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Your holiday in York

Imagine 2000 years of vibrant history and 2000 shops all within one compact walled heritage city.  Award-winning attractions are thick under foot in York.  Quaint tea-shops, bustling shopping streets, ghost walks and bus and boat tours combine with an excellent array of restaurants, bistros, bars and evening entertainment to create one of England’s great cities.  Holidaying in any of our properties will place you right in the centre of all this and more.

Local attractions near to our holiday apartments

Below is a taste of just some of what is on the doorstep of our holiday accommodation indicating how many minutes walk and providing you with web-links and contact numbers.  Or  why not try the York Pass and save on entry to many attractions and in restaurants.  Buy on line at https://www.yorkpass.com.

For general tourist information go to https://visityork.org.

Local Attractions in York

York Minster:  

The largest medieval gothic cathedral north of the Alps with a history spanning almost 2000 years.

Website: https://www.yorkminster.org
Tel: 01904 557216

Treasurer's House: 

Now in the care of the National Trust, originally built around 1090 and rebuilt in the 1600’s, Treasurer’s House is home to York’s most intriguing ghost story.

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/treasurers-house-york
Tel: 01904 624247

National Railway Museum:  

Tells the railway tale from the Rocket to Eurostar with its vast collections including Mallard (the world’s fastest steam locomotive), and the Royal saloons from the Victorian era. (The road tour-train transports you to and from the Railway Museum from the end of Blake St opposite the church.)

Website: https://www.nrm.org.uk
Tel: 01904 611112

Merchant Tailor’s Hall:  

Tucked under the city wall where an outer 17th century cladding hides its 14th century origins.

Tel: 01904 654818

Merchant Adventurer’s Hall:  

Built between 1357 and 1361 an outstanding example of a medieval guildhall and one of the best preserved in Britain.

Website: https://www.theyorkcompany.co.uk
Tel: 01904 654818

Museum Gardens:  

One of the largest of York’s attractive parks extending from the back of King’s Manor to the banks of the River Ouse.  Amongst its marvellous buildings include the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey originating 1086 and the Yorkshire Museum.

Tel: 01904 687687

Yorkshire Museum:  

Home to some of the richest archaeological finds in Europe.

Website: https://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk
Tel: 01904 687687

King’s Manor:  

Originally built to house the Abbots of St Mary’s Abbey and now the home for Medieval Studies and the Department of Archaeology at York University.

Website: https://www.york.ac.uk
Tel: 01904 433926

York Art Gallery:  

Housing old masters as well as a collection of British paintings spanning 4 centuries.  Refurbished in 2015 with superb garden too.

Website: https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk
Tel: 01904 687687

Impressions Gallery:  

Located in a beautiful Georgian town house exhibiting contemporary photography, film and digital media.

Website: https://www.impressions-gallery.com
Tel: 01904 654724

Jorvik Viking Centre

Newly refurbished for 2017, Explore York’s Viking history on the very site where archaeologists uncovered remains of the Viking-age city of Jorvik.  Take a tour through a reconstruction of the Viking-age streets which stood here 1000 years ago.

Website: jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk
Tel: 01904 643211

Clifford's Tower:  

Standing on a high mound erected by William the Conqueror the present stone building dates from 13th century.  A prominent landmark in historic York offering a tremendous view over the city for those brave enough to ascend its internal staircase to the top of the battlements.

Tel: 01904 646940

York Castle Museum:  

Take a trip back in time with a visit to one of the most popular museums of everyday life in England.

Website: https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Tel: 01904

York Dungeon:  

Wander through a modern day Dante’s inferno with a bloodcurdling visit to the York Dungeon, an animated medieval horror museum.  Not for the faint-hearted!

Website: https://www.thedungeons.com
Tel: 01904 


The present Guildhall is a rebuilt version of the 15th century original building which was badly damaged by fire in an air raid in 1942.

Website: https://www.visityork.org
Tel: 01904 

Barley Hall:  

A hands-on experience of life in a 15th century town house.

Website: https://barleyhall.org.uk
Tel: 01904 

Fairfax House:  

A magnificent Georgian House built around 1750 presenting the visitor with an enviable insight into privileged life of opulence during the Georgian era.

Website: https://www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk
Tel: 01904 


A really unusual place to visit to discover the history of York.  Housed in the 15th century church of St Saviour, visitors have the opportunity to see archaeology in action and to handle items as old as 2000 years.

Tel: 01904 643211


As befits a great medieval city, York has many ancient churches, fitting tributes to the wealth and religious piety of its citizens of former times.

Bar Walls

Stroll along the city’s medieval walls for great view of the city.


Entertainment & Leisure

Theatre Royal:  

Founded in 1744, built on the site of the St Leonard’s Hospital where remains of the 12th century structure can still be seen.  The Theatre Royal is renowned for its wide range of programming and superb visiting artistes.

Website: https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
Tel: 01904 623568

Grand Opera House:  

Sorry to report this this building was affected by the floods of Xmas 2015 and will be closed for recovery.  Please check before visiting.  The Grand Opera House, York, is a beautiful Edwardian Theatre which brings the biggest shows and the brightest stars around.  It also offers Theatre Tours and Conference facilities.

Website: https://theatresonline.com/theatres/york-theatres/grand-opera-house
Tel: 01904 623568

University of York Concert Series

Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary the University of York plays host to major orchestras, choirs and other key musical ensembles throughout the year.

Website: https://www.york.ac.uk/concerts/
Tel: 01904 432439

York Racecourse: circa 1 mile

A beautiful 18th century racecourse now hailed as one of the best in England.  Chosen to host the Ascot races during 2005.

Website: https://www.yorkracecourse.co.uk
Tel: 01904 620911

Ghostly York:

York is reported to be the most haunted city in England.  Try one of the Ghost Tours if you dare!


Boat Trips:  

Take a trip along the beautiful banks of the River Ouse and watch the Rowers during the day or dine in style in the evening.

Website: https://www.yorkboat.co.uk
Tel: 01904 628324

Tenpin Bowling:

Website: https://www.tenpin.co.uk
Tel: 01904 690006

Tours & Walls:

Tel: 01904 706643



Out of Town

York’s many tourist attractions are not limited to the city centre – there is a host of other venues appealing to both young and old.  Below is just a flavour:

Not forgetting of course the other enthralling attractions across Yorkshire including the Royal Armouries at Leeds and The Deep at Hull.



You will be able to shop 'til you drop in York.  Below is a tour of some of its streets and wares:

Stonegate, can vie for the title of prettiest street in York with plenty to see and do and buy.  Guy Fawkes spent part of his life here and you will also find the remains of a Norman 12th century house.  It is also home to Ye Olde Starre Inne – one of the oldest recorded pubs in the city reputedly named after King Charles I.  

Blake Street, with access from Stonegate Court, houses some wonderful shops and tea-rooms aswell as the Georgian Assembly rooms opposite the building entrance, now a popular Italian restaurant where you can dine amongst Georgian opulence.

Petergate, Goodramgate, Fossgate and Walmgate are all within a couple of minutes where you will find almost anything you desire.  Not to mention the Shambles, one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe with some buildings dating back to 1350.

The Shambles Market has over 100 stalls offering something for everyone with special summer and winter fayres also.  Don't miss the Whitby fish stall and the butcher stall providing the best in York.


Further Info

VisitYork Information Centre 01904 550099
Park & Ride: 01904 883000
Car Park Helpline: 01904 632735
Bus Services: 01904 551400
Train Services: 08457 484950

Taxis (at end of Blake Street, Colliergate & more).
Fleetways: 01904 645333
Streamline: 01904 638833

Shopmobility - hire wheelchairs and motor-chairs: 01904 679222

Chauffeur car - ideal for airport transport & highly recommended: 01904 492838

Car hire can be arranged at the York Railway Station
Bike hire (including drop off and collection): 07903 376612

York Luxury Holidays is a member of:

York Tourism:  https://www.visityork.org

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