York

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York Minster featuring religious aspects, a church or cathedral 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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $85 per night from May 22 to May 23
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! (980 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 May 11, 2022

Park Inn by Radisson York City Center
The Grand, York
The Grand, York
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England, YO1 6GD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $153 per night from May 22 to May 23
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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,057 reviews)
"Perfect in most every way York and Yorkshire are the best places to visit - forget smoggy London"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

The Grand, York
Malmaison York
Malmaison York
2 ROUGIER STREET, York, England, YO90 1UU
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $101 per night from May 22 to May 23
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! (244 reviews)
"I had a lovely stay at the Malmaison York. The room was spacious, clean and felt very luxurious for the cost."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Malmaison York
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Thompsons Arms Holiday Lets + B & B
Thompsons Arms Holiday Lets + B & B
3 out of 5
Flaxton Station, Rice Lane, York, England, YO60 7PZ
The price is $77 per night from May 20 to May 21
Stay at this 3-star apartment in York. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and a picnic area. Popular attractions Castle Howard and Howsham Mill are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (44 reviews)
Christmas shopping
"Quiet and relaxing at the location after a hectic day. Second time I’ve stayed there"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Thompsons Arms Holiday Lets + B & B
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England, YO10 4AH
The price is $83 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in York. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,174 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 May 7, 2022

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Clearly Apartments
Clearly Apartments
4.5 out of 5
62 Bootham Cres, York, York, England, YO30 7AH
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in York. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (138 reviews)
"Our family of four, 2 adults & 2 children, recently had a wonderful stay at this apartment. The pictures and descriptions were exactly as presented. The welcome chocolates were a nice little personal touch. Location was perfect for walking to York city center and enjoying everything it has to offer. ..."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Clearly 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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