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A visit to York will transport you back to medieval England, with a labyrinth of ancient streets, Gothic buildings and timber-framed houses. This snapshot of history is further enhanced by a wide selection of museums that cover various aspects of York’s captivating past.

Many of York’s historical highlights are encircled by another piece of its past – its beautifully preserved city walls. You can complete a full circuit of them in around two hours on foot. Their centuries-old ramparts make for wonderful vantage points where you can take in views over the city. The heart of York’s historic core is The Shambles, a 14th-century cobbled street known for its timber-framed houses which loom over the cosy cafes, sweet shops and boutiques below. The seventh-century cathedral of York Minster is the city’s architectural crown jewel, with its Gothic-style facade towering above everything else swept up its shadow. If you’re feeling energetic, climb the 275 steps of the central tower to meet the Minster gargoyles and take in a soaring view over York.

You can delve deeper into York’s fascinating history at one of its many museums, whether it be admiring the world’s fastest locomotive at the National Railway Museum or observing 1,000-year-old artefacts at JORVIK Viking Centre. See the last remains of York Castle at Clifford’s Tower and take in panoramic views of York from another perspective.


From $82 per night

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From $309 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency £1 = $1.22
Language English
Average weekend price $188 per night
Average weekday price $188 per night
Average stay 1 night

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The thing we love about York is the history of the city, and...

September 29, 2023

The thing we love about York is the history of the city, and the fact that even though you are in a city, it doesn't feel like you are. York is a very clean city, and the residents are clearly proud to live there, and it shows.


Loads of things to see and do in this historic city.

September 28, 2023

Loads of things to see and do in this historic city. We visited the main museums and went on the river cruise which was interesting. The highlight of the trip was the Jorvik centre. There were lots of nice tea rooms, cafes, restaurants, etc that served good food at reasonable prices and it was noted that the staff of the premises were always found to be friendly and helpful. Our stay was only for four days and it was clear that this wasn’t long enough to allow us to see everything this historic city had to offer. Would definitely recommend a visit to York but be aware that it is a busy and bustling city, especially during the day. It does quieten down after 6.00 pm

Graham United Kingdom

york is wonderful, very busy food festival was on so plenty...

September 28, 2023

york is wonderful, very busy food festival was on so plenty of thing to eat and drink, only things are not a lot of toilets. plenty of things to do everyday, people are great , lots of walking to be done to see everything there is to offer , places to see not far away from york like whitby, so many places to eat the choice is endless.....

stacey United Kingdom

Everywhere is very close, there were so many restaurants -...

September 28, 2023

Everywhere is very close, there were so many restaurants - evening meals, cafes for lunch, cafes for tea and cake. Lots of interesting places to go. You can walk around, no need for transport. We arrived Monday and left Thursday and that was perhaps a bit too long, but if you have children it would be just right. We did a miss a few of the sights out as well. Shambles had a fair bit of Harry Potter. Would recommend Little Italy for a meal. Was surprised and amazed by the Jorvik Experience, the Minster was amazing, The Railway Museum well worth a visit.

Claire United Kingdom

Wonderful historic town with many places of interest.

September 28, 2023

Wonderful historic town with many places of interest.This city is very pedestrian friendly with lively areas and also quiet spaces.York Minster is not to be missed. Lovely cafes and restaurants are found along Micklegate especially Partisan and Skoosh.

Gail Australia

York Centre has a lot to see and do.

September 27, 2023

York Centre has a lot to see and do. Historical churches and other sites. Many restaurants and cafes, museums and street musicians. The Shambles Market (on weekends) is a huge flea market, with tent-covered shops and lots of food stands.

Braun United States of America

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