York Accommodation

York is a city saturated in history and culture. There are hundreds of points of historical interest and many attractions to see around the city. Whatever your idea of a holiday in York is, you can find York accommodation to suit your stay. From large cottages to welcome the whole family including the furry members, to luxury city apartments just for you and that special someone, there is a large range of York accommodation to choose from. Self catering holiday cottages are a massively popular choice as they provide a home away from home.

Self Catering York

In York you can amble down the Shambles, visit the Minster, marvel at the railway museum and enjoy the parks and ancient walls of the city. Self catering in York is a great way to experience this historic city, as it gives you the freedom to plan your holiday away from the restrictions of hotel meal times and the concern of escalating room service bills. You can wake up when you want, see as much or as little as you desire then arrive back as late as you want. You can sample some of the fantastic produce from surrounding areas and even try your hand at local recipes.

Holiday Cottages York

Whatever your party size there are holiday cottages in York to suit you. From multi roomed cottages ideal for groups of friends seeking festivities to small intimate hideaways outside the city, there is something to make your ideal holiday. Meander the busy markets or walk around the castle walls, York has many attractions to capture your imagination and you might even learn something. Holiday cottages in York are the ideal base for your holiday, allowing you explore this fantastic city at leisure.

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York has been an important seat of power in the north of England for much of its 2,000-year existence. The Romans, Vikings, Normans, Tudors and Stuarts all left their mark, many of which can still be seen in the architecture of the city’s historical buildings and numerous museums. The web of narrow medieval streets that remain to this day provide the perfect backdrop for shopping, and amongst the independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street names are lots of cafes, restaurants and pubs serving a mouth-watering array of food and drink.

Places to go in York

Historical buildings dot the cityscape, with York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in northern Europe, at the city’s centre. York Castle, a fortified complex of castles and other buildings, is another impressive landmark you should check out, which includes the medieval Clifford's Tower and Castle Museum. Yorkshire Museum and its Museum Gardens are also worth seeing, as is the Jorvik Viking Centre and the York Art Gallery. York’s rich heritage is also evident in the streets and alleyways that wind through the city centre; the city’s most famous street is The Shambles. The narrow lane of overhanging timber-framed buildings, dating back to the 14th Century, was once lined with butchers’ shops, but if you stroll down it now you’ll find a pleasant mixture of shops, cafes and restaurants. You should also explore the daily open air market, with more than 100 stalls selling a wide variety of dried goods, fruit and vegetables, and meat and fish.

Our Top Picks in York

We want you to enjoy the best that York has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;

York Minster

The twin towers of York Minster dominate the cityscape and the giant bells within them echo for miles around. The Gothic cathedral is the second largest of its kind in of Northern Europe and a must-see on any visit to York. In addition to its size and architectural splendour, York Minster is home to some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in England, including the 23-metre Great East Window and the ornate Rose window. Over Christmas you can catch the illumination of the cathedral in a brilliant array of colours.

‘Bettys Mirror’

With the names and messages of some 600 airmen engraved across it, ‘Bettys Mirror’ is a touching tribute to the men who fought in World War II. The mirror is displayed at the Bettys York tea room in St Helen's Square, which during the war had a bar in its basement that was a popular haunt of American and Canadian ‘Bomber Boys’ stationed in the city. The tea room, the design of which was inspired by the magnificent RMS Queen Mary cruise liner, is a great place to stop off for a bite to eat while doing a bit of shopping or exploring the city.

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre takes you back in time to 975 AD when the city was the centre of Scandinavian power in the British Isles. The museum features a reconstructed Viking settlement built on the excavated site of what was then called Jorvik and displays some 800 artefacts recovered from the site. The museum’s ‘Viking’ staff will guide you around the settlement, educating you about what life was like in the area during the 10th Century.

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