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Traveller's reviews and photos

10
Exceptional
York is a vibrant busy town,with all the history you could hope for,from The Shambles to the Market to the Minster ,you also have the magnificent Railway Museum ,plus plenty of street entertainment ,I could go on .try is the best way to find out more
Kenneth
United Kingdom
20 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Didn't see too much, got a glimpse of the walls, Minster and friendly and clean city environment. Was on a flying University visit so unfortunately too little time for sight seeing
Adrian
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
York has beautiful old shop fronts and streets and is fascinating to see. There are many many cafes bars and restaurants all together. There is lots to see and learn about yorks amazing history.
Chris
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Really lovely place excellent shopping and drinking and eating places. Plus plenty to see.
Adrian
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Beautiful city lovely people can't wait to go back .Even though the weather was terrible it didn't dampen our mood fantastic . The white swan was a lovely warm welcome and lovely food .
Cheryl
United Kingdom
20 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in York

Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre

8.5 Very good

Score from 4,823 reviews

£54

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    1116 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
    333 related reviews
The Principal York

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 2,461 reviews

£113

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    838 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    784 related reviews
  • “beautiful building”
    591 related reviews
Hampton by Hilton York

9 Superb

Score from 4,459 reviews

£62

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    936 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    853 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
    735 related reviews
The Minster Hotel

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 2,133 reviews

£69

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    803 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    668 related reviews
  • “safe parking”
    321 related reviews
Best Western Monkbar Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 2,344 reviews

£76

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    389 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    306 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    175 related reviews
Middletons

8.7 Fabulous

Score from 2,552 reviews

£59

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    724 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    598 related reviews
  • “beautiful building”
    387 related reviews
Galtres Lodge Hotel

8 Very good

Score from 789 reviews

£52

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Judges Lodging - a Thwaites Inn of Character

9.1 Superb

Score from 1,395 reviews

£109

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    444 related reviews
  • “location was great”
    382 related reviews
  • “beautiful building”
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The Churchill Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 2,033 reviews

£67

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  • “location was great”
    484 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Discover York

Local tips for York

Mother Shipton's Cave
Louise by Louise

Outdoor-loving, tea-drinking Louise recently embarked on a road trip round the North.

A 40-minute journey from York, Knaresborough is home to Mother Shipton’s Cave. Visitors flock to the prophetess’ dwelling place, where a collection of stone teddy bears, socks and other objects, is suspended above a well. The water’s high mineral content can petrify items in just 3 months!

  • Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
  • www.mothershipton.co.uk
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:30
The Whippet Inn
Leanne by Leanne

City-break fan Leanne travels to York frequently for work.

This fun, quirky venue is set in a restored Victorian pub and regularly wins awards for its delicious food, drink and atmosphere. It serves up great steak, along with ales and craft beers from breweries around Yorkshire. There are also 30 bespoke gins and an eclectic list of cocktails!

Demijohn, the liquid deli
Kirsten by Kirsten

Kirsten lives in London and loves taking long weekend trips to different cities.

For quirky drinks and alternative gifts, head to Demijohn Liquid Deli on Museum Street. Their flavoured liqueurs, whiskies, vodkas and gins are all hand crafted, and shoppers can choose from a large selection of unusual bottles to have their selected brew poured into.

  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
  • www.demijohn.co.uk
  • Open Monday-Saturday 10:00-18:00, Sunday 11:30-17:00
Fibbers
Ben by Ben

Songwriter and guitarist Ben loves travelling and is a huge fan of cooking and football.

Fibbers is arguably York's best live music venue with a variety of live events and club nights. Acts range from indie rock and tribute bands, to electro, rap and DJs. They showcase a great range of upcoming and well-established acts.

  • 3-5 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT
  • www.fibbers.co.uk
  • Open Monday-Sunday 19:30-04:00. Check website for details.
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Recommendations for York

As well as its impressive historical attributes, York is compact and clean city with a good market, plenty of individual shops and all kinds of places to eat.

Yes! Lots of quirky gift shops, music shops, arts and craft shops, craft fairs, markets, specilaised book shops etc

Shambles - medieval streets, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Museum, Ghost tour, Merchant Adventurers Hall (medieval)

Discount vouchers for York Dungeons are on the back of parking tickets for York Castle Museum car park

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why would you recommend York for food?

There is a great diversity of food types available without having to take expensive cab journeys.

Very easy to walk the wall and along the river. Minster so big you don't feel your in a crowd

The Minster, the city walls and gates, the museums, the pedestrian streets.

We went to rustique restaurant very nice. Also prezzo

Very short distance from hotel and city wall great

Transport

York transport

Air - Leeds Bradford International Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport is located 32 miles from York. The Flying Tiger bus service connects you to Leeds or Bradford in about 30 minutes and costs GBP 3.60 for a single ticket. Both towns offer rail connections on to York. An airport taxi to York will take around 55 minutes and should cost around GBP 60. Official cabs have an arrow logo, or will be a Mercedes E-Class. Bear in mind that central York is traffic-free, so you may need to walk a little upon arrival.

Train

The train is used to get to nearby towns and cities, rather than to travel around York. Popular routes include York to Leeds, Huddersfield or the scenic coastal town of Scarborough. Train times and fares depend on the destination, while timetables can be found online and on boards in the station. You can buy tickets at machines, using either card or cash. Groups of 3 to 9 adults can get a third off when using off-peak travel cards.

Bus

Buses are run by providers including Arriva (turquoise buses) and First (white, pink and purple buses), amongst others. Tickets are purchased on board with exact change but will be valid for that operator only, with day tickets costing GBP 3.80 on average. The “All York” ticket costs GBP 4.50 for a day and GBP 18 for 7 days, and can be used on all bus services. Buses tend to run from about 06.00 until midnight. Park & Ride car parks are set on the city outskirts.

Bicycle

York has a range of bike paths, including designated lanes and on-road routes. The terrain is flat and most traffic controls have been designed to accommodate cyclists. Be aware that you can’t cycle within the city’s pedestrianised zone before 16.00, nor can you cycle without lights on at night. Both actions would result in an on-the-spot fine of GBP 30. There is no public bike service but there are plenty of bike rental companies in town.

Car

York’s centre is pedestrianised with traffic-calming measures and high parking charges to discourage inner-city driving. However, you can make use of Park & Ride options set on the outskirts, where return journeys cost around GBP 2.80. Parking in the city costs around GBP 2 per hour. You pay at a meter and display a ticket on your windscreen, or there is an option to pay and register by phone. Parking in residential areas is available for a maximum of one hour.

Taxi

It’s not very easy to get around the city by taxi, as it’s so pedestrianised in the centre. The best place to get a taxi is at a rank, for example at York Railway Station, or by calling an official mini-cab firm. You should always make sure to use a licensed cab, which should show a badge on the back of the car. Never get in an unmarked car. There is normally a minimum fare, which increases on a meter system and fares may be higher in the evenings.

Food in York

Top restaurants in York

Good value
Grill
Ate O Clock
  • 13a High Ousegate, York, YO1 8RZ
  • Open Monday 17:30–21:00, Tuesday–Friday 12:00–14:00 and 18:00–21:30, Saturday 12:00–14:30 and 17:30–21:30
  • www.ateoclock.co.uk
  • 0044 1904 644080
Good value
American
Byron
Good value
French
Rustique – York Castlegate
Good value
Italian
Caffe Dell Opera 3
  • 9 King Street, York, YO1 9SP
  • Open Monday–Sunday 12:00–14:30 and 17:30–23:00
  • 0044 1904 634584
Good value
European
The Golden Fleece
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Shambles Kitchen - Smoothies & Healthy Fast Food
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
The Hop
Good value
Caribbean
Turtle Bay
Good value
Grill
RBG Bar and Grill
Good value
Grill
Missoula Montana Bar and Grill
Good value
Korean
Oshibi Korean Bistro
  • 9 Franklins Yard, Fossgate, York, YO1 9TN
  • Open Tuesday–Wednesday 17:30–22:00, Thursday–Saturday 12:00–14:00 and 17:30–22:00
  • www.oshibi.co.uk
  • 0044 1904 593649
Good value
Tex-mex
Fiesta Latina
High-end dining
Cafe
Betty's
Good value
Indian
Mumbai Lounge
Good value
Grill
The Hairy Fig
Good value
Turkish
Reina Turkish Bar and Grill
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Spring Espresso
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bar bites
Trembling Madness
High-end dining
European
The Whippet Inn
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
The Perky Peacock Lendal
  • Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DJ
  • Open Monday–Friday 07:00–17:00, Saturday 09:00–17:00, Sunday 09:00–16:00
  • 0044 1904 613511
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Mannion & Co.
High-end dining
Cafe
York Cocoa House
  • 3 Blake Street, York, YO1 8QJ
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 08:30–18:00, Thursday–Saturday 08:30–21:00, Sunday 10:30–17:30
  • 0044 1904 675787
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Goji Cafe, Deli and Restaurant
  • 36 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:00–16:30, Friday 09:30–16:30 and 18:30–23:00, Saturday 09:30–17:00 and 18:30–23:00, Sunday 11:00–16:30
  • www.gojicafe.co.uk
  • 0044 1904 622614
Cheap 'n' tasty
International
The Maltings
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Bicis Y Mas
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