York

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York Minster featuring a square or plaza, heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

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.

Novotel York Centre
Novotel York Centre
4 out of 5
Fishergate, York, England
The price is AU$144 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Situated on the riverwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre, and York Grand Opera House. Shambles and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (914 reviews)
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Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Novotel York Centre
Hampton by Hilton York Piccadilly
Hampton by Hilton York Piccadilly
3 out of 5
46-50 Piccadilly, York, England
The price is AU$145 per night from 22 Dec. to 22 Dec.
Situated in York, this hotel is steps away from York Castle Museum and Jorvik Viking Centre. Shambles and York Grand Opera House are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (166 reviews)
"Spacious and well equipped room. Great central location. Parking was a major issue. Parking recommended wasn’t the closest, not ideal when you have luggage, and was full with a huge queue. Had to park elsewhere and took 40 mins to find a space. Frustrating when rooms are at a premium price."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Hampton by Hilton York Piccadilly
The Grand, York
The Grand, York
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England
The price is AU$339 per night from 5 Jan. to 5 Jan.
Located in the heart of York, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wheel of York, York Minster, and National Railway Museum. York Grand Opera House ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,108 reviews)
"Property feels quite grand as it is a lovely old building but when inside it feels quite warm & welcoming. The staff are very polite & courteous and our room was excellent. I was staying with my daughter and we only had a classic twin but it was very spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Underfloor ..."

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2021

The Grand, York
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Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Grand Opera House. Shambles and University of York ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,104 reviews)
"A nice hotel in a good location, although I would say the hotel is slightly overpriced."

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
The Riverside York
The Riverside York
5 out of 5
8 Peckitt St, York, England
Situated in York, this luxury apartment building is steps away from York Army Museum, York Grand Opera House and Jorvik Viking Centre. Shambles and York Barbican ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Flat right in the centre of York. Well furnished and everything you could possibly need was provided. Lovely view from bedroom window over the river. Hopefully we will return."

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2021

The Riverside York
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
Situated in York, this spa cabin is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Yearsley Pool and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from York St. John University. Bootham Crescent Stadium is 2.8 mi ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (54 reviews)
"We stayed in the Yurt and it was brilliant. We absolutely loved it. Very different from what we're used to, but very cosy and quirky."

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2021

The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
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