Amazing architecture, fascinating history, scrumptious cream teas… do you need more reasons to book a hotel in York?
With roots that date back long before Roman times and impressive structures such as York Minster and Clifford's Tower, it's easy to understand why York is one of the most visited cities in England.
This beautiful walled city in North Yorkshire is home to a wealth of attractions. The impressive locomotives at the National Railway Museum, the largest of its kind in the world, will appeal to all - not just train spotters. Alternatively, take a look at what life was like in days gone by at the York Castle Museum or the hugely popular Jorvik Viking Centre, where you can experience the gruesome sights, sounds and even the smells of life during the Viking occupation of York.
For a change of pace, book a YorkBoat cruise along the River Ouse or, if you're feeling brave, head to York Dungeon, where teams of actors appear alongside the exhibits to provide a thrilling glimpse into the city’s brutal past.
When you need a proper break, head to the York branch of Bettys: a Yorkshire institution specialising in local tea blends and serving up sumptuous towers of afternoon tea treats. You can further indulge your sweet tooth by following York's Chocolate Trail to discover the origins of well-known confections such as Smarties, Aero and Kit Kat, all of which were created in the city.
Tuck in to York’s tastiest attractions when you book cheap accommodation in the city. Read on to find out where to stay and then hit search to compare low-cost deals on York hotels.
The many hotels in York offer a warm northern welcome to visitors...
From cheap, but basic central hotels from big-name budget brands to luxury spa hotels on the outskirts of York, TravelSupermarket can help you to find a hotel that matches your style as well as your budget.
To be at the heart of the action, look for hotels in York city centre – you can use our super map view to pinpoint your favourite deals. The main attractions of York are all located centrally; even York Racecourse is just 30 minutes on foot from central York. So staying in the city centre allows easy access to the main sights, as well as a vast array of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes. Search for hotels within the city ring road, which follows the path of the York City Walls.
Just outside of the walls are plenty more hotels, with budget offerings from well-known brands such as Ibis, Novotel and Best Western, plus a handful of luxury hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs.
Sprawling, country-house style hotels dot the outskirts of York. And while the walk to the city centre could take 45 minutes, the peaceful environs and spa facilities make them a tempting alternative.
With so many visitor attractions, York hotels tend to get full very quickly, especially when there are major events taking place, such as the Ebor Handicap at York Racecourse or one of the many festivals held in the city. York is also a great base from which to explore other Yorkshire cities such as Hull and Leeds, both of which are within easy reach.
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Short breaks to York are never dull; this city is packed with things to see and do…
Top five attractions
You cannot miss the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe, standing at a staggering 61 metres tall. Take a tour or pay a little extra to climb the tower.
Jorvik Viking Centre
Travel back in time to Viking-era York, or Jorvik, where the city that once was has been faithfully recreated. A ticket gives you free admission for 12 months – a great reason to book more short breaks to York.
National Railway Museum
Free to enter and packed with railway nostalgia, this award-winning museum is a fantastic rainy-day attraction. Marvel at the record-breakers and history-makers of the railway world, including a Mallard steam locomotive and a Japanese bullet train.
The York Dungeon
Hungry for bloody history and gore? Then hold on tight and take a scary stroll through this live-action experience, where actors bring true events of the past 2,000 years to life. You might even get a check-up from the plague doctor!
Take time out on the Ouse with a leisurely boat trip from YorkBoat. There are daily sailings (apart from December and January) as well as evening cruises.
(Major flooding in winter 2015-2016 forced the closure of some attractions. Check what’s open before you go.)
Add a little extra magic to York weekend breaks when you attend any of these fantastic annual events…
Jorvik Viking Festival; February: Get lost in the Norse heritage of the area at this immersive festival experience. Tour the encampments, see staged fights, take walking tours; there are even special events for children and the chance to have a go at Viking crafts.
Race season at York; May-October: There are more than a dozen opportunities to get along to a race day at York Racecourse. Cheer your favourites as they pass the winning post (hopefully in first place) at one of the season’s meets.
The Great Yorkshire Fringe; July-August: This 10-day festival brings comedy, cabaret, theatre, music and family shows to Parliament Street in York. Tickets for some events are snapped up well in advance, so check what’s on before your weekend in York.