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York Holiday

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.


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Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street

Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street

Paragon Street, York
4.5
of 5, from 180 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in York, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Clifford's Tower, and York Castle Museum. Merchant Adventurers' Hall and York Dungeon are also within 15 minutes.

£50
Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel

Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel

Shipton Road, York
3.8
of 5, from 173 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Skelton, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Web Adventure Park and 3 mi (4.9 km) from York Minster. Homestead Park and Bootham Bar are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£88
Hampton by Hilton York

Hampton by Hilton York

Toft Green, York
4.5
of 5, from 494 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of York, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Micklegate Bar, York Dungeon, and Jorvik Viking Centre. York Minster and Shambles are also within 15 minutes.

£127
The Grand Hotel & Spa

The Grand Hotel & Spa

Station Rise, York
4.7
of 5, from 579 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

The Grand Hotel & Spa sits next to York’s Roman city walls, just across the road from the Memorial Gardens and the River Ouse. Guests can walk 5 minutes to York Train Station, or 15 minutes to York Castle Museum and The Shambles, a charming medieval street.

£81
The Churchill Hotel

The Churchill Hotel

65 Bootham, York
4.1
of 5, from 180 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bootham, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bootham Bar and York Minster. Shambles and York National Railway Museum are also within 15 minutes.

£66
Park Inn by Radisson York City Center

Park Inn by Radisson York City Center

North Street, York
4.0
of 5, from 430 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of York, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of All Saints Church and York Dungeon. York Minster and Jorvik Viking Centre are also within 10 minutes.

£78
Hilton York

Hilton York

1 Tower Street, York
3.9
of 5, from 381 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set inside York's city walls, Hilton York is within a quarter-mile of JORVIK Viking Centre, York Dungeon, and York Castle Museum. York Minster and the railway station are within a 15-minute walk.

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