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.

Where to stay in York

Park Inn by Radisson York City Center
Park Inn by Radisson York City Center
3.5 out of 5
North Street, York, England, YO1 6JF
The price is £79 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in York. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (978 reviews)
"This was our third visit to this hotel. It is very well placed being a 10 minute walk from York rail station and about the same from the city centre shop and the old part of the city. The staff are very friendly and the hotel interior is very clean. The building itself is a bit brutal in design etc ..."

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Park Inn by Radisson York City Center
The Grand, York
The Grand, York
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England, YO1 6GD
The price is £149 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in York. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,054 reviews)
"Perfect in most every way York and Yorkshire are the best places to visit - forget smoggy London"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

The Grand, York
Malmaison York
Malmaison York
2 ROUGIER STREET, York, England, YO90 1UU
The price is £105 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this spa hotel in York. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Popular attractions York Minster and Shambles are located nearby. Discover ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (251 reviews)
"I had a lovely stay at the Malmaison York. The room was spacious, clean and felt very luxurious for the cost."

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Malmaison York
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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, YO32 2RH
The price is £65 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this cabin in York. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions York Minster and Shambles are located nearby. Discover ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (68 reviews)
"Very cosy and warm. Well decorated and was in well kept condition"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2022

The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England, YO10 4AH
The price is £90 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in York. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,176 reviews)
"Good location for exploring York. Property is fairly new so still in good condition. Kitchenette very useful - keeps costs down being able to make your own breakfast and the odd meal. Few minor issues - shower water didn’t run away so you ended up stepping into your previous cold shower water. Microwave ..."

Reviewed on 7 May 2022

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Victoria Cloisters Apartments
Victoria Cloisters Apartments
4 out of 5
Fetter Lane, York, England, YO1 6DH
Stay at this 4-star apartment in York. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Shambles and York Minster are located nearby. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (7 reviews)
"Central location and very secure. Second bedroom and dining room a bit small"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2022

Victoria Cloisters Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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