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The ghosts of Roman legionaries, Viking raiders and Saxon princes still seem to linger in York’s cobbled streets. With its medieval spires and ramparts, this is a city for lovers of English history and heritage. However, the narrow lanes of York’s historic centre also offer lively bars, riverside cafés and trendy boutiques.


York: city layout

The River Ouse winds its way through York. The oldest part of the city lies on the east bank, with newer districts across the river.

A three-mile ring of ancient walls, pierced by fortified gateways such as Monk’s Bar, defines York’s historic centre, where the spires of York Minster soar above streets skirted by half-timbered houses.

Three blocks north of the river, High Petergate, Low Petergate and The Shambles link end to end to create the old town’s main thoroughfare. These streets are lined with boutiques and antiques shops.

Most of York’s compact city centre is pedestrianised during the day, so exploring on foot is a pleasure. Lendal Bridge and Ouse Bridge carry traffic across the river.


Top attractions in York

Gothic gargoyles gaze over the city from the spires of the 13th-century York Minster. Within this huge yet serene church is the Great East Window, the world’s largest medieval stained-glass window. If you’re feeling fit, you can climb the 275 steps to the top of the Minster’s central tower for panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside.

For more vistas, it is possible to climb the ramparts at the 13th-century Clifford’s Tower, the only surviving remains of a castle built by William the Conqueror.

You can find out about York’s pagan past at Jorvik Viking Centre, built on the site of a Viking settlement dating from more than 1,000 years ago.

Portraits of rich and powerful figures from York’s past hang in the 14th-century Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.

For a change of historical pace, you can cross Lendal Bridge to Holgate and the National Railway Museum, with its collection of gleaming steam locomotives and carriages.


The concierge recommends…

  • Walking with ghosts. Some claim that more than 500 phantoms haunt the city, making York the spookiest place in England.
  • Seeing the city from the top deck of a river cruiser or piloting your own motorboat on the Ouse.
  • Dressing up for a day at the races. York Racecourse is one of England’s most famous flat racing venues. The equestrian season peaks in August with the Ebor Festival. Stylish hats are de rigueur.
  • Hearing the choir at York Minster – the pure voices of the Minster’s boy and girl choristers are a joy.



Hotels in York

York’s historic centre, inside its ring of walls, is full of hotels, inns and restaurants with rooms. Many are housed in ancient buildings that have been turned into stylish places to sleep.

Racing fans, business travellers and visitors to concerts and trade fairs at York Racecourse can stay at hotels on Tadcaster Road, next to this busy venue. A couple of miles south of the city centre, this part of town is only a short bus or taxi ride from York’s train station.

Travelling by car? You’ll find no-frills hotels with free parking handily located in suburbs like Hopgrove, next to the A64 highway, which links York with Leeds and Scarborough. Hopgrove is also close to the park-and-ride facilities at Monk’s Cross Shopping Park, with fast and frequent bus services to the city centre.



Eating Out in York

York has a well-earned reputation as one of England’s gastronomic capitals.

Its restaurants serve produce and wild game from the rich farming country and wild moorlands nearby. The North Sea is not far off, so freshly caught seafood also appears on many menus. Other favourite local flavours include dry-cured York ham, which has a distinctive crumbly texture.

You’ll find contemporary European bistros and café-bars in the city centre and overlooking the River Ouse. Tex-Mex, Turkish, Indian, Thai and Chinese eateries are also dotted around The Shambles and Stonegate, in the town centre.

Traditional tea shops and cafés supply pots of Yorkshire tea, while confectioners sell mouth-watering chocolates.

York Food Festival, each September, is the high point of the city’s culinary calendar. Events include wine tastings, cookery classes and chef demonstrations.


The chef recommends...

  • Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding – there’s nothing more English.
  • Sinfully sweet chocolates – sample them at places like Chocolate Heaven and York Cocoa House, on the York Chocolate Trail.
  • Afternoon tea – York ham sandwiches, fat rascals (scones filled with almonds and candied cherries) and Yorkshire clotted cream are essential accompaniments to a pot of strong Yorkshire tea.
  • Seasonal game from the North York Moors – wild grouse, pheasant and partridge appear on restaurant menus in summer and autumn.



Shopping in York

Shopping in the car-free streets of York’s compact historic centre is a pleasure. Residents find all their everyday needs here, while visitors might be more drawn to shops selling antiques, vintage clothing and arts and crafts, along with confectioners who maintain York’s chocolate-crafting traditions.

Locals have been buying household goods in The Shambles for 500 years. There are almost 90 market stalls in Shambles Market, selling fresh local produce such as fruit, vegetables and artisanal cheeses. You can also find arts and crafts from as far away as India and Nepal here, and snack on street food from North Africa and the Middle East.

High Petergate, Low Petergate and Stonegate are dotted with antiques dealers, antiquarian booksellers, vintage boutiques and gift shops. York Minster’s own gift shop sells faithful reproductions of medieval carvings, stained glass and tapestries, as well as music recordings by the Minster choir.

Chain-store outlets cluster around Coney Street, where you’ll find clothes, footwear, fashion accessories and mobile phones.


Best antiques and retro shops in York



Culture & Nightlife in York

York’s medieval heritage still influences the city’s cultural scene. But this is also a university town, and a large student body helps to support a lively nightlife in bars and clubs.

For many, a recital by the young singers of the Minster Choir is a high point. York’s National Centre for Early Music hosts the York Early Music Festival each July, as well as year-round performances of medieval, baroque and classical music.

York’s Grand Opera House provides lighter entertainment, including musicals from London’s West End, live bands and stand-up comedy. York Theatre Royal is a favourite venue for pantomime and youth theatre.

Unique to the city, the York Mystery Plays, performed every four years, recreate a medieval religious spectacle on wheeled stages that are pulled around the streets of York. The next production is due to take place in 2018.


Music bars and clubs in York

  • At buzzy nightspot Club Salvation, a rooftop terrace and VIP booths complement two main lounges.
  • Kuda prides itself on its sophisticated vibe and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.
  • The Phoenix Inn hosts free live jazz sessions several nights a week.



Visiting York with a Family

Families visiting York will find plenty of attractions to keep children of all ages entertained.

Kids can become archaeologists for a day at DIG York, where they can rummage for relics in four replica excavation pits.

There’s more recent history at York Castle Museum, with its lifelike reconstructions of 19th-century shops and houses, plus a huge collection of old-fashioned toys and games.

At the National Railway Museum, children can clamber aboard mighty steam locomotives and sit in classic carriages that once carried kings and queens.

Young (and older) Willy Wonka fans are bound to love York’s Chocolate Story, where they can find out how York became England’s chocolate capital, then sample the product in the shop and café.


Taking the family back in time in York

  • Families can delve into York’s past at Jorvik Viking Centre, where a ride takes you through a recreated Norse settlement, complete with authentic smells and sounds.
  • At York Dungeon, actors impersonate highwayman Dick Turpin, Viking warrior Eric Bloodaxe, tyrannical King Henry VIII and other historical characters.
  • The Richard III Experience and Henry VII Experience bring to life the rival 15th-century protagonists of the Wars of the Roses. The twin attractions are housed in two of York’s medieval gateways.

Latest York Hotel Reviews


Great value and good service
By Rachael 27
Rooms were clean. Bathrooms are modern and the showers were excellent. Breakfast was good quality and great value. We stayed here for a birthday party and that was great too. The only thing I could [More] complain about is the price of drinks, they were ridiculously expensive. [Less]
Holiday inn Garforth
By Nats
Small rooms, family room booked but no bed made up or towels provided. Pool was dirty looking. [Less]
Overall
By Danny
Hotel is satisfactory and staff very helpful thought sometimes there can be a wait before being attended to, internet and mobile signal is not good in the gust rooms. [Less]
Nice stay
By Susie
What would have been a good review is not, due to the noise, as my room overlooked the air conditioning unit. So from 5.00am onwards I was unable to sleep [Less]
Hotel indigo york
By Balcony bee
Great little hotel close to centre and visitor attractions. Staff were professional and courteous and had good knowledge of the local area and attractions. Hotel room was comfortable clean contained [More] everything you'd expect and need . Comfortable beds and amazing night sleep Had evening meal in the restaurant. Chose Yorkshire pudding for starter and belly pork for main. Ultimately meal was edible. Down side was there did seem to be a mismatch of flavours happening which did not really go together or compliment each other. Chorizo sausage paired with beef gravy and peashoots for example. Food in the restaurant was reasonably priced. [Less]
Nice Hotel
By Mick
Modern, clean hotel, well positioned with professional and friendly staff. Maybe a little pricey [Less]
Good value
By Harleyriderpd
Last minute online booking though a little difficult to locate with the GPS it wasn't terribly difficult. Addresses for some of the HI Express locations do not include a street number which makes [More] finding them a little difficult with some GPS units. I did notice one little thing. I went out to the smoking area just before retiring for the night. Someone had gotten sick out there. Probably was a drunk. When I went out in the morning I noticed that the area had been washed down and all evidence of the mess was gone. Someone there is paying good attention to the grounds. [Less]
Always a place for a restful stay
By NotRamede
Car parking is a must for us and there was plenty of space for parking. The hotel staff we met were courteous and friendly and did listen to what we had to say. Heating/Cooling unit in every Express [More] hotel is sited above the bed and can produce a lovely cooling breeze all night summer and winter which is not very comfortable, we switched ours off in the summer months and have to put up with this design fault in all the Express Hotels. Breakfast is always hot and relaxing except for clearing the table of used plates. If we are eating buffet-style we expect the used plates to be taken away when we start the next course. Little bit of training here please. No mushrooms? Favourite is the Edinburgh Leith Express, always a joy to stay for two or three nights. [Less]
simple and value for work trip
By JKar
Good parking on site, value for money, comfortable beds and good service [Less]

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