York

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York Minster featuring heritage architecture, religious elements and a square or plaza

Medieval monuments set around cobblestone lanes, a lively arts scene and scenic shopping streets make York one of England’s most captivating cities.

Step inside the medieval walls of York to experience one of England’s most picturesque and historic cities. Marvel at an architectural legacy bequeathed by the Romans, Vikings and Saxons, among others. Wander cobblestone streets to discover numerous shopping districts. A thriving arts scene unites classic with contemporary.

York is in Yorkshire County in northeast England. The almost traffic-free city center is surrounded by the medieval City Walls and straddles the River Ouse. In this central area find historic landmarks and half-timbered houses jostling for space with boutique shops and centuries-old taverns.

The first stop for many visitors is the magnificent York Minster, which dates back to the seventh century. See medieval stained-glass windows in The Orb gallery and climb the central tower for an unrivaled look over the city. Enjoy more views from Clifford’s Tower (aka York Castle), built by William the Conqueror. Visit York St. Mary’s, a medieval church and center for contemporary visual arts. In the museum gardens are the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey.

Stroll along The Shambles, York’s most famous shopping street. Find chic boutiques, galleries and cafés set inside timber-framed buildings. Nearby, Stonegate is home to jewelers, antique shops and historic pubs such as 400-year-old Ye Olde Starre Inne. Browse Newgate Market’s stalls for artisanal food, fresh produce, leather goods and handicrafts.

Learn more about York’s history at the city’s museums. Walk in the footsteps of Vikings at Jorvik Viking Centre. Relive events of York’s dark history at the York Dungeons. Discover 2,000 years of social history at York Castle Museum. Inspect models of famous trains, such as the Flying Scotsman, at the National Railway Museum.

Enjoy a night out at the Micklegate Quarter, visiting several of York’s 300 pubs. Watch theater productions, ballets or operas at York Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House.

Located midway between London and Edinburgh, York is well served by public trains and buses. It’s also an ideal base for exploring Yorkshire’s market towns, countryside and coastline. Rent a car and visit the striking Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

Novotel York Centre
Novotel York Centre
4 out of 5
Fishergate, York, England
Situated on the riverwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre, and York Grand Opera House. Shambles and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (914 reviews)
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Reviewed on 24 Nov 2021

Novotel York Centre
Hampton by Hilton York Piccadilly
Hampton by Hilton York Piccadilly
3 out of 5
46-50 Piccadilly, York, England
Situated in York, this hotel is steps away from York Castle Museum and Jorvik Viking Centre. Shambles and York Grand Opera House are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (170 reviews)
"An absolutely wonderful stay. The check in was quick. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The room is spacious, clean and very nicely designed with an amazing view to the river. The location is perfect, in the heart of the old city. I was shocked that it’s only a 3 star hotel, should be minimum ..."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Hampton by Hilton York Piccadilly
The Grand, York
The Grand, York
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England
Located in the heart of York, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wheel of York, York Minster, and National Railway Museum. York Grand Opera House ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,110 reviews)
"Property feels quite grand as it is a lovely old building but when inside it feels quite warm & welcoming. The staff are very polite & courteous and our room was excellent. I was staying with my daughter and we only had a classic twin but it was very spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Underfloor ..."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

The Grand, York
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The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
2.5 out of 5
Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, York, England
The price is Rs4,864 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
Situated in York, this spa cabin is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Yearsley Pool and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from York St. John University. Bootham Crescent Stadium is 2.8 mi ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (54 reviews)
"We stayed in the Yurt and it was brilliant. We absolutely loved it. Very different from what we're used to, but very cosy and quirky."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2021

The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is Rs7,163 per night from 23 Dec to 23 Dec
Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Grand Opera House. Shambles and University of York ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,104 reviews)
"A nice hotel in a good location, although I would say the hotel is slightly overpriced."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
The Riverside York
The Riverside York
5 out of 5
8 Peckitt St, York, England
Situated in York, this luxury apartment building is steps away from York Army Museum, York Grand Opera House and Jorvik Viking Centre. Shambles and York Barbican ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Flat right in the centre of York. Well furnished and everything you could possibly need was provided. Lovely view from bedroom window over the river. Hopefully we will return."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2021

The Riverside York
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