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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.

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 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

  • The Bishop & The Bison York 8 rooms from £125

    Local exploring  -  Well located right in the centre of York, ideal for getting to know the city highlights
    City Style  -  With its smart accommodation and luxury touches this is a chic city base
    Sights nearby  -  15 minute walk to the very centre of town
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    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

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  • The Churchill Hotel York 32 rooms from £78

    Restaurant  -  Elegant Dewsnap's Brasserie is considered one of York's best restaurants. The garden terrace offers delicious wood-fire pizzas
    Outdoor dining  -  New garden terrace, designed in line with Covid requirements boasts heated parasols, firepit & igloos in winter
    Historic  -  A real Regency beauty, the Grade II-listed building dates from 1827. The Prince of Wales was a guest in 1898
    Romantic Break  -  With free-standing baths & sumptuous four-poster beds, suites are designed with special occasions in mind
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    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

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  • The Staymor in The City York 7 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  Known as the 'Notting Hill of the North', trendy Bishorpthorpe Road area is known for its independent shops, cafes & restaurants
    Value chic  -  Offers a friendly, affordable & unique experience in a great part of the city, walking distance from the sites
    Sights nearby  -  It's a 15 minute walk along the river to York Minster
    Great walks  -  The city's lovely Rowntree Park is around the corner
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    Quirky owner-run guesthouse on Bishopthorpe Road. Each individually styled room offers a warm & colourful base for exploring. The unconventional art, deluxe mattresses & power showers are fab. Enjoy breakfast in-room or venture out to local eateries. A fun, laid-back choice with plenty of character. See More

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  • 23 St Mary's York (Yorkshire) 12 rooms from £100

    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
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    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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  • 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 town's history in the library
    Quirky  -  The living convent is open to guests, which means guests can explore the lovely gold and white Baroque chapel
    Local exploring  -  York has a huge amount of history (starting at the hotel itself) making this ideal for a cultural getaway
    Historic  -  This is England's oldest convent founded in 1686
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    Recommended 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

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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
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    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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  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro York York 44 rooms from £129

    Short break  -  York is packed full of cultural sites, pretty cobbled streets, and good restaurants - an ideal destination for a weekend jaunt
    Families  -  Extra beds can be placed in rooms or there's the option of interconnecting rooms for older kids
    Foodies  -  The classic French restaurant with a superb wine list is one of York's most popular restaurants
    City Style  -  A period Georgian property having undergone a chic renovation giving it a dark and clubby vibe
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    Located in the Mount area of York - Hotel du Vin has delightful, elegant bedrooms in a charming 19th Century, listed building. Expect lots of cosy romantic spots to enjoy drinks and nibbles before venturing out to explore this fabulous city. A chic base. See More

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  • Malmaison York York (2 Rougier Street) 150 rooms from £129

    Business meetings  -  A covenient spot for business with 3 meeting rooms (seating up to 180), 6 pods & business centre — all with smart technology
    Local exploring  -  Fantastic central location means all of York's many attractions, nightlife & restaurants are within walking distance
    City Style  -  Popular & buzzy with both locals & visitors alike... this has all the ingredients to become a York classic
    Value chic  -  Entry level rooms offer incredible value for such a fab city spot
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    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

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

    Local exploring  -  Well set to explore the historic city with York Minster less than a mile away and surrounded by independent restaurants & shops
    Short break  -  York is ideal for a cultural weekend getaway - jammed full of cultural attractions and all within walking distance
    Quirky  -  Funky interiors have colour-block walls, Victorian tiling, abstract art and bright-cushioned Ercol sofas
    Walking distance restaurants  -  Close to numerous independent restaurants and cafes on Walmgate
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    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 city's historical and cultural sights
    Foodies  -  It is pub food but done very well - perfect for foodies wanting an authentic pub experience
    Lively  -  The pub runs regular events - the Sunday night live blues gig is particularly popular
    Historic  -  The history goes that Guy Fawkes was born in the cottage to the rear of the property
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    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
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    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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  • Middletons York (Yorkshire) 56 rooms from £140

    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
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    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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  • Clementine's Townhouse Hotel York 28 rooms from £143

    Short break  -  York has a good choice of attractions but it is also compact making it a great option for a quick weekend break
    Families  -  Several pairs of adjacent rooms are in self-contained areas of the two buildings - well suited to families
    Local exploring  -  Walking distance to York's many attractions including York Minster and several museums
    Great walks  -  Walk along the old walls of the city and enjoy the fantastic views
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    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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  • The Fat Badger York (2-4 High Petergate) 12 rooms from £143

    Foodies  -  The AA Rosette restaurant serves classic pub food with a modern twist, ideal for those interested in locally sourced produce
    Families  -  With a children's menu, and space to add extra beds to some of the larger rooms, this would be a perfect spot for families
    Local exploring  -  The hotel's proximity to all of the main attractions in York make it an ideal spot for exploring the city
    Historic  -  Sat within the historic bar walls, this 17th century pub is packed full of character
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    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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  • B+B York York 26 rooms from £149

    Local exploring  -  Situated just a few minutes from the historic York walls this property is perfectly positioned for exploring the city by foot
    Short break  -  York has a wealth of cultural & historical sites yet it is contained in a small area making it ideal for a weekend getaway
    Families  -  A selection of family rooms that sleep up to four means this is an easy stay for families
    Sights nearby  -  Visit York's main attraction, York Minster, the impressive 1000 year-old cathedral
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    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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  • NO.1 - YORK York 39 rooms from £157

    Families  -  Children's treats include in-room tipis, instant cameras for capturing the best moments and kids' menus in the restaurant
    Romantic Break  -  This newly renovated property offers individually styled rooms some with four posters plus a spa and a great restaurant
    Local exploring  -  Well located for easy access to all of York's top sights
    Sights nearby  -  No 1 is 10 minutes' walk from York Minster and don't miss the city walls
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    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

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  • Dean Court Hotel York 37 rooms from £189

    Families  -  The five family rooms on offer and the childrens' menu make this an ideal choice for those travelling with children
    Short break  -  Petite York is ideal for a quick weekend break - packed full of cultural sites all within a small area
    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
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    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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  • Middlethorpe Hall & Spa York 29 rooms from £203

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to enjoy the best of the both worlds. Set in beautiful countryside but just 10 minutes from York's city centre
    Total relaxation  -  An elegant country house hotel with pretty gardens, grand interiors, standout service, and a spa - ideal for a relaxing break
    Foodies  -  The restaurant is a smart occassion with exemplary British cuisine served in elegant surrounds
    Historic  -  An 18th century National Trust property that's part of the Historic Houses Hotel
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    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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  • The Grand Hotel York 207 rooms from £209

    Cooking classes  -  Half day, full day and evening courses for all levels of home cook at the award-winning cookery school
    Families  -  The hotel takes particular care of families with family suites and especially crafted experiences
    Foodies  -  With an excellent 3 AA Rosette restaurant, this is a great York destination for food lovers
    5* Luxury  -  With indulgent suites, spectacular service, and standout cuisine - this is a luxurious stay
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    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

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  • Grays Court York 11 rooms from £220

    Local exploring  -  Locations don'e get better than this for city exploring set between the Minster and the walls
    Historic  -  With Norman origins, this is possibly the city's oldest continuously lived-in private house
    Foodies  -  The small menu restaurant serves stunning British fine dining cuisine
    Great walks  -  Discover the rugged beauty of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks
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    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.
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    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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