Your Visit to York
History oozes from every chipped stone on every half-ruined castle in York; it seeps from the nooks and crannies of The Shambles, where overhanging pubs and half-timbered cottages from the 14th century stand crooked and worn. You can trace tales of Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and Romans between the tight-knit streets and acclaimed museums. That's not it though. York is also a hotspot for creative English fine dining. The gastropubs that line the Ouse and the stony walks of the centre serve up hearty British fare, artisan meat cuts, frothy ales and more.
Hotels in York
There are plenty of self catering York accommodations
that come with family lounge spaces and multiple bedrooms – perfect if you want to explore the enchanting cobbled lanes and castles of this fairy-tale Medieval town with the whole troop. Add to that a clutch of captivating boutiques, housed in centuries-old shells of stone just a stroll from The Shambles or the great York Minster. There are also plenty of luxury hotels in York
. Packed with plush furnishings and touting freestanding Victorian baths, you can look to those for a romantic weekend in this characterful city.
Best places to stay in York
The north-east side of the River Ouse is where you can delve into the maze of cobbled lanes and half-timbered architecture that is the York old town. The hotels there are typically steeped in history, fronted by stone walls and gilded with Medieval gargoyles. Across the river to the west is where the architecture takes a turn for the modern. Neo-Classical facades host hotels with massage rooms and pools there, and there are a couple of simple chain hotels for budget travellers. You can also expand your search to reveal hearty country inns in the surrounding dales.
Things to see in York
York is a city well-primed for the history buff. Just take the JORVIK Viking Centre and its rumbling rides that enrapture folk with tales of conquering seafarers from the north. Just streets away from that is the fairy-tale conglomeration of hearty pubs and teahouses that is The Shambles – hailed by some as the most handsome street in the whole UK. Of course, York Minster is a must, too. That hulks above the north end of the old town, a lesson in all things grand and Gothic that has a history going back thousands of years.
How to get to York
York is the kingpin of North Yorkshire. It sits between the rolling dales and green meadows of North England and can be easily reached by car on the main backbone motorway of the M1 – junctions 44 and 45 have the best access to the city centre. Getting in by train takes around just 2 hours from London and 2.5 hours from Edinburgh, while regular Transpennine trains connect the main station with Manchester International Airport. Once in, York is pleasantly walkable thanks to its cobbled lanes and pedestrianised streets.