York is a city rich in history and culture.
Located in the northeast of England, York is a historic walled city perfect for romantic trips, family breaks and weekend getaways with the girls.
Whether you’re looking to explore the magnificent history York has to offer, want to enjoy an indulgent weekend of shopping or simply want to eat and drink your way around York, there is something for everyone.
York is a unique city with a range of museums and galleries. Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich heritage all whilst enjoying the usual city centre amenities such as world-class shopping centres, plenty of nightlife and an excellent selection of dining opportunities.
Explore York’s Culture
The cultural aspect of York ensures that you’ll never have a dull day visiting this historic city. The arts and culture scene is vibrant. Historic theatres, acclaimed art galleries and new cutting edge contemporary art spaces make York a top cultural city break in the UK. York has a great riverside cinema and year round festivals. It's one of the UK's best for art, theatre and drama, festivals and independent cinema.
York Minster is undeniably one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals with its stained glass windows and impressive stone work, this is a cathedral you definitely have to visit. York Minster’s vast spaces come alive with magnificent music and feature quiet corners revealing great treasures and unexpected stories.
Climb the 275 steps up the Central Tower to the highest point in the city where you can enjoy the most spectacular views of the cityscape. Make sure you check out the what’s on guide for the Minister as their varied calendar of events will ensure you see something special during your visit.
The York Dungeon
The York Dungeon is an incredible day out perfect for all of the family.
Be transported through time as you see, hear, smell and feel York’s stories come to life as frighteningly funny characters transport you through time. Boasting 360-degree sets, the York Dungeon tour includes encounters with some of the city's most despicable and murderous rogues from Guy Fawkes to Dick Turpin.
With fun and interactive activities throughout, children and adults of all ages will be intrigued by the history which this dungeon offers.
This medieval beacon really is a symbol of the power England’s medieval kings once held, making it a fascinating place to visit with all of the family. Clifford’s Tower has spectacular views of the city and was built specifically to subdue the rebels of the north.
Top Tip: Take a look online to see if you can find discounted ticket entry to a number of York attractions
York is full to the brim of marvellous museums which explore local and world history.
From the National Railway Museum to the Castle Museum there really is a wide and varied selection of intriguing museums in York.
The Yorkshire Museum is home to some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe. Discover the colourful story of York in this museum where you’ll be taken on a journey from the prehistoric period to the modern day.
The Castle Museum is perfect for kids as it features an authentic reproduction of a Victorian Street along which you can stroll down, browse the shop windows and interact with characters. You can also visit Dick Turpin's cell and find thousands of world-class artefacts making it a perfect York day out for all of the family.
The National Railway Museum is another fantastic museum perfect for children interested in the fascinating world of trains. This award-winning free entry museum explores 300 years of railway history and has interactive areas along with real life trains from many years ago.
There are an array of magnificent hotels in York to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. From luxury five star hotels with state of the art facilities to affordable hostels for those travelling on a budget, York has an eclectic offering of suites and rooms.
The city is home to a number of boutique hotels with plush spas to help you really make the most of your relaxing break in York. Whether you’re looking to get away for a couples retreat, in need of a weekend away with the girls or are treating mum for Mother’s Day, there are a number of pamper spa hotels in York to help you relax in style.
Budget York hotels are far from your usual budget accommodation, instead, those looking for a good deal on their York hotel can enjoy trendy hostels, quirky B&B’s and discounted hotel rooms for the perfect York break which won’t break the bank.
If you’re looking forward to an adventurous trip to York then there is a whole selection of lodges and cottages located within the picturesque North York Moors which are located just 30 minutes from York city centre ensuring that you get the best of both worlds during your trip.
From holiday cottages nestled in tranquil surroundings to lodges with a private hot tub, you can enjoy a family break, romantic trip or hen do with a difference. With a wide ranging selection, those looking for a wonderful trip to York are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation.
When looking for accommodation for a city break, many will exclusively search for hotels, but this doesn’t always have to be the case. York is a city full to the brim of quaint Victorian terraces, amazing residential flats and picturesque homes.
Why not opt for something different and choose a self-catering or serviced apartment as your York base. City apartments are usually stylish and modern, located in a great central location near business, cultural and shopping quarters.
The fantastic thing about York apartments is that they are flexible and often very reasonably priced with you paying for the number of nights opposed to the number of guests staying.
York Holiday Cottages
Holiday cottages are a fantastic way to come together with the family, enjoy relaxing in your private hot tub, a delicious barbeque on the terrace or cosy up by the roaring fire!
Located in the heart of Yorkshire, York has a varied and eclectic offering of delightful cottages and lodges for the perfect break. Enjoy the best of both worlds and venture into the city centre for great food and drink, nightlife and cultural excellence alongside the beautiful surroundings of the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds.
With such amazing walks right on your doorstep, it would be a shame to leave your four-legged friend at home. There are some amazing York holiday cottages which welcome dogs so check availability beforehand so you can enjoy incredible local walks with your pet.
Top Tip: If you’re wanting to take your dog with you to York, check with your accommodation provider to ensure they’re welcome
York Family Breaks
York is a fantastic city to enjoy a family break or long weekend in. There are so many activities for children and adults, you can enjoy a number of museums with plenty of interactive areas, restaurants which welcome both adults and children and outdoor parks and nature reserves perfect for long strolls on the weekend.
In York you'll find a wide choice of accommodation for both small and large families. From camping in York to enjoying a boutique hotel or a log cabin within the nearby Yorkshire Dales, Moors or Wolds there is plenty of choices when it comes to family accommodation in and around the city.
There is nothing better than a romantic trip to York with your other half.
York is a hugely popular romantic break destinations for couples all around the world. With a great selection of things to do and enjoy you’ll be spoilt for choice during your romantic break. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing spa break whilst staying in a luxury boutique hotel or want to explore the breathtaking countryside with a romantic glamping trip, there is an abundance of options for couples looking to get away for a bit of relaxation.
There are numerous romantic things to do in the city. You can stroll around the old city walls, head for a romantic Tea for Two at Betty’s and enjoy a cocktail or two under the stars in the city centre.
Couples getting away to York don’t have to break the bank, as long as you plan ahead, organise your days and don’t leave it to the last minute!
If you’re looking for a night on the town then York is the perfect destination. With a range of fantastic bars and restaurants, world-class clubs and traditional pubs, there is a night out for everyone in the city.
York is compact so you can move around easily and enjoy a range of different venues without having to waste too much time or spend ridiculous amounts on taxis.
York is well known for its selection of traditional English pubs. The city famously has 365 pubs, meaning there is one for every day of the year!
If you’re going on a pub crawl, want to test the local ale or looking for somewhere to enjoy a night cap after a long day exploring the city’s history then it’s always advisable to seek out the most popular pub with the locals to get that true British pub experience.
Yorkshire is home to some of the world’s best breweries so you'll get plenty of opportunity to sample the county's finest real ales in York city centre pubs. Many are small, quaint and full of atmosphere, making them perfect for enjoying a pint or two in good company.
Top Tips: Ask the locals where the best pubs are so you can avoid the tourist spots and enjoy the authentic pubs
If you’re enjoying a trip to the city walls and in need of refreshment, you'll find a great pub nestled into the city walls at Bootham Bar with chunky wooden furniture, a classic British food menu and numerous nook and crannies. This character pub and many more in York are essential visits.
Ancient inns dating back 500 years feature in York city centre brimming with character features including wonky floor boards, open fires and the odd ghost story or two.
No matter where you end up enjoying a drink in York, there is an eclectic selection of traditional pubs around every corner.
A night out in York is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, hen party or a get together with some old friends.
York has a vibrant nightlife in the city centre with numerous bars perfect for late night drinks where you can party till the early hours. From cocktail bars to those with a dance floor, there is a perfect bar for everyone.
The Swinegate/Little Stonegate area is full of fantastic bars which are open late, have great DJs to keep you on your feet all night and a fantastic atmosphere.
Micklegate Run is a medieval cobbled street in York which runs from the Western walled entrance to the city down towards the river. It's famed for its numerous bars and pubs making it the perfect place to enjoy a bit of a bar crawl, or as it's called in York the Micklegate Run. This is perfect for hen or stag dos as the range of bars and pubs means there is something for everyone.
Clubs in York
York is a city full of large and small nightclubs with a variety of music genres offering a place to party all night long. Super clubs feature in the club choice, set across three floors with each floor playing a different type of music, from House, Club and Dance anthems through to R’n’B and Hip-Hop. Dedicated VIP sections are included, so you can pick a booth size and package of your choosing to help you celebrate your weekend in York in style.
Classic dance music clubs feature in the city playing Electronica, House and Techno. Amongst the eclectic selection available you're sure to find a venue to keep the party going all night long.
Top Tip: Clubs can get very busy on a weekend so see if you can get on the guest list to avoid disappointment and long queues
York Food & Drink
The food and drink offering in York is second to none meaning that locals and visitors alike have a wonderful selection of dishes from all around the world. Enjoy classic English cuisine for breakfast, Italian for lunch and Japanese for dinner, all without leaving the wonderful city of York.
Amongst the numerous chain restaurants which are so popular all over the UK and beyond such as Nando’s, Jamie’s Italian, Wagamama, Zizzi and Pizza Express, you’ll find some hidden gems. There is a thriving independent scene in York which allows for the most creative, unusual and delicious restaurants to thrive, often packed to the brim on a weekend and full of locals.
York is famously known for being one of the culinary capitals of the UK with numerous restaurants lining the streets ensuring you have plenty of choices when it comes to dining out.
Top Tip: If you’re visiting York on a weekend or with a large party ensure you book a table at a restaurant to avoid missing out!
Staycation in York
It’s becoming more and more common for people in Britain to enjoy a ‘staycation’ which is essentially a holiday without leaving the country. We’re increasingly becoming more aware of how much holidays cost and therefore opting for more purse friendly retreats in the UK and York is the perfect staycation destination.
From its plethora of family friendly activities, to rich history and a diverse selection of bars and restaurants, there is nothing a holiday in York can’t give you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re visiting the city for the vibrant Christmas Markets or coming during the summer, there is plenty to enjoy during all seasons.
Budget Breaks in York
Budget hotels and apartments in York are easy to find if you know where to look and when to book. If you have plans to visit York then start looking in advance in order to make the most of early deals and discounts before the prices shoot up the weeks leading up to your stay in York.
It’s always good to consider the cost of breakfast in your room rate as this can add up quite quickly if you’re eating out every morning.
Top Tips: If you’ve found a cheap deal, call the hotel directly and see if they can match or improve the offer you’ve found
Transport to York
York is located in the North East of England where it is easily accessible by road, rail and air.
It is easily one of the most accessible cities in the UK making it the perfect destination for long weekends, short breaks or staycations.
With a direct link to London by train, you can travel between the capital and the picturesque city of York in just two hours as well as other UK cities such as Manchester and Edinburgh as well in under two hours!
Driving to York is relatively simple as the city is easily accessed off a number of major UK roads and motorways such as the M62, M1 and A1. Cities such as Hull and Newcastle are just a two hour drive away, making it the perfect destination for a holiday break in the UK.
Airports within easy driving distance of York include Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds/Bradford airports and all have a wide choice of domestic and international flight services making a break in York accessible to national and international visitors alike.
Overall, York is a fantasic city to visit, full of history, culture and loads of things to do for all of the family!