosette restaurant, this is a great York destination for food lovers5* Luxury - With indulgent suites, spectacular service, and standout cuisine - this is a luxurious stay
A well-named hotel in a historic, former railway-company HQ. Expect five-star levels of service, a spa and a fine AA Rosette restaurant offering modern British cuisine. Bedrooms and suites are vast, comfortable and designed for the modern traveller. A spoiling stay to discover York from. See More
Grays Court York 11 rooms from £220Local exploring - Locations don'e get better than this for city exploring set between the Minster and the wallsHistoric - With Norman origins, this is possibly the city's oldest continuously lived-in private houseFoodies - The small menu restaurant serves stunning British fine dining cuisineGreat walks - Discover the rugged beauty of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks
The Principal York York 155 rooms from £229Hideaway - 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.
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