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YorkUnited Kingdom

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.

Top Hotels in York

The Grand Hotel & Spa
The Grand Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England
The price is CA $212 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in the heart of York, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wheel of York, York Minster, and Jorvik Viking Centre. York National Railway Museum ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,541 reviews)

"Great location for visiting York in a top hotel. Spa was good, numbers kept low due to current COVID19 issues."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2020

The Grand Hotel & Spa
Hotel du Vin & Bistro York
Hotel du Vin & Bistro York
4 out of 5
89 The Mount, York, England
The price is CA $130 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated in York, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bar Convent Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Grand Opera House. Shambles and York Racecourse ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (477 reviews)

"This is a very attractive property which is handy for all the attractions in York. ( 30 minute walk to centre approx.) We felt very safe in the hotel and area. Breakfasts were delicious and we had a three course evening dinner as part of our dinner , bed & breakfast deal. Food was delicious and plentiful. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Hotel du Vin & Bistro York
DoubleTree by Hilton York
DoubleTree by Hilton York
4 out of 5
St Maurices Road, York, England
The price is CA $110 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in the heart of York, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shambles, York Minster and Merchant Adventurers' Hall. York Dungeon and Jorvik ...

4/5Very Good! (965 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel. Fantastic location. Wonderful staff and a great breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 5, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton 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.

Vacation Rentals in York

Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is CA $70 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,028 reviews)

"We stayed for 2 nights for my boyfriends birthday, the room was decorated on arrival for an extra cost and the room was very clean and spacious. Tv had Netflix and the staff ordered us a taxi without hesitation every time we asked. Would definitely stay here again very close to the town centre"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 6, 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
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
The price is CA $96 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2

Situated in York, this spa cabin is within 3 miles (5 km) of Yearsley Pool, Bootham Crescent Stadium and Homestead Park. Bootham Bar and York Art Gallery are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (36 reviews)
Less hassle for us than putting up a tent

"Simple with access to essentials, but as their website says this is really a camping experience in a little wooden pod with some electricity thrown in. The showers and toilets were clean and not too far away. You will hear other people very easily chatting outside their pods, but in that respect ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 18, 2020

The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
Goodramgate Apartments
Goodramgate Apartments
4 out of 5
2a Monkgate, York, England
The price is CA $115 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in the heart of York, this apartment building is steps away from Richard III Museum and Monk Bar. York Minster and King's Manor are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (158 reviews)

"Very nice modern apartment fully equipped and well laid out We were told that an email was sent the night before about the check in however after checking twice no email received. When a call was made to discuss how to get to the apartment the call was met with arrogance, attitude and damn right ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2020

Goodramgate 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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Reviews of York

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 11, 2020

Great town lots of character

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 27, 2019

We loved the city itself, walking the Wall around York, the Shambles Market & the Tavern, York Chocolate Story, High Tea at Betty’s Tea Room, Roots Restaurant to name a few.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 6, 2019

The old walled section was a full day of discovery and adventure. There was so much to see and do and so many places to eat or just sit for a while and relax.

5/5 - Excellent

constanza

Oct 4, 2019

Found the extent of the Roman wall and other factors from that time period most interesting.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 1, 2019

I liked touring York as it gives you the turn back the hands of time feeling. But if you do not have a vehicle it’s best to stay as close to York as possible.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 30, 2019

Take a walking tour starting at the Minster.Excellent guide.Visit the pubs.

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