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Jane Lady Gibson Chair – Make It York Whether you are planning your first trip to York or are one of our visitors that come back to see you us year after year, you are very welcome. 2016 is an extra special year for us, whichever season you visit. It begins with the return of the world’s most famous locomotive to the National Railway Museum: the newly restored Flying Scotsman. There are lots of celebratory events taking place, plus a brand new free exhibition, to mark the occasion. Spring sees the reopening of York Theatre Royal, which is not only home to some of the best theatre in the country, but also a very special archaeological site too. Its redevelopment is the latest chapter in York’s extraordinary past – be sure to book your ticket!

If you are visiting in May and June, you’re just in time to see the York Mystery Plays, which will be performed for the second time in their 700-year history at York Minster, the biggest gothic cathedral in northern Europe.

Old Meets New


Discover York’s Creative Side


The Little Vikings Guide


Taste York


Autumn sees the evenings set aglow as part of the Illuminating York festival, and we round off the year with our annual York St Nicholas Christmas Festival.

Scenic Shopping


2016 Years in the Making


My York


Walk the Walls


Throughout the year, art aficionados can take a trip to the new-look York Art Gallery, home to the brand new CoCA – the Centre of Ceramic Art – or step inside the recently rejuvenated Bar Convent, England’s oldest living convent, which recently became a Living Heritage Centre. If you’re thinking of escaping the bustle, there are plenty of stunning rural locations right on York’s doorstep.

Hidden York


One Day in York


The War Effort


Ready, Steady, Go!


On the Market


Wonder and Worship


It’s Christmas!


On behalf of the whole team, we look forward to seeing you in York soon.

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What to Do


Where to Stay


Where to Shop


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Ancient architecture meets quirky contemporary culture among the cobbles of York.

Museum Gardens Shambles

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The Hiscox Building


Liz Page – Chair of illuminating York 19 – 22 October Museum Gardens | VisitEngland / Diana Jarvis

I have been chairing the illuminating York festival steering group since 2013 and it is one of the most rewarding and challenging events I have been involved in. Since 2005, over 40 light based artworks have been commissioned and we have worked with artists from mainland Europe and throughout the UK. The festival takes place in the autumn half term, when the nights are getting longer and the temperature drops so it is a real privilege to be able to bring some light and colour to the dark evenings. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful city, which provides a wonderful backdrop for artists to work with. In 2015 we presented a programme of magical pieces including a trail around the Museum Gardens after dark with illuminated cuckoos and owls flying overhead – we even filled the historic Shambles with glitter balls!

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We are working hard to fundraise in order to grow and develop the festival and we have recently formed a network of lighting festivals in the north of England. This is designed to look at ways to bring more investment and develop new audiences. Around 50,000 people visit illuminating York each year and our programme includes around 30 events including some lovely partner events such as torchlit tours and special candlelit concerts. We are busy planning the programme for 2016 and will be bringing more installations and events to York this year, so watch this space!

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival includes our oldest, richest, fastest, and most famous races. It provides sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days – and it’s a personal favourite of mine.


The prestigious Group One Juddmonte International is the highlight of the opening day. So much so, that it was a winner itself at the 2015 White Rose Awards. I was delighted to see this event be voted as Tourism Event of the Year, and it was testament to the effort put in by the whole team here at York Racecourse. This contest was independently ranked as the best race in the world by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities last season. Plus in 2012 it was won by Frankel, considered by some to be the best thoroughbred in history. The traditional highlight of the season on the Knavesmire will get underway this year on 17 August and run for four days, finishing with the famous Betfred Ebor. All days have a real sense of fashion, however for many there remains an extra special feel about Thursday as it is Ladies Day, which falls during the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks race. The best dressed racegoers have the chance to win a trip to Dubai courtesy of Marriott Hotels.

William Derby – Chief Executive 17 – 20 August

The York Festival of Ideas is the UK’s largest free festival and in 2015 ran 170 events across the city of York, in partnership with 66 city and national partners. It attracted audiences of 33,000 people from across the country. The festival seeks to educate, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages in the joy of ideas. The festival programme is deliberately broad so that there is something for everyone. The 2015 programme delivered a broad range of talks, panel debates, performances, workshops and trails. These covered topics as diverse as medical discoveries and scientific innovation, high fashion military intelligence and surveillance, foreign policymaking, sport, workshops for families, stargazing, screenwriting, films and concerts.

The feature race of the Saturday is the Betfred Ebor, the oldest and probably most famous race at York. The excitement this event generates has been constant since the 1840s. The buzz on Ebor day is infectious.


In 2016 the festival is exploring the theme of Tick Tock, encompassing themes such as understanding our social history through music and image; nostalgia and vintage; the future of disruptive technologies and media; the creation of the current refugee crisis, toleration and civic society, the way we use our land and why; landscape cultivation and biodiversity; the future of food and lots more. Join us from the 7-19 June 2016 for a mostly free programme of fascinating events – full details will be released in spring 2016.

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Joan Concannon – University of York 7 – 19 June

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DISCOVER YORK’S CREATIVE SIDE A city of surprises, York is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Media Arts. For two millennia York has been the meeting point for the ideas and creativity of the world. It is playing this role once more through digital innovation and media arts. Museum Gardens – YorNight Here are some of the ways York has embraced it’s new ties to UNESCO… illuminating York, inspired by the UNESCO International Year of Light, the 2015 festival celebrated light in all of its various forms. YorNight, York’s contribution to European Researchers’ Night, was an evening of free hands-on activities, talks, exhibitions, interactive displays and experiments. BATFA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2015, attracting 20,000 admissions and showcasing inspirational and innovative film. In addition to the reopening of the Art Gallery, York Museums Trust have made their 150,000 collection of objects accessible online and free to download. York will be celebrating its status as a City of Media Arts throughout 2016. Sign up to the newsletter at 08 | Discover York’s Creative Side

Grand Opera House – ASFF

Media Arts is “…the integration of new media technologies into creative practice and social exchange – which includes video games, computer animation, digital and interactive art, sound, film, television and theatre”


Cherie Federico – Director of ASFF 3 – 6 November Cherie Federico is editor of Aesthetica Magazine and director of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), which she launched in 2011. Museum Gardens – illuminating York

The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is organised by Aesthetica, an international art and culture publication. The festival was launched in 2011 and takes place annually at the beginning of November in York. ASFF champions outstanding filmmaking talent and expands audience choice by showcasing 300 stunning films from across the world in 15 of the city’s most iconic venues. The films span a diverse range of genres, including advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video and thriller. There is also a family friendly strand, plus guest screenings from Creative England’s iShorts and our three featured countries, which were Brazil, China and Cuba in 2015. Alongside screenings, ASFF hosts a series of masterclasses and workshops with leading industry figures from Channel 4, Ridley Scott Associates, Rankin Film and many more, plus evening events and an awards ceremony. 2016 will be the festival’s sixth year and will be celebrated with an even bigger programme of films and networking opportunities that make the festival a must-attend event for all filmmakers and film fans. The festival brings a lively buzz to York and showcases the city’s beautiful locations.

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York’s brimming with fantastic things to do with kids and we should know – we’re raising a handful of them here ourselves. Whether it’s chocolate or trains, Vikings or art, history or animals that they’re into this week, there’s something to entertain them. The parks and rivers are perfect stomping grounds too. When you’ve worked up an appetite, there are loads of places to refuel ready for the next adventure.

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York for free Put down your purse! Some of our top things to do are free. Spend a day at the National Railway Museum without spending a penny: entry is free and there’s lots for children. A walk around the medieval City Walls is always lovely, but it’s spectacular in spring with the daffodils in bloom. For little legs, choose a small section and hop off once you’ve had enough. We love to stroll around the streets as there’s plenty to please everyone, from entertainers and musicians to bustling markets. Marvel at the Minster, take a turn around the bottom of Clifford’s Tower, skip along Whipmawhopmagate and amble through the Shambles.

Places to play

Where to eat York’s bursting with fantastic places to eat as a family, with independent gems, wonderful tea rooms and quality chain restaurants all offering a warm welcome. Our readers eat out in York with their kids a lot and have nominated their favourite eateries for a Little Vikings Award (our new awards scheme rewarding the best of York for kids). These awards finalists are worth working up an appetite for:

Slap bang in the middle of the city, Museum Gardens is the perfect picnic spot, with ruins to run around, squirrels to spot and gorgeous river views. Speaking of the river, the River Ouse runs through the city and is a lovely place for a walk or cycle (there’s a dedicated cycle track and bike hire is easy). During summer months, treat yourselves to ice creams from the ice cream boat. Combine a riverside walk with a stroll to Rowntree Park, a stone’s throw from town, with its well-stocked play areas, duck pond and fab familyfriendly café.

Whatever the Weather Sun shining? Enjoy some of the best ice cream at • La Cremeria Grande • The Luxury Ice Cream Company • Roberto Authentic Italian Gelato

For breakfast: • Brew and Brownie (amazing pancakes), • The Pig & Pastry (incredible eggs) For lunch: • Café No 8 (fab bistro; under 10s eat free!) • Trinacria (delicious neighbourhood Sicilian) For dinner: • Ambiente (tapas – something for everyone) • Bill’s (relaxed dining) Don’t miss Bettys either. An encounter with their cake trolley is something every child will remember. Well worth queuing for.

Don’t miss the Big Scream screenings at City Screen, where parents/carers with babies under one can enjoy the latest releases in a relaxed – if noisy – atmosphere!

Bring your baby! Babies love York and York loves babies. Need to change or feed your little one in town? The dedicated facilities at children’s shop Jo Jo Maman Bébé are great, and there’s no pressure to buy (but we can’t promise you won’t be tempted). Nature’s Purest, a gorgeous baby boutique situated in the Shambles offers pure and simple designs for your little ones.

Cold outside? Warm up with a hot chocolate at • Spring Espresso • York’s Chocolate Story • Café Concerto Raining? Surely not! Escape the wet weather by checking out the trains at the National Railway Museum, making a chocolate lolly at York Cocoa House (no need to book), painting a plate/mug/eggcup at Rainbows Ceramics or going on an archaeological adventure at DIG. | 11

Make your own Yorkshire puddings! What you need: 140g plain flour, 4 eggs, 200ml milk, sunflower oil for cooking How to make them: 1. Heat your oven to 230℃. Drizzle sunflower oil into Yorkshire pudding tins and pop into the oven to warm.

Feeling hungry? Feast your eyes on what York is serving up during your stay in the city.

York is the foodie capital of the county. Where else can you dine beneath the soaring spires of the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe or enjoy contemporary cuisine on the site where Vikings and Roman centurions once marched? We’ve rounded up a selection of delectable food and drink highlights to give you a flavour of what you can taste while you’re in the city.

Star Attraction Familiar faces from the small screen visited York recently to find out what’s on the menu in the city.

And... ...Action! MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace took a foodie tour of York to discover some of the city’s sweetest treats and delicious dining options. Gregg Wallace took a break from judging cuisine created by budding chefs and journeyed north to take a bite out of what’s cooking in York. During his day trip he satisfied his sugar craving at Chocolate Heaven Monk Bar Chocolatiers, sampled some classic Yorkshire pudding at Walmgate Ale House & Bistro, and tucked into afternoon tea at five-star The Grand Hotel & Spa. To follow in Gregg’s footsteps while you’re in York, take a look at the video of his visit at

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2. Beat the flour and eggs together until smooth, then gradually add the milk and mix until lump-free. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and pour it into the tins. 3. Place the tins in the oven until the puddings are puffy and golden. Serve and enjoy!

Let them Eat Cake Frances Quinn, winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2013, was in the city to showcase her skills at the York Food & Drink Festival. We caught up with her the morning after her appearance at the festival to get her thoughts on Yorkshire food and getting inspired. You are in York for the Food & Drink Festival. What do you make of the city? I absolutely love York. The architecture is amazing, the back streets and cobbles…it’s just lovely. But I really love the food scene here. Everywhere you go you see so many incredible independent eateries and cafés. York’s Cocoa House is particularly gorgeous. The fairy lights and the cocoa in jars are so special. I have plans to try a Fat Rascal at Bettys next. I’m an ambassador for National Cream Tea Day, so it’s on my to-do list while in the city! What inspires your bakes? I don’t just get my inspiration from the kitchen. Everything you see day-to-day can be edible. York’s known for its chocolate, isn’t it? You could create York landmarks from chocolate. Imagine a Minster made from chocolate! Tell us how you’d create a Yorkshire bake. I’d create a sweet version of a Yorkshire pudding and stuff it with Yorkshire rhubarb and custard. I’ve heard about the lavender around York as well. I’m known for my obsession with bees and honey, so I’d love to create some lavender honey of my own.

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Michael Hjort – Festival Director 11 – 12 June & 23 Sept - 2 October

Did you know? That you can make your own bread with freshly-ground flour from Holgate Windmill a local visitor attraction.

Chocolate Maker: Ray Cardy is the owne r of and chocolatier at Chocolate Heaven. What does York’s link with chocolate mean to you? Being a chocolatier in a city with such a rich chocolate herita ge is immensely satisfying; being York’ s longest practising chocolatier is even mo re so.

2016 is a special year for York Food Festival, as we celebrate our 20th year. The festival is one of the biggest in the UK and we focus on the wonderful food and drink found in Yorkshire. In 2015, we had over 200,000 visitors across the 10 day festival. In 2016 we will enjoy a ‘Taster’ festival in June followed by the ‘Main’ festival in September. The September festival will take over the city; with a food market, bar and live music every day on Parliament Street & in York’s famous Shambles Market. There will be over 100 food stalls, including stalls selling local cheese, bread, oils and wine! The market also includes a wide range of street food stalls, several bars and live music each night. The Food Festival aims to provide everyone with something to enjoy. Families can experience special activities, foodies can explore York and local residents can discover places they didn’t even know were there! Festival-goers can enjoy special dinners, wine tastings and pop-up markets which will take place across the city. Visitors can also pick up tips in our Cookery School, take part in foodie activities in our Kids Zone and watch local chefs cook up a storm in our demonstration tent. Our Taste Trail and Ale Trail will also return for 2016, allowing you to taste your way around York’s foodie places and pubs

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The Hairy Fig – Fossgate

Quirky independent stores, high street brands and everything in between can be found along York’s shopping streets. What gems will you find during your stay?

Eclectic Independents Explore some of the city’s side streets to experience gems such as Goodramgate, Micklegate, Gillygate and the award winning ‘Bishy Road’. Don’t miss one of the most famous shopping streets in the country - Shambles. Foodie Routes Fossgate and Walmgate are a food lovers mecca with deli’s, cafes and restaurants galore.

The city of York offers a very special shopping experience. Here, you will find compact, historic cobbled streets filled with contemporary high street names and shopping centres a stone’s throw from ancient walls. This setting makes for a magical, memorable shopping trip. High Street Treats If you are looking for big name brands, head to Coney Street Parliament Street and Coppergate, all pedestrianised shopping streets with stores such as Leia and Fenwick. Unique Boutiques The stunning setting of Stonegate and Petergate offers tempting shops and high-end luxury. 14 | Scenic Shopping

Out of Town There are bargains to be found at York Designer Outlet and the luxurious Vangarde Shopping Park, located south of the city offers favourites such as John Lewis and Marks & Spencer plus various eating outlets. Shambles Market While in the city don’t miss the historic and thriving Shambles Market, open seven days a week and with regular evening and farmers markets. Find the Visit York Information Centre at 1 Museum Street for fantastic Yorkshire produce and products, an outstanding selection of local gifts, books and souvenirs. Plus help with booking accommodation, tickets, tours and purchasing York Passes.

Shopkeeper and Independent Councillor Johnny Hayes tells us why York’s Bishopthorpe Road was recently awarded Britain’s Best High Street 2015


“We were voted Britain’s Best High Street 2015 by the GB High Streets Judges and by popular vote. We won the Local Parade category as we are just a small local centre. However we are 95% independent traders and without any public money we have together built our street into a place that is loved by our local community and visitors alike. It is the community atmosphere and the good independent businesses that clinched it in the end for Bishy Road. Many parades of businesses have declined and have lost their character. Bishy Road has thrived and together with local people we have built up a wonderful co-operative energy. It is a place where people know you by name and you can buy virtually anything. All this makes Bishy Road a unique place to live, visit and do business. Bishy Road offers a lovely, friendly local shopping centre with quality independent businesses. We have wonderful cafés, restaurants and pubs, plus the butcher, the baker and the bicycle maker! We are known for our street parties because when our busy street is closed the lovely community atmosphere just grows and grows. We provide brilliant food, drink, entertainment, good music and that mixed with a great neighbourhood spirit makes a Bishy Road Street Party something very special!”

Angela Horner – Chair 22 – 24 April Fashion City York started life in 2011 - the idea was to bring together and celebrate all the great things about fashion in York. The vision for Fashion City York is to hold York Fashion Week and as part of building to that Fashion City York holds an annual weekend of events and promotions across the city. In 2015 events included live windows in department stores, a fashion and photography competition for students, in-store catwalks and much more. FCY Weekend is due to take place from 22 – 24 April 2016 and we are looking forward to more fabulous events across the city to incorporate shops, museums and bars etc. A map and list of events will be available from Visit York and local businesses a couple of weeks before. New for 2016 is the Fashion Village on Parliament Street, a marquee full of local designers and fashionistas plus demonstrations and a catwalk area that will see events over the three days including fashion workshops, beauty demos and catwalks. The launch party due to be held on 21 April will mark the start to what will be a fun and fashionable weekend! For more details visit and follow Fashion City York on Facebook. If you would like to take part or be involved email Dog & Bone Vintage – Gillygate

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IN THE LIMELIGHT After a £4.1 million redevelopment, the curtain is set to rise on the new-look York Theatre Royal. For over 270 years, York Theatre Royal has delighted and enthralled the people of York and beyond, captivating audiences with a rich, diverse programme of creative activity. From vibrant musicals and hard-hitting dramas to large-scale local productions and the beloved annual panto, there is always something to capture the imagination and charm onlookers. All Change Here The theatre closed its doors in March 2015 to complete a major project, the first in almost 50 years. During this time it took up residency at the purpose-built Signal Box Theatre at the National Railway Museum.

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Working in partnership with the museum, York Theatre Royal staged two huge productions at its temporary home, both of which interwove the magic of live theatre with the setting. The first of these, In Fog and Falling Snow, saw a cast of 200 take audiences on a journey through the National Railway Museum and also back in time as they revealed the rise and fall of George Hudson, the Railway King. This was followed by a classic retelling of The Railway Children. The residency was roundedoff with the world-famous annual pantomime, which also took place in the Signal Box Theatre. The Next Stage The revamped theatre will re-open in spring 2016, featuring a new roof and

an extended and re-modelled front of house area. The main auditorium has also been refurbished and redecorated, and there will also be major improvements to access and environmental impact. Plus, a brand new café and restaurant will make the theatre an all-day destination. The re-opening spring season will see the theatre produce an exciting line-up of two world premiere co-productions, plus touring shows, ballet, opera and theatre and festivals for young people. It is intended that York Theatre Royal will be a building fit for a 21st century audience that will be both sustainable and able to thrive into the future. As one of the UK’s leading creative producing and presenting theatres, the theatre constantly builds on its reputation for producing high quality and ambitious work, with highly regarded productions of new commissions and revivals at all scales. As the theatre opens its doors once more at its old home, it will continue to serve audiences of all ages, from young children and teenagers to adults and seniors. There is something for everyone at your all-new York Theatre Royal.

2016 YEARS IN THE MAKING From triumphant returns and rejuvenated favourites to a jam-packed calendar filled with festivals, 2016 is set to be a year of celebration for York.

Spring – A special return for 2016 is the Flying Scotsman making an entrance in The Inaugural Run taking place in February. Hot on it’s heels is the annual JORVIK Viking Festival where our Norse friends invade the city over one weekend. After a £4.1 million redevelopment – York Theatre Royal opens its doors. Don’t miss Clifford’s Tower at this time of year – it offers some of the best skyline views across the city and including the famous daffodils which line the historic City Walls. Other festivals making a return include the York Literature Festival taking place in March and Fashion City York, celebrating the city’s chic style in April.

Summer – The 800 yearold gothic cathedral of York Minster will undergo a spectacular transformation in the summer of 2016 to become a monumental auditorium for a much anticipated, five week-long staging of the York Mystery Plays at the Minster. Back for a second year after a sell out first season the Great Yorkshire Fringe is a explosive family friendly festival with theatre, comedy and a man made village green!

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Along with regular favourites such as the Festival of Ideas and the Early Music Festival, the festival programme continues to grow with the new for 2016 Eboracum Roman Festival (June) bringing York’s Roman history back to life. The York Pass, the city’s sightseeing card, is an ideal tool to help you explore the city in the sunshine why not take a trip on the York Boat, cool off in the York Dungeon or explore the awe-inspiring Minster.

Winter – The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November showcases around 300 stunning films from across the world in 15 of the city’s most iconic venues. The films span a diverse range of genres, including advertising, animation, artists’ film, comedy, dance, documentary, drama, experimental, fashion, music video.


York is a magical winterland wonderland at Christmas time, with snug market chalets scattered across the city, scenic shopping and returning for a second year, the Ice Trail.

Delma Tomlin – Festival Director 8 – 16 July

Autumn – September sees the Food & Drink Festival take over the city centre with Foodie Markets, tempting tasters, workshops and events. Looking for something a bit different, York hosts the World Ploughing Championships in September! Whilst Illuminating York invites visitors to experience the city in a new light, transforming it’s historic backdrop.

The York Early Music Festival was established in 1977 and is recognised as the UK’s premier celebration of music from the medieval to the 18th century. Designed to reflect the beauty of the myriad historic churches and guildhalls that make up the city of York, the festival is packed with concerts, illustrated lectures and workshops. Guest artists join us from across the world and audiences enjoy opportunities both to meet some of early music’s finest performers and to make friends with like-minded individuals. Many concerts are recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and transmitted world-wide through the European Broadcasting Union. Highlights include the biennial York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, which attracts emerging professional musicians to York for one of the highest profile competitions in Europe. Each festival is carefully themed – in 2016 we will be focusing on the music of Shakespeare’s theatre with a programme called ‘Fairies, Witches and Ariel Beings’ running from 8 – 16 July. Guests include The Sixteen, directed by Harry Christophers, lutenist Thomas Dunford and the Scandinavian smash-hit ensemble Barokksolistene in their Ale House programme direct from the Sam Wannamaker Theatre at the Globe London. Venues include York Minster, churches across the city, the National Centre for Early Music and the University of York. Booking opens to the public on 7 March.

BACK FOR 2016!

Following the success of the very first Great Yorkshire Fringe in 2015, we’re back! We’ll be following up our weird, wise and wonderful festival with 17 days of comedy, variety, music and family entertainment for 2016.

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THE RETURN OF THE YORK MYSTERY PLAYS After a 16-year hiatus, the York Mystery Plays are returning to York Minster, bringing the drama and intrigue to the Minster once more. The York Mystery Plays dramatise the greatest story ever told – from the creation of heaven and earth to the last judgement. It’s a story of good versus evil, of life and death and of love, betrayal, loss and hope. In the summer of 2016 it will be presented on a monumental scale in an extraordinary setting. It’s 16 years since the plays were last staged at York Minster and only the second time in their near 700 year history. The medieval Minster’s magnificent Nave will be transformed into a 1,000 seater auditorium for the production, which opens on 26 May and runs for five weeks until 30 June. “It is a great pleasure and enormously Promotional: York Minster

exciting to stage the Mystery Plays at York Minster again,” says the Dean of York. “The production at the Minster will be special for a number of reasons, not least because, above all else, York Minster is a church.” In keeping with tradition, a vast community cast will work with one professional actor, supported by an army of backstage volunteers to create a unique spectacle, which will celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. “The stories told through the Plays are stamped across the very fabric of the cathedral, from the carvings in the stonework to the stained-glass of the Great East Window, which depicts the cycles dramatised in the Plays,” adds the Dean of York.

“The Plays will allow us to reach out to new audiences on a local, regional, national and international level and we hope experiencing the performances in such an extraordinary setting will be a truly moving experience and provide the opportunity for people to respond to their environment.” The production aims to provoke tears and laughter and be an intensely moving experience, but above all it’s a rare opportunity to see the city’s most famous stories brought to life in its most iconic building. | 21

My YORK Here are a few of our favourite things about York, according to those who know the city best.

Greg McGee Owner of According to McGee Gallery

Robyn Sass Actor and marketing assistant at York Dungeon

Complete the sentence you know you’re in York when...

…you turn a street corner and there’s the best of this century side by side with the best of the 8th century.

…you find a new shortcut to places every day.

Do you have a York event or festival you can’t miss?

Aesthetica Short Film Festival. When the cinema becomes the city and the city becomes the cinema. That’s the definition of a City of Media Arts.

illuminating York, the city’s annual festival of light.

Do you have a favourite pub or bar?

The Vaults. Brand new, hungry to impress and a crack team ready to provide top of the range food and service.

The Golden Fleece, York’s most haunted pub!

Where is the best place to take the kids?

Museum Gardens. The river, the ruins, the lazy sunny days. Perfect for their imagination and it’s a million miles away from iPad games.

For a walk around the City Walls, taking in the amazing views.

No other city has such an exciting continuum as York. From pre-Roman Celts, to the glittering digital age that beckons, the city straddles both worlds with effortless style.

The friendly atmosphere, the rich history, the amazing local businesses. I love that you can spend your morning in a beautiful garden or by the river, and your afternoon in the city centre or at the many interesting attractions York has to offer.

Why do you love York?

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Nathaniel Abakah-Phillips Union President at York St John University

Jenni Lackford aka Ermingard, JORVIK Viking Centre

Suzy Johnson Visit York Information Centre Manager

William Derby Chief Executive of York Racecourse

…you see the Minster.

...people in the street don’t bat an eyelid when they see a group of Vikings, walking through the city. feel the buzz, walking around the city street. can walk around 2,000 years of history with interesting people, places and things to do and see around every corner.

Illuminating York or the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

It has to be JORVIK Viking Festival in February (but I was always going to say that!) a week-long celebration of all things Norse!

The York St Nicholas Christmas Festival is very special and transforms the city into a winter wonderland.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival stages the very best in global horseracing with all the fashion and social highlights of the summer.

Fossgate Social.

The Duke of York on Kings Square. It is a great pub, owned by a local brewery and it has a feeling of a country pub right in the heart of bustling York.

There is too many to choose from, come see us in the Visit York Information Centre and we’ll point you in the right direction.

The House of Trembling Madness is atmospheric and unique.

Funnily enough I do not have any children! However if I did, I would take them to Creepy Crawlies at the Web Adventure Park.

For me it would be a tossup between DIG, where kids can get hands on with history or Rowntree Park, with play areas and space for the little ones to play.

JORVIK Viking Centre, DIG and the National Railway Museum.

My girls love the Castle Museum which brings York’s past to life.

I love York because it is gradually becoming a very lively city, however it maintains its historic character and is highly welcoming of the student population.

What’s not to love? History is everywhere you look. Often the best examples are hidden away down snickelways, so there is always an incentive to explore York!

The culture, the shops, everything!

Great restaurants, great heritage, great shops, great sport and great fun.

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Walk the Walls From Romans and Vikings to royals and rebels, York’s walls are entwined with the city’s dramatic past. Soak up their history as you stroll above the bustling streets below.

1. Micklegate Bar 2. Bootham Bar 3. Monk Bar 4. Walmgate Bar 5. Fishergate Bar 6. Victoria Bar

The Gateway to the City There are five main ‘bars’, or big gateways, that guard York at key points along the walls. There is also one postern, or small gateway, one Victorian gateway, and 45 towers. At over two miles, they are also the longest medieval walls in England. You’ll need two hours to complete the full circuit.

Cameras at the Ready One of the most iconic York views can be captured from the walls that end at Lendal Bridge. As you wander from Micklegate Bar and follow the walls past the train station, York Minster comes into view, its soaring spires creating a picture-perfect moment.

Did you know? There is no charge to walk around York’s walls, making it one of the best free attractions in the city.

Kings, Art and Religion If you are an art aficionado, York Art Gallery has recently re-opened and now incorporates CoCA – the Centre of Ceramic Art. If you would like to follow up your visit to the gallery with a picturesque walk, cross the road and join the walls at Bootham Bar. This leads around the back of York Minster to Monk Bar, home to the Richard III Experience – an exploration of the life of the last Plantagenet king.

A Different Viewpoint A new view of York city centre can be found at Walmgate Bar, which saw new rails and decking added to the medieval gateway in late 2015 as part of a restoration project. If you are walking the walls, you will now be able to sit on the Walmgate Barbican and access the roof, creating a new vantage point of the city.

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The Walls Came Tumbling Down We nearly lost the walls completely in 1800 when the council decided to improve the city by demolishing the walls! Luckily, resistance from the public was so strong that this was halted. Nowadays City of York Council spends around £100,000 a year on its walls conservation programme.

The walls are open from dawn to dusk

Did you know? Walmgate Bar is the most complete bar in York and has been someone’s home for most of its 800-year history. The last resident was a policeman who moved out in the 1950s.

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Getting Defensive We shine the spotlight on the history of the walls.

Check ahead before walking the walls as they are sometimes closed in icy weather conditions.

When in Rome There have been defensive walls guarding York since the arrival of the Roman 9th Legion in AD71 and within 300 years they had created an impressive fortress. One of the most significant parts of these defences, the Multangular Tower, is a lasting reminder of the Roman City Walls. Take a look for yourself when you visit Museum Gardens.

Defending Jorvik The Vikings captured York in AD866 and modernised the Roman walls, covering them with a broad embankment topped with a timber fence before extending them to the edges of the rivers Ouse and Foss.

Taxing Times By 1068, William the Conqueror was in York and building a castle. In fact, he built two castles, one to guard each riverbank. Taxes introduced 150 years after William’s rule helped to pay for the stone walls that can be seen today. Since then, the walls have protected the city from invading rebels and the Scots, and were battered during the three-month siege in 1644.



No dogs (except guide dogs) on the walls please

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HIDDEN YORK Martin Witts, curator of the Great Yorkshire Fringe and former York resident, reveals some of his favourite sneaky snickelways and ginnels around the city.

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Having been brought up in Bahrain and the large sandy beaches of Broadstairs, the Narnia-like maze of York’s secret ginnels and snickelways excited and enthralled. Daily I would tramp different routes after snifters of tremendous local ales and the occasional pancake roll from Stanley’s (now sadly retired), the oldest Chinese restaurant in England, trying to find the most interesting and swiftest route to the next appointment. Magical and mysterious places with names to match can be found within the City Walls: Whip-ma-wop-ma-gate, Bedern, and Hornpot Lane; the Shambles and Silver Street; Popes Head Alley, Patrick Pool, and Tonge’s Court, all promise adventure and intrigue. After a decade or so, I forged routes through the city that were appropriate to the weather. From foul weather routes avoiding every drop of rain and sunshine routes gobbling up every ray to night time routes, when each passageway stirred up the chance of friendly and not-so-friendly ghosts.

JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL In 1997 I purchased a fine book detailing York’s snickelways and retraced steps taken as a student, now learning more about the history and from whence names came. My interest surged and now weekly I set off to find new routes across the city created by new builds, refurbishments, and the reopening of some truly exciting routes along the River Foss. At the heart of York, the Shambles is fed by a plethora of tiny alleys, like veins and capillaries breathing life into a city that has a history, warmth, and decadence like no other I have chanced upon. You will encounter more characters than a Dickens novel and dream to return. Start at Bootham Bar, the oldest of the entries to the city, and take a walk. Every left turn, you will see a city that is clean, safe, friendly and beautiful. A crow flight route takes less than an hour; a snickelway meander can fill your day – or week – with a treasure chest of adventure.

Danielle Daglan – Festival Director 15 – 21 February JORVIK Viking Festival is based on the ancient ‘Jolablot’ celebrations, where the Vikings would celebrate the end of winter hardships and coming of spring. These thousand year old celebrations were long forgotten until York Archaeological Trust, the owners of JORVIK Viking Centre, revived this lost Norse tradition in the 1980s and our Viking festival was born! Now modern visitors to York can celebrate as the Vikings did, with feasting, storytelling and enjoying the Norse atmosphere throughout the city! JORVIK Viking Festival has become a firm fixture in the York festival calendar, going from strength to strength each year with established events including: the Strongest Viking competition, Viking encampments that bring the past to life, specialists talks, crafting, archaeological expert sessions and the Viking banquet, all leading up to the spectacular finale, where hundreds of Viking warriors take to the field in an awe-inspiring display of Norse storytelling, battle action and pyrotechnics! 2016 will see the festival celebrate the legacy of King Canute, the Viking warrior who rose through the ranks to become not just King of England but leader of a North Sea Empire! Plans are already underway for the 2017 festival, so be sure to keep an eye out online for dates and be ready to book your visit back in time to York’s Viking Age!

THE BEST DAY OUT IN HISTORY Wander through the Victorian cobbled streets, experience life in a World War One trench, visit the authentic prison cells and see history come to life at York Castle Museum. Kirkgate – Our Victorian Street Step onto our world-famous recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, and soak up the sights, sounds, and smells of Victorian York. Visit the many shops and find thousands of fascinating objects, including costumes, traditional sweets and the pharmacist’s unlikely ‘cures’. 1914: When the World Changed Forever – From the recruiting office to the horrors of trench warfare; take a journey through the First World War looking at the fascinating objects and hearing the stories of those who lived it. The Sixties – Take a trip back to this explosive decade that transformed our lives and attitudes. 28 | Promotional: York Museums Trust

From flamboyant fashions and revolutionary music to space-age technology, see how new inventions and ideas transformed everyday life. Toys – Whether you’re seven or 70, you’ll find your bestloved childhood toys here. Check out the chopper bike, spot the spirograph, reminisce with our retro computer games and much more! Castle Prison – Down in the felons’ cells lies a dark and brutal history – a time when rogues, thieves and murderers were locked up inside. Watch out for our most notorious inmate of all: the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin.

Shaping the Body: Fashion Food - Life Opens 25 March Worrying about our bodies is nothing new. But you may be surprised to find out how much our ideal body, our diets and our daily activity have changed over time. This major new exhibition looks at how what we eat, what we wear, how we move and the jobs we do have all affected our bodies over the last 500 years. Using the museum’s extensive fashion, social history and art collections, this thought-provoking and fascinating exhibition will challenge the notion of the perfect body.

A WORK OF ART Home to names including Pablo Picasso, David Hockney and Sarah Lucas and the nationally recognised Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA); York Art Gallery is now one of the leading regional Galleries in the country. Mark Hearld – The Lumber Rooms Award-winning artist Mark Hearld opens the door to a world of weird and wonderful treasures in his exhibition: The Lumber Rooms. Drawing on the diverse collections of York Museums Trust, expect to find an array of rare oddities and unusual artefacts alongside new works by Mark created especially for the exhibition.

ceramics, which is the most representative public collection in the UK and covers the entire British studio ceramics movement.

Burton and Beyond – Find some of York’s most popular and wellloved artists from the past 200 years with highlights including Walter Sickert, Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, L.S. Lowry and David Hockney.

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CoCA – The Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) highlights and celebrates our collection of British studio Images by Peter Heaton & Kippa Matthews

The spectacular gallery space showcases some of the most important names in our collection, such as the iconic Bernard Leach, Grayson Perry, Hans Coper and Lucie Rie.

25 March – 4 September 2016 The largest touring exhibition of British First World War Art for almost 100 years will go on show at York Art Gallery in 2016.

IWM London’s Truth and Memory is a major retrospective that comprises over 60 works and features some of the most iconic images to emerge from the First World War, including paintings by Paul Nash, Percy Wyndham Lewis, CRW Nevinson, Stanley Spencer and William Orpen.

Flesh 23 September 2016 – 19 March 2017 Human but animal, alive but dead, abstract but figurative; Flesh will raise questions about the body and ageing, race and gender, touch and texture, surface and skin through painting, sculpture, photography and film. | 29

ONE DAY IN YORK When her Nan came for a visit to York, Minster FM’s Beth Parsons decided to use a York Pass to show off what the city has to offer. We joined them on their journey around the attractions.

Beth Parsons, a programming assistant on local radio station, Minster FM, was looking for a fun way to enjoy some quality time with her Nan, who was travelling from Trowbridge in Wiltshire to York. As she had never used a York Pass before, Beth decided that this was the perfect way to spend the day showing off some of the best sights: “The York Pass can save you a lot of money and are available to purchase from the Visitor Information Centre,” explains Beth. “The York Pass includes York’s top attractions both in and beyond the city so you have absolutely loads to choose from.” Using the free guidebook to plan their day, the pair made their way around five exciting attractions. Here’s how Beth describes their day in York… 11am – We got on the Park & Ride at Poppleton to save us on some car parking money and went to pick up our York Passes. I said to my Nan: “There are 31 different attractions that we can go to. Do you think we’ll manage them all in one day?” “I’m very doubtful but we can have a good try,” she replied.

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11.45am – Once inside the glorious York Minster, I asked my Nan what she thought of the windows. “Absolutely magnificent. So much work must have gone into it. So many hours, so much time. It’s just breathtaking,” Nan answered. “Just think of all of the effort because there were no cranes. How they managed to do all of this…you can’t imagine it.” 12.30pm – After some lunch and a wander around the Shambles, York’s oldest street, we went to our second attraction, York’s Chocolate Story. 1.30pm – “I thought York’s Chocolate Story was fabulous,” said Nan after we finished our tour. “I made my own lolly and put all of the different sprinkles onto it.” There was also some audience participation and Nan leapt at the chance to stir the chocolate up. I asked her if it brought back childhood memories but she said that she didn’t really have much of a chocolate childhood: “I was of the generation where chocolate wasn’t that popular but I make up for lost time now!” We wandered through the Shambles Market and on to our next attraction, JORVIK Viking Centre. 3pm – “That was fabulous. It was so lifelike. I would recommend it for visitors. You really wanted to touch them and talk to them,” said my Nan when we left JORVIK Viking Centre. “They looked very real. You really thought you were in there with the Vikings.” 3.45pm – We ascended the stairs to Clifford’s Tower. Nan said that the stairs were hard work but worth the climb. We went all the way to the top and took a selfie with York Minster in the background before making our way down to the riverside to wait for our final attraction, a YorkBoat ride. 4.30pm – As we waited for the YorkBoat we hoped for a breeze on board as it was a baking hot day. The boat ride took us up and down the river. “The man who did the commentary was very nice and I think we spotted all of the cats we were told to look out for,” said Nan after the ride ended.

Beth and Nan’s Highlights I think my Nan is quite traditional and liked York Minster a lot but she’s also a huge chocolate lover so York’s Chocolate Story was very good for her! My favourite was the boat trip because the weather was so gorgeous for it and it was very relaxing, plus I’d never seen York from the river before. “It was a lovely, lovely day,” said Nan. I asked her if she would recommend the York Pass to someone who was visiting York and thinking of buying one: “It’s definitely worth it. It’s been really memorable.” You can get a pass for up to three days so you could be sorted for a long weekend. I think if we had the pass for longer than a day we’d perhaps visit some of the attractions further out from York, such as Eden Camp, Castle Howard and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.


Martin Witts – Festival Curator 15 – 31 July A weird, wise and wonderful fringe festival, the very first Great Yorkshire Fringe was held to great acclaim across July and August 2015. With over 120,000 visitors flocking to the purpose built village green on Parliament Street, and nearly 30,000 tickets sold to 250 events, the festival brought every kind of entertainment to York, with top name comedians performing alongside magicians, children’s shows and great music, and it will return for 2016!

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The festival is curated by Martin Witts, the director of Leicester Square Theatre and the Museum of Comedy in London. A long time York resident, he developed the Great Yorkshire Fringe to celebrate the wonderful city of York; giving residents a fringe festival in the heart of the city and encouraging tourism for the wider area. As a curated festival it is open to all, and welcomes event submissions from any performer or promoter, enabling the Fringe to support and celebrate local acts. Planning is well underway for the 2016 Great Yorkshire Fringe! The Lazy Lawn will be back and ready to rebuild the village green for an even bigger event, with 17-days of entertainment across four venues on the site, from 15 – 31 July. With acts yet to be announced, the Fringe will again be bringing a smorgasbord of fun and big names to York – plus maybe even a couple of returning favourites!

THE WAR EFFORT From buried bunkers to bird’s eye views, York has an array of attractions charting the city’s history during wartime. York Castle Museum York’s dramatic military history is evident in its two miles of historic walls and imposing stone bars that guard the city. However, if you plan to delve deeper into its embattled history, take a trip around the attractions that offer an intriguing take on the impact of war York and its people. Into Battle Step inside York Army Museum and, to a dramatic wartime soundtrack, follow the timeline that takes you on a journey back in time. The Royal Dragoon Guards and the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire are two of the most well-known regiments in the county and their tales are told within the museum. Artefacts collected over the last 300 years are perfectly preserved and presented within over 80 display cases. 2016 is the centenary the Somme Offensive and the museum will be commemorating this with a series of exhibitions: The Yorkshire Pals (January to May), ‘Remembering the Somme, 1916-2016 (June to September), and Poppies: Women and War (October to December) – an art exhibition produced in collaboration with photographer Lee Karen Stow. Chocks Away Yorkshire Air Museum is an impressive tribute to those who saw World War Two from the air. If you 32 | The War Effort

have a penchant for planes and a fascination with the war that changed the world, a short journey out of York centre to Elvington is well worth the trip. The museum itself is based on the largest surviving original World War II RAF Bomber Command Station, and you’ll find exhibitions and displays among the aircraft collection. The focus is firmly placed on Yorkshire’s place in aviation history and what life was like for those that took to the skies. Journey to the Frontline York Castle Museum is marking the centenary of World War One with 1914: When the World Changed Forever. This exhibition launched on 28 June 2014, exactly 100 years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – an action that led to the outbreak of war, and is set to run until 2018. You will be led from peacetime through to recruitment and onwards, following the path trodden by soldiers who left Yorkshire for the trenches of the frontline. The stories of the people of Yorkshire who lived during the war are told through the museum’s military, costume and social history collections The Art of War The recently-revamped York Art Gallery is set to play host to the largest touring exhibition of British art

from World War One in 2016. From 25 March, Truth and Memory, IWM London’s retrospective comprising over 60 works, will showcase some of the most iconic images of World War One. You will get the opportunity to see up close how artists of all ages and backgrounds tried to reflect the war that they were living through. The exhibition runs to 4 September and is the only gallery other than IWM London to host the exhibition. Going Underground A very different war is uncovered at the York Cold War Bunker, where blast-proof doors lead through to rooms filled with maps and markers. Once part of a national network of observation bunkers, the York site was in active service between the 1960s and 1990s and offers a spine-chilling look at our very recent past. In the Field Journey out of York towards Malton to discover Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, which is located within the grounds and buildings of an original prisoner of war camp and offers a full sensory experience of life on both the frontline and home front.


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Miles Salter – Festival Director 10 – 23 March York Literature Festival, in association with Baillie Gifford, returns in March 2016, with over 40 events taking place throughout one of the UK’s most beautiful cities. Headline acts for 2016 include Vince Cable, Michael Portillo, Arthur Smith, Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy and Margaret Drabble. There’s an event on graphic novels, a day of activities for children, and a guided walk around York’s sites of literary interest. Workshops help writers to get inspired, and there’s a session with literary agents on mistakes to avoid when sending your novel to key people in publishing. ‘This is our most diverse festival,’ says Festival Director Miles Salter, ‘with events that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. I’m looking forward to welcoming York visitors to our events. This is the first time we have worked with Baillie Gifford and I’m looking forward to developing the partnership.’ Tickets are available to buy via the York Theatre Royal website and you can follow the festival on twitter @YorkLitFest.

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Fountains Abbey

Whichever direction you go, you are sure to find something exciting beyond the City Walls. Using York as your base, discover exceptional attractions and scenic stately homes right on the doorstep.

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Castle Howard

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North Venture north of York to discover a series of attractions that enthral and amaze. A short distance out of the City Walls you will find the exquisite Castle Howard in Ryedale. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, this awe-inspiring house and gardens offers a packed events programme in a stunning setting. North west of Castle Howard you’ll discover the vibrant fields, maze, and sculpture park at Yorkshire Lavender in the summer months; the orchards and organic gardens at Nunnington Hall on the bank of the River Rye; and freeflying owls, eagles, vultures and falcons at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Helmsley. Helmsley itself is well worth a visit, recently crowned best market town in Britain. This is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park and offers events and mini festivals throughout the year. Head east of Helmsley and hop aboard a train that will whisk you through the moors and back to the time when

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people travelled by steam. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway takes you on a special tour of the vivid, rolling green hills of the national park, filled with forests and woodland that make way for the sandy, picturesque North Yorkshire coastline. The train stops at different spots along the way until you reach the pretty seaside town of Whitby. While exploring the town, take a tour of the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, housed within the 17th century ship owner’s home where the explorer, James Cook, lodged as an apprentice seaman.

South South west of York lies our neighbour, Leeds. This industrial city in the heart of West Yorkshire is vibrant, cosmopolitan and offers interesting attractions and a buzzing nightlife. South of Leeds and close to Wakefield you’ll find Diggerland, a fun attraction where children and adults alike can ride and drive real JCB diggers. This quirky theme park offers something different if you’re in search of something hands-on for your day trip.

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From the town of Malton, famed for its award-winning food markets, to the sandy shore of Bridlington, and down to the city of Hull – named 2017 City of Culture – the land that lies east of York is filled with a beautiful mixture of countryside and urban life.

A magical combination of stately homes, medieval ruins and an estate that has an array of seasonal adventures awaits you when you venture west of York. At Stockeld Park the whole family can enjoy Easter, summer, Halloween and Christmas fun, filled with activities to keep big and little kids entertained, with jumping pillows and ice cream carts in the warmer weather through to special appearances by Santa at Christmas time. For an elegant day visit, the atmospheric ruins of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal offer a glimpse into a medieval world. The abbey was established by devout monks while Studley Royal was later developed into a water garden. Throughout the year there is a host of seasonal events to keep the whole family entertained.

Close to the centre of Malton you’ll find Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, a visitor attraction for the whole family that offers a collection charting British military and social history from 1914. If you’re a green-fingered garden-lover, Breezy Knees Gardens is a short drive outside of York and located south west of Eden Camp. Offering 15 acres filled with over 6,000 varieties of flowers, this is a lovely place in the summer months. Should you and your little ones love life under the sea, a visit to The Deep in Hull is a must. This aquarium is home to over 3,500 fish and a colony of gorgeous Gentoo Penguins.

If you seek a stately experience, take a trip east of Fountains Abbey to Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, where you can enjoy the grand rooms within the Italian-inspired house. The wilderness play area and interactive galleries are perfect for families and offer a full day out. | 35

On the Market During your York stay look no further than the reinvigorated and revamped Shambles Market for fresh local produce, beautiful Yorkshire-made gift ideas and lots more. 36 | On the Market

Whether you seek a unique gift or something special to remember your visit to York by, fresh fruit or a slice of delicious cake, you are sure to find what you’re looking for at the Shambles Market. A market has been in place in York since Viking times and in the centuries that have followed it has taken many forms and seen many changes, eventually evolving into the bustling, vibrant Shambles Market that exists today. This recently renovated market is tucked away between Parliament Street and just behind York’s most famous medieval street, the Shambles. It has undergone a spectacular transformation, with £1.5million going towards refurbished stalls and eye-catching huts and attracting a series of new traders with exciting wares. Take a look at our conversation with some of the market traders to find out why they think you should pop over and take a look around while you’re in the city…

Meet the Traders We asked some of the traders what they make of the market.


Lee Boxall, Artist A local artist capturing York in a new way on canvas Do you have any tales to tell about visitors to your stall? Markets are a great leveller. All people from all walks of life can be found in a market and it’s never dull. I have regular visitors to my stall who, for them, seeing my artwork changes their day. That’s rewarding. I love York because it is a city for everyone. It’s always changing.

David and Jason Kelly, Sticks Art Stones A stall selling wooden gifts What is the best thing about working at the Shambles Market? The visitors, the city, and the choice of traders. The staff aren’t bad either! We love York because of the visitors. Great people, great city.

Roy Dean, Fudge and Cookies A scrummy stall selling sweet treats Do any visitors to your stall stand out? I love talking to my customers about my products but was lost for words when one customer asked me why the whisky and ginger fudge was called that! York is the perfect blend of a cosmopolitan city that welcomes people from all over the world, and a big village, where it’s possible to get to know customers individually. And it’s all wrapped up with history, heritage, and an environment to be proud of.

Jolanta Narsutiene, Cosy Craft A stall that sells handcrafted gifts What is the best thing about working at York’s Shambles Market? The best thing for us is that it’s open seven days a week! The next best thing is the location and, of course, the people. The city has a very interesting history, beautiful buildings, nice people, and it is a pleasure to come here each time.

Chris Price – City Centre and Markets Manager 17 Nov – 23 Dec York is a special place at Christmas and the 2015 St Nicholas Christmas Festival offered some great new twists to the city’s festive experience. The St Nicholas Christmas Fair was extended to 35 days, with over 100 snug wooden chalets, dressed with twinkling lights lining Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square, Coppergate and for the first time appearing on the terrace of The Judge’s Lodging, Lendal. Parliament Street in York city centre was also home to Thor’s Tipi a stunning Scandinavian style food and drink hub providing some welcome respite from all the Christmas shopping. The Ice Trail weekend marked the 2 week countdown to the big day with 30 sparkling, icy creations scattered across York and the first Christmas Choirs’ Weekend further enhanced the magical atmosphere Across the wider city, there were Santas to spot, scenic Christmas shopping, fabulous festive food, magical music and traditional contemplation at the stunning York Minster. We are already planning for the 2016 celebrations, which are set to be bigger and bolder than ever before. We are looking forward to sharing next Christmas with you!

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WONDER AND WORSHIP Louise Hampson of York-based Christians in Communication invites you to explore 1,000 years of history within the city’s churches York once had nearly 50 parish churches and while there are fewer now, they, and the many chapels and meeting houses, are what help to make York such a magnet for historylovers. Whether filled with stunning stained glass and carvings or simple, classical and elegant features, their stories are fascinating, rich and varied. But crucially they are living places of worship and you will often see them buzz with the variety and activity of their current life. Many of them are off the main streets and easily missed, so exploring the back streets will reap rewards.

Some churches, like St Olave’s in Marygate, have strong connections with York’s Viking past, while others like St Helen’s opposite Bettys Tea Rooms may have their roots in York’s Roman age.

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Treasure Hunt There are plenty of York churches that are hidden gems waiting to be discovered. One such church, Holy Trinity, Goodramgate (now run by the Churches Conservation Trust) is tucked away from the busy shopping street behind an iron gate. Step into the churchyard behind the houses of Ladyrow (the oldest houses in York) and you will find a fascinating church with its Georgian box pews and no electric light – be there during advent for a magical candlelit service! Or explore the classical elegance of Centenary Methodist on St Saviourgate, where the daisies on the ceiling cunningly conceal air vents. Each church has something to offer, from the beautiful glass connected with the Mystery Plays in All Saints Pavement, to the Roman stonework in St Mary Bishophill Junior. Find out about the sisters who lived through the reigns of seven monarchs or Mary Craven, a pioneer sweet manufacturer from Coppergate. Every church will also warmly welcome you to share in worship with them and every day they offer you a place to reflect and refresh – come inside! To find out more about churches in the city, download the York Churches app, available for Apple and Android.

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Some are a little further out but well worth the short walk to explore: Holy Trinity on Micklegate, for example, was once part of a great priory church and complex visited by Richard III. It was also the starting point for the annual cycle of Mystery Plays which set off at dawn on the feast of Corpus Christi that went on long into the summer night. On your way there you will pass St Martin-cum-Gregory, a tiny church nestling in its own little churchyard and now the home of the Stained Glass Trust. Holy Trinity, Goodramgate

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IT’S CHRISTMAS! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and nowhere celebrates Christmas quite like York. Join us from November for the festivities and indulge in some magical memorable Christmassy merriment. York begins the season in style with the St Nicholas Christmas Festival – a series of events, fairs and festive fun. If you’re lucky enough to be here in the city, you are in for a treat. Here’s what you can look out for during your stay…

York St Nicholas Fair 2016 St Nicholas Fair, York’s annual festive market, was given a tinselly twist for 2015, with an extended run, new locations, and even more market stalls to peruse. This year, it’s set to be even bigger, with the Festive First Night seeing the launch of the festivities in the city and the opening of the Christmas markets.

The Brrr-illiant Ice Trail For one weekend in December the Ice Trail transforms York, sprinkling some magic across the city. During your visit, you can follow the trail to find a collection of beautiful carved figures made from crystal-clear ice sprinkled around the city centre and lining the surrounding streets.

Family Fun From Santa spotting at venues around the centre of York to journeying around the attractions with the children on a festive trail, there is something for children – and grown-ups – of all ages in York at Christmas time. There are pantomimes that keep everyone entertained and you can get your skates on at the Ice Factor at York Designer Outlet. | 39

CITY OF FESTIVALS Join us in 2016 to enjoy a jam packed festival line up. January 9: York Book Fair York Racecourse Tel: 01904 624414

Febuary TBC: The Inaugural Run – The Flying Scotsman National Railway Museum Tel: 0844 8153139 Feb - 19 June: Starring Scotsman National Railway Museum Tel: 0844 8153139 13 - 21: Bulb Planting (closed Monday) Beningbrough Hall Tel: 01904 472027 beningbrough-hall-galleryand-gardens 17 - 20: Vespertine York St Mary’s 13 - 21: February Fun Half Term Stockeld Park, near Wetherby Tel: 01937 586333 15 - 21: JORVIK Viking Festival Tel: 01904 615505 27 Feb - 30 Oct: Happy Birthday Beningbrough Beningbrough Hall Tel: 01904 472027 beningbrough-hall-galleryand-gardens 40 | City of Festivals

March 10 - 23: York Literature Festival Venues across the city 12 - 20: Flying Scotsman visits the North York Moors Railway Tel: 01751 472508 25 March – 8 May Stunts, Speed and Style and Service with Style The Flying Scotsman National Railway Museum Tel: 0844 8153139 25-28: York Easter Festival Tel: 01904 550099 26 - 28: York Model Railway Show York Racecourse. 10am – 4.30pm Tel: 01653 694319 26 - 28: Easter Family Fun including giant egg hunt Castle Howard Tel: 01653 648333 23 March - 17 April: Easter Adventure Stockeld Park, near Wetherby Tel: 01937 586333 York Markets host a full programme of events throughout the year, including farmers’ and evening markets. For full details telephone 07983 956500.

April 3: Thunder Day. Engine runs of the museum’s live jet and propeller driven aircraft! Yorkshire Air Museum Tel: 01904 608595 15-17 & 23 & 24: York Open Studios Local artists in an informal setting 22 -24: Fashion City York Various locations across the city 23 & 24: Festival of Vintage York Racecourse 10am – 5pm 29 – 30 April & 1May: Tour De Yorkshire Various locations

May 6 - 8 & 13 - 15: Late Spring Steam Gala North Yorkshire Moors Railway Tel: 01751 472508 28 May – 5 June: Spring Adventure Stockeld Park, near Wetherby Tel: 01937 586101

26 May - 30 June: York Mystery Plays at York Minster Tel: 01904 623568 mysteryplays2016

June 2 - 5: Eboracum Roman Festival 11 & 12: York Food and Drink Festival Various locations Tel: 01904 466687 7 - 19: York Festival of Ideas Range of events at venues across the city 23-26: Flower Festival Castle Howard Tel: 01653 648333

July 2 & 3: Swinging Sixties North Yorkshire Moors Railway Tel: 01751 472508 8 - 16: York Early Music Festival National Centre for Early Music Box Office 01904 658338 9 & 10: Classic Cars and Vehicles North Yorkshire Moors Railway Tel: 01751 472508

York Races Visit one of the finest racecourses in the country 11 – 13, 21 May 10 & 11 June 8 & 9 , 22 & 23 July 17 - 20 August 4 September 7 & 8 October Tel: 01904 620911 23 July - 5 September: Summer Adventure Stockeld Park 16 July - 5 Sept: York Maze, Elvington Amazing fun for all the family 15 - 31: Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedy and family entertainment Venues across the city Tel: 01904 500500 30 - 31: York Antiques Fine and Decorative Art Fair York Racecourse Tel: 07929015498 30-31: Show in the Park York Racecourse

August 1 - 31: JORVIK Group’s Medieval Summer Tel: 01904 615505

7: “Thunder Day”. Engine runs of the Museums live aircraft! Yorkshire Air Museum Tel: 01904 608595

September 4: Allied Air Forces Memorial Day Yorkshire Air Museum Tel: 01904 608595 8-11: World Ploughing Championship Crockey Hill near York Tel: 01302 852469 world-ploughing-2016 16 & 17: York Book Fair One of the largest fairs in the UK York Racecourse Tel: 01763 248400 23 Sept - 2 Oct: York Food and Drink Festival Various locations Tel: 01904 466687


22-30: Half Term Halloween Fun Castle Howard Tel: 01653 648333 Now and Then Events Fun and friendly vintage fairs... York Does Vintage: 7 February, 6 March, 8 May, 11 September, 9 October, 27 November. Scampston Hall’s Big Vintage Festival on 12th June Merchant Adventurers’ Hall from 10.30am britaindoesvintage. 19 - 22: illuminating York Tel: 01904 554550

November 3 - 6: Aesthetica Short Film Festival Venues across the city Tel: 01904 629137

1 - 2: Autumn Steam Gala North Yorkshire Moors Railway Tel: 01751 472508

4 November: Remembrance Sunday Yorkshire Air Museum Tel: 01904 608595

14 - 16: Railway in Wartime North Yorkshire Moors Railway Tel: 01751 472508

17 November - 23 December: St Nicholas Fair Tel: 01904 550099

19 November - 23 December: Christmas at Castle Howard Castle Howard Tel: 01653 648333

December 3&4, 10&11, 17&18, 20&21: Santa Specials North Yorkshire Moors Railway Tel: 01751 472508 9 – 17 December: Early Music Christmas Festival Tel: 01904 658338 Need to know more about any of these events? Call Visit York’s Information Centre: 01904 550099 or go to events Things change! While information is believed to be correct at time of going to print, dates and events may change. We recommend that you check head to avoid disappointment. Keep in touch with York’s event by signing up to our 7 Days in York newsletter www.visityork. org/7daysinyork.aspx | 41

What to DO With more attractions per square mile than any other UK city, York has something new to be seen and fun things to explore around every corner. Whether you are craving chocolate or want to take in the majesty of the Minster, experience the thunder of galloping hooves or explore the city’s grisly past, there is an attraction to suit everyone.

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Must See Attractions

Coach parties accepted Credit cards accepted Facilities for groups Facilities schools Foreign signs/guides Gift shop On-site catering On-site light refreshments Picnic Site Toilets Wheelchairs available

If you need to know where to go first, look no further than our list of must see attractions. Whether you want to try your hand at making your own chocolately treats; an insight into rail travel; or to see the city from a new perspective, there is something to suit everyone.

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Clifford’s Tower


Tower Street, York YO1 9SA | 01904 646940

York Dungeon


12 Clifford Street, York, Y01 9RD | 01904 632599 | Open: Daily except Christmas Day. Visit the website for further details.

The York Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction that’ll take you back to the past’s most horrible bits. See, hear, smell and feel the city’s darkest stories as they come to life before your eyes. Start your visit to York on a high with panoramic views of this historic city and you will feel on top of the world. There’s plenty to discover at Clifford’s Tower. In its time, it has served as a prison and a royal mint, as well as the place where Henry VIII had the bodies of his enemies put on public display. Begin your self-guided tour on the ground floor, which at one time housed the royal exchequer and treasury. On the second floor, the wall walk provides breath-taking panoramic views of the city and a good vantage point to appreciate the layout of the medieval castle. Clifford’s Tower will be undergoing refurbishment work from September 2016. Please check our website for opening times before you visit.

As you are taken back in time, you will come face-to-face with frighteningly funny characters, from Torturers and Judges to local legends including infamous highwayman Dick Turpin. Survive the fearsome Vikings as they wreak their revenge on York and discover Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder plot and what really happened on that fateful November night. As you listen to their stories, you’ll feel yourself drawn into another world, where the boundaries between reality and the past blur. Be warned - as you make your way through the Dungeon, surprises are lurking in the darkness and will keep your senses on high alert as you anticipate what’s waiting around the next corner… To pre-book, visit

National Railway Museum


Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ | Free entry | On-site parking with charges | Facebook: nationalrailwaymuseum Twitter: @railwaymuseum | Opening Times: 10am-6pm (summer) | 10am – 5pm (winter) What will you discover at the world’s greatest railway museum? From Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive to the replica of Stephenson’s world-changing Rocket, explore giant halls full of railway legends. Get on board awe-inspiring locomotives, watch our engineers at work in the workshop and check out the latest exhibition in our gallery. Soak up the atmosphere in our Station Hall. Climb on board historic carriages and travel back in time to experience working life in a station. From the opulent carriages of Queen Victoria to the armour plated war transport of George V1, there’s plenty of incredible history and fascinating stories to discover with our stunning collection of royal carriages. Kids can let off steam in the outdoor play area, enjoy lively science shows, take a ride on the miniature railway and learn through the interactive exhibits. With daily demonstrations, tours and a special events programme, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Plan your visit at | 43

York’s Chocolate Story


King’s Square, York YO1 7LD | 01904 527765 | | Facebook: /yorkschocolatestory | Twitter: @yorkschocstory Open daily 10am (last tour 4pm/5pm*). For seasonal opening times check the website | Tours take place regularly throughout the day

At York’s Chocolate Story you can discover the tales behind the greatest names in chocolate, unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history. While other British cities were built on steel, coal or wool, York’s fame and fortune have rested on chocolate for almost 300 years – and this is all thanks to the vision and invention of its great entrepreneurial families, not to mention the industry and dedication of its people. Though much has changed over the centuries, York remains the UK’s home of chocolate. New exhibition for spring 2016: Chocolate and the people of York Discover the social history and fascinating stories of the people who made York the UK’s home of chocolate. A brand new exhibition explores the contribution the people of York have made to the city’s great chocolate industry. From the thousands of factory workers who manned the production lines, to the founding fathers whose inventiveness and dedication created world famous brands still produced in the city.

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JORVIK Viking Centre


JORVIK Viking Centre | 01904 615505 | | F: /JORVIKYork | Tw: @JORVIKViking Open: every day except 24/25/26 Dec

York Minster


Deangate, York, YO1 7HH | 01904 557200 | | Open: daily subject to church services

York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, with roots in the nation’s earliest history. Explore this masterpiece in stained glass and stone, and join a free guided tour to discover more. Discover JORVIK Viking Centre and explore the excavations which first unearthed the Viking-Age city of York. Built on the very site where archaeologists discovered over 40,000 Viking-Age artefacts, this is your chance to get up-close to 1,000-year-old houses as they are revealed beneath your feet. Experience the Viking-Age city as you travel onboard our state-of-the art capsules, encounter the citizens that lived there, see inside their houses and backyards, and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Jorvik.

Guide prices: Adult: £10.25 | Concession £8.25 Child £7.25 | Free for under 5s. Free admission for 12 months with your admission ticket.


‘Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft’ is a new state-of-the-art attraction housed beneath the Minster where visitors can see, touch and hear 2,000 years of history. Climb our central tower and step into the open air to experience the best panoramic views of York’s picturesque city centre. Plus, your admission ticket is valid for 12 months, allowing you to visit for free as many times as you like during the year. Guide prices: Admission charges apply to York Minster and tower, see Free admission to the Minster for children aged 16 and under.


The Boatyard, Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP | 01904 628324 | | | Facebook: YorkBoat Twitter: @YorkBoat | Opening Times: 1 February- 27 November, plus selected dates in January and December 2016 Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax on a YorkBoat trip. This is a great photographic opportunity and chance to see the fascinating buildings, bridges and historic sights on the River Ouse in York. Look for stunning wildlife including kingfishers, treat yourself to a drink from the bar and rest your feet! A range of trips are on offer to suit everyone, whether you’re a local, a visitor or celebrating a special occasion. The experienced crew will guide you along the river on a daytime or evening sightseeing cruise. The York City Cruise (from 10.30am), Early Evening Cruise (7.30pm), and Floodlit Evening Cruise (9.15pm) depart regularly. You can also become your own captain and hire a self-drive motor boat, taking in the sights at your own leisure. For those with a little more time, the delightful two hour Afternoon Tea Cruise, three hour Buffet Cruise and three hour BBQ Party Cruise will guarantee a memorable experience. You can even privately charter a boat for your own occasion. Special children’s cruises also operate. Visit for further information and offers. | 45

York Art Gallery


Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW | 01904 687687 | Opening Times: Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 4pm

New commissions, Old Masters and more than 2,000 ceramic works now feature in York Art Gallery’s displays of designated collections following an £8 million redevelopment. Spot the Picasso, David Hockney, LS Lowry and Grayson Perry among its internationally important collections and see the largest collection of British Studio Ceramics in the world in the new Centre of Ceramic Art. With a changing exhibitions programme and range of events, there is always something new, unusual and exciting to see and do. New Exhibitions for 2016 – Truth & Memory: British Art of the First World War (25 Mar – 4 Sep) & Flesh (23 Sep – 19 Mar 2017).

Yorkshire Museum


Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR | 01904 687687 | Opening Times: 10am – 5pm

Welcome to the History of York. Romans, Vikings, medieval and natural history – the Yorkshire Museum is the home of some of the finest archaeological and geological finds in the country. Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor, kneel at St William’s medieval shrine and see the monsters of the deep that swam when Yorkshire was beneath the sea at the Yorkshire Museum. Situated in the beautiful botanic York Museum Gardens, the museum’s collections include the Gothic Middleham Jewel, the Anglian York Helmet and the Vale of York Viking Hoard – the most significant Viking find in England for more than 150 years. Discover the story of England’s other capital, all brought to life through the fascinating collections and artefacts.

York Castle Museum


Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY | 01904 687687 | | Open daily 9.30am – 5pm | Free admission with a YMT Card The Best Day Out in History Welcome to the award-winning York Castle Museum, where you can explore over 400 years of York’s past in one place… Walk along the cobbles and pop into the shops on the Victorian street, Kirkgate, or seek out your favourite outfits and music in The Sixties. Take a trip back to childhood in Toy Stories, featuring toys from the last 150 years, then go down to the authentic cells to hear the powerful, moving and sometimes gruesome tales of its occupants, including the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin. Our latest exhibition 1914 – When the World Changed Forever is a journey of discovery into every angle of World War One, from the recruitment office to the trenches and back to the home front. New for 2016 – Shaping the Body Worrying about our bodies is nothing new. But you may be surprised to find out how much our ideal body, our diets and our daily activity have changed over time. This major new exhibition looks at how what we eat, what we wear, how we move and the jobs we do have all affected our bodies over the last 500 years. Using the museum’s extensive costume, social history and art collections, this thought-provoking and fascinating exhibition will challenge the notion of the perfect body.

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York’s Great Outdoors! Get out and about with our regular daily open-top bus tours and take an entertaining journey of exploration around the city. Amazing history, interesting people, extraordinary buildings, un-noticed gems - You may think you know York but be prepared for some surprises...

Tickets are valid for 24 hours, so enjoy a full tour or hop on & off as often as you want.

more info:

Visit us at Bootham Tower in Exhibition Square, online at or call 01904 634 296 | 47

Gr8escape York


4a Colliergate, York, YO1 8BP | 07897 122834 | | F: /GR8escape-York | @GR8escapeYork


You have one hour to beat North Yorkshire’s first live escape room experience. Crack the codes, solve the puzzles, and unlock your imagination at Gr8escape York where time is key.

For a city break that takes you off the beaten track, look no further than York’s cobbled streets. From battling kings and impressive townhouses to ancient towers and medieval halls, take your pick from the exciting historic attractions on offer.

£48 (£16 per player for a group of 3)

York Maze


Elvington Lane (B1228), York, YO19 5LT | 01904 607341 | Admission charges apply, call for details Get lost this summer at one of the biggest mazes in the world. There is everything from jumping pillows to pig racing. Tuck into the café and barbecue. With over 20 rides, shows and attractions, it is an ‘a-maze-ing’ family day out. Also open for spooky Halloween fun.

For the key to all attractions symbols, see page 42. Open: Mid July – mid August, plus Halloween.

Allied Air Forces Memorial & Yorkshire Air Museum


Elvington, York YO41 4AU | 01904 608595 | | Summer: 10am -5pm Winter: 10am-4pm

Adults £10 | Concession £8 Children £5 | Family £26

Based on the largest surviving original World War II RAF Bomber Command Station, the museum retains the authentic atmosphere of the period. Original buildings house exhibitions and displays, tranquil Memorial Gardens, plus the internationallyacclaimed historic aircraft collection, including the Halifax Bomber.

The Bar Convent


17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ | 01904 643238 |

York Model Railway Show Easter 2016

This, the 54th annual show, features over 120 stands with approximately 40 working layouts. Come and see the trade stands, preservation and scale societies, plus demonstrations of modelling techniques by well-known modellers.

Adults £9 | Child £4 | Family £22 Open: 10am - 5pm 26 and 27 March, 10am - 4.30pm 28 March 2016

York Racecourse

Hear the roar of the crowd, feel the thunder of hooves, see top class horses close up, taste the homemade food, drink in the atmosphere, feel the excitement. Experience racing at York. Early bird and group discounts, plus free entry for under 18s.

Open: 17 racedays May to Oct from 11.15am

Open: 10am – 5pm, Mon-Sat Please call or see the website for prices

Fairfax House


Castlegate, York YO1 9RN | 01904 655543 | | F: /FairfaxHouseYork | Tw: @fairfax_house

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The Racecourse, York YO23 1EX | 01904 620911

Visit The Bar Convent (est. 1686) and explore its new exhibition. Discover why it operated in secret, who protected it from mobs, how it helped refugees, the night the Luftwaffe bombed it, and the bravery of the Yorkshire-born pioneer of education, Mary Ward.

Open: Feb through to Dec Adult: £5 | Children: Free (Under 16)


Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse YO23 1EX |

Yorkshire Museum of Farming


Murton Lane, York, YO19 5UF | 01904 489966 | | Adults: £6.50 Concessions £5.50 Children £4.50

Unlock the splendour within one of the finest Georgian townhouses in England. An architectural masterpiece with superb period interiors, Fairfax House transports you to the grandeur of 18th century city living in York and features special events and exhibitions, plus tailored group tours and private evening visits.

The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is located in the 14 acre rural setting of Murton Park just outside York. The collection of historic farming equipment and the galleries tell the story of farming and explores the rearing of animals.

Open: 26 Mar – 30 Oct 10am – 4.30pm


Barley Hall


2a Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR | 01904 615505 | Twitter: @TheJORVIKGroup | Facebook: /TheJORVIKGroup

Located on the doorstep of York Minster, Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Lord Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern façade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history revealed. Now lovingly restored to its original splendour Barley Hall boasts stunning high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. New for 2015/16 Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII Guide prices: Adult: £6 | Concession: £4.50 Child: £3 | Free for under 5s | Free admission for 12 months with your admission ticket.

Richard III & Henry VII Experiences Richard III Experience, Monk Bar, Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LQ 01904 615505

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Henry VII Experience, Micklegate Bar, York, YO1 6JX 01904 615505

Richard III Experience Explore the life of the last Plantagenet king as he struggled for the throne and power during his short reign. Located within the City Walls, and visited by Richard III himself, now you can truly follow in the footsteps of the Yorkist King! Henry VII Experience Explore the life of the first Tudor King as he created a new era in English history, after defeating his rival Richard III. Experience his early years as an exiled Lancastrian heir to the throne and learn the life of this iconic royal, in the very gateway where his enemies’ heads were spiked. Guide prices (includes entry to both attractions): Adult £5 | Concession: £3.50 | Child: £3 Free admission for 12 months with your admission ticket.

York MotorSports Village


Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, York YO32 9JS | 01904 673555 | | Facebook: /F1RacingYork | Tw: @f1RacingYork Opening Times: Open 7 days a week | Charges: See the website for more details We have redefined indoor go-karting at our state-of-the-art facility. We offer the highest quality equipment to give you an unrivalled, yet thrilling, racing experience. Located just behind John Lewis at Monks Cross, York Motorsports Village offers a new race-standard tarmac composite track surface, a top-of-the-range SODI 270cc adult kart fleet, plus an intermediate fleet for 8 to 14-year-olds, and junior electric fleet for under 8s. Drive the GPXperience – a professional Formula 1 racing simulator as used by real F1 teams. All major circuits included. Bar Enzo offers a relaxing environment with panoramic views. We offer outstanding facilities for drivers and spectators alike and cater for individuals to any size group for all ages. Easy access via car or local public transport. Visit for more details and online booking, or call us on 01904 673555 | 49

The Deep


Tower Street, Hull HU1 4DP | | 01482 381000 | F: /thedeephull | Tw: @thedeephull

Surrounding Attractions

Are you planning a long break here? Use the city as a base for day trips outside of the City Walls and see the exciting attractions that are waiting for you beyond York. Explore wildlife, take in lush green gardens and go back in time at war museums and palatial stately homes. For the key to all attractions symbols, see page 42.

Located in Hull, just an hour’s drive from York, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Journey through the story of the world’s oceans, travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Highlights include daily dive shows, presentations, touch pool sessions, stunning viewing tunnel and ride in the glass lift through the 10m tank.

Guide prices: Adult £12 | Child £10 Senior/student £11 | Family of 4 £39.50 Family of 5 £47.50 (correct as of February 2016) Open: 10am – 6pm every day excluding 24 & 25 Dec. Last entry 5pm

Bespoke Guided Tours of Yorkshire


07933 784306 | F: /theyorkshirechauffeurcompany | Tw: @yorkschauffco |

Willowbridge Lane, Whitwood, WF10 5NW | 0871 2277007 | | F: /Diggerland | Tw: @Diggerland_UK


Explore Yorkshire in style in the luxury and comfort of one of our chauffeurdriven Range Rovers. Take in the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, spectacular coastline and magnificent places of interest, such as Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey. A flexible and affordable service tailored to meet your own requirements.

Breezy Knees Gardens


Common Lane, Warthill, York YO19 5XS | 01904 488800 | Adults: £6 Children (3-16): £2 Spanning 15 acres, these beautiful gardens are packed with over 6,000 varieties of flowers bursting with colour, featuring borders, rockery, meadows, fountains, and much more. There is also a perennial nursery selling many of the plants growing in the garden and a café open Wednesday to Sunday.

Open: 1 May – 30 Sept 10.30am – 5pm

Dalby the Great Yorkshire Forest


Low Dalby, Thornton le Dale, Pickering, N. Yorks YO18 7LT | 01751 460295 | F: /DalbyforestFC | Tw: @Dalby_Forest

Diggerland is a construction-themed adventure park where guests can drive, ride and operate awesome earth-moving machinery in a safe and family-friendly environment. 15% off at Diggerland Yorkshire with this advert! Either take a photo of this advert using your mobile device or bring the guide with you and present at the park on arrival. Discount applies to pay on the day admission prices only. Other offers/ discounts do not apply. Pre-booking or online entry does not apply. Offer expires: 31/10/2016. Office use: 16773 Maximum four per voucher.

Guide prices: Under 90cms: Free 90cms or taller: £19.95pp | Over 65: £9.95pp Open: Seasonal variations apply – see website for details

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum


Malton, YO17 6RT | 01653 697777 | | F: /edencamp Tw: @powcamp83 | | Adults: £7 Concessions: £6 Housed within the grounds and buildings of an original prisoner of war camp, our award-winning museum will transport you back to wartime Britain. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on both the Home Front and the Front Line – a great day out for all the family.

Dalby Forest offers acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including: cafés, BBQ and picnic areas; walking and cycling trails for all abilities and bike hire; play areas, Go Ape high wires, forest segways and Dalby Activity Centre.

Open: 11Jan – 23 Dec 10am – 5pm

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr


Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB | 01423 565418 | Admission charges: See website for current prices

Open: 9.30am – 6pm (Mar - Oct), 4pm (Nov - Feb)

Kirklees Light Railway

This beautiful garden combines innovative design, with creative planting and bursting with practical ideas. Highlights include large herbaceous borders, streamside and scented gardens, an alpine zone, kitchen garden, children’s natural play, woodland walks and wildflower meadows. Plus Bettys Café Tea Rooms on-site.


Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD8 9XJ | 01484 865727 | |

Prices may vary Open: Please check the website

Kirklees Light Railway offers a scenic journey behind one of five steam engines through the beautiful South Pennine foothills between Clayton West and Shelley near Huddersfield. The railway is a popular attraction with a café, outdoor adventure play areas and more!

Piglets Adventure Farm


Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST Oink oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out. Packed with exciting attractions, animal cuties and special events programme, there’s loads to see and do.

Open: 10am until 5.30pm daily (Mar–Nov & open Dec for Christmas event)

National Centre for Birds of Prey


Duncombe Park, Helmsley, YO62 5EB | 0844 7422035 | | F: /NationalCentreForBirdsOfPrey

Free parking | See website for prices Open: 1 Feb – 24 Dec, 10am – 5.30pm

Home to the largest collection of these wonderful birds in the north of England, including eagles, vultures, owls, hawks and falcons that live in 40 spacious aviaries. We fly a trained team of birds every day, seven days a week. Adults and children alike will delight in getting up close and personal.

From dramatic Vikings and highwaymen to historic townhouses and serene river journeys, there is an attraction for everyone in York. To find out more about things to see and do, visit Castle Howard


Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA | 01653 648333 | | | Facebook: /castlehoward Twitter: @castlehowardest | Opening Times: Check the Castle Howard website for latest opening times and dates. Castle Howard is one of England’s most magnificent stately homes and sits in parkland dotted with temples, fountains and lakes, just outside York. Built in the 18th century by Sir John Vanbrugh and taking over 100 years to complete, the house features breathtaking interiors and world renowned collections. The gardens provide the perfect place to relax amid idyllic landscapes. Enjoy walks through woodlands, formal gardens, along terraces or beside water. A range of special events are set to take place throughout 2016 to celebrate the Year of The Garden, including the Flower Festival from 23 to 26 June. Traditionally decorated for the festive season, Castle Howard at Christmas is a truly magical experience for visitors. Soaring trees twinkling with hundreds of lights and baubles, garlands and roaring log fires transform the lavish interiors. A range of cafés and shops, including garden centre, farm shop and gift shops, adventure playground and free children’s trails makes Castle Howard the perfect place to spend the day. Find us 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64. Please visit our website for details of ticket prices and public transport information. | 51

North Yorkshire Moors Railway


Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7AJ 01751 472508 | | Open 21 March – 30 October 2016. See website for details.

Explore miles of footpaths, world-class bike trails, Go Ape & Tree Top Junior, Forest Segway, Bike Barn, Pace Cycles, Cafes, Dalby Activity Centre, Pulpitations paper making.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train on one of the earliest and most historic lines. Experience 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery at this must-see visitor attraction. With trains running daily from 21 March – 30 October, visit Whitby, Grosmont, Goathland, Newtondale Halt, Levisham or Pickering Stations. We will take you on a journey you can’t even imagine! Plus, enhance your trip with an unforgettable dining experience in the luxurious setting of our Pullman Dining Train.

5 miles north-east of Pickering. Admission charges apply. Discovery Pass available. For more information call 01751 460295 or visit:

For information on fares, train times, special events and Pullman Dining services or to book your tickets visit

Go Ape

Charges: Adults, child, OAP and family tickets available. Children under 4 travel free.


Low Dalby, Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering, North Yorkshire,YO18 7LT 0845 643 9215 | | Tw: @GoApeTribe | F: /GoApeTribe

Yorkshire Lavender


Terrington, York, YO60 6PB | 01653 648008 | | Free admission and parking Lavender farm, gardens and plant nursery including a lavender maze, sculpture and deer park. See their new range of products in the gift shop, made with oil extracted from their lavender. The tea room enjoys panoramic views over the Vale of York.

Open: Daily from 19 Mar – 2 Oct, 10am-5pm.

Go Ape! The UK’s No.1 Tree Top Adventure Enjoy some tree-time on our award-winning Tree Top Adventure set within the beautiful Dalby Forest on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. After a safety brief you are free to hit the high ropes, crossings, tunnels, bridges and wind-in-your-face zip wires. If you fancy keeping your feet closer to the ground, why not get off the beaten track with our Forest Segway experience and enjoy the forest from a different perspective! Go Ape Dalby is also home to our Tree Top Junior Adventure for tiny Tarzans, so release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed just for them – no one loves adventure more than kids! Please visit our website to book your adventure in at: Open: Visit the website or give us a call for opening times and prices

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York Theatre Royal

Evening Attractions

Once the sun has set York really comes to life. Dare you go ghost hunting around the city? Or would you prefer a genteel evening of theatrical entertainment? Take your pick from some of the most exciting evening attractions that the city has to offer. For the key to all attractions symbols, see page 42.

The Bloody Tour of York


01904 658162 | | F: /yorktheatreroyal | Tw: @YorkTheatre York Theatre Royal has been producing excellent drama in the city for the past 270 years. Following a £4.1million redevelopment which completely transformed front of house and the auditorium, the theatre re-opens with an exciting new programme in spring 2016.

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Meet outside St Williams College, College Street, YO1 7JF | 07584 855443 | Join Mad Alice on a unique walking tour of York. Suitable for all ages, this tour will have visitors grimacing and laughing as they discover the true tales of the plague, executions, Vikings, highwaymen and gunpowder plots.

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No booking required Private tours available

Adults £5 | Children £3 Open: Thurs – Sat, Feb – March 6pm, April – Nov 6pm & 8pm

Grand Opera House


Clifford Street, York YO1 9SW | Box Office: 0844 871 3024 For groups: 10+ 01904 678705

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Looking for something to do in York? From dance to drama, live music to stand-up comedy, opera to children’s shows, plus hit West End touring musicals, the Grand Opera House is the place for live entertainment during your stay in York.

Open: All year. Please check theatre for daily opening hours.

The Original Ghost Walk of York


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8pm nightly from Kings Arms Pub (the famous pub that floods), Ouse Bridge 01759 373090 | A professional artistic production without tricks or gimmicks, this ghost walk is a fun, yet highly authentic, journey for the discerning seekers of originality. Private groups anytime from anywhere in the city. No need to book. ‘A fantastic night out for our customers’ Pindar Graphics.

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Adult: £5 | Concession: £3 Open: 8pm nightly from Kings Arms Pub, Ouse Bridge | 53

Where to Stay After a day of exploring York’s cobbled streets, you will be in search of a good night’s sleep, and there is an eclectic mix of accommodation types available, from hotels offering exquisite rooms, tranquil spas and decadent fine dining, to guest houses filled with locally-crafted soaps and serving up full English breakfasts in the morning. There are plenty of self-catering properties where you can enjoy your break at your own pace, plus holiday parks and camp sites where you can pitch your tent or climb into your camper. If you’re on a budget, you’ll find comfortable, affordable accommodation within the city. Too much choice? Allow the highly experienced team at Visit York’s Information Centre to help you book your accommodation and secure the best rate. Pop into 1 Museum Street, book online at or call 01904 550099.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION Your essential guide to booking your York break.

For your convenience, the accommodation in this guide has been divided into five colour coded sections:

Hotels Guest Accommodation Self Catering Holiday Parks & Camping Budget Single/ Family Occupancy Prices are listed according to the following categories in each advertisement: £50 or less | £51 - £80 | £81 - £110 £111 - £140 | £141 or over These price bands, where applicable, are based on the price per twin/ double room for one night and, in most cases, with English breakfast. Service charges and VAT are also included unless otherwise stated.

Single/ Family Occupancy Please note that most establishments may reduce the charge for single occupancy and increase charges for a family room. We advise you to check before confirming your booking.

One Night Stays

A number of accommodation providers do not accept one night bookings at weekends. For more details, call Visit York’s Information Centre on 01904 550099.

Cancellations Should you need to cancel your booking, there may be a cancellation charge. This will vary according to the accommodation provider and needs to be confirmed when booking. Cancellation and holiday insurance cover is widely available to protect you. We recommend PB Curran, specialists in travel insurance that is underwritten by AXA Insurance. To get your quote on your next York break, call 01371 705593.

Facilities We try to ensure that each entry for accommodation in this brochure is as accurate and easy to understand as possible and, for this reason, have kept the use of symbols to a minimum. We recommend however that whether booking via the Visit York’s Information Centre or directly through the accommodation provider, you check your own requirements carefully.

Walking Distances Many accommodation providers give approximate distances to the city

centre. As everyone walks at a different pace, these can be misinterpreted and we suggest you look at the distance circles on the map (see page 89) and if in doubt, contact Visit York’s Information Centre.

Booking Accommodation For help finding the right accommodation for you, contact Visit York’s Information Centre, open seven days a week. Call 01904 550099, email or visit

Key to Symbols Continental breakfast only Lift Family friendly WiFi enabled Dogs/pets welcome Credit cards accepted Disabled Go Meter charge for fuel No smoking Dishwasher Cot provided Linen provided Linen for hire

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The Black Swan Hotel Market Place, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5BJ | 01439 770466 |

Hotels A stay in one of the city’s hotels is sure to give you sweet dreams. Boutique venues or renowned chains, elegant town houses or five-star decadence: a bed in one of these can be yours for the night.

Rooms: 45 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 4 | Single: 1 Free parking Price Band: £141 or over

Ahambra Court is a friendly family-run hotel in a quiet residential street, just five minutes’ walk from the city centre and a six-minute walk from the train station. All rooms are en-suite with a bath and overhead shower, TV, free Wi-Fi, telephone, tea/coffee facilities and hairdryer.

Rooms: 35 | Ground floor: 3 Family rooms: 15 | Single: 4 Off-street car parking Price Band: £111 – 140


Duncombe Place, York YO1 7EF | | Tw: @DeanCourtYork | F: /deancourt-york Overlooking York Minster, the finest location in the city, we are ideally situated and everything is within walking distance. You will find contemporary design, with an emphasis on luxury and comfort. Public areas are air conditioned, and all bedrooms include a safe, welcome tray, umbrella and water.


3 Bootham House, York YO30 7DH | | 01904 637404

Mid-week winter breaks November –March from £99 per person for two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast are available to book by phone.

Rooms: 24 | Ground floor: 4| Family rooms: 4 Single: 3 | Large free private car park with CCTV Price Band: £81 – 110

A stunning family-owned Grade I-listed hotel, Grays Court dates back to 1080 and is just 30 seconds’ walk from York Minster. All rooms are en-suite, with beautiful courtyard, garden or Minster views. This is a country house in the heart of the city.

Hedley House Hotel & Apartments

We have a cosy bar and restaurant and two elegant lounges, one with French doors and a balcony leading down to the pretty hotel garden.

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Grays Court

Rooms: 9 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 0 | Single: 2 Residents parking only, £15pn Price Band: £141 or over

Rooms: 37 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 4 | Single: 3 Own secure chargeable locked car park. Valet parking service. Price Band: £141 and over

Situated just a few minutes from the A1 with easy access to York, Days Inn combines comfort and affordability. Designed with the needs of today’s traveller in mind, we offer a bar area, and all rooms are en-suite with complimentary Wi-Fi access, a flat screen Freeview TV, and wet room.

Chapter House Street, YO1 7JH | | 01904 612613 | F: /grayscourtyork | Tw: @grayscourtyork

31 St Mary’s, Bootham,York YO30 7DD | 01904 628474 |



Junction 46 A1M, Kirk Deighton, Wetherby LS22 5GT | 01937 547557 |

Rooms: 129 | Ground floor: 35 Family rooms: 33 | Single/Double: 96 Free parking Price Band: £51 – 80


Budget Hotel

Days Inn Wetherby

For the key to all accommodation symbols, see page 55.

Alhambra Court Hotel

The Black Swan offers the perfect retreat from the rest of the world, with boundless hospitality, roaring fires, exceptional cuisine and the lure of a traditional Yorkshire tea room. Situated on the North York Moors boundary, the market town of Helmsley is the gateway to North Yorkshire.

This is a three star hotel and apartments with off-street car parking and free Wi-Fi and just six minutes’ walk to the city centre and rail station. There is an on-site hot yoga studio, beautician, sports therapist, six-person Jacuzzi and sauna, plus a great restaurant and cosy lounge bar.


Holgate Hill Hotel 124 Holgate Road, York YO24 4BB | 01904 653786 |

A friendly welcome awaits at this comfortable, privately-run hotel close to the centre of York.

Rooms: 18 | Ground floor: 3 Family rooms: 1 | Single: 4 Free private parking Price Band: £81 – £110

All rooms are en-suite and individually styled. Guests can enjoy English home cooking, an interesting menu plus a good stock of wine, recline in the lounge, and take in the woodland garden.


BEST WESTERN Crown Hotel Boroughbridge


Horsefair, Boroughbridge YO51 9LB | 01423 322328 |

The BEST WESTERN Crown Hotel Boroughbridge is a former coaching inn dating back to the 15th century in North Yorkshire. Set in the centre of the bustling town of Boroughbridge half a mile from J48 A1(M), the Crown has spacious public areas, tea and coffee lounge, Crown Grill restaurant and bar, plus the Crown Leisure Club with heated indoor swimming pool, fitness suite, sauna, steam room and spa bath. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly hotel team will ensure this is a treat not to be missed.

Rooms: 37 | Ground floor: 2 Family rooms: 3 | Single: 2 Free private car park with CCTV Price Band: £111 – £140

17 miles out of York



129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ | 01904 625787 |

The BEST WESTERN Kilima Hotel York offers warm, welcoming and relaxing accommodation. A former rectory, this 19th century building is an ideal base for exploring York and puts you within easy reach of the city’s attractions. You’ll settle in in no time thanks to our comfy rooms, which include all the mod cons you need, so make yourself at home! There is a bar, à la carte restaurant, plus a leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool and fitness suite and a secure car park.

Rooms: 26 | Ground floor: 10 Family rooms: 6 | Single: 2 Free on-site parking with CCTV Price Band: £111 – £140

BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel


St Maurices Road, York YO31 7JA | 01904 638086 | | | Tw: @monkbarhotel F: /Best-Western-Monkbar-Hotel | No Free Parking | Rooms: 125 | Ground floor: 2 | Family rooms: 8 | Single: 0

The fully refurbished BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel is at the very heart of the historic and vibrant city of York, offering a contemporary boutique four star hotel. The Monkbar has recently undergone a £3 million refurbishment, transforming the hotel into York’s first choice quality and stylish destination for accommodation, dining, conference and events. The hotel boasts 125 stunning bedrooms and The Yorkshire bar and grill restaurant. The team is dedicated to providing guests with the most enjoyable experience possible: a warm welcome, great service, and exceptional food delivered by knowledgeable and friendly staff. The head chef creates menus that reflect the seasons; he uses local award-winning produce for all dishes, from the hearty Yorkshire breakfast, through lovely lunch options to an extensive and delicious evening menu. Price Band: £111 – 141 | 57

BEST WESTERN York Pavilion Hotel


45 Main Street, Fulford, York YO10 4PJ | 01904 622099 |

Mount Royale Hotel & Spa


117 – 119 The Mount, York YO24 1GU | 01904 628856 |

Welcome to your country house hotel in the city of York! This elegant Georgian house is enchanting and different – and you will love the décor and design of this charming building which has been sympathetically restored.

This charming William IV building is ideally located within easy walking distance to York’s city centre. It houses en-suite rooms all individually furnished and including a flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi.

Just a mile from the heart of the city, close to York Designer Outlet for an exciting shopping experience and Fulford Golf Course for a challenging round, this is the perfect choice from which you can explore the best that this vibrant and historic city has to offer.

Take the opportunity to relax and unwind, with treatments from our beauty therapist, who is located on-site in the converted old wine cellars. Alternatively, take a dip in the open-air heated swimming pool (open May – September), which is set in the mature old English gardens, or take the plunge in our hot tub, sauna and steam room, which are open all year.

A great wedding venue all year round, the Pavilion has private courtyards and elegant gardens – perfect for those memorable photographs that touch the heart. Internationally-acclaimed musician, John Barry grew up here so it has always been a house where music, memories and magic are the heady cocktail that guests find so intoxicating! Come and visit us soon. Rooms: 63 | Ground floor: 10 Family rooms: 10 | Single: 0 Limited private parking. No restrictions on the road. Price Band: £81 – £110

Rooms: 24 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 6 | Single: 2 Private off-street parking Price Band: £140 or over

The Royal York Hotel


Station Road, York YO24 1AA | 01904 653681 | On-site, chargeable parking | Rooms: 157 | Ground floor: 0 | Family rooms: 1 | Single: 3 The historic Royal York Hotel is adjacent to the train station and enjoys views across its private gardens of the stunning York Minster. Originally opened in 1878, the hotel’s impressive heritage is immediately apparent from the yellow Scarborough brick and Tadcaster stone dressing. A multi-million pound investment in 2015 has restored the hotel to its original splendour: luxuriously appointed bedrooms and bathrooms radiate from the spectacular, sweeping main staircase; elegant, high-ceilinged public spaces and banqueting rooms sit alongside the Garden Room, which is perfect for Afternoon Tea or a glass of Champagne. In addition, a brand new restaurant – The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace – opened in November 2015, serving fresh, seasonal, local produce under the watchful steer of Executive Chef, Nick Evan. Next door to the restaurant is Chapter House bar, serving cocktails, craft ales and snacks. Every element of the bedrooms and bathrooms has been enhanced during the renovation, from new bedlinen and bathroom amenities to upgraded, super-fast, free Wi-Fi. Respectful of its past but focused on the present, The Royal York Hotel combines the best of old and new with a genuinely warm welcome and an authentic sense of place.

Price Band: £111 – 140

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The Grand Hotel & Spa, York


Station Rise, York YO1 6GD | 01904 380038 | | Valet parking and NCP nearby at Tanner Row | Rooms: 107 | Ground floor: 14 | Family rooms: 0 | Single: 0 The only five star hotel in Yorkshire, The Grand Hotel & Spa, York is one of the city’s oldest landmarks and a luxury you don’t want to miss. This secluded and tranquil environment is the perfect city centre getaway and an ideal way to escape the rush and stress of everyday life. Edwardian buildings weren’t constructed using a template, so each of the 107 bedrooms really is unique. There are seven different room types, all exquisitely designed with a feeling of space coming as standard – as does Egyptian cotton bed linen, Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Oh, and your very own umbrella for the duration of your stay! Diners can enjoy fine dining in our two AA rosette awarded restaurant. Alternatively, opt for a lighter option with one of The Grand’s renowned Afternoon Teas. Spa at The Grand, set in the building’s atmospheric vaults, offers an abundance of treatments designed to work away each knot, tension and flaw. Alternatively, relax with a cocktail on the beautiful outdoor terrace. There really is something for everyone in this historic building located near the main transport networks into York. Open to residents and non-residents, you don’t have to check in to check out The Grand.

Price Band: £141 or over

Wheatlands Lodge Hotel


75 – 85 Scarcroft Road, York YO24 1DB | 01904 654318 | | Free private car park & free on street parking | Rooms: 60 | Ground floor: 12 | Family rooms: 8 | Single: 8 Wheatlands Lodge Hotel, established over 30 years ago, is still one of the largest family owned and run hotels in York, offering a relaxing atmosphere with traditional Yorkshire hospitality. The hotel is perfectly located within a 10 minute stroll of the railway station, racecourse and York city centre. Beautiful lawned gardens at the front of the hotel provide a stunning welcome all year round. The recently upgraded restaurant offers a comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy full English breakfasts and delicious traditional evening meals. The hotel offers great value for money and has some fantastic special price deals all year round. Special breaks - including bed, breakfast and evening meal: £56.50 per person per night (throughout the year) (minimum two-night stay - single supplements apply - excludes Christmas and New Year) Stay at least two nights during November, December, January and February, and get an extra night absolutely free! (Sundays to Thursdays inclusive)

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Holiday Inn Express York Malton Road, York YO32 9TE | 01904 438660 |

Rooms: 49 | Ground floor: 21 Family rooms: 21 | Single: 0 Free parking Price Band: £51 – £80

Main Street, Escrick. York YO19 6LF | | 01904 728111 | 6 miles out of York F: /theparsonagehotel&spa | Tw: @parsonagehotel

Holiday Inn Express York is a modern, friendly hotel which caters for everyone. All the rates include a fabulous complimentary continental breakfast with hot options. Reception is open 24 hours a day with check in any time after 3pm and check out at 12pm.


Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Located close to the city’s historic centre, Hotel du Vin York is a beautiful Grade II-listed building that dates back to the early 19th century. Formerly a private home and an orphanage, it features a bistro, bar and private dining rooms, terrace, courtyard and inner forum for alfresco dining.


Mercure York Fairfield Manor

Shipton Road, Skelton, York YO30 1XW | | 0844 8159038 | Fw:/mercureyork | Tw:@mercureyork

Rooms: 89 | Ground floor: 24 Family rooms: 18 | Single: 4 120 on-site spaces Price Band: £81 – 110

The Fairfeld Manor is a stunning 18th century building set in private grounds. An ideal location only three miles from the city centre, this is a relaxing retreat away from the city, while also being a Park & Ride journey away from York and its surrounding attractions.

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

This magnificent example of a William & Mary country house stands amid 20 acres of manicured gardens, adjacent to York Racecourse and only five minutes from York city centre. The guest rooms are stylishly furnished and located in both the main house and the 18th century courtyard. No children under 6


Middletons Hotel

Skeldergate, York YO1 6DS | | 01904 611570 | Rooms with disabled access bathrooms: 2 This collection of charming historic buildings is set within a secluded courtyard garden and located close to York centre, offering a warm welcome and excellent customer service. Middletons restaurant serves delicious locally sourced menus. There is also a fitness pool and gym free to residents, plus free, fast Wi-Fi.

Rooms: 56 | Ground floor: 14 Family rooms: 5 | Single: 7 Parking on-site with charge, subject to availability | Price Band: £81 – 110

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Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre

Park Inn York is a contemporary hotel overlooking the River Ouse and just five minutes’ walk from the railway station and York’s attractions. The 200 stylish and comfortable guest rooms are complemented by the RBG bar and grill, offering family friendly dining and super-fast free Wi-Fi.

Rooms: 200 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 6 | Single: 14 60 spaces in a secure car park. Charges apply Price Band: £111 – 140

The Queens Hotel


Queen’s Staith Road, Skeldergate, York YO1 6DH | F: /thequeenshotelyork | 01904 611321 |

Rooms: 78 | Ground floor: 11 Family rooms: 23 | Single: 0 Limited parking with charge, phone to reserve. Price Band: £111 – £141

The Queens Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of York, on the banks of the River Ouse. With 78 en-suite bedrooms including twin, family and king size double, the hotel welcomes leisure, business, families and groups. River view rooms carry a supplement and must be pre-booked.


Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 2GB | 01904 641241 | | F: /Middlethorpe.Hall | Tw: @MiddlethorpeHal

Rooms: 29 | Ground floor: 10 Family rooms: 2 | Single: 3 70 free secure parking spaces Price Band: £141 or over

Rooms: 53 | Ground floor: 9 Family rooms: 5 | Single: 0 100 free parking spaces Price Band: £81 – 110

Set in five acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, The Parsonage Hotel & Spa features 53 en-suite bedrooms, including four-poster and superior rooms. Dine at the award-winning Lascelles restaurant, enjoy home cooked fare at the gastro pub and unwind in Cloisters Spa & Health Club (18 and over).

North Street, York YO1 6JF | | 01904 459988

89 The Mount, York YO24 1AX | 01904 405260 |

Rooms: 44 | Ground floor: 14 Family rooms: 5 | Single: 0 Private parking £10 per night Price Band: £111 – 140


Parsonage Hotel & Spa

From gorgeous guest houses and high end hotels to rustic campsites and self-catering properties, you’ll find the perfect accommodation for your York stay when you visit or call 01904 550099. York Marriott


Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QQ | | 01904 701000 | Fw: /YorkMarriott | Tw: @YorkMarriott

Rooms: 151 | Ground floor: 27 Family rooms: 32 | Single: 2 Free private parking Price Band: £111 – 140

The York Marriott Hotel greets business and leisure travellers with four-star luxury and an easily accessible location, within walking distance of the city centre. Our 151 hotel rooms and suites feature Wi-Fi access, room service, flatscreen TVs, and luxury bedding.


Arnot House

Guest Accommodation

For the ultimate home-from-home experience, York’s guest houses offer a stay with a personal touch. Fluffy bathrobes are squirrelled away in vast wooden wardrobes, locally-made soap can be found in the en-suite bathroom, and a full English is waiting for you on the table. For the key to all accommodation symbols, see page 55.

23 St Mary’s


Rooms: 9 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 1 | Single: 1 Free parking, private & on street with permit Price Band: £81 – £110


52 Scarcroft Hill, York YO24 1DE | 01904 653839 | | Tw: @AcerGuestHouse | F: /Acer-Guest-House-York

No children under 4


1 St Mary’s, Bootham, York YO30 7DD | 01904 638915 |

Rooms: 9 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 1 | Single: 1 Limited on-street parking with permit Price Band: £81 – £110

No children

Ascot House


80 East Parade, York YO31 7YH | 01904 426826 | This family-run Victorian guest house is 15 minutes’ walk from York centre and provides stylish, comfortable ensuite rooms – some with four poster or antique canopy beds. You can enjoy award-winning breakfasts and relax in the lounge with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. There is free Wi-Fi plus a private car park.

Beech House


Rooms: 10 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 0 | Single: 1 Free on/off street parking Price Band: £81 – £110

Beech House is a four star silver guest house with a Breakfast Award for great choice, located only eight minutes’ walk from York Minster. All rooms have en-suite facilities, TV, complimentary toiletries and hospitality tray. Free parking and Wi-Fi are included.

No children under 10

Carr House Farm

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Ampleforth YO62 4ED | 01347 868526 |

The Acer is a recently refurbished, four star, silver accolade, award-winning licensed guest house. Located on a quiet street with free parking, free Wi-Fi and en-suite bedrooms. We are a short walk from the city, racecourse grandstand and the station.

Airden House

Award-winning Arnot House offers period style and modern amenities, only a few minutes’ walk from York Minster. En-suite bedrooms are tastefully furnished with many little extras for your comfort, and an imaginative breakfast menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free options.

6-7 Longfield Terrace, York YO30 7DJ | 01904 634581 |

A lovely 10 minute walk from York Minster, our stylish interiors, spacious rooms, warm hospitality and famous breakfasts make 23 St. Mary’s the ideal base for exploring this wonderful city. Our wealth of local knowledge makes your visit extra special. Book direct to get our best rates!

Rooms: 5 | Ground floor: 1 Family rooms: 1 | Single: 0 Free on-street parking with permit Price Band: £51 – £80

Rooms: 3 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 0 | Single: 0 On-street with free permit Price Band: £81 – £110

Rooms: 12 | Ground floor: 2 Family rooms: 3 | Single: 0 Free private enclosed car park with CCTV | Price Band: £81 – £110

23 St Mary’s,York YO30 7DD | 01904 622738 |

The Acer Guest House


17 Grosvenor Terrace, Bootham, York YO30 7AG | 01904 641966 | | Minimum Nights: 2

Unwind in one of our tastefully decorated bedrooms and enjoy a good night’s sleep in your en-suite room, filled with bespoke furniture and luxurious furnishings. Tuck into a traditional English breakfast when you wake up and get your day in York off to a fantastic start.

Rooms: 3 | Ground floor: 2 Family rooms: 1 | Single: 0 Free parking Price Band: £81 – £110

Set in a stunning location between the abbeys of Ampleforth, Byland and Stanbrook in an area designated for its outstanding beauty, Carr House Farm offers romantic en-suite four poster bedrooms with crisp white linen, delicious Yorkshire breakfasts, and a beautiful woodland setting.

The Cavalier


39 Monkgate, York YO31 7PB | 01904 636615 | The Cavalier is a beautiful Georgian townhouse just 500 yards from York Minster and a few steps from the City Walls. A warm welcome from Natalie and Guy, comfortable beds and a delicious breakfast make it a perfect place to relax. Call for the latest rates and availability.

Rooms: 10 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 2 | Single: 2 On-street parking with permit and private garages available Price Band: £81 – £110 | 61

The Farthings


5 Nunthorpe Avenue, York YO23 1PF | 01904 653545 |

Rooms: 9 | Ground floor: 2 Family rooms: 0 | Single: 1 Free on-street parking with a permit Price Band: £81 – £110


16 Huntington Road, York YO31 8RB | 01904 635548 |

Rooms: 5 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: | Single: 1 Free private car park Price Band: £51 – £80


16/17 Longfield Terrace, Bootham, York, YO30 7DJ | 01904 626972 |

The Farthings is the perfect place to unwind and experience that famous Yorkshire hospitality. This four star, award-winning guest house is situated near the City Walls, in a quiet cul de sac only 10 minutes’ walk to the city centre, train station and racecourse.

Foss Bank Guest House

St Mary’s Guest House

Rooms: 10 | Ground floor: 3 Family rooms: 0 | Single: 1 Free parking on and off street Price Band: £81 – £110

Formally two large Victorian houses, this lovely guest house offers spacious and comfortable accommodation for visitors. Our superb location means that just a short walk along the river or through the Museum Gardens will take you to the city centre.

The York Priory


126 – 128 Fulford Road, York YO10 4BE | 01904 625280 | | F: /YorkPriory | Tw: @yorkpriory

Set opposite the River Foss and just a 10-minute stroll to the city centre, Foss Bank Guest House offers a friendly welcome, delicious breakfast and comfortable accommodation. A free private car park is available and there is a minimum two-night stay during weekends.

The York Priory is a Victorian end terrace in a prime location within easy walking distance to the city centre. All bedrooms are en-suite and individual. You can choose from spacious family rooms to the gorgeous king size four poster and superior rooms.

Rooms: 16 | Ground floor: 1 Family rooms: 3 | Single: 1 Free parking. Electric car charge points with CCTV | Price Band (Classic Room): £81 – £110


Fourposter Lodge 68 – 70 Heslington Road, York YO10 5AU | 01904 651170 |

Welcome to the Fourposter Lodge, a family-run bed and breakfast built around 1865, offering many original Victorian features. It has been furnished to ensure your stay is comfortable, and nothing says comfort like a four poster bed, which can be found in every room. See website for details.

Rooms: 8 | Ground floor: 3 Family rooms: 2 | Single: 1 Free limited private or on street parking Price Band: £51 – £80

Galtres Lodge


54 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ | 01904 622478 |

Rooms: 13 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 1 | Single: 3 Parking 5 minutes’ walk away. £6.50pn Price Band: £81 – £110

Galtres Lodge is superbly situated only 100 yards from York Minster. After extensive refurbishment in 2011, you can now choose from standard, superior and luxury rooms, and all are en-suite. To round off your stay, tuck into a meal at on-site restaurant, Michael’s Brasserie.


Greenside 124 Clifton Green, York YO30 6BQ | 01904 623631 |

A warm welcome awaits when you visit Greenside, a family-run guest house situated 10 minutes’ walking distance from the city centre and on a regular bus route. In addition to comfortable rooms, we offer free Wi-Fi and secure parking. Please call Lynne for availability.

Rooms: 8 | Ground floor: 3 Family rooms: 2 | Single: 1 Free enclosed car park | Price Band: £51 – £80

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Visit York’s Information Centre provides everything you need to get the most out of your visit to the city – maps, guidebooks, York Passes, attraction tickets and a huge selection of regional gifts as souvenirs. Call in to discover what’s on offer.

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Georgian House & Mews


35 Bootham, York YO30 7BT | 01904 622874 |

Palm Court


17 Huntington Road, York YO31 8RB | 01904 639387 |

Georgian House & Mews is ideally located in the heart of York, just 100 yards away from Bootham Bar and 400 yards from the world-famous York Minster. Georgian House dates back to 1640 and the Mews was completed in 2014.

A very warm welcome awaits you at our elegant Victorian family-run guest accommodation. Offering excellent value for money, Palm Court overlooks the River Foss and is a pleasant five-minute walk to York Minster.

All of our rooms contain a Freeview TV, Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, plus a hairdryer.

Enjoy tastefully decorated, spacious double, twin and family en-suite rooms, each with central heating, colour TV, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The Collier family offers a comfortable, enjoyable stay in England’s best-loved historic city.

After a good night’s sleep, take your pick from a full English or delicious continental breakfast. We are licensed and have a well-stocked bar where you can relax and watch the world go by. Rooms: 18 | Ground floor: 5 Family rooms: 3 | Single: 1 Public parking £4.50 per day Price Band: £81 – £110

Please write, telephone or email for our colour brochure. Weekly rates available. Rooms: 8 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 4 | Single: 0 Free off-street private parking Price Band: £51 – £80 | 63

A Luxury Apartment in York

Self Catering Be the master of your own stay in York when you opt for a self-catering break. However, no two venues are the same. Do you want a luxury lodge in secluded woodland or a contemporary apartment replete with modern tech? The choice is yours.

1 property sleeping 4 Free private parking L: £350pw | H: £480pw


5, 6 & 12 Monkbridge Court are three two-bedroom, award-winning luxury apartments just a five-minute walk to the Minster and York’s historic centre. All three are stylishly furnished throughout and equipped to a very high standard. Additional cleaning and laundry services are available, plus there is secure cycle storage. 2014 Winner Certificate of Excellence

Awaiting Inspection | E3

10 Cloisters Walk, York Y031 7HZ | | Tw: @yorkstay | 07931 391736 | Minimum nights: 3

Bootham Luxury Apartment

1 property sleeping 3 One free parking space. L: £600pw | H: £650pw

Refurbished to a very high standard with Wi-Fi, king-sized bed, bath and shower, the apartment offers a perfect base from which to explore York. Credit cards accepted via Pay Pal.

34a Shambles

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York YO1 7LX | 07952 693443 | | Minimum nights: 1 This family-friendly four bedroomed property is located on York’s most central, famous and historic street, making it an ideal base for exploring the city. It is fully equipped to accommodate children of all ages to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

1 property sleeping 8 L: £1200pw | H: £1500pw

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A beautifully presented first floor luxury apartment in the Bedford Mews development, situated close to York’s attractions. Furnished to a very high standard, the apartment offers a stunning living/dining room with a fully equipped kitchen bathroom/ shower room, and two gorgeous bedrooms.

Colonia Holidays

Q | C5

Victor Street, Bishophill, York YO1 6HQ | 01904 738579 Minimum nights: 3

York Stay Holidays offers a city centre luxury one-bed apartment with free parking, close to York Minster, shops, restaurants and attractions.

1 property sleeping 2 Free on-site secure parking L: 500pw | H: £700pw

Located in the heart of the city centre, the Blue Rooms offer luxury, convenience, privacy and comfort. Perfect for leisure, business or short romantic breaks, the accommodation is beautifully decorated and each room includes champagne, a fruit basket and breakfast for each guest.

5 Bedford Mews, Bootham, York, YO30 7EG | 07778 854759 | | Minimum nights: 3

Monkbridge Court, York YO31 7PA | 01759 377579 | | Minimum nights: 3

10 Cloisters Walk, York


4 Franklins Yard, Fossgate, York YO1 9TN | | 01904 673990 | Minimum nights: 1

6 properties sleeping 2 – 4 Free parking on site L: £875pw | H: £875pw

5, 6 & 12 Monkbridge Court

This is a luxurious, beautifully designed, ground floor, one bedroomed apartment in the heart of York. Furnished to excellent standards using only the finest of fabrics and fully accessible to wheelchair users, this an accessible accommodation to suit every taste.

The Blue Rooms

For the key to all accommodation symbols, see page 55.

3 properties sleeping 3 – 4 Free allocated on-site car parking L: £400pw | H: £700pw


Apartment 1, Layerthorpe, York YO31 7TY | 0161 3309303 | | Minimum nights: 3

This is a Victorian terraced house overlooking the City Walls in the quiet conservation area of Bishophill. Within easy walking distance of the city centre and historic places of interest, we also have excellent public transport and a local parade of shops and cafés.

1 cottage sleeps 4 Free on-street parking with permit L: £340pw | H: £460pw

The Dovecote Barns


Manor Farm, Kelfield, York YO19 6RG | 01757 249332 | | Tw: @dovecotebarns F: /The-Dovecote-Barns-York | Minimum nights: 3

3 properties sleeping 2 – 12 Free private parking for seven cars L: £ 590pw | H: £1390pw

These multi award-winning luxury barn conversions are located 10 miles south of York and 10 minutes from the Park & Ride York Designer Outlet. There is also a direct public bus service. Welcome baskets can cater for special diets and we offer group dining for up to 12 adults.


Goosewood Holiday Park


Sutton on the Forest, York YO61 1ET | 01347 810829 | | Facebook: /flowerofmay | Twitter: @flowerofmayhols | Minimum nights: 3 | Free parking adjacent to unit | 8 miles out of York A country retreat in a fabulous location, Goosewood Holiday Park combines open countryside with lovely woodland and is only a few miles from the historic city of York. It is a tranquil oasis where you can relax with your family in your own luxury lodge and make the most of the fantastic on-site facilities which include an indoor pool, lounge bar and family dining space, games room, children’s adventure play area, a well-stocked shop, fishing lake and Wi-Fi access.

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Accommodation ranges from our Luxury Lodges, complete with hot tubs, through to simple lodges with charming views. Relax in a peaceful location and enjoy the natural surroundings from one of our homes-from-home. All accommodation comes with Freeview TV, DVD, a fully-equipped kitchen, a bath or shower, and veranda with garden furniture. 19 hire caravans/lodges L: £210pw | H: £509pw

Griffon Forest Holiday Lodges

Q | M2

Scotchman Lane, Flaxton, York YO60 7RG | 01904 468787 | Minimum nights: 3 | Six miles out of York

Fairfax Corner


26 Fairfax Street, Bishophill, York YO1 6EB | 01423 549376 | | Minimum nights: 3 ‘A home from home in an ideal position – gorgeous house!’

1 property sleeping 6 Free on-street parking for one car L: £450pw | H: £650pw

Located within the City Walls and a short walk from the train station and York centre, Fairfax Corner is spacious, light and quiet, and filled with books, music, a leafy private yard - and is ecofriendly too!

The Garden Cottage

Q | L3

Meadowville, Grimston Bar, York YO19 5LA | 01904 413353 | | Minimum nights: 2

Set in tranquil woodlands just north of York, this unique country hideaway is ideal for relaxation or exploring the many local attractions. Pamper yourself in your own individually furnished oak lodge with private outdoor hot tub, cosy couches, flat screen TV/DVD and large timber deck with sunloungers. For the perfect romantic break, choose a lodge with a four-poster bed and Jacuzzi bath. Long and short breaks are available and Griffon Forest Holiday Lodges are open all year. On-site, you will find Tykes Bar & Restaurant; indoor tennis and badminton, plus a golf course and driving range. 55 Lodges | 23 sleep 2, 22 sleep 4, 10 sleep 5 Parking adjacent to each lodge L: £529pw | H: £1045pw

Only three miles from York city centre yet surrounded by countryside, this quiet cottage provides private, comfortable family accommodation. We never increase the prices during school holidays, plus the cottage has ideal transport links as we are within walking distance of the Park & Ride.

Free off road parking for two cars L: £350pw | H: £430pw

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Inyork Holidays

Q | E5

11 Walmgate, York YO1 9TX | 01904 632660 | | Minimum nights: 3

Riverside House

Inyork Holidays offer a varied selection of modern apartments and period townhouses situated within easy access of the city centre and all with parking available. Most are graded 4* or above and all properties operate a no smoking policy.

34 properties sleeping 1 – 8 Free parking L: £335pw | H: £1100pw

1 property sleeping 6 Free private parking L: £750pw | H: 975pw

Knowle House Apartments


2 properties sleeping 2 – 6 Free parking with permit L: £590pw | H: £1390pw

6 properties Off-street car park L: £330pw | H: £600pw


Two beautifully restored cottages on our peaceful sheep farm 20 minutes from the Park & Ride. Lund Farm Cottage, sleeping six, features pine beams, an open fireplace and large patio, and child-friendly garden. Shepherd’s Rest is a cosy hideaway for two, wheelchair-friendly with south-facing patio. Friendly owners just next door!


Minster’s Reach Apartments are in a fantastic location, just 200 metres from York Minster and set within a secluded private courtyard. Modern décor, LCD TVs, and private gardens make these apartments the ultimate holiday accommodation. Choose either one or two bedrooms. Available all year for short breaks.

Pavilion Cottage


Shipton Road, York YO30 5RE | 07974 853876 | | Minimum nights: 3

1 property sleeping 10 Free off-road parking L: £1100pw | H: £1300pw

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Minimum nights: 3

Shambles Holiday Apartments

Q | D4

3 properties sleeping 2 No car parking L: £300pw | H: £399pw

Shambles Holiday Apartments is a Grade II-listed Georgian building situated in Shambles, York’s most famous medieval street. Centrally located, this modern accommodation is close to all city centre facilities, including Shambles open air market and the Marks & Spencer food hall. No children under 12

Strawberry Fields Cottages


Selby Road, Riccall, York YO19 6QR | 01757 248203 || 10 miles out of York

High Newbiggin Street, York YO31 7RD | 07793 942003 | | F: /minstersreach Tw: @minstersreach | Minimum nights: 2

4 apartments, each sleeping up to 5 24 hr car park, chargeable L: £450pw | H: 700pw

Situated in the heart of beautiful historic York, our five-star Victorian riverside townhouse and ground floor apartment offers an ideal, luxury selfcatering base. The perfect, relaxing retreat; explore York’s many attractions from the comfort of your luxury home from home.

27 – 27a Shambles, York YO1 7LX | 01904 623898 | Fax: 01904 671283 | Minimum nights: 7

Lund Farm, Gateforth, Selby, York YO8 9LE | 01757 228775 | | Minimum nights: 2

Minster’s Reach Apartments


The Riverside York

These fully fitted luxury apartments are only a six-minute walk to the city centre and include flat screen TVs with Freeview, free Wi-Fi, a hot yoga studio, and an outdoor hot hub and sauna. They are part of the owner’s awardwinning hotel and restaurant.

2 cottages sleeping 6 & 2 Ample free parking L: £200pw | H: £625pw

Riverside House has been lovingly decorated and renovated, with an open-plan ground floor that includes a cosy wood burning stove, Americanstyle fridge freezer, and a beautiful bay window. Upstairs you’ll find a twin-bedded en-suite room, a double bedroom, three foot bunk beds, plus a family bathroom.

8/8A Peckitt Street, York, YO1 9SF | 01904 623008 | | F: / The Riverside-York | Tw: @RiversideYork

3 Bootham House, York YO30 7DH | 01904 637404 | | Minimum nights: 3

Lund Farm Cottages


11 Earlsborough Terrace, York YO30 7BQ | 07714 282513 | | Minimum nights: 2

Pavilion Cottage is a quintessentially English property. This converted former cricket pavilion has retained much of its original character while providing guests with comfortable, homely accommodation. We are just a mile from York city centre and offer flowers and a welcome tea tray on arrival.

These three pleasant, spacious country bungalows are set in an acre of grounds located just south of York. We offer additional facilities for our less-mobile guests, ensuring the cottages are fully accessible. Whether on holiday, business, or visiting friends and family, you are sure of an enjoyable, relaxing stay.

3 properties sleeping 3 – 18 Free parking on site L: £320pw | H: £695pw Minimum nights: 3


Sunset Cottages

Grimston Manor Farm, Gilling East, York YO62 4HR | 01347 888654 | | Minimum nights: 3

6 properties sleeping 1 – 6 Ample free parking L: £300pw | H: £550pw

At sunset cottages you’ll find homebaked flapjack, fresh flowers, fine views, memorable sunsets, and twinkling stars. Our granary conversion offers six properties, with access to a stunning garden. Explore Heartbeat and James Herriot country, Castle Howard, Whitby and the coast, and York from this central base. 15 miles out of York


Victoria Cloisters

Q | C5

Fetter Lane, York YO1 6FD | 01904 611321 | | Minimum nights: 2 Situated in a great location, right in the heart of York, our apartments are tastefully decorated and offer a mixture of double, twin or two bedrooms. Many have sofa beds making them flexible for families or couples wanting to share.

15 properties sleeping 2 – 6 Limited pre-booked parking L: £500pw | H: £950pw

York Aparthotel


8 Toft Green, York YO1 6JT | 07506 678043 | | Minimum nights: 1 Book your stay in newly-built, luxury serviced apartments, incorporating one disabled-friendly apartment, and make the most of the prime location within the City Walls. Just a few minutes’ walk from the York’s train and bus stations, the apartments are surrounded by a range of attractions, museums, restaurants, bars, and shops.

1 accessible studio apartment 7 double apartments | Sleeping 2 adults and 2 children | L: £80pn | H: £190pn

York Holiday Homes


53 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS | 01904 641997 |

12 properties sleeping 2 – 18 Garage or private parking space L: £430pw | H: £1200pw

From luxury city breaks to family holidays, choose from a varied collection of properties in unrivalled locations in the shadow of York Minster. Book our unique Georgian townhouse (sleeps 13) for that special occasion. Short breaks are available throughout the year. Phone/ email for prices and availability.

The York Hop Store and Malt House


Numbers 3 and 10, The Old Brewery, Ogleforth, York YO1 7JG 01262 674932 | | Tw: @yorkhopstore | Minimum Nights: 3

2 properties sleeping 2 – 4 Private parking 1 car per apartment. L: £750pw | H: £1050pw

Only steps from York Minster, The Hop Store (lift access) and Malt House are two stunning apartments. Both have a master en-suite bedroom, second bedroom (twin), plus a family bathroom. Tranquil, central and tastefully furnished, this is luxuriously equipped accommodation. Welcome hamper upon arrival. No children under 12

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York Lakeside Lodges Moor Lane, York YO24 2QU | | 01904 702346 | Minimum nights: 3

16 properties sleeping 2 – 7 Free parking L: £265 – 400pw | H: £530 – 910pw

York Lakeside Lodges combines the countryside with the exciting things that York has to offer, including a range of Scandinavian lodges and cottages set in mature parkland all overlooking our large private fishing lake. We are two miles from York centre and the Park & Ride is nearby. Brochures are available. | 67

Goosewood Holiday Park

Holiday Parks & Camping


Sutton on the Forest, York YO61 1ET | 01347 810829 | F:/ flowerofmay | Tw: @flowerofmayhols | Minimum nights: 2 Free parking next to pitch (one vehicle) | 8 miles out of York

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York is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Pitch your tent or park your camper and take in all of the grounds have to offer – whether that be trying your hand at water sports, a spot of fishing, or simply enjoying being within of one of the most palatial venues in York. For the key to all accommodation symbols, see page 55.

Foxhill Park

Goosewood Holiday Park offers spacious touring pitches and luxury lodges for hire, situated in glorious tranquil woodland only a few miles from the historic city of York.


Foxhill Park, Claxton, York, YO60 7RX 01904 468355 / 07803779226 | Located on the outskirts of the pretty village of Claxton, York, offering excellent access from the A64 York to Scarborough road and is a perfect base for a holiday. Our ideal location and facilities give the perfect opportunity to explore North Yorkshire and Ryedale.

After a busy day, relax and enjoy the fabulous facilities Goosewood has to offer, including our leisure complex with indoor pool, lounge bar and family dining area, and games room. It is the perfect choice for your family holiday you won’t be disappointed! 100 caravan touring pitches (no tents) 19 static pitches (including lodges) Touring caravan pitches from £22 – £28pn Lodge/static caravan from £210 – £509pw

Wagtail Park York

36 caravan pitches | 20 tents Minimum nights: 1 Tent / Caravan sites: £15 – £18pn

Robin Hood Caravan Park

Set in 10 acres of landscaped parkland, three miles from the historic centre of York, Wagtail Park is an idyllic holiday retreat. Plus, now you can relax and unwind in one of our brand new fully insulated pods.


Slingsby, York YO62 4AP | 01653 628391 | F: /robinhoodcaravanpark | Tw: @robinhoodpark


North Lane, Huntington, York, YO32 9SU | 07970 643777 | | Fully accessible

33 touring pitches | 4 camping pods Minimum nights: 1 Tent / Caravan sites: £20pn

Luxury shower blocks with under floor heating.

York Golf Range & Touring Caravan Site


Towthorpe Moor Lane, Towthorpe, York, YO32 9ST | 01904 499275 | | 6 miles out of York

In the heart of Ryedale, on the edge of the picturesque village of Slingsby, this privately-owned caravan park offers peace and tranquillity. We also offer an ideal base for York, Flamingoland, the North York Moors and Howardian Hills, and the seaside resorts of Scarborough, Filey and Whitby. Caravans are available for hire and sale. Touring caravans, motor homes and tents are always welcome. All-weather pitches, complete with electric hook-up, water and waste disposal points available. A small shop and off-licence serves your basic requirements and a children’s play area keeps the youngsters amused. On-site shop | Laundry | Play area | Calor & camping gas Within walking distance: pub serving meals, public transport

20 statics, 38 touring pitches, 30 tent pitches Minimum nights: 1 | Free parking next to unit

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Caravan: 20 | Tent: 20 Minimum nights: 1 Free parking

Enjoy the wonderful countryside in the Vale of York while being only 20 minutes’ drive from York Minster. Don’t forget your golf clubs as York Golf Range is just a short walk from the campsite entrance. We accept motorhomes, touring caravans and tents on its large level pitches.

For everything you need to know about accommodation in York, visit Accommodation

York Racecourse Centre

Budget The Fort


York Racing Stables, Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QG | 01904 620911 |

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1 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX | | 01904 639573 / 620222 | | F: /TheFortBoutiqueHostel | Tw: @thefortyork Voted Number One Hostel in England 2014 by HostelWorld, The Fort offers an opportunity to economise without compromising on quality. We are centrally located and offer wetrooms, flat screen televisions, Wi-Fi, laundry and complimentary tea/coffee. Individual dormitory beds and private en-suite rooms are available.

Price Band: £50 or less

YHA York


42 Water End, Clifton, York YO30 6LP | 01904 653147 |

Rooms: 45 | Ground floor: 20 Family rooms: 45 | Single: 0 Free on-site parking Price Band: £50 or less

This modern stylish hostel accommodation features a bar, restaurant and meetings rooms, and is a short walk from the city centre. With a selection of twin or family en-suite rooms and dorms beds, YHA York is ideal for individuals, families, friends and groups.

Offering quality accommodation for groups, we feature 132 beds in single, twin and four-bedded rooms. We offer a spacious lounge/ meeting room with large screen TV, DVD and free Wi-Fi. Located in a safe residential area with secure, free parking but easy access to the city centre, we are the perfect location for groups of all interests. Adjacent to national cycle route 65, this is an ideal overnight stop for the Way of the Roses route and is on the doorstep of the Knavesmire itself. Excellent breakfasts included and special diets catered for. Single night bookings accepted.

Rooms: 43 | Ground floor: 31 Family rooms: 21 | Single: 11 Ample free parking for cars and coaches Price Band: £50 or less



88-90 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX | 01904 627720 | | | Facebook: /yorksafestay Twitter: @SafestayYork | Close to NCP. Limited street parking. | Bedrooms: 23 | Beds: 147 Safestay York offers mostly en-suite facilities in rooms ranging from private twins and doubles to dormitory rooms with four to 12 bunk beds. This allows us to cater for groups of all sizes including families, couples, backpackers, and school trips. Situated in a beautiful Georgian townhouse built in 1752 within the medieval City Walls, Safestay York is perfectly located to explore the historic city of York. All the city’s major attractions are within easy walking distance of the hostel, where comfort and style await you after a busy day of sightseeing. Our licensed lounge bar serves snacks and light refreshments including a selection of York Brewery beers. You can relax and unwind in one of three social spaces, stay in touch with friends and family using the free Wi-Fi, or enjoy a game of pool in the games room. Safestay York is the ideal destination for your next city break.

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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED Visit York strives to promote accommodation that is trusted to be of an acceptable standard and encourages providers to sign up to one of the two national quality schemes operated by the AA and Quality in Tourism. Accommodation featured in this guide displaying star symbols means it has been quality assessed by VisitBritain or the AA. A property not displaying stars will be awaiting inspection. A property displaying a ‘Q’ symbol indicates that it has been self-assessed and the owner has agreed to adhere to and sign up to a Code of Conduct. Some larger hotel companies operate their own internal inspection policy. Please be aware that ratings may change throughout the year. To confirm a rating, contact Visit York Information Centre on 01904 550099. Accommodation in this guide has been divided into five categories: Hotels Hotels must have a minimum of six rooms, a licence, offer dinner at least five nights a week (unless designated a Metro Hotel), and have all rooms en-suite or with private bathrooms. They must also operate a high staff-to-guest ratio thereby making service very attentive. Guest Accommodation A category on its own, this also covers B&Bs, guest houses, inns, farmhouses and restaurants with rooms. These tend to be personally run by the owners. Self Catering For self-catering accommodation, the layout and design, plus the range and quality of the kitchen equipment is assessed, as well as the quality and comfort of the bedrooms and bathrooms and – crucially – the cleanliness. Higher star-rated accommodation tends to have more spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. Budget Accommodation Hostels and campus accommodation provide somewhere safe for young people, families and larger groups, and can be star-rated. Higher-rated accommodation often provides en-suite rooms. Holiday, Touring & Camping Parks VisitBritain’s star ratings reflect the overall quality of the park from one to five stars – five stars being reserved for parks of exceptional quality. The AA provides a similar inspection scheme for which they award pennants. Star Ratings Made Easy Simple, practical, no frills Well presented, well run Good level of quality and comfort Excellent standard throughout Exceptional, degree of luxury

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The Inspection Process Both VisitBritain and the AA assess hotels and guest accommodation to the same criteria with the star rating reflecting the overall quality of the experience. Professional assessors visit properties every year, carrying out a routine day visit or an overnight stay in the case of serviced accommodation. On these occasions, they book in anonymously and test all the facilities and services. A quality score is awarded for every aspect of the experience, including the comfort of the bed, the quality of the food and, most importantly, the cleanliness. They also score the warmth of welcome. The ‘Q’ Code of Conduct Should an accommodation provider decide not to be inspected, Visit York will only promote that provider on the condition they sign a Code of Conduct declaring that they will provide a quality standard throughout. Failure to do this will result in Visit York refusing to place bookings or promote them via the Visit York website. Awards – Gold, Silver and Red or Yellow Stars Places that ‘go the extra mile’ will, in the case of VisitBritain, be awarded a Gold or Silver award and in the case of the AA, be entitled to display red stars for a hotel or yellow for guest accommodation. Rosettes The AA’s rosette (insert symbol) scheme is an award, not a classification. It is designed to assess the quality of food served and is awarded annually on a rising scale of one to five. This is not to be confused with the VisitBritain rosette, which appears in the guide like this: (insert symbol) and is used for quality standards. Accessibility Symbols relating to the National Accessibility Scheme (NAS) for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility are displayed where appropriate on relevant advertisements. Alternative Accommodation There are a number of accommodation providers who, although not eligible to display a NAS symbol, are still able to offer suitable and very comfortable accommodation for people with limited mobility. These divide into two groups and are clearly marked in each entry.

DisabledGo Establishments displaying the DisabledGo symbol have been visited by a trained access surveyor. Detailed access information for these venues is available at SA (Self Assessed) Accommodation providers, restaurants and cafes displaying the self assessed SA symbol may have limited access but can accommodate people with mobility problems. For more information, call the Visitor Information Centre on 01904 550099 or visit for information on individual accommodation providers. Complaints If you have any issues that have not been resolved by the proprietor/manager and which you would like to bring to the attention of the inspecting authority, please address your correspondence to the relevant organisation: For VisitBritain ratings: Quality in Tourism, Farncombe House, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ Call 0845 300 6996 For AA ratings: The AA, 15th Floor Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke RG21 4EA Call 01256 844455 More detailed information about the requirements of each star rating is available from Quality in Tourism or the AA

Where to Shop York is a thriving shopping hub, where every street is home to stores selling everything from souvenirs and trinkets to home essentials and the latest fashion and beauty buys. Combine sightseeing around the city with some retail therapy and take in what lies along York’s scenic shopping streets‌ | 71

Just Gifts


Just Gifts of York, 17 Colliergate, York YO1 8BN | 01904 628333

Where to Shop

You’ll find award-winning shopping streets, contemporary art galleries and beautiful gift shops in York. And if you’re looking for luxurious lingerie or fancy a high end shopping spree while during your stay, look no further than the city’s shopping streets. Just Gifts of York is a family run gift and greetings card store located near to the Shambles in the heart of York city centre. When visiting our store, you will discover a wide variety of greetings cards, unique and personal gifts, plus a stunning range of both sterling silver and dress jewellery – all at excellent value for money. We pride ourselves on providing a personal and friendly service to ensure that you find the right gift for any occasion.

According to McGee


Leia (Lingerie & Swimwear)


6 Spurriergate, York YO1 9QR | 01904 612489 |

8 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA | 01904 671709 |

Free expert fitting service

A contemporary art gallery located opposite Clifford’s Tower, According to McGee exhibits the most collectible paintings in the north. From internationally regarded artists to carefully selected graduates from UK degree shows, all work is available for purchase.

Cup sizes B to J, back sizes 28 - 44 Let our expert fitting consultants boost your confidence in perfectly fitted cup-size swimwear, ensuring you look fabulous and feel fantastic.

Art is a gift. We show it, sell it, and celebrate it in York.

Bishopthorpe Road Traders Association


23 Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NA | 01904 676123 |

Leia (Lingerie & Swimwear)

Bishopthorpe Road (Bishy Road) is a traditional local parade of around 40 independent shops, businesses, restaurants and cafes just south of the City Walls. It recently won the title of Great British High Street Best Local Parade, as well as overall winner of the Great British High Street Awards 2015.



6 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ | 01904 629697 | | F: /cleggsathome | Tw: @cleggsathome We are a family-run business, committed to supplying an eclectic range of home and gift items from around the world. We also stock our own hand made products and kits to encourage you to make your own. Find us next to Monk Bar at the end of Goodramgate. We are also open on Sundays.

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6 Spurriergate, York YO1 9QR | 01904 612489 | Free expert fitting service Cup sizes A to K, back sizes 28 to 44 It’s our aim to help you look fabulous and feel fantastic. You will leave us radiating with confidence and with a genuine sense of delight.

Monk Bar Model Shop


2 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LQ | 01904 659423 | Open: 9am-5.30pm Mon-Sat Model railways, diecast aircraft and vehicles, plastic kits, Scalextric, scenics and jigsaws: you’ll them all and more at Monk Bar Model Shop. Now in its 53rd year of trading, this traditional model shop is situated next to Monk Bar, only two minutes from York Minster.

Pavers Shoes, proud to be York born and bred. We’ve been a part of this beautiful city for over 40 years, it’s at the heart and sole of our business! Its home to us, but we’re also close to your home too, find us in 125 destinations across the UK and Ireland @PaversShoes


Furniture • Housewares • Gardening • Lighting • Tools & Hardware • Bathrooms

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The Cast Iron Bath Company


Rabbit Rabbit


13 Stonegate, York YO1 8AN | 01904 631704 | | F: /Rabbit-Rabbit-Gifts

9 Colliergate, York YO1 8BP | 01904 891444 | F: /TheCastIronBathCo | Tw: @CastIronBathCo

Wend your way to ancient Stonegate where you’ll find our shop, a treasuretrove of childhood characters. To the delight of many a visitor, Peter Rabbit and his friends are our speciality. Contact us about our discounts for groups and commissions for tour leaders.

Vangarde Shopping Park


Vangarde Shopping Park, Huntington, York YO32 9AE 01904 238309 | F: /Vangarde-Shopping-Park-York | Tw: @VangardeYork Vangarde Shopping Park is home to John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Next – with plenty of dining options too. We’re easily accessible by the Park & Ride No. 9 bus and just off the A64. Free onsite parking. Visit us today!

Visit our beautiful York showroom at 9 Colliergate, York, YO1 8BP to see our extensive range of cast iron and copper baths as well as a large selection of sanitary and tapware. Call ahead on 01904 891444 to book an appointment with one of our design specialists or just drop in if you wish. We look forward to meeting you.

Mulberry Hall A beautiful store full of beautiful things

Mulberry Hall: A beautiful store full of beautiful things Mulberry Hall, one of the finest medieval buildings in the ancient city of York, is also one of the world’s leading fine china and crystal specialists. Its beautifully preserved building contains seventeen showrooms given over to an unsurpassed display of the finest porcelain and crystal which Britain and

Europe have to offer, supported by stock in depth including Herend,Wedgwood, Baccarat, Royal Crown Derby, Burleigh, Lladró, Iittala, Royal Albert, St Louis, Herend and Georg Jensen watches and jewellery. Mulberry Hall’s friendly and professional staff will be very pleased to welcome you to their very special store.

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Where to Eat Whether you want quintessentially English afternoon tea followed by world cuisine or some tasty homemade pastries or naughty sweet treats, allow us take you on a whistle-stop gourmet tour of what you can taste in York. | 75

Bill’s Restaurant


12 Coney St, York YO1 9NA | 01904 643238 | | Tw: @BillsRestaurant | F: /billsrestaurants

Where to Eat Take a bite out of what York is cooking and allow your tastebuds to be wowed by some of the delicious dishes and scrummy puds on offer.

Take a seat and relax over breakfast, lunch or dinner. Comfy sofas, cosy corners and smile-on-your-face food – Bills offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Buzzing by day and candle-lit by night, everyone is welcome!

Open: Mon – Sat 8am – 11pm, Sun 9am – 10.30pm | Restricted access

The Blue Bicycle


34 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA | 01904 673990 |

Feeling hungry? Dinner is served…

Located in the heart of York, we rank with the city’s best contemporary eateries. This former 19th century brothel gives the opportunity to dine in one of the original booths – or ‘beds’ – overlooking the River Foss. Old charm, fine food and an excellent wine list create a wonderful dining experience.

Open: Mon – Wed 6.00 – 9.30pm, Thurs – Sat 12.00 – 2.00pm & 6.00 - 9.30pm Sun 12.00 – 2.30pm & 6.00 – 9.00pm | Restricted access

Akash Tandoori Restaurant


10 North Street, York YO1 6JD | 01904 633550 |

Bombay Spice

Bombay Spice is an Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant located near to York Minster, where customers can enjoy an excellent menu offering a wide variety of dishes, including special duck and fish courses. These are all served by friendly, helpful staff and in a relaxed, contemporary, stylish setting.

Welcome to York’s oldest Indian restaurant, established in 1982. Akash Tandoori Restaurant & Takeaway offers great food, swift service and good prices. - Group bookings welcome. - 15% discount with this advert.

Open: Daily, 6pm-midnight | Limited access


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58 Walmgate, York YO1 9TL | 01904 672474 | | F: /Barbakan.Restaurant | Tw: @TheBarbakan

Café Concerto

This is a rare, independent favourite opposite York Minster. Indulge in seriously good coffee and delicious home-made food in a music-themed, rustic atmosphere. Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch, Yorkshire afternoon tea and candlelit bistro dinner. Treat yourself to room service in the luxury holiday apartment for short breaks.

Open: Daily 9am-9pm | Restricted access

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17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ | 01904 643238 |

Côte Brasserie

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49-51 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HT | 01904 639994 | Enjoy a complimentary Kir Royale when you dine at Côte York

Discover The Bar Convent. Explore our new exhibition and 18th century chapel, then take afternoon tea in our tranquil garden or enjoy home-cooked food in our relaxing café. Only five minutes’ walking distance from the train station and near to the city centre.

Open Mon - Sat 7.45am-4pm. Hot food served until 3pm


The Music House, 21 High Petergate, York YO1 7EN | 01904 610478 |

Leading you into a world of Polish cuisine, Barbakan serves carefully crafted dishes that guarantee an authentic taste of the country’s finest foods. Located just minutes from JORVIK Viking Centre and Clifford’s Tower, this is a great place to refuel with something a little different.

The Bar Convent Café


58 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF | | 01904 613300 | 15% discount with advert

Just a short walk from the Minster, award-winning Côte offers classic, French brasserie-style dining and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The monthly-changing weekday lunch and early evening menu offers outstanding value, priced at £10.95 for two courses and £12.95 for three courses.

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19 Bridge Street, York YO1 6DA | 01904 633800 | | Tw: @cosmo_york | F: /cosmorestaurants

Earl Grey Tea Rooms


13-14 Shambles, York YO1 7LZ | 01904 654353

On this famous medieval street, sit in the oak-beamed interior or the walled garden of these lovely tea rooms. Enjoy exotic teas and coffees, scrumptious cream teas or delicious light meals. There is also a well-stocked gift shop selling everything from jams to china.

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The Lime House The Cosmo Restaurant Group, voted as one of the Top Ten restaurant brands in the UK for customer satisfaction*, operates across the UK.

Adam and Catherine Fisher have created a special reputation for excellence in their award winning restaurant. Outstanding food and wine are complemented by welcoming staff, soft candlelight and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, creating a delightful culinary experience.

COSMO York Restaurant overlooks the River Ouse and serves over 150 dishes from around the world, freshly prepared at eight live cooking stations. Whether you are looking for Italian, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican or Continental food, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Best of all, you can eat all you want for one set price – lunch from £8.49, dinner from £13.99. COSMO prides itself on offering excellent choice and value in welcoming and luxurious surroundings. * CGA Peach’s BrandTrack survey, 2015

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Open: Tues – Sat 12 – 2pm & from 6.30 – 9.30pm | Limited access

Countess of York at the National Railway Museum


NRM York, Leeman Road,York YO26 4XJ | 01904 686295 | | F: /countessofyork | Tw: @NRM_Events

Loop Bar and Restaurant

The carriage is available to hire for an unforgettable corporate or private event

D.C.H & THE COURT Café-Bistro


BEST WESTERN PLUS Dean Court Hotel, Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF | | 01904 625082 | Tw: @DeanCourtYork | F: /deancourt-york

Delrio’s Restaurant

If you’re looking for a fantastic warm welcome then take time out and visit Loop, York’s brand new fine dining restaurant. From the bread to the ice-cream, all our food is homemade with fresh quality ingredients by our super talented chef.

Open: See website for details | Fully accessible

Lucia Wine Bar & Grill


13 Back Swinegate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8AJ | 01904 731599 | Tw: @LuciaWineBar | F: /LUCIA-WINE-BAR-GRILL

Enjoy an unrivalled and spectacular setting in this 2 AA rosette restaurant. Rated in Michelin hotel and food guides, the restaurant’s menus are of local provenance, respectfully cooked with delightful combinations and presentation. The all-day COURT Café-Bar serves light snacks in informal surroundings.


10-12 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AE | 01904 622695 | | Restricted access

Open: Tues - Sat 6 - 10.30pm. Closed Sun and Mon


2 Fawcett Street, York YO10 4AH | 01904 623838 | | F: /loopbarrestaurant | Tw: @Loop_Restaurant

Travel back to the era of high-class railway dining with exquisite afternoon tea aboard the Countess of York. Enjoy a delicious selection of sandwiches, fine leaf teas and homemade cakes in the luxurious setting of our beautifully restored rail carriage.

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55 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS | 01904 632734 |

Relax and enjoy home-cooked Italian cuisine with a strong Sardinian influence in this lively family-owned cellar restaurant. Choose from fresh seafood, locally sourced steaks, traditional pizzas, pastas and homemade desserts, complemented by fine wines, cocktails and aperitifs. Enjoy alfresco dining on the Garden Terrace during the summer.

Enjoy al fresco dining whatever the weather at Lucia Wine Bar & Grill York. Located just steps away from the iconic York Minster, we serve Italian and tapas dishes and world-class cocktails. It’s a must-visit destination for locals and visitors.

Open: 11 – 2am | Fully accessible

Michael’s Brasserie


Galtres Lodge Hotel, 54 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ | 01904 622478 | Michael’s Brasserie specialises in an extensive range of both traditional and contemporary cuisine at reasonable prices. Different daily specials are always available. The restaurant is open seven days a week, serving award-winning breakfasts, lunches, plus dinners accompanied by excellent wines.

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ALE TRAIL Make your way to one of York’s watering holes and relax in some of the oldest public houses in the country.

Sutlers Bar & Kitchen

Blue Bell

Blue Boar

The Punch Bowl

Sutlers Bar & Kitchen 54-56 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF Centrally located Sutlers Bar & Kitchen offers a warm welcome to customers, with a vast array of real ales, craft beers, wines, cocktails and over 100 gins, which is their speciality. Food is freshly cooked to order and includes tapas dishes and British classics.

Eagle and Child

The Three Tuns

Blue Bell 53 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF

Blue Boar 5 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN

Old White Swan 80 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF

The Blue Bell is York’s smallest, friendliest and most traditional pub. It is the only pub in York to have a Grade II*-listed, untouched, 1903 Edwardian interior, and has won dozens of CAMRA awards for the quality of its ales, service and welcoming atmosphere.

Reputedly haunted by Dick Turpin, whose body was laid in the vaulted cellars, the Blue Boar has an intriguing past. Today you’ll find a range of award-winning cask ales and great food served until 9.30pm daily. Join us for live music and matches screened through Sky Sports.

Enjoy real ales and great British pub food served until 10pm in one of York’s most iconic pubs, which dates back to the 16th century. There are three bars situated around a stunning courtyard and in the winter keep warm next to the two roaring fires.

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The Cross Keys 34 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF

The Punch Bowl 7 Stonegate, York YO1 8AN

The Cross Keys is a snug and familiar Georgian pub probably dating back to the late 1800s and is located in the central shopping street of Goodramgate within a stone’s throw of York Minster. Step inside to discover a traditional pub offering real ales and delicious food.

Standing proud on Stonegate just a stone’s throw from the Minster, the Punch Bowl has been serving fine ales for nearly 400 years. With seven real ales, breakfast served from 10am and food served until 10pm every day, The Punch Bowl is a must visit while in York.

Eagle and Child 9 High Petergate, York YO1 7EN Built in 1640, our Grade II-listed timber-framed pub was once frequented by The Rolling Stones, who hung out in our top floor bar – look out for their signatures on the wall! All of our food is homemade, plus we have an assortment of spaces perfect for groups of all sizes.

Old White Swan

The Cross Keys

The Ackhorne


The Ackhorne St Martins Lane, York YO1 6LN

The Three Tuns 12 Coppergate, York YO1 9NR

Harkers 1 St. Helens Square, York YO1 8QN

This traditional 18th century ale house offers five rotating cask ales, ciders, bottled Belgian beers, canned craft ales, and a selection of malt whisky. We are dog-friendly, plus with quiz and games nights and live music, there is plenty of fun to be had. Open 12pm daily.

Established in 1782, The Three Tuns is one of York’s last surviving historic pubs. Situated on Coppergate, close to JORVIK Viking Centre and Grand Opera House, we serve awardwinning cask ales, homemade hot mulled cider and the best freshly beer battered fish and chips in town!

Our beautiful Georgian building stands on the remains of the Praetorian Gate, which was once the entrance to York. These remains can be seen in our basement. Extensively refurbished in 2014, we are proud to offer cask ales, quality pub food and a relaxing environment. | 79

Chapter House Bar


The Royal York Hotel, Station Road, York YO24 1AA | 01904 688699 Serving cocktails and local craft ales, Chapter House is a warm and welcoming bar and snug that occupies a corner of the historic Royal York Hotel, right next to the train station.

The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace


The Royal York, Station Road, York YO24 1AA | 01904 688688 Limited accessible

Open: Daily midday -1am | Limited accessible

The Garden Room


The Royal York Hotel, Station Road, York YO24 1AA | 01904 688677 Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, the luxurious Garden Room at the Royal York Hotel is the perfect spot to treat yourself, your family and friends.

Open: Daily 7am – 1am | Limited accessible

Afternoon Tea at The Grand


The Grand Hotel & Spa, York Station Rise, York YO1 6GD | 01904 380038 | |

Situated right next to York train station, the Refectory Kitchen & Terrace is part of the historic Royal York Hotel.

The quintessential traditional English Afternoon Tea at The Grand is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. For an extra special touch add an accompanying flute of Champagne, or perhaps a tea cup of Hendrick’s Gin.

Open: Afternoon Tea served daily 1pm – 5pm | Fully accessible

The Grange Hotel

The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace serves seasonal dishes that are bursting with flavour and that champion the world-class ingredients found across Yorkshire. Open seven days a week, the restaurant has been developed in partnership with London restaurateur Des McDonald, with Executive Chef Nick Evans heading up the kitchen. Sample dishes include rump of Yorkshire Dales lamb with hot pot potatoes, Whitby slip soles, and Bridlington scampi, plus stem ginger parkin for pudding, or a slice of Kit Calvert Wensleydale with Ampleforth fruitcake.

Open: Every day from midday to 10.30pm (last orders)

Shambles Kitchen


28 Shambles, York YO1 7LX | 01904 674684 Fully accessible | No bookings


1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA | 01904 644744

The Brasserie – The Ivy Brasserie can be found in the cellars of The Grange Hotel; a contemporary eatery serving classic food with a French influence. What you’re getting – A quirky and atmospheric mix of melting candles and exposed brickwork with industrial lighting adding an edge to the proceedings. The Ivy Brasserie marries the unique heritage of our cellars with a relaxed and informal environment. Chef, Will Nicol deals in gutsy flavours and supporting British farmers is central to his ethos, using dedicated Yorkshire producers wherever possible. What else? – In 2015 we underwent substantial refurbishment, however our approach, team and values remain the same. We have also created an additional restaurant area aptly called The Vault; a casual dining space that complements The Grange and is perfect for smaller private parties.

Open: Lunch: Mon – Sun: 12 – 2pm Dinner: Mon – Thurs: 6 – 9.30pm, Fri & Sat - 6-10pm Afternoon tea available in the lounge every day, 12 - 6pm

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We are a small shop serving mainly takeaway food on the Shambles. We’re famous for our Pulled Pork Sandwich, served from 11am, every day. We also serve daily street food specials, soup of the day and juices. GQ Magazine, “Re-invigorating York’s culinary fare.” The Guardian, “Dripping in its own juices and long on flavour.” The Daily Star, “Pulled pork paradise.” Buzzfeed, “21 things you must eat in York.” Top 10 on TripAdvisor for two years. Open: Mon - Sat: 9am – 4.30pm, Sun 10am – 4.30pm

Hudson’s at The Grand


The Rattle Owl


104 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 6JX | 01904 658658 |

The Grand Hotel & Spa, York Station Rise, York YO1 6GD 01904 380038 | |

The Rattle Owl is an independent 42-seat casual dining restaurant on one of York’s most historic streets. Located within a 17th century building complete with Roman remains in its basement, the restaurant endeavours to be ‘sensibly sustainable’ and offers a seasonal, locally sourced menu

Set in the heart of The Grand, Hudson’s Head Chef, Craig Atchinson has created a delectable menu, featuring an array of seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Try our Tasting Menu with wine pairing for a true gourmet experience.

Open: See website for details | Fully accessible

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Middletons Bar & Restaurant


Skeldergate, York YO1 6DS | 01904 611570 | | Fully accessible

The Red House Café


1 Duncombe Place, York YO1 7ED | 07541 910293 | F: /TheRedHouseCafe | Tw: @red_house_cafe

With a menu full of deliciously tasty dishes, Middletons is the perfect city centre location for any special occasion. We use locally sourced ingredients and pride ourselves on offering a unique and modern twist on all of your favourite dishes.

Taste tradition in our new vintage café situated in The Red House Antiques Centre. Choose from homemade food including our famous cream teas, afternoon tea, soups and sandwiches, plus fresh quiches, delicious cakes and much more. 10% off with this advert.

Open: Mon – Sat 10am-4.30pm and Sun 10.30am – 4pm | Restricted access

Mumbai Lounge


47 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF | 01904 654155 |

Russells of Coppergate

Traditional carvery in a historical setting. Succulent roasts, à la carte and vegetarian options, plus a tempting choice of homemade specials and desserts.

Enjoy tasty Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine and relax in the lounge bar. Private dining and parties of all sizes welcome. Voted top curry restaurant in the region, top five in the UK by TripAdvisor (Oct 2011). Restaurant of the Year Finalist, Visit York Tourism Awards 2013 and 2015. Recommended by Harden’s.

Open: 12 – 2pm & 5.30 – 11.30pm. Closed Friday lunch | Fully accessible

The Old White Swan


80 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF | 01904 540911

Open: Morning coffee from 10am, lunch from midday, dinner from 5pm.

Stonegate Yard

Open: Seven days a week from 10am | Fully accessible

Hidden away from the hustle and bustle this family-friendly restaurant is a must for locals and tourists alike. Tuck into food and drink to suit every palate within a homely relaxed setting. The heated courtyard provides alfresco dining all year round, where fourlegged friends are also welcome.

Open: Mon – Thurs 11am – 11pm, Fri & Sat 11am – 1am, Sun 11am – 10.30pm


117–119 The Mount, York YO24 1GU | 01904 619444 | Set within the Mount Royale hotel, Oxo’s is an elegant restaurant that during warmer months offers alfresco dining in the Gazeover. Our highly regarded head chef Russell Johnson has created an imaginative and tantalizing menu that combines the best British ingredients, locally sourced and cooked with passion.

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8-10 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX | 01904 625870 | T: @stonegateyard | | Fully accessible

Enjoy real ales and great British pub food served until 10pm in one of York’s most iconic pubs, which dates back to the 16th century. There are three bars situated around a stunning courtyard and in the winter keep warm next to the two roaring fires.

Oxo’s Restaurant


26 Coppergate, York YO1 9NR | 01904 644330 |

Sutlers Bar & Kitchen


54-56 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF | 01904 625226 | | Tw: @sutlersbaryork | Limited access Centrally located Sutlers Bar & Kitchen offers a warm welcome to customers, with a vast array of real ales, craft beers, wines, cocktails and over 100 gins, which is their speciality. Food is freshly cooked to order and includes tapas dishes and British classics.

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COFFEE BREAK Fancy a coffee or a sticky bun while in the city. Here is a selection to choose from...

The Red House Café

La Cremeria Grande

Cosy Time

Café Concerto

The Red House Café 1 Duncombe Place, York YO17ED Taste tradition in our new vintage café situated in The Red House Antiques Centre. Choose from homemade food including our famous cream teas, afternoon tea, soups and sandwiches, plus fresh quiches, delicious cakes and much more.

Spring Espresso

Bells of York

La Cremeria Grande 50 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF

Cosy Time 23 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA

Gatehouse Coffee Walmgate Bar, York YO1 9UB

Step inside our independent, familyrun ice cream parlour and coffee house and tuck into authentic homemade gelato ice cream. Our ice cream is made fresh daily according to an old Italian recipe. We also serve hot and cold drinks and snacks. Gluten-free a speciality.

Cosy Time is a family-friendly café specialising in comfy seating, good company and a bright atmosphere. Selling ethically sourced coffee, quality Chinese tea and delicious Italian desserts, we are located on a quaint, stylish street in the centre of York.

At Gatehouse Coffee you can enjoy expertly crafted espresso drinks and homemade food in an atmosphere that is truly unique. Feel refreshed after a specialty tea and sate your appetite with a handmade panini. Our medieval café is well worth the walk down Walmgate!

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Crumbs Cupcakery 10 College St, York YO1 7JF

Café Concerto 21 High Petergate, York YO1 7EN

Welcome to our wonderful world of freshly baked, homemade cupcakes. Each cake is crafted in our little bakery, which sits within our vintage inspired tea room. You will often find us in our pinnies experimenting with a new flavour and covered in icing sugar and sprinkles.

An independent gem opposite York Minster with a warm, rustic atmosphere. Indulge in seriously good coffee and delicious, fresh food. Enjoy afternoon tea with grilled rarebit and choose your favourite sandwiches and homemade cakes. Add sparkle with pink fizz. Visit, too, for Yorkshire breakfast, lunch or candlelit dinner.

Patisserie Valerie Unit 16 Coppergate, York YO1 9NT Sit back, relax and enjoy lovingly handmade cakes and patisserie as well as the finest teas and coffees at Patisserie Valerie, or try a traditional afternoon tea for two – the perfect treat to share with a loved one.

Gatehouse Coffee

Crumbs Cupcakery

Patisserie Valerie

Spring Espresso 45 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF For an award-winning elevenses experience, Spring Espresso is the independent coffee shop in the heart of York that serves up caffeine that comes with high esteem. Voted Best Latte in the UK 2012, Best Tea in the UK 2013, and named in the ‘UK Top 50 Coffee Shops’ list.

Roberto Authentic Italian Gelato 3A Goodramgate, York YO1 7LJ Our customers can enjoy daily homemade gelato according to the most ancient Italian tradition, excellent coffee, crepes, waffles, and cakes. You can also enjoy a selection of sandwiches and platters with typical Italian meats, cheese, olives and sliced pizza.


Bells of York 8 Low Ousegate, York YO1 9QU We’re a small family-run business that takes pride in providing great service and value for money food made fresh to order, using the best possible locally sourced ingredients where available. Our customer’s tell us our paninis are the best. | 83

The Three Tuns


12 Coppergate, York, YO1 9NR | 01904 673097 | Limited access

Established in 1782, The Three Tuns is one of York’s last surviving historic pubs. Situated on Coppergate, close to JORVIK Viking Centre and Grand Opera House, we serve award-winning cask ales, homemade hot mulled cider and the best freshly beer battered fish and chips in town!

Tower Vue Café

JD Wetherspoon The Postern Gate 90 Piccadilly, York YO1 9NX Open: Sun – Thurs 7am – midnight; Fri & Sat 7am-1am

FF5 and BB5 The Punch Bowl 5-9 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AU Open: Sun – Thurs 8am – midnight; Fri & Sat 8am – 1am


14 Tower Street, York YO19SA | 01904 647963 F: /Tower-Vue-Café Located opposite Clifford’s Tower, Tower Vue is a family-run café offering traditional breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas. Enjoy homemade soups, hot and cold snacks, and a selection of homemade scones and cakes. We also serve Yorkshire ice cream. Eat in or takeaway. Dogs welcome.

Open: Seven days a week, 9am-5pm | Fully accessible

Turtle Bay

The Postern Gate is a large airy pub situated at the end of Piccadilly, it has a dining area ideal for large groups and its beer garden overlooks the River Foss. The Punch Bowl has a more traditional feel and is popular with rail users due to its proximity to the train station. Both pubs serve breakfast until noon and a wide variety of menu items are available, including specialist club nights. Both pubs have a passion for local real ale and new products arrive all the time, with craft beers and English gins being the latest additions to the range.

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11 Little Stonegate,York, YO1 8AX | 01904 733995 | F: /TurtleBayRestaurants | | Tw: @Turtlebayuk Turtle Bay celebrates the lively, colourful, soulful and delicious experiences that the Caribbean has to offer. Expect fabulous food, brimming with flavor including jerk chicken and simmering one-pot curries. Excellent rum cocktails and a fantastic, lively atmosphere complete the experience!

Open: Sun-Wed: 11.30am-11pm, Thurs: 11.30am-midnight Fri-Sat: 11.30am-1am | Fully accessible

Walmgate Ale House & Bistro


25 Walmgate, York YO1 9TX | 01904 629222 | | 10% discount with this advertisement.* Formerly Meltons Too, we welcome you to this charming 17th century building – historically a saddlers and rope makers – specialising in serving regional produce. The ground floor serves bar snacks, real ale, wine and coffee. *Offer excludes Saturday evening and parties over six. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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Fully accessible | Open: Mon-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat and Sun 9.30am-12am

The Yorkshire bar and grill | Best Western Monkbar Hotel


St Maurices Road, York YO31 7JA | 01904 667700 | Tw: @TheYorkshireBG | F: /TheYorkshireBarandGrill Just two minutes’ walk from York Minster, The Yorkshire bar and grill celebrates the very best in the region’s produce. Relax in armchairs or enjoy the sunshine in the walled garden as you choose from incredible dishes in the evening, modern home comforts, local ales and over 15 gins.

Open: Mon-Sun: 8am – 10pm | Fully accessible

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The Last Drop Inn


Off King’s Square, York | 01904 621951 | Restricted access

Three Legged Mare

The staff are friendly, welcoming and are on hand to advise you in your choice of drink. Our pub policy is no jukeboxes, gaming machines or children, so you can relax and enjoy your drinks in peace and quiet.

Open: Mon – Thurs 11am – 11pm; Fri & Sat 11am – midnight; Sun 12-11pm

York Brewery


12 Toft Green, York | 01904 621162 | Restricted access

In a bustling city filled with traditional real ale pubs, The Three Legged Mare is the most refreshing of finds! Our pub is modern and light yet maintains a historic feel. It is a lively venue with regular live music and a warm and friendly welcome.

Open: Monday – Saturday 11am – midnight, Sunday 11am– 11pm

Yorkshire Terrier


Stonegate, York | 01904 676711 | Restricted access

Established in May 1996 inside Micklegate Bar wall, York Brewery is both a traditional working brewery and a major tourist attraction. Come along and experience the traditional art of brewing within the City Walls to offer an insight on how we produce our awardwinning ales.

Open: Monday – Saturday 12 – 11pm. Closed Sunday


High Petergate, York | 01904 638246 | Restricted access

Situated on historic Stonegate, hidden behind our very own York Brewery Gift Shop, lies this little gem. The Yorkshire Terrier is a charming inn offering a great range of cask ales, spirits, wines and lagers. A great place to rest your feet after a day of sightseeing!

Open: Mon – Fri 11am – 11pm; Sat 11am– midnight; Sun 12 – 11pm

Grab a light lunch in a café, take a bite out of a sticky bun in a tea room or tuck into high class cuisine in York. Looking for foodie inspiration? Visit


York might be built on a rich past, but accessibility in the city is looking to the future. During your York visit, we want to make sure you are able to get around safely and there a lots of services available to ensure you have an enjoyable break in the city. Here are some ways to plan your stay: We have teamed up with City of York Council and the University of York to support DisabledGo, a website that allows you to check venues in the city are easily accessible and covers everything from wheelchair facilities to large print options. Visit www. For reviews of venues in the city based on and written by disabled people and their friends and families, visit Euan’s Guide: Search the site for York venues before making your way to the city. Be Independent works with tourism partners to make York an accessible destination for people with personal specialist equipment needs. Call 01904 645000 or visit www. for details. Shopmobility is a great way for visitors with mobility problems to get around. Call 01904 679222 to hire a scooter or wheelchair from the second floor of Piccadilly car park. Visit mobility.aspx to find out more.

including ramps and lifts. If you are planning your accommodation, look out for the Self-Assessed Accessibility Details tick list on www.visityork. org that Visit York members must complete in order to display how they provide for those with disabilities.

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Visitors travelling by car are always encouraged to use York’s excellent Park & Ride service. There are six sites located around the ring road, and with fast, modern buses (all adapted for pushchairs and wheelchairs), ample secure parking and free travel for accompanied children, the service offers a hassle-free visit to the city. Buses run from early morning every 10-15 minutes throughout the day.





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CityConnect is not only the world’s first child-friendly WiFi network, but now has links with the popular Eduroam academic portal enabling the city’s 15,000 student population to access necessary resources as and when they require. The fully supported service is free for users 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is capable of supporting streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, as well as uploading all the photos and videos you’ve been taking whilst enjoying yourself in York! Visitors and residents alike can access CityConnect from any WiFi enabled device by searching for City Connect WiFi, opening up a browser and logging in via social media or a registration form. When returning to use the network again, simply open

up a browser and your device will automatically connect back onto the network without the need to log in again. Within seconds you will have superfast internet at your fingertips, without eating into your precious 3/4G data allowance! So you can get all the maps and information about York that you could possibly dream of!















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