York is one of Europe’s most inspiring and historical cities.
Easy to get to by road or rail the cities location in Yorkshire is idyllic and surrounded with beautiful natural countryside.
The city is full of historical and modern attractions. Whether you are looking for a cultural get away or a special weekend for the family, York has something of interest for everyone catering for all ages and tastes. In addition this famous city has a vibrant cafe culture as well as restaurants and venues renowned for hosting all types of events including parties and weddings.
At the end of the day the night owls can make the most of York’s many public houses and night clubs.
With over 250 bars you will be spoilt for choice as to where to go for a night out drinking or partying. Many bars also feature a venue room if you wish to host a private or corporate party.
A popular modern bar is the REVOLUTION BAR. Located on Coney Street this is a lively riverside bar open every day for drinks, meals, and partying. Centrally located is the STONEGATE YARD BAR. Easy to get to at number 10 little stonegate this is a traditional georgian townhouse featuring an all weather courtyard, bar, and function area.
Of all the nightclubs in York the GALLERY is portrayed to being the main and largest club. This venue is located on clifford street and houses several dance and venue rooms including vip lounges.
As an alternative to drinking and partying visit one of the many restaurants in and around York’s city centre.
World class food can be enjoyed with the wide varieties of restaurants available.
AKBARS is a high quality indian restaurant which specialises in serving sizzling hot balti meals. Located at 6 - 8 George Hudson Street this is a modern contemporary styled place to dine. The COACH HOUSE on Marygate is an established carriages restaurant serving home cooked fresh Yorkshire produce catering for all tastes.
Hotels: Of all the hotels the most prominent has to be the HILTON. Based within the famous city walls this high class hotel is located in the heart of the city and it’s attractions, directly opposite the medieval CLIFFORD’s TOWER. The Hilton hotel is only a ten minute walk from York Minster, the railway station, and other great attractions. This top of the range place to stay enjoys three bars and several corporate meeting rooms.
A popular and beautiful hotel for weddings is the MIDDLETHORPE HALL hotel. This is a historical venue which overlooks the famous YORK RACECOURSE. This hotel has it’s own spa offering health and beauty treatments as well sports facilities including golf, tennis, and riding. Middlethorpe Hall also enjoys a swimming pool, croquet lawn, and large gardens. One of the hotels attractions is it’s ability to provide bespoke wedding packages. These packages allow guests to create their own personalised wedding, with every detail as requested whether it be the type of furniture required, the theme itself, as well as meals and entertainment.
MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS IN YORK
This museum is set in beautiful gardens in the centre of York. Roman artefacts, sculptures, mosaics, jewellery, and pottery can all be seen. The famous Yorkshire Museum houses some of the most fascinating archaeology and geology finds in the region.
Inside you will see not only Roman finds but also items from ancient Anglo Saxton and Viking periods. Several stunning pieces are the medieval Middleham Jewel and an 8th century York Helmet.
The collection of archaeology finds numbers nearly one million, and is one of the most comprehensive in a museum outside London. The majority of the Roman, Anglo Saxton, and Viking finds come from the Yorkshire areas.
The museum also houses a prehistoric collection with objects ranging from the earliest man made tools from half a million years ago, Bronze age material from Europe, to Iron age arras chariot burials that were discovered in the Yorkshire Wolds.
The Yorkshire Museum is located at Museum Gardens, Y01 7FR.
This is the largest Medieval Gothic cathedral that is north of the Alps. It’s main treasure is the 800 years of stained glass it houses. A favourite with tourists from within the UK and abroad the Minster cathedral is perhaps the main historical attraction to visit in YORK.
This architectural masterpiece was built between the 1220’s and the 1470’s. The Minster sits on a site in York where history has been made over centuries. The emperor Constantine started his progress to greatness here, and the foundations of the Roman buildings he occupied can be seen under the Minster's central tower. The local Saxon king was baptised on this spot by St Paulinus, and many archbishops including St William of York are also buried here.
YORK CASTLE MUSEUM
If there is only one place you can visit in the beautiful City of York it has to be this memorable attraction.
Totally different from all other attractions in York this museum recreates how people used to live and work in years gone by. Streets, shops, rooms, even prison cells, have all been recreated along with displays of thousands of household objects. This particular attraction is perhaps best known for its recreated Victorian street named Kirkgate.
This step back in time attraction features a street where shops, businesses, and life in Victorian times can be seen. The whole experience recreates an atmosphere of Victorian Britain.
This realistic street attraction was named after the museums founder; a Dr John Kirk. He was a Yorkshire doctor which gathered everyday objects and wanted to keep them safe for use by future generations.
Several room settings make up the street; a moorland cottage, Jacobean and Georgian dining rooms, a Victorian parlour, a 1940’s era kitchen, and a 1950’s front room.
Elsewhere in this attraction is an insight into the cities gaols, including details of perhaps one of the jails most famous visitors - the highway man Dick Turpin who was sent to the gallows in 1739 for stealing horses.
The Kirk Street experience also features the latest in special effects with realistic sound and lighting effects adding to the overall feel of Victorian life. Interactive displays give historical information tailored to visitors of all ages.
Other sights in the York Castle Museum are armour, weapons, tools, presses used for printing, cooking utensils and pots, toys, farming equipment, and much more.