Discover York

Our rated picks for a Weekend Escape to this city break favourite

Nowhere says ‘quirky’ quite like York. Nestled in the heart of North Yorkshire and embraced by a circuit of medieval city walls, the former Viking capital of the UK offers more attractions per square mile than any other UK city.

With a bustling tourist-oriented atmosphere to match, York is every inch a dream city break destination. Take a look at our rated recommendations for your Weekend Escape.

Things to do in York

Much of York’s compact heart is pedestrianised, so it’s perfect for exploring on foot. A slow wander along the city’s cobbled streets promises intrigue at every turn – among the most evocative streets are The Shambles with its famous overhanging buildings, and Stonegate, where the shop signs and frontages span several centuries. The independent boutiques found along the latter are all too inviting for an afternoon’s browsing.

No trip to York would be complete without exploring at least part of the medieval walls – a circuit gives fabulous views over the city and beyond and is about two-and-a-half miles in total. For a different perspective, take in York from the water with a cruise along the River Ouse. Early evening cruises and afternoon tea cruises are available for an extra-special experience.

You of course can’t miss the York’s iconic Minster on your visit. Started in around 1080, it is Northern Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral, and many would say the most beautiful. Walk the breathtaking halls and, if you’ve got a head for heights, climb the 275 steps of Central Tower for unbeatable panoramic views.

Discover the story of York’s – or Jorvik’s – Viking past with a visit to the entertaining and family-friendly Jorvik Centre on Coppergate. For a literal taste of the city’s chocolate history, enjoy the delicious discoveries to be had at York’s Chocolate Story. The National Railway Museum, located just outside the city walls, also offers a fabulous day out for all the family.

Recommended things to do in York

City Cruises York

Exploring York (walk)

Jorvik Viking Centre

National Railway Museum

York's Chocolate Story

York Minster

Places to stay in York

Choose between stylish self-catering in the shadow of the Minster, sumptuous spa hotels, and more.

Top-rated recommendations

2 Precentor’s Court

Lendal Tower & 10 St Marys

Malmaison York

MonkBridge House

The Grand Hotel & Spa, York

The Judge’s Lodging

Where to eat in York

From eclectic global cooking to historic inns and stunning riverside settings, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat in York.

Discover York’s AA-Rosette restaurants

Guy Fawkes Inn

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Skosh

The Bow Room Restaurant at Grays Court

The Judge's Lodging

The Starr Inn the City

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