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VISITOR GUIDE 2020


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A new decade is upon us and there has never been a better time to visit York.

York & Beyond Explorer Pass. See pages 58 to 71 for more inspiration. This guide is your passport to discover your very own #OnlyInYork experience and please share your experiences across social media. When you visit please do come and see us at the Visitor Information Centre at 1 Museum Street, we are open 7 days a week to help you make the most of your visit.

look after this beautiful building. With an all year round calendar of events, from the thought provoking Festival of Ideas to the creative York River Art Market, there’s something for everyone.

This is a city with its rich heritage on display on every street corner and exciting new experiences on offer throughout the year, where you can get hands-on with history and discover the next innovation in digital arts. Our festival of flowers and horticulture, Bloom! is set to transform the city centre with a kaleidoscope of colour this summer, see page 52. For those looking for something cutting-edge it’s time to look to the future at York Mediale. This 4-day exploration of international media arts takes place in the UK’s first and only UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. 2020 is a special year for a unique building located just outside the city centre, as it’s the 250th anniversary of Holgate Windmill. This working-mill has been lovingly restored by a committed team of volunteers who

We have a fabulous selection of fine dining options for you to choose from; with Michelin-starred chefs and restaurants, as well as a wide range of independent producers across the city cooking up a storm of flavour in street food stalls and eateries.

On behalf of the team, I look forward to welcoming you to explore York.

Once you’ve explored the city it’s time to venture further afield and discover the breath-taking scenery on offer just beyond the walls. With the majestic North York Moors National Park and the romantic Yorkshire coast you can experience so much and stay a little bit longer with the help of our new

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Relax in York

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Bloom Festival

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York's Different Perspectives

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Indie York

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Beyond York

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Meet the Locals

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Little Vikings

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Events Calendar

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Old Meets New

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Street Performance in York

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Explore

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Ice Trail

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Try Your Hand

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Sleep

City of Festivals

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Taste York

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Eat & Drink

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Haunted York

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Gardens of York

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Shop

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Eboracum. Jorvik. York. This is a city which has always reinvented itself, while never letting go of its past. York’s rich blend of staggering history and constant innovation are what make it the foremost city for heritage in the UK; a city with an eclectic range of festivals; a city which will never struggle to find new ways to surprise you. Nowhere can match York as the home for independent traders, independent organisations, and independent minds.

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York is radically reimagining the retail experience, with some of the most distinctive and captivating shops you’ll ever cross the threshold of. The city’s burgeoning food scene has set out to do something different. A multitude of coffee shops, cafés, and tearooms prioritise quality above all else. Dining opportunities span the finest fast food on the streets, to the exquisite tastes on offer from the abundance of terrific restaurants.

Welcome to York. The city where stories are told. The city where renewal is eternal. The city where memories are made.

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THE HISTORIC SHAMBLES MARKET IS ONE OF YORK’S MOST UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCES. Take home tasty delights and fresh produce, from mouth-watering fudge to flavoursome cheeses. Get the perfect look for you and your home by exploring the wide range of crafted homeware, vintage clothing and quality handbags. For food on the go, the Shambles Food Court is the hottest spot in the city, with international street food allowing you to travel all around the globe in York city centre.

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Newby Hall & Gardens

York & Beyond Different Perspectives Many of the sights of York are famous around the globe, but there are a number of opportunities to see something in York from a different perspective. York Minster: Chapter House & Mason’s Loft Tour, Crypt Passage Tour There’s more than meets the eye to the magnificent York Minster, with a selection of tours that will take you to staggering heights and fascinating lows. Traipse up into the Chapter House roof and Old Mason’s Loft to learn how workers in the 13th century used cutting edge techniques to create this feat of medieval architecture. Delve down into the depth of the crypt to marvel at the foundations of 3 cathedrals which are almost 1000 years old.

Treasurer’s House: Cellar Tour, Rooftop & Servants’ Quarters Tour There’s the chance to go up and down at Treasurer's House too, built on the site of a Roman Road. You can don a hard hat, and venture down into the cellar to see the spot where Harry Martindale was startled by the ghostly appearance of marching Roman Legionaries. Up in the attic you can see the servants’ quarters, which are largely left as they were when occupied, providing visitors with a striking sense of abandonment. The rooftops provide stunning views of the nearby Minster. Call ahead to check tours are taking place on the day of your visit.

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York Minster Loft © Charlotte Graham


Cooper King: Whisky & Gin Distillery Tour Take a behind the scenes tour of England’s only selfbuilt gin distillery, learning all about how it came to be and how their sustainable sprits are brought to fruition. You’ll see Cooper King’s state-of-the-art vacuum gin distillation, as well as their wondrous Tasmanian copper pot whisky still, the only one of its kind in Europe, before being treated to some liquid refreshment. An insightful glimpse into a different side of the York area.

Roman Bath Museum Tucked underneath the pub of the same name, you can see the remains of the nearly 2000 year old baths 5 metres below the bar. They were excavated in the 1930s and a steel walkway suspended above the ancient remains now takes visitors through the Tepidarium (warm room), Caldarium (hot steam room) and Frigidarium (cold plunge pool), with heaps of information and friendly volunteers to teach you all about Roman York, Eboracum.

Newby Hall & Gardens: River Boat Trip Weather permitting, the Yoredale river boat runs each day. It launches from the bottom of the 172m long herbaceous borders, some of the longest in the country, a haven for bees, butterflies and dragonflies. Enjoy a relaxing 25 minute cruise on the tranquil River Ure, savouring a little peace and quiet, while seeing Newby Hall’s beautiful gardens from a unique angle. Treasurer's House © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

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Meet the LOCALS

Simon long Shambles kitchen

Laura Pipes wild & westbrooke

Simon and his team are cooking up a storm of tasty delights packed full of incredible flavours from the Shambles Kitchen and the Shambles Food Court.

The family run, independent shop brings quintessential British style to York. Lookout for Winnie, the Cocker Spaniel, she can usually be spotted watching the passers-by.

Why should people come to York? York is the perfect place to visit, whether you are coming for the day or staying longer! There is so much to see and do jam packed into our beautiful city, I always feel lucky to live here. Can you recommend a hidden gem in the city? My favourite thing to do in York is walk around the city walls. It is a great way to see different parts of the city and you’ll be sure to find interesting spots to stop off at on your way round.

Why should people come to York? The atmosphere in the city is so warming and friendly, the locals are a chatty bunch that will do anything to help you. The city is packed with a wealth of historic sites and beautiful architecture - what more can you ask for? Can you recommend a hidden gem in the city? The Museum Gardens are a true hidden gem in the citytucked away in the city centre you can escape city life and find some time to relax. In the summertime I love to kick back and have some downtime in the gardens and watch the world go by surrounded by the historic ruins.

What’s your funniest York story? Definitely screaming super loud when a poor unexpecting stranger stepped out of an alley when I was on my way home from the ghost walk after being completely freaked out by York’s spooky tales. It wasn’t so funny for me at the time but my friends found it hilarious and luckily so did the stranger.

What’s your favourite York experience? The city has a really strong independent scene packed full of some amazing restaurants, coffee shops and retailers. To get a truly authentic York experience I recommend you visit as many independent businesses as possible on your travels around York. Do stop by the Shambles Kitchen and say hi and sample some of our amazing flavours.

Sum up York in five words Friendly, historic, quaint, charming, beautiful.

Sum up York in five words Beautiful historic city to visit!

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Ben Fry

aka York Town Crier

Mad Alice Local legend Mad Alice takes visitors on a fun, blood thirsty tour of the city’s haunted snickelways and gruesome landmarks.

Listen out for Ben Fry as he entertains on the early morning airwaves at Minster FM and by day making public announcements on the cobbled streets as Town Crier.

Why should people come to York? It feels special the minute you step through the city walls. Standing next to the Minster is a must do as the most magnificent cathedral in all the World (in the opinion of the town crier). Can you recommend a hidden gem in the city? Barley Hall is a real hidden gem and I’ve had an amazing time every time we’ve visited, and you have to revisit York Dungeon as you might think you’ve seen it all before but new shows about the city are added all the time.

Why should people come to York? Well, to see me obviously. York is a truly remarkable place where you can arrive with a plan and try to cram everything in, or without a plan and you’ll stumble upon a festival, a hidden café, or a random historical building! Can you recommend a hidden gem in the city? The garden at Treasurer’s House is a wonderful hideaway from the hustle and bustle. It’s a good place to soak up the awe of York Minster. The hidden chapel at the Bar Convent Museum is beautiful and its history is fascinating.

What’s your favourite York experience? Shambles Food Court has an amazing atmosphere and is the perfect place to take a break after walking down our own Diagon Alley.

What’s your funniest York story? I once lived in Paris and after a year I was thinking about maybe coming home. I was eating a baguette gazing up at Notre Dame contemplating life’s choices when an English couple sat next to me and were saying to themselves, “yeah, it’s nice but it’s not as nice as York Minster”. I knew that was my call home!

Sum up York in five words Magical, unique, evolving, enchanting and fun!

Sum up York in five words Best. Place. Ever. There you go that was three!

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One of the many reasons York is such a great destination is that so much of its rich and varied history has been preserved through the survival of great and magnificent architecture. Many of these monuments to the past have taken on a new purpose, making a visit twice as worthwhile.

Have a butchers at page 32 of this guide and you’ll see The Shambles, once home to York’s medieval meat merchants. It is the only street still in York that was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The narrow width is deliberate, designed to keep the meats out of direct sunlight. The butchers’ hooks and shelves (fleshammels-hence the Shambles) can still be seen today. Blood and offal would flow down the street, and the stench was supposed to be quite remarkable. If that doesn’t ruin your appetite, the Shambles remains a purveyor of provisions, with amazing street food tucked behind the street at the Shambles Food Court. Parts of Mulberry Hall, a chocolate box, timber framed building on Stonegate, date to 1434. Its name was stolen from Mowbray Hall, also on Stonegate, down the Minster End. This now non-existent building was owned by the clergy of North

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Newbald, and was home to a goldsmith called William de Hovingham during the reign of Edward III. Little is known about the origins of the current Mulberry Hall, but it is the perfect setting for the only Käthe Wohlfahrt store in the UK, filled to the brim with handsome handmade Christmas decorations from Germany. On Pavement you’ll find Herbert House. First built around 1545, the house was bought by the Herbert family in 1557 from the Company of Merchant Adventurers. Its most famous resident was explorer Sir Thomas Herbert, born in the house in 1606. This parliamentarian turned royalist became King Charles I’s gentleman of the bedchamber, and attended to Charles right up until his execution. The front seen today dates from the mid-17th century, and it became a shop in the 19th century. It now sells the award winning York Gin, the only gin distilled within the city limits.

Purpose built for dancing and card playing by the well-to-do, the Assembly Rooms were completed in 1736. Their stunning neo-classical design was the handiwork of the Earl of Burlington, influenced by what he saw on his travels during three Grand Tours of Europe. York was a pioneer in creating a building for this purpose, constructed much earlier than, and far superior to, the famous assembly rooms of Bath. You can see the colossal Corinthian columns inside by visiting ASK Italian, with free pizza or pasta available for York Pass holders. Standing proudly on the corner, 1 Museum Street was built 160 years ago for the York Board of Guardians of the Poor, who administered the poor relief for York and oversaw the local workhouse. It later became a registry office and was used for this purpose for several decades. The wedding ceremonies took place upstairs, and couples still return to see the special space where they tied the knot. Downstairs is now home to Visit York’s award winning Visitor Information Team. Drop by to get advice on how to make the most of your time in York, buy tickets, book day trips, grab a map or pick up a souvenir. The North Eastern Railway (NER) Headquarters were built in 1906 when it was the fourth largest company in the country, with 56,000 employees. This Edwardian giant was designed by William Bell and Horace Field. The unique locomotive weathervane can still be seen atop The Grand, Yorkshire’s only 5 star hotel. Today visitors to the hotel’s spa can take a swim in what was once the vault where NER kept their millions.


Images Top: Assembly Rooms, ASK Italian Middle left: Herbert House, York Gin Middle right: NER Headquarters, The Grand, York Bottom left: Mulberry Hall, Käthe Wohlfahrt Bottom right: 1 Museum Street, Visit York Information Centre

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Minster York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, with roots in the nation’s earliest history. Since the 7th century, the Minster has been at the centre of Christianity in the north of England and today remains a thriving church rooted in a daily offering of worship and prayer. Built for the glory of God, every aspect of this ancient building - from the exquisite, handcrafted stone through to the unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass - tells the story of Jesus Christ. With vast spaces brought to life with the sanctity and tradition of worship and heavenly music, or quiet corners revealing unexpected stories of human inspiration, the building is truly a masterpiece in stained glass and stone. Uncover the secrets of this magnificent building with a free guided tour packed with stories and facts from its 800year history, or go behind the scenes with a Hidden Minster Tour and explore spaces not usually open to the public. Discover nearly 2,000 years of history in the state-of-the-art Undercroft Museum. Housed in interactive chambers beneath the cathedral, it features artefacts never before on public display and allows visitors to see, touch and hear two millennia of York’s history. For the best views of the city, take the Tower Challenge and climb the 275 steps past medieval grotesques to the top of the Central Tower-the highest point in the city. To find out more visit yorkminster.org

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York Festival of Ideas is one of the largest free festivals of its kind in the UK. Held at venues across the city from 2-14 June, it celebrates human ingenuity and imagination through a host of diverse and inspiring events.

2 – 14 JUNE York Festival of Ideas reaches a major milestone this summer as it celebrates 10 years of educating, entertaining and inspiring through an eclectic mix of events. Under the banner of Infinite Horizons, the 2020 Festival from 2 to 14 June will bring world-class speakers, exhibitions, theatre, music, films, guided walks and family-friendly activities to nearly 50 venues across the city. With over 200 mostly free events on offer, covering topics as diverse as climate change, artificial intelligence, landscape painting, health and space, the 2020 Festival programme – which

Find out more at yorkfestivalofideas.com

will be unveiled in spring - promises something for all ages and interests. York Festival of Ideas is led by the University of York and began as a partnership between the University, York Theatre Royal, York Museums Trust, the National Centre for Early Music and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Ten years on, the Festival now attracts audiences of well over 30,000 and works in collaboration with more than 100 local and national organisations. Past headline speakers have included author Michael Morpurgo, human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, humanitarian Terry Waite, filmmaker

Mike Leigh, broadcaster Janina Ramirez, Nobel prize-winning economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, and Poldark scriptwriter Debbie Horsfield. Winner of the York Culture Award for Outstanding Cultural Festival (Large) in 2018, the Festival is proud to host a range of fun family-friendly events each year. These include the pre-Festival Discovery Zone in Parliament Street, featuring hands-on, interactive activities for all ages. Look out for the York Festival of Ideas 2020 programme going live at yorkfestivalofideas.com on Friday 1 May.

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Chinese New Year

25 January-2 February Get the year of the Rat off to the best possible start as we celebrate the Chinese New Year in York.新年快乐 Xīn nián kuài lè! Happy New Year!

Ice Trail

1-2 February Don your coat, scarf, hat and gloves and go hunting for the beautiful ice sculptures located all around the city. These cold creations are sure to warm your heart. This year’s theme is Fantastical Fiction and Fairy Tales.

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Jorvik Viking Festival

15-23 February Voyage to York as one of the most famous periods of its history comes to life. Vikings roam the streets once again. The largest event of its kind, highlights include the Banquet of the Voyagers, The Best Beard Competition and the Battle Spectacular.

York Restaurant Week

2-9 March York’s flavoursome food scene takes centre stage. A week of events celebrating the city’s dining delights. With over 40 restaurants taking part, go to visityork.org to keep abreast of the tantalising treats on offer.

Image above: Eboracum Roman Festival

York Literature Festival

19-28 March A pillar of York’s cultural calendar, York Literature Festival presents a whole series of talks, lectures, panels, debates, performances, storytelling pieces and workshops. Covering the spoken and written word, fiction and non-fiction.

York Fashion Week

20-27 March Creativity. Design. Style. York fashion week returns. Strut your stuff all around the city, with 8 days of runway shows, live windows, workshops and exhibitions, all in this gorgeous city.


Brew York Birthday

4 April Join Brew York to celebrate their 4th Birthday for a no admission fee Beer Festival featuring some of the best UK and International Breweries.

Easter in York

9-12 April Spring into a season of new life in York, the home of chocolate, this Easter, with Easter egg hunts across the city, and the York Chocolate Festival (9-13 April). To find out more visityork.org.

York Open Studios

18-19 & 25-26 April Take a look behind the studio doors of artists, craftspeople and designers at this popular free event. Discover the best of York’s creative talent whilst wandering around the historic streets and leafy suburbs in search of artists’ studios.

York Festival of Ideas

2-14 June Let your mind be expanded to Infinite Horizons, with a huge range of world-class speakers and events aiming to challenge and stimulate. The diverse programme is great for all ages and interests, with most of the festival completely free of charge.

York Festival

19-21 June Hello…is it York you’re looking for? York becomes a House of Fun as the city welcomes headliners Lionel Richie, Madness and Westlife, all at York Sports Club.

Brideshead Festival

26-28 June Celebrating 75 Years of Brideshead Revisited in print and on screen. Castle Howard is iconic as the TV and film setting and has many other literary connections.

York River Art Market

Every Sat between 4 Jul & 22 Aug Celebrating its 5th year in 2020, York’s only riverside Arts Market is set in a stunning city-centre location next to Museum Gardens. A broad range of established and emerging artists, display and sell their work. More exciting festivals can be found on pages 20 & 21.

Bloom!

Eboracum Roman Festival

29 May-31 May What have the Romans ever done for York? Find out this May, as the city’s ancient past is resurrected once again, giving you the chance to get a glimpse of the highs and lows of life in Eboracum.

Victory in Europe 75th anniv. 8-10 May Elvington comes alive in this 1940’s themed event celebrating the Victory in Europe 75 years on. There will be WWII re-enactors and displays, as well as the famous Halifax bomber, 'Friday the 13th', all at the Yorkshire Air Museum.

York Pride

6 June York takes pride in life and love, in all its forms, on this special day. Celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, expect great entertainment and oodles of inclusive fun.

Bloom!

20-28 June Blooming heck, that’s a lot of flowers. Floral displays will transform the city with stunning colours and scents when York’s biggest ever Bloom takes place this year. Go to visityork.org/bloom to keep up with what’s happening.

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York Early Music Festival

3-11 July Method and madness are the themes this year at the UK’s largest festival for music written before 1750. The line up highlights for 2020 include Lestyn Davies and the Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt.

York Proms

4 July You could not wish for a more pleasant picnic site than Museum Gardens at any time of year. Throw in an orchestra playing patriotic classics on a fine July evening, and you’ve got a real night to remember.

Kegfest

18 July Join Brew York in their Beer Hall for their 3rd annual all-inclusive ‘Kegfest’ Beer Festival featuring beers from around the world, seminars, entertainment and great Street Food. Families and dogs welcome. The Tap Room will be open to general trade during the festival.

Yorkshire Day

1 August York is proud to be the host city of this year’s Yorkshire Day, celebrating all that’s great about God’s own county. Mayors from all around Yorkshire will be processing through the city, bursting with regional pride.

Countryfile Live

6-9 August The flagship Sunday night rural affairs show from the BBC returns to Castle Howard for another weekend of countryside fun. The Farmyard, Wildlife Zone, Countryfile Kitchen and Craven Arms Pub, Village Green and Dog Lovers’ Arena are all set to return.

Micklegate Soapbox Challenge

31 August Watch as daring drivers fly down Micklegate’s cobbles towards Ouse Bridge in their improvised vehicles. It’s a thrilling race, with participants competing to raise money for good causes. A day of compelling drama, with triumph and catastrophe played out on the run.

World Jam Festival

11-13 September Preserve your summer joy with the sweetest event of the year. The World Jam Festival comes to Helmsley. Enjoy teatime treats with the Mad Hatter and Alice, and their steampunk friends.

York Beer & Cider Festival

16-19 September Yorkshire’s largest beer festival, with hundreds of beers and ciders from across the globe to choose from. Enjoy a responsible pint or two in the splendid setting of the Knavesmire.

York Food & Drink Festival

18-27 September Treat your taste buds as another week of edible excellence fills up York city centre. Food stalls sell sizzling street food and premium produce, as well as events and masterclasses on the craft of cooking.

York Balloon Fiesta

25-27 September See York’s skies fill with colour as the hot air balloons return to the city. Live music, tasty food and York’s biggest funfair make this a weekend full of much more than hot air.

The Great York Ghost Search

15 October-1 November Oooh... the Great York Ghost Search returns to the UK’s most haunted city. Wander the spooky streets to find all of this year’s creepy creations, and watch out for any monstrous minighosts. Go to visityork.org to keep up with all the hell-raising happenings.

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21-25 October Cutting edge technology collides with the most creative minds to generate art which will stop you in your tracks in York, the UK’s only UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. Leading artists from across the globe gather to present extraordinary exhibitions and world-premiere performances.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 4-8 November Celebrating its tenth year in 2020, be inspired by some of the newest and most innovative voices in cinema at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. With 100s of films being screened, masterclasses and networking opportunities, it’s a must for any cineaste or aspiring film maker.

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York Christmas Festival

12 November-20 December York becomes a winter wonderland, with everything you need to create magical Christmas moments with friends and family. Yule be sad if you miss it, so go to visityork.org to keep yourself in the sknow.

York Early Music Christmas Festival

4-12 December Splendid festive music to get you in the mood for merriment. Christmas is the perfect time to get transported back in time by an angelic host of musicians, recreating marvellous music of old.

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Haunted

YORK Celebrate the spookiest time of year in Europe’s most haunted city

Known as the most ‘Haunted City in Europe’, ghosts roam the snickelways and haunt Georgian townhouses and historic inns. You can be a fearless soul or a jumpy scaredy-cat. York offers tricks, treats and spooky encounters for all. York’s ghouls are a friendly bunch that welcome families and little ones looking for adventure. Go on a mischievous trick or treat quest with York’s Chocolate Story and enjoy a delicious chocolatey snack or two. Cruise the Ouse, with City Cruises York and join the gruesome crew as they bring the gory tales of York’s past to life. For an immersive experience visit The York Dungeon where actors and special effects showcase the city’s dark history. Don’t forget to stop by The York Ghost Merchants, located along the iconic Shambles. Packed full of unique handcrafted ghosts you can take home a new spooky friend. If you like things a little more gruesome and frightening, we dare brave souls to take on Hallowscream at York Maze, where you’ll meet crazed maniacs in one of their many horror themed mazes. If you’re of a nervous disposition, the good news is you can enjoy Hallowtween, where the shocks and thrills are toned down, for light hearted family fun. Join one of the many guided walks that tour the most haunted sites in the city. Explore the narrow passageways and dark streets to investigate bloodcurdling tales of scandal and death. From the Original Ghost Walk of York to the Bloody Tour of York, to name a couple, you’re spoilt for choice. For something different jump aboard the Ghost Bus and your creepy conductor will show you the sights while onboard a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. To find out more visit visityork.org/haunted

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During the month of October, as twilight falls, if you look hard enough you’ll find spooky lamps hidden in the windows of some of the most haunted areas of the city. Get your family and friends together, it’s time to embark on a spooky mission. Be daring and take on the challenge of finding all the hidden ghost lamps. Keep your eyes peeled for the mini ghosts, if you’re lucky enough to spot one it’s the perfect take home souvenir of your ghostly adventure.


Castle Howard ‘One of the top 10 buildings you must visit in your lifetime' The Telegraph, 2018

Castle

Howard Built for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle and taking over 100 years to complete, today Castle Howard remains home to the Howard family. Discover the rich and varied history, dramatic interiors and sweeping parklands of this magnificent house.

2020 highlights

The Brideshead Festival 26-28 June BBC Countryfile Live 6-9 Aug Castle Howard Proms 22 Aug Plus so much more

Free flowing tours of the house allow you to explore at your leisure, with friendly and knowledgeable guides throughout. From decadent bedrooms and lavish drawing rooms to the stunning Great Hall and vast Long Gallery, there are architectural wonders and world-renowned collections in every room. Spend a day exploring the beautiful gardens; with meandering woodland paths, lakeside terraces and sweeping vistas dotted with temples, statues and follies. Enjoy a changing programme of exhibitions and events, including Christmas opening when the house is decorated for the festive season. Plus free outdoor tours, illustrated children’s trail, Skelf Island, our new adventure playground, and summer boat trips on the Great Lake (weather permitting). Treat yourself at a range of cafés and shops, including garden centre, farm shop and gift shops. For more information and opening times please visit castlehoward.co.uk Find out more at castlehoward.co.uk

Winner of the prestigious UK Heritage Award for Best Festival or Event

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It’s time to unwind & expand your mind It’s important to find some downtime to refresh your mind, body and soul. Take the time to recharge your batteries and escape the daily grind by relaxing, doing something rewarding or pushing yourself with a challenge. You’ll return home from your visit to York revitalised and raring to go.

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Dark Skies Festival, North York Moors National Park


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Spa & wellbeing treats

Get lost in your creativity

There’s no better way to relax than by having a soothing massage or kicking back in the hot tub soothing your muscles. The Grand York have a luxury spa, housed in the atmospheric vaults offering specialist treatments, an indoor pool, steam room and whirlpool. Hedley House York is the perfect place to unwind, stretch and meditate, with their hot yoga studio and spa facilities ticking all the boxes to meet your wellbeing needs. Pamper yourself at the Middlethorpe Hall & Spa and go all out for a full body massage. For longer stays, you can de-stress just beyond the city walls, Grantley Hall, The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa and The Parsonage Hotel & Spa are the perfect places for a wellbeing retreat.

At Rainbow Ceramics you can sit back relax and create your own ceramic masterpiece to take home as a reminder of your trip to York. Pick your own ceramic, select the creative tools to decorate from a wide range of paints, stamps and stencils, and let your creativity run wild. With all the culture and heritage that’s inspired you in York let’s see where your imagination takes you.

Riverside walks & cycling tours Stretch your legs with a nice riverside stroll along the Ouse, it’s a relaxing way to take in the city sights. Along the way you’ll find one or two places to watch the world go by and enjoy a drink or two. For a tour of the city with a difference, take a leisurely ride with York Cycling Tours and go off the beaten track, taking in some of the rural and scenic sites you won’t see on your typical bus and walking tour. For your own self-guided cycling tour you can hire bikes from Cycle Heaven or Get Cycling.

Find out more at visityork.org

Escape to the Country Stay in York longer and venture beyond the city walls. Only a short drive away are the picturesque landscapes of the North York Moors National Park and the stunning Yorkshire Coast. You can explore rugged clifftops and coastline, and the heather hills and waterfalls of the Moors. Escape to outer space at the Dark Skies Festival (14 Feb-1 Mar), with stargazing safaris, and sessions teaching you how to predict a display of the astonishing Aurora Borealis.

For the animal lover Get up close and personal with an intimate animal experience at the Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conversation Park, where you’ll have the chance to meet, feed and care for some of the park’s residents. Ranging from one hour animal encounters, to a keeper for the day, you’ll get behind the scenes and care for a host of cute animals from tortoises, lemurs to wallabies.

Flamingo Land Resort have a really wild programme of animal encounters, where in the company of the skilled trainer you can feed and meet giraffes, sea lions and penguins. If you’re cat crazy a visit to the Cat’s Whiskers is must where you can eat and drink in the company of some cuddly feline friends. Don’t miss out on the chance to handle and fly majestic birds at the National Centre for Birds of Prey.

Hole in one Escape to one of the city’s golf courses, Fulford Golf Club, Forest Park Golf Club and York Golf Range are conveniently located on the outskirts of the city. Offering you the chance to switch off and hit a round of golf. Alternatively you can drive a little further afield to Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club, where 120 acres of Yorkshire Wold countryside await you.

Outdoor adventure Some of us get our kicks from pushing our bodies to the limits, overcoming physical and mental challenges. Lost Earth Adventures can provide you with nerve testing thrills, where you’ll abseil, canoe, rock climb, mountain bike and hike through some of the most stunning landscapes in the region. Test your nerve and walk away feeling positive at the achievement of challenges that you’ve overcome.

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Fossgate Festival

EXPLORE YORK’S INDIE OFFERING

If you’re looking to treat yourself or find that unusual gift for a friend, York has it all. With so much on offer here’s a summary of the places that you should visit. Bishopthorpe Road, the winner of the Great British High Street of the Year 2015, is just a short walk from the city centre, where a cosy parade of shops and eateries are waiting to give you a warm Yorkshire welcome. If you love lycra and two wheels pop into Cycle Heaven at the Angel on the Green, a combined café, bar and cycle shop, the perfect pit stop to refuel. To impress the locals it’s worth knowing that the area is more affectionately known as ‘Bishy Road’.

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The Fossgate and Walmgate area is a great place to shop and socialise, with numerous caféss and quirky shops. If you’re looking for unusual gifts you’ll feel right at home in Give the Dog a Bone, where cheeky greetings cards and souvenirs from your favourite comics, film & TV programmes are for sale. If your house is in need of a green theme you must visit Botanic, packed full of interesting houseplants of all shapes and sizes. Alternatively visit Rise and Shine Living for all your contemporary homeware and gifts that will transform your house into the perfect home. Micklegate historically is home to the most important of York’s four main medieval gateways, the royal gateway to the city,

and today it is a bustling street of cafés and unique shops. Head to FortyFive Vinyl Café to unwind, drink coffee and listen to retro music being spun on vinyl. If hunting down rare vinyl is your thing, look through their collection of LP's and 45's including fan favourites and collectables. A short walk from the iconic York Minster are Gillygate and Bootham. Love cheese? Well the aptly named ‘Love Cheese’ must be on your to do list. With specially picked cheeses, from mild to strong, young to mature, hard to soft, it’s cheese heaven. For the mind and body, The Zentist stocks everything you will need to free your spirit, selling healing Crystals, essential oils and jewellery.


Rafi's Spice Box

Celebrating York’s indie scene Throughout the year there are numerous street parties and festivals that celebrate the vibrant indie scene in York. The Fossgate Festival kicks off every May, the monthly event takes place on the first Sunday of each month, coming to a close in September. The festival offers a unique opportunity to experience the street like never before. The road is closed off to vehicles and shops spill out on to the street with pop up tents, entertainment, live music, barbeques, creating a real carnival vibe.

Love Cheese

The best way to get to the heart of any city is to explore its independent scene. This way you can get to the core of its character, meeting local people and discovering authenticity. Botanic

If you see a hidden Snickelway (alleyway to non-York folk) on your travels, walk down it, you will be rewarded for your curiosity and will be surprised at what you’ll find. Low Petergate, Grape Lane, Stonegate and Back Swinegate all form a snug block of retail wonders. Shopping experiences include The Cat Gallery, two whole floors dedicated to our feline friends packed full of PAW-fect novelty gifts. If you love cute cuddly bears pop in to Stonegate Teddy Bears, where you’ll find a giant cuddly surprise waiting for you at the door, ideal for capturing the perfect insta selfie (you’ll soon see why). Don’t miss festive favourites Kathe Wohlfahrt, where every day is Christmas, packed full of cheer and Christmassy gifts.

Find out more at visityork.org/indieshops

Nestled in the heart of the city is the Shambles Market. Stop by and say ‘Ey Up’ to local traders selling exceptional fresh produce, unique crafts and essential merchandise. Then relax at the Shambles Food Court and enjoy a bite to eat as you mull over the tasty street food world cuisine options on offer. Once you’re all rested take a short walk to the iconic Shambles where you can pick up wands and memorabilia for wannabe wizards. Make sure you stop by the York Gin shop, and pick up a bottle of the distillery’s award winning gin, the only gin produced within the city walls. If you’re not shopped out take a stroll along Goodramgate, a street packed with historic pubs from the 15th & 16th century

(well worth visiting) and a collective of independent shops. Head towards Monk Bar and visit Cleggs, full of decorative accessories from across the globe, it’s the perfect chance to give your home an exotic makeover. Next door is the Monk Bar Model Shop an Aladdin’s cave full of all kinds of models and kits. A dream for model railway enthusiasts, collectors and those young at heart. Spice up your life at Rafi's Spice Box, if you love curry take home one of their hugely popular easy to use home curry packs, packed full of ingredients tailored to your own tastes. With so much to experience we’ve only touched the tip of the Indie York iceberg-please delve deeper for further inspiration. visityork.org/indieshops

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Situated on the Shambles York’s very own Diagon Alley, The Shop That Must Not Be Named is the UK's original and premier Wizarding Emporium specialising in officially licensed Harry Potter merchandise. Since opening in May 2017, they’ve delighted visitors from all over the world with a huge range of magical wares and friendly wizarding staff who know everything you could ever want to know about the Boy Who Lived. Starting life as a dedicated selection of Potter giftware in ...give the dog a bone on Fossgate (York’s foremost destination for quirky, unusual homeware and pop culture gifts), the range grew so rapidly it began to take over the shop! The obvious solution was to open this dedicated emporium on the historic and atmospheric Shambles, believed to be the inspiration behind Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter film series.

From Chocolate Frogs to Quidditch supplies, cauldrons to cuddly fantastic beasts, everything the busy witch or wizard needs is here under one roof. Park your broom at 30, Shambles.

After casting an Undetectable Extension Charm in 2018, they now stock over 70 wands from the Wizarding World alongside dedicated sections for each Hogwarts house, filled with clothing, homewares and accessories that will delight even the most serious Slytherin or hardcore Hufflepuff. Children will love their range of magical sweets, toys and games while more serious collectors will covet the authentic film replicas and bewitching artefacts.

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Find out more at theshopthatmustnotbenamed.co.uk

Winner 2019


Ancestral

NAME If you are visiting York it may well be for its history. You may not know, but there is every chance of your family surname having a heraldic history. Now you can find out if it has and take evidence of that home with you. Ancestral Name offers a unique shopping opportunity in York. Our most popular product by far is our Armorial print. Working from a database of over 1 million European Names we can reproduce the first registered Coat of Arms adopted by that family along with 1800 words of history of that particular name. Printed on A3 parchment it is a very different, personalised gift. Equally popular, but a bit more expensive, are our hand stitched Coat of Arms embroideries. They are stunning and really have to be seen; finished with gold and silver metallic thread they are a sight to behold and will be treasured forever. They come in a range of sizes, and we can create wedding and anniversary double embroideries too. If a more traditional approach suits you, our hand painted copper wall plaques may be just what you are looking for. Our first floor is a Game of Thrones fan’s idea of heaven. With a full sized throne for you to sit in, you can even dress as one of your favourite characters for a selfie. Our range of GOT licenced products goes from lower cost items such as coasters to full sized swords and an amazing range in between. Swords are only sold to over eighteen year olds but can be shipped worldwide. We are located at 13 Church Street and are open from 10am every day. If you can’t get in to see us we are open round the clock at ancestralname.com.

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unique family experiences in York York is brimming with exciting things for families to do, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy yourselves. Some of the best things to do are free or very wallet-friendly, so you can concentrate on making memories without worrying about the cost. Here’s our pick of the best budget things to do in and around York with children.

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EXPLORE THE GREEN SPACES York’s botanical Museum Gardens is a stunning green space in the centre of the city and an ideal spot for a picnic. Marvel at the ruins, watch the boats cruise by and see how many squirrels you can spot (why not download the free Squirrel Trail at yorkmuseumgardens.org.uk). Free to enter, it’s a great place to run off some steam and unwind. A short walk along the river from the city, Rowntree Park given to the city by the famous Rowntree family in 1921 is another popular destination for families, with a well-equipped play area, tennis, skate and basketball courts, ornamental lake and much-loved café. Terry Avenue, York YO23 1JQ.

GREAT VALUE DAY TRIPS

HEAD TO THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM See iconic locomotives, enjoy hands-on activities, listen to stories, play in the indoor play area (under 5s) and discover more about science and engineering at this world class museum where admissions free. It’s a brilliant rainy day option, too, earning it the unofficial title of ‘York’s umbrella’. Keep an eye out for special activities during the holidays, too. National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ-railwaymuseum.org.uk

Fancy heading out of the city but don’t want to break the bank? Dalby Forest is brilliant for families, with numerous walking and cycling trails and a cracking adventure playground. There’s no admission fee, just pay to park (forestryengland.uk). The delights of the North York Moors National Park and Yorkshire Coast are just a short drive away too, with limitless free family pleasures to enjoy, from flying a kite to building a sandcastle and exploring some of the most beautiful areas of the country.

HEAD TO A FESTIVAL York plays host to many festivals and events throughout the year that are fantastic for families, most of which offer a range of free or low-cost activities for kids. Top of our list are the JORVIK Viking Festival (February), the Eboracum Roman Festival (June) and York Balloon Fiesta (September). York Ice Trail (February) is another fun, free event, just wrap up warm! You’ll find details of all the latest events at visityork.org.

AMBLE DOWN THE SHAMBLES York’s the ideal size to explore on foot, and walking around it with children can feel like the best game of I-spy. What will you spot around the corner? A little red devil looking down at you? A big brown bear guarding a shop? A hilarious street name (Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate) or a mysterious snickelway? No trip to York is complete without a visit to the magical Shambles either (broomstick optional). Pick up a free York Cat Trail from the Cat Gallery (45 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HT) and see how many black cats you can spot on the buildings as you walk round.

WALK THE CITY WALLS There’s no better way to see the city than from its stunning medieval walls which are free to access. At just over 3km in length, they’re the longest town walls in England and offer stunning views of York from almost every angle. For little legs, choose a small segment and hop off for refreshments when fatigue sets in: you’re never far away from a cake or ice cream shop. It’s a lovely thing to do at any time of year, but why not visit in the springtime to see the masses of iconic, Instagrammable daffodils? Little Vikings is a free print and online guide to the best of York (and beyond) for families, run by a York family. Pick up a copy of Little Vikings from the Visit York Information Centre and visit little-vikings.co.uk.

Find out more at visityork.org

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The city streets are an open stage On every corner of the city’s cobbled streets, all year round, you’ll find some of the best street performers, and you’re invited to the best seats in the house.

Echoing around the city you’ll hear the sounds of cheers, gasps and applause. You’ll be wowed by some of the most talented acts in the country, from escape artists, fire breathers to high energy musical performances. Whether it be Kings Square, arguably the cultural heartbeat of the city’s performance spaces or the beautiful iconic St Helen’s Square, keep your eyes peeled and prepare to be entertained.

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Jamie

Andy

Why do you love to perform in York? York is a beautiful city to perform in, but it’s the quality of the audiences that keeps me coming back. They’re not easy, but if you win them over they can be a lot of fun.

Favourite location to perform in the city? Kings Square, the home of street theatre in the north of England. The perfect show setting in an urban amphitheatre with a proud history of performance over 40 years.

What is your act? A very traditional style Street show based around a giant Unicycle with fire juggling, Lots of Comedy, skill, danger, and audience participation.

What is your crowd pleasing trick? The Walk of Death, a brave volunteer from the audience lies down on a mat and I juggle three razor sharp machetes over them. The audience love it and the volunteer feels like a champion.

What is your act? Daredevil esque feats of balance and skill with fire, knives, a nine foot unicycle, blindfold and sword!

What is your crowd pleasing trick? Teetering blindfolded on a 9ft unicycle juggling fire.


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Rob Roy Collins

Why do you love to perform in York? After 25 years of entertaining worldwide, York feels like home. The buildings, the people, the rich stream of artistic talent alongside the brilliant crowds make it a pleasure to perform.

Favourite location to perform in the city? Kings Square. Such a perfect setting for street entertainment as locals and visitors pass through and catch a show. It's great to be part of the long history of street performers on King's Square.

What is your act? A joyous & whimsical show with a dash of slapstick, amazing juggling with unusual props and glorious interactions with the audience.

What is your crowd pleasing trick? The tricks in the show all combine to create a narrative that the audience are invited to join in with. The aim is for the audience to leave happier than when they arrived!

Find out more at visityork.org

What is your act? My own blend of skill, comedy and audience engagement, finishing in an escape from chains and handcuffs on top of a 10 foot ladder.

What is your crowd pleasing trick? Chained and handcuffed, I climb to the top of a 10 foot ladder and escape in under 2 minutes.

Hyde Family Jam The band can often be found performing around Parliament Street and St Helens Square. Watch their high energy performances as they perform their quirky take on musical numbers from Britney Spears ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ to Tom Jones' classic ‘Delilah’. The Plumber Drummer This innovative street act uses flip-flops on a modified set of drainpipes, performing dancefloor classics from the last 20 years. He’ll have you dancing and putting your hands up in the air in no time.

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Visit York

Tourism Awards Showcasing the warm welcome York offers the world. Here are 2019’s winners, some of the very best that York and the surrounding area has to offer.

The Bloody Tour of York

York is blessed with a great variety of guided tours, allowing visitors to explore the city by bus, by bike, by boat or on foot. One such tour, City Cruises, was the winner of Visitor Attraction (50,000+) of the Year. Their aquatic tours on the Ouse provide a unique perspective of the city, with sights and insights you can’t get anywhere else. Winner of the Guided Tour category was The Bloody Tour of York. With real passion and personality, Mad Alice shows you the grislier aspects of York’s past, with horror and humour in equal measure.

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Grays Court, York

York is undoubtedly the best city to visit at Halloween, with so many great and ghostly things do. Each year just a stone’s throw from the city you’ll find the incredibly inventive, and genuinely terrifying, York Maze Hallowscream, the UK’s best screampark and winner of Visitor Experience of the Year. Also a short distance from the city, the World of James Herriot offers visitors a glimpse into the rural Yorkshire life of James Wight, world famous vet and author; Visitor Attraction (under 50,000) of the Year in 2019.

York has a formidable reputation for hospitality with a huge selection of hotels, B&Bs, apartments and guest houses. The beautiful Grays Court, in its unrivalled location sandwiched between the city walls and the Minster, took home Best Hotel for the second year in a row. Located just round the corner, York Old Brewery has visitors returning to its luxury apartments year after year, ensuring its win for Self-Catering Venue. Tower Guest House, with its fabulous themed rooms and locally sourced breakfast, was the worthy recipient of B&B of the


Roots, York

Walmgate Ale House

Year. York also caters to those visiting for business, not pleasure, and The Principal, York with its prime location adjacent to the station, and excellent and extensive facilities, was named Conference Venue of the Year, for its old fashioned charm and modern luxuries. York is fast becoming one of the UK’s foremost cities for foodies. The Principal collected a second prize for its Garden Room, Tearoom of the Year in 2019. Roots, the brain child of Michelin starred Chef Tommy Banks, is all about using

Find out more at visityork.org

the best seasonal produce and was named Restaurant of the Year. In a city with a pub for every day of the year, competition was fierce for Pub or Bar of the Year, but it went to the charming and cosy Walmgate Ale House. For those seeking a little retail therapy, York has some of the most innovative traders around. The Shop That Must Not Be Named, providing visitors with a magical experience on The Shambles, obtained Shop of the Year. York Gin, the only gin distilled in the city limits, can be

found in shops, pubs and bars all around York, as well as in its own beautiful shop in Herbert House on Pavement. It won Tourism Supplier of the Year 2019. The Tourism Awards will return in April 2020. Keep an eye on visityork.org for the latest info and this year’s winners when they are announced.

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A touring journey through the cultural & historic heart of England EXPLORERSROAD.COM


York Mansion House

Built in 1732, the Mansion House is York’s original house party. An indulgent space designed for entertaining, and even hosting royalty, should they come to call. This beautiful home opened to the public for the first time in 2018, taking you on an inspiring, interactive journey through York’s past and present.

The oldest purpose-built home for a Lord Mayor in the country, pick up an audiovisual guide and explore four floors, walking through the expansive Dining Room and majestic State Room, hearing the stories of scandal and decadence of those who came before. Follow the sweeping staircase throughout the house, bypassing the intimate Drawing Room, flooded with light; galleries housing a fascinating collection of civic silver (the largest outside London) that tells the story of York; and shadowy rooms filled with robes of Lord Mayors past and

Find out more at mansionhouseyork.com

present. Moving downstairs, discover the historically recreated working Georgian kitchen, complete with winding passages of pantries and store-cupboards. With daily cooking demonstrations that delve into our archive of delicious 18th century treats, watch the house come to life as the fire is lit and delicious smells creep up the narrow stairs.

Throughout 2020, take advantage of our most expansive programme yet, from seeing conservation in action with behind-the-scenes tours, to immersive seasonal experiences at Halloween and Christmas. We’ll be indulging our foodie heritage with dinners, workshops, and talks, and celebrating the city we inhabit with music and dancing.

With dressing up, trails for little adventurers, and an incredible digital cooking experience, there is plenty for all the family to discover.

For more information, opening times and admission prices, visit mansionhouseyork.com

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Try your hand York offers some truly unique experiences that can help you master new skills and in some cases rediscover some old ones. It’s never too late to learn new tricks so now is the time to get adventurous, push yourself and step out of your comfort zone.

Can you be the next best baker? The Cookery School at the Grand

If you think you’re the master chef or best baker in your household, roll up your sleeves and put your skills to the test at The Cookery School, located at The Grand Hotel. Don’t panic if you’re a beginner looking to sharpen up those culinary skills, the school offers classes for everyone from novices to experts. Professional chefs are on hand enhance your cookery skills, covering everything from bread making, Indian cuisine to making the perfect pie. On your marks, get set, bake.

The Captain of the ship City Cruises York

All aboard! There’s no better way to explore the city than by cruising along the Ouse. Go one better and become the captain of your own vessel. Go own your own aquatic adventure with up to 7 of your friends and family, for an hours self-drive on a motorboat. Explore the river that brought the Vikings to York and get a Viking's view of the city.

Master of green fingers & photography Stillingfleet Lodge & Gardens

Stilllingfleet Lodge and Gardens is a great place to get lost and become one with nature. The beautiful, wild, green space hosts a packed programme of events throughout the year. From photography lessons, to growing the best garden vegetables, if you love your garden and want to snap away capturing nature at its finest, look no further.

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Yorkshire Heart Vineyard


York Chocolate Story

Cookery School at the Grand

Wine connoisseur Pairings Wine Bar

Yorkshire Heart Vineyard & Brewery

Some say the best wines come from continental Europe, but have you ever tasted a fine Yorkshire wine? Go on a tour of the 17 acre vineyard and finish off with a tasting session where you can put your taste buds to the test and explore some of the best white, red and rosé English award winning wines.

The art of pairing food Pairings Wine Bar

Pairing food and drink is quite an art, Pairings Wine Bar offer bespoke experiences showcasing the very best in Yorkshire and world produce. The perfectly crafted combination will take you on a mouth watering adventure. Get inspired, then take home your own ideas to become the ultimate dinner party host.

Axe Throwing The Hilt

For an alternative experience like no other take on the challenge of Axe Throwing. Find your inner Viking and pick up. With the help of an expert in the safe and fun surroundings of The Hilt you’ll be in for an axe-cellent time.

Become a chocolatier York’s Chocolate Story

York is the home of chocolate, where delicious tasty treats such as the KitKat and Terry’s Chocolate Orange were crafted. So there’s no better place to become a chocolatier. Take the tour, learn about York’s chocolate heritage and get hands on, creating your own delicious chocolate lolly to take home.

Find out more at visityork.org

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Brew York’s reputation goes from strength to strength with ‘UK’s Best Barrel Aged Beer’ and ‘World’s 2nd Best Stout’ among their most recent national and international accolades. Wayne Smith and Lee Grabham, the two founders set out with an ambition to create a venue that was as interesting and appealing as their sublime and often comically named beers (look out for Rhubarbra Striesand or Goose Willis). With the Tap Room and Beer Hall offering York’s largest and most diverse selection of beers across its 10 cask and 50 keg lines, including guest beers, ciders and lagers from around the globe it’s fair to say they’ve delivered. And that’s without mentioning the considerable array of wine, cocktails and hoptails (beerbased cocktails whipped up by their genius mixologists) that makes every day a festival. The Beer Hall includes a street food kitchen where talented vendors take residency, bringing you some delightful treats to consume alongside Brew York’s magnificent array of brews. Don’t forget to pick up a taste of York when exiting the Beer Hall through the well-stocked gift shop. The Beer Hall and Taproom are dog and family friendly and are open Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 12pm-9pm. Food is available until 1 hour before close.

Brew York Craft Brewery, the product of two York residents passion for all things beer, first threw open the doors to their welcoming showcase brewery and adjoining modern tap room with riverside beer garden back in April 2016. Making an instant impact in the local scene, Brew York has since undergone significant expansion, growing both the brewery and adding a large capacity Beer Hall in the adjacent building.

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York hosts everything from fine dining to international street food; there really is something for every palate. Treat yourself to a sharing plate experience at Roots York, the brainchild of celebrity chef Tommy Banks, where you can sample dishes from their tasting menu, made up of the best locally sourced produce: every spoonful is a taste of Yorkshire. The Ivy St Helen’s Square offers a contemporary British menu in sophisticated, beautifully decorated surroundings. For something relaxing, stop by Pairings Wine Bar where they’ll match some of the best regional food dishes with the best wines and ales, in tranquil surroundings. Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern’s two restaurants offer different experiences.

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Mr P’s Curious Tavern offers a quirky spin on traditional pub grub, while The Star Inn The City serves a variety of starters, mains and puddings on the banks of the River Ouse. Dip into the many quirky coffee and tea shops that line the cobbled streets of York, serving a huge rage of hot drinks and delicious cakes, from the quaint Crumbs Cupcakery to the cosy Brew and Brownie. The city not only boasts regional cuisine but showcases a wide range of global food. Fancy Hank’s Bar and Kitchen brings good old fashioned American flavours from the Deep South to North Yorkshire. Experience continental al fresco Italian dining at Lucia Wine Bar and Grill, Marzano on Fossgate or visit family-run restaurant Barbakan for hearty servings of traditional Polish food.

Another popular restaurant is Delrio’s one of the city’s longest established eateries. Just a short stroll from Europe’s oldest medieval street is the Shambles Food Court. Open all year round, there is a huge variety of street food delights waiting to be tucked into. Don’t miss Los Moros, where you can satisfy those cravings with fabulous North African and Middle Eastern style street food. Due to huge demand, Los Moros have also opened up their own restaurant on the neighbouring Grape Lane. Other street food outlets include healthy fast food from KREP in the form of crêpes and galettes, pizza treats from Pizzoli and scrummy sausages from Shambles Kitchen.


York Food & Drink Festival 18-27 September

Every September, the York Food and Drink Festival fills the streets with delicious sights, smells and tastes for a full week. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn some culinary skills at the cooking classes and chef demonstrations led by celebrity and regional chefs.

Not only can you devour and enjoy tasty treats in York, you can also discover unique immersive experiences… York is the home of chocolate. You’ve heard of the iconic KitKat and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, but did you know these creations were crafted in York? Find out more about the city’s rich chocolate heritage at York’s Chocolate Story and create your own chocolate lolly. After you’ve taken the tour, explore the Chocolate Trail, where you can see the original site of the first Rowntree’s chocolate shop and visit Goddards House and Garden, the former home of chocolatier Noel Terry. After a busy morning of exploration, sit back, relax and enjoy some chit

Find out more at visityork.org/eat-and-drink

chat over an afternoon tea. The world famous Bettys is arguably the pioneer of the afternoon tea experience, and is a must see thanks to decadent interiors, mouth-watering cakes and refreshing teas. Visit the Countess of York at the National Railway Museum, where you’ll enjoy afternoon tea aboard a beautifully restored train carriage. Alternatively head to the iconic Shambles and treat yourself at the Earl Grey Tea Rooms.

The venue serves 40 beers at a time to suit all tastes, but look out for more unusual flavours including Rhubarbra Streisand, a rhubarb and custard flavoured pale ale. New for 2020-Blues Smoked Meats take residence in the beer hall with their Texas barbeque inspired dishes, the perfect combination to accompany your pint. With so much to taste in York, you’ll be coming back for seconds! visityork.org/eat-and-drink

Stop by the Brew York Beer Hall, the city centre craft brewery originally opened in August 2016 with a riverside tap room attached. However, in the summer of 2018 the brewery expanded into the neighbouring building and opened the Beer Hall.

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The Grand, York is the epitome of luxury. The iconic Edwardian building has been a part of the city centre for over 100 years, formerly as the North Eastern Railway Headquarters before being reborn as a five-star hotel in 2010. 01904 380038 • INFO@THEGRANDYORK.CO.UK • THEGRANDYORK.CO.UK

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In 2018, the hotel opened 100 new luxury bedrooms followed by an addition of an executive White Rose Lounge, a redevelopment of their award-winning restaurant and most recently, the launch of a brand-new Cookery School, led by Head Chef Tutor Andrew Dixon. The Cookery School at The Grand, York is something new and unique to the centre of the city, with sixteen workstations, state-of-the-art equipment including those Bake-Off sliding ovens as well as an indoor and outdoor dining area. Head Chef Tutor Andrew has developed over 40 different classes suitable for total beginners through to aspiring chefs, and there are options of fullday, half-day and express classes. It’s a fantastic date-night idea, makes for the perfect gift, is a great choice for group celebrations and provides the perfect backdrop for team building activities.

Find out more at thegrandyork.co.uk

Aside from the Cookery School, The Grand’s dining offering is truly impeccable. The Rise Restaurant, Terrace and Bar opened as part of the hotel's renovations and serves classic British dishes and signature cocktails alongside the quintessentially British tradition of Afternoon Tea.

tranquil and secluded escape in the heart of the city, complete with pool, sauna and steam room with an abundance of indulgent treatments also on offer. You don’t have to be staying at the hotel to enjoy the spa, you can book in for the day or pair it with a visit to the restaurant with the Blissful Afternoon Tea package.

If you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of the beautifully appointed suites at The Grand, you’ll also have access to the White Rose Lounge, a brand-new, tranquil and relaxing breakfast space. After breakfast, the space turns into the perfect place to relax. Comfort comes as standard with cosy sofas, dedicated workstations with iMacs and printers, TVs, newspapers, guides and comfortable seating.

With seven iconic meeting and event spaces filled with original Edwardian features, the hotel provides the perfect backdrop for all celebrations from baby showers, bridal showers, finedining experiences, anniversaries or special birthday celebrations.

Complimentary access to the luxury spa is also available for guests staying in Suites and Executive rooms. Nestled in the building’s former vaults, the spa is a

The Grand really does take care of your every need, whether you’re staying the night or visiting for the afternoon. But, with so much to do at the hotel and so much to see in York, we’d recommend booking in for the weekend.

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The gardens & green spaces of york York is home to beautiful hidden green spaces, tucked away in some of the more secluded and relaxing parts of the city. Watch the city bloom all year round with the changing seasons. Beyond York, walled gardens and grand stately grounds await you. City Centre gems Located centrally along the banks of the River Ouse are the Museum Gardens, with its botanicals, home to the Yorkshire Museum, Hospitium and St Marys Abbey ruins. Keep your eyes peeled you might even spot an #OnlyinYork Tansy Beetle, an endangered species who only live in a 30km stretch of the River Ouse. Don’t miss the City Walls, where every spring the banks of the walls come alive and are awash with daffodils marking the start of spring, and a little further out of town is Homestead Park with its glorious seasonal floral displays. In the grounds of York Minster you’ll find Dean’s Park, offering magnificent views of the Minster, the perfect place to take a break from seeing the city sights. The award-winning Treasurer's House garden has been awarded the gold award for Yorkshire in Bloom for the last six years. The largest green space in the city is Rowntree’s Park, a gift to the people of York from Joseph Rowntree, one of the influential chocolatiers of the city. It was created in memory of the Rowntree’s employees that died in the First World War. The 10-hectare site is worth exploring, then take a well-earned break at the Reading Café. Explore Goddards House and Garden the home of another of York’s famous Chocolatiers Noel Terry, with its pond, a haven for wildlife, rose gardens and summer Delphiniums, Sedums and brightly coloured Rudbeckia.

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Beyond York North of York is the grand estate of Castle Howard, a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity, with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains. Offering breath-taking views in the countryside of the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Also located on the Castle Howard grounds is the Yorkshire Arboretum, a glorious 120 acre site with a collection of more than 6,000 trees from around the world. The beautiful Helmsley Walled Garden, located in the stunning North York Moors will feature in the new film adaptation of classic children's novel The Secret Garden, set to be released later in the year. South of the city you’ll find Stillingfleet Lodge and Gardens with its wild flower meadows and nursery. Get hands on at their extensive programme of gardening events that take place throughout the year. To the west discover the RHS Garden Harlow Carr on the edge of Harrogate and enjoy a bite to eat at the Bettys Tea Room situated in the garden. Just outside of York an exciting 10 year project at National Trust property Beningbrough Hall is in full bloom. Their gardening team have teamed up with Chelsea Flower Show multi-award winning, landscape designer Andy Sturgeon to reinvent the gardens. A short drive away from the city centre vibrant borders and sparkling fountains await you at Breezy Knees Gardens with over 6,000 different varieties of plants to discover. The rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds are home to Wolds Way Lavender, surrounded by mature woodland and over 120 different types of Lavenders and Herbs growing which, when in flower, paint an incredible splash of colour across the site. Don’t forget your York Pass The York & Beyond Explorer Pass provides access to some of the region’s best luscious green spaces and gardens. Buy your pass online or visit the Visitor Information Centre on 1 Museum Street.

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The city wide festival celebrates the best in horticulture with floral displays, imaginative installations, specialist workshops and much more green fingered fun across the week.

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Holgate Windmill's 250th anniversary 2020 is a momentous year at Holgate Windmill: the 250th anniversary of its construction by miller George Waud in 1770. The mill was owned by the Waud family until 1851 and then passed through various hands until it was bought by the Gutch family. In 1939 the Gutchs sold the mill to York Corporation. It stopped milling in 1933 and remained silent until the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society, after ten years of restoration to working order, opened it in 2012.

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The Holgate Windmill Preservation Society is planning a yearlong series of events to mark the anniversary. In addition to their usual open weekends twice a month from May to October, they will also be staging a historical costume weekend as part of National Mills Week, craft days, an art show and an exhibition which charts the history of the mill. The Society historian will also be guiding walking tours of Holgate and the younger members, the Mini-Millers group, will meet once a month for songs and crafts.

It promises to be an exciting year at the mill and you can be part of this historic occasion. Join in the celebrations, come and visit the oldest five-sailed mill in the country and Yorkshire’s only working mill, or visit the shop to buy freshly ground wholemeal and spelt flour, and unique mill gifts. holgatewindmill.org

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Art in Nature Bloom! is returning to York this June, in all its floral splendour, for a second year of pop-up green spaces, installations, open gardens, exhibitions, workshops, talks and more as we honour the city’s wonderful relationship with horticulture and all things plant related. Taking place across the city, and for a full eight days, this year’s festival comes complete with a creative twist as we celebrate Art in Nature. From garden design and flower arranging, through to painting and sculpture, music and performing arts, nature influences so much of what we create whilst revealing itself as one of the most impressive artists of us all.

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This year’s festival highlights will see sculpture inspired by the natural world, transforming existing gardens and green spaces across the city in a new collaborative project with the Royal Society of Sculptors. A Bloom! themed exhibition at York Art Gallery will offer an abundant harvest of floral imagery, inspiration and activities for the family. Whilst a wealth of creatively produced, nature inspired window displays in the Bloom! Window Dressing Competition will add a rainbow of colour and beauty to the already stunning York. Let us know who gets your vote for the best independent window in the city!

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Whilst you’re here for the festival, be sure to venture into the city’s heart, for a glimpse of another impressive temporary garden in St Helen’s Square, brought to York by McArthurGlen Designer Outlet. And whilst you’re wandering, don’t miss The York BID’s floral takeover around Swinegate and Grape Lane; or the bold pop-up garden and new, immersive public space, in Exhibition Square, created by PWP Design, Unconventional Design and Wow Grass, especially for Bloom! 2020. Show gardens, floristry workshops, floral stilt-walkers, talks from industry professionals, a plant & flower market and an installation created by children

Find out more at visityork.org/bloom

from some of York’s primary schools will also form part of this exciting, art-meets-nature themed festival. Bloom! 2020, sponsored by The York BID, will offer something for children and adults of all ages. Whether you’re green fingered, creatively minded, or simply love the opportunity for a brilliant selfie in a beautiful setting, this year’s festival is sure to wow and inspire. Bloom! will lift your spirits like only a bunch of flowers, a bee bumbling about on a rose, or a glade of beautiful trees seen in real life, or on a canvas, can do, and we can’t wait to show you around this June.

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St Peter’s School, in the heart of historic York, is the fourth oldest school in the world. With almost 1200 pupils, boys and girls aged from 3 to 18, day and boarding, we are proud to have held a place in the heart of York for almost 1,400 years.

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St Peter’s School, in the heart of historic York, is the fourth oldest school in the world. We are proud to have held a place in the heart of York for almost 1,400 years. According to the Archbishop of York, in 1589, St Peter’s School was “the only good schole in this great Cytie”. Founded by St Paulinus in 627 AD, the same year as the York Minster, history and tradition are important to us. As you walk about York you may stumble across one of the many sites we inhabited. St Peter’s in the late 16th Century was in “ye free schole in ye Horsefair” – located at the corner of Gillygate and Lord Mayor’s Walk. York later became a centre of Royalist activity in the English Civil War and during the Siege of York in 1644 the school buildings were completely destroyed and the school moved premises.

Find out more at stpetersyork.org.uk/visityork

We have a reputation for academic excellence, achieved through a varied and challenging curriculum and delivered by inspirational and supportive teachers. We enable all pupils to discover their passions and pursue their interests through sport, music, art, drama, activities and clubs. Imagine boarding at the same school as Guy Fawkes, whose family owned the land the School sits on today! Luckily, most of our alumni are less infamous than Guy Fawkes and have gone on to lead the way in fields as diverse as musical composition, literature, politics, business and theatre. Much like York itself, boarding has modernised, relaxed and thrived, whilst holding onto tradition. St Peter’s has created a special character of family style boarding, with our small, friendly houses run by house

parents who teach in our school. York has so much for young people to do and our pupils love their weekend and Wednesday afternoon trips into the city, where they can explore cafes, independent shops, museums, theatres, cinemas and a huge range of internationally-renowned festivals. Sundays give our boarders a chance to visit top attractions in Yorkshire including Whitby, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. To find out more about what St Peter’s can offer your child, request a prospectus today.

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Beyond

YORK Once you’ve experienced the magic of York, venture beyond the city walls. With York as your base you can explore the spectacular North York Moors, the rural charm of the Selby district, picture postcard villages of Ryedale and the dramatic Yorkshire Coast.

Explore the spectacular North York Moors National Park, with its sweeping scenery and rugged landscapes. Don’t miss the Dark Skies Festival where you can marvel at the stunning skies in all their twinkling beauty, arguably the best location in the country to stargaze. Visit Ryedale, where you can enjoy the tasty delights of market towns Helmsley, and Yorkshire’s food capital Malton. Experience rural charm at one of the many attractions and galleries in Ryedale’s villages and scenic landscapes. The rolling hills and clifftops of the dramatic Yorkshire Coast are waiting to be discovered. Surfing and sandy beaches are on the menu at the original seaside resort, Scarborough. The fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay tells tales of smuggling, and Whitby is home

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to the iconic Whitby Abbey, known for being the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Further inland the Selby District hosts historic landmarks and quaint villages, the jewel in the district’s crown is the 950 yearold Selby Abbey. Your trip isn’t complete until you’ve visited the famous brewery town of Tadcaster, packed full of pubs and fine ales, and only a short drive away is the Towton Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest battle on English soil. Over the next twelve pages our beyond York guide will inspire you visityork.org/beyond-york York Pass Make sure you pop into the Visit York Information Centre, where you can pick up your Beyond York Explorer Pass and get more advice on the range of great value day trips that are available.


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Beyond York

NORTH YORK MOORS Escape the city crowds and discover centuries of history and breathtaking landscapes right on the doorstep of York.

Taste of the North York Moors Showcasing our culinary gems; telling stories of food & drink producers and talented chefs who share our passion for looking after the North York Moors. Discover these special people and places and make memorable experiences with family and friends. tasteofthenorthyorkmoors.com

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From dramatic coastlines and picturesque dales to enchanting forests and carpets of purple heather, you’ll find an adventure worth discoveringall within 20 miles of York.

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Kick start your adventure on two wheels. Whether you're a family cyclist, weekend roadie or a world-class mountain biker, the abundance of quiet country roads, forest tracks and moorland singletrack offers plenty to explore. The cycling centre at Dalby Forest is one of the best places in the UK for mountain-biking, or head to Sutton Bank Bikes for off road and family trails that soak up “England’s finest view”.

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The fun doesn’t stop there, both coastal and countryside offer heaps of adventure for adults and kids. For coastal fans-spend your days in the picturesque villages of Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes, ancient fishing villages full of character and intrigue, where you can find secret picnic spots and enjoy nature trips out at sea. Fossil hunting, rock pooling and beach combing can be found along the coastline between Runswick Bay and Boggle Hole, or head inland and have a go at horse riding or skimming through the treetops with Go Ape! at Dalby Forest. Join us for the Dark Skies Festival (14 February-1 March 2020) and enjoy over 100 events from night zips and photography workshops to ghost walks and night navigation experiences.

Find out more at northyorkmoors.org.uk

Virtual reality experiences An evening with BBC Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott In search of the elusive Aurora Find out more at northyorkmoors.org.uk/darkskiesfestival

There’s plenty of fascinating heritage and local history to uncover in our ancient abbeys, stately homes and museums. Watch the seasons unfold in the magnificent gardens and grounds of Castle Howard, one of England’s finest stately homes. Stroll amongst the atmospheric ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, Whitby Abbey, Helmsley Castle, Byland Abbey and Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens. Or transport yourself from an Iron Age roundhouse to a 1950s village shop at Ryedale Folk Museum.

Bustling market towns and picturesque villages are dotted throughout the landscape. Helmsley and Pickering are charming market towns packed full of independent shops, antiques and art.

More great journeys await you by rail. Hop aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to experience one of the best ways to get close to the amazing scenery in the North York Moors. Traverse through 24 miles of stunning valley views from Pickering to Whitby, explore stations of bygone eras and relax in vintage carriages as you travel along the world’s most popular heritage railway.

To discover more about the North York Moors National Park, visit northyorkmoors.org.uk.

Take a deep breath and soak up the panoramic views on foot. Whether it’s a stroll along our easy access routes or tackling the 109 miles of the Cleveland Way National Trail, the swathes of purple heather in the late summer months will stop anyone in their tracks.

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RYEDALE Within a few miles of York’s bustling streets, you’ll discover Ryedale: a place of gentle escapism, with world-class attractions, extraordinary events, award-winning food & drink and historic market towns.

Things to do: Flamingo Land Resort Castle Howard North Yorkshire Moors Railway Dalby: the Great Yorkshire Forest & Go Ape Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum National Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park Heritage Museums and Galleries Lavender Fields and Walled Gardens Discover Ryedale’s Market Towns

Stone Trough Inn, Kirkham Abbey Jason Ferdinando Photography

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Indulge in the UK’s best food and drink, thanks to a bounty of local farm produce. Start your food journey in Malton, Yorkshire’s Food Capital, proudly showcasing award-winning artisans and producers, and famous for its year-round food festivals. In the nearby market towns of Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley you’ll find family-run bakers, butchers and grocers alongside first-class patisseries and master confectioners. Enjoy Michelin-starred and multi awardwinning restaurants, tea-rooms and delis around Helmsley. Stop off at the region’s prized farm shops along the way, or raise a glass to one of the many independent micro-breweries, distilleries, vineyards, or orchardsincluding 200-year old Ampleforth Abbey, where cider and brandy is handmade by the local monks. Explore Ryedale’s world-famous attractions, from the splendour of Britain’s finest stately home Castle Howard, to magical steam train rides along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Time-travellers can wander the romantic ruins of castles and abbeys and visit historic houses that are still family homes. Explore 2000 years of rural village life in the streets, shops and cottages of the award-winning Ryedale Folk Museum, or amble amongst glorious gardens, including the North’s largest lavender farms. For family thrills there’s Flamingo Land, Yorkshire’s

Find out more at visitryedale.co.uk

2020 Highlights: 23-25 May Malton Food Lovers Festival 26-27 June Forest Live at Dalby, concert series, Dalby Forest 28 July Ryedale Show, Welburn Park, Kirkbymoorside 6-9 August BBC Countryfile Live, Castle Howard 9-11 October Railway in Wartime, North Yorkshire Moors Railway Find out more at visitryedale.co.uk

ultimate theme park attraction with record-breaking rides and the UK’s most visited Zoo, or majestic raptors in flight at the National Centre for Birds of Prey. Ryedale’s art galleries, craft workshops and design-houses attract visitors from across the world, its market towns are magnets for seekers of curiosities and craftsmanship. Meet the country’s leading artists at home in their studios, or find something unique in the North’s best antique and auction centres. The local speciality? Over the past few years, Ryedale has become a giant emporium for home-makers seeking a magic touch, artists and craftspeople channel their creative energy into ‘home sweet home’, inspired by the wonderland on their doorsteps. Adventure-seekers will discover one of Britain’s best outdoor playgrounds at Dalby Forest with its world-class

mountain biking park, traffic-free family trails and Go Ape tree-top adventures. Elsewhere, escape off the beaten track along 1500 miles of footpaths and bridleways through some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, ideal for cycling, walking or horse-riding. Or enjoy a vast network of quiet country lanes perfect for two-wheelers seeking both lazyday meanders, or epic challenges and breath-taking views. Take a deep breath and enjoy the scenery: nestled in the heart of Yorkshire, Ryedale is famed for its unspoilt tranquillity and outstanding natural beauty, a rich tapestry of gently rolling farmland, native woodland, magnificent vistas and dramatic river gorges-it’s a haven for humans as well as some of Britain’s most precious wildlife. Whether relaxing in a luxurious spahotel or marvelling at Britain’s starriest skies while glamping outdoors, come and make it your home for a while!

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SELBY Home to Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet, this delightful district, just south of York, is a fascinating mix of bustling market towns and beguiling villages, with medieval history, stunning architecture and beautiful countryside.

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Overflowing with heritage and culture, the jewel in the district’s crown is the great Norman Selby Abbey, founded under William the Conqueror by Royal Charter. The history of Selby, and in particular the founding of Selby Abbey, is full of rich and marvellous tales involving visions, saints and great travels. See the stunning icon of St Germain, newly commissioned to celebrate 950 years since the Abbey’s founding. Discover the Washington Window, with its links to the modern day American flag, or follow the Benedict Trail, designed to help families uncover lots of interesting and quirky features. If you’re looking for an active, fun-filled family day out, Summit Indoor Adventure in Selby is the perfect answer offering bowling, skate park, aerial trekking, adventure play and climbing all under one roof. Perfect for a rainy, or not so rainy, day out with the kids. For the warmer days, Selby Park offers five acres of space to explore right in the heart of the town and you can play a quick round of mini golf, while away an afternoon in the pavilion and sample the local, legendary Doubtfire’s ice-cream. Why not challenge yourself and your friends to complete a series of puzzles and challenges with one of the escape room experiences at The Escapologist. Escape Rooms are designed as an immersive adventure within a themed

Find out more at selby.gov.uk

room, for groups of between 2-6 players. The ultimate goal is to work through the puzzles and clues in the room, within 60 minutes, and ultimately 'escape' before rewarding yourself in their steampunk themed bar and artisan kitchen. Selby also has a diverse cultural offer. Selby Town Hall is a uniquely intimate performing arts centre based in a 150 year old former Primitive Methodist Church. It has developed a strong reputation for its programme of consistently high quality national and international touring artists from the worlds of comedy, folk, theatre, blues, pop, rock, Americana and more. The historic brewery town of Tadcaster is complete with lovely shops and caféss, surrounded by beautiful countryside. You can walk along the River Wharfe and see the town’s listed 18th century bridge, or visit the beautiful 15th century St Mary’s Church. The magnificent stained glass window, designed by William Morris & Co is believed to hold two panels created by the designer himself. With a fantastic array of cosy pubs selling fine ales and three historic breweries, including Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire, it’s the perfect place to stop off for a relaxing few hours. Whilst you’re there, you may even see the Shire horse and cart making one of its regular beer deliveries to the town’s pubs.

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Not far from Tadcaster you’ll find historic Towton Battlefield, the site of a major battle during the War of the Roses, often described as the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. Find out more at the information centre in the grounds of the Crooked Billet pub in Saxton and walk the battlefield trail and see where Henry VI’s men faced the army of Edward IV.

2020 Highlights: February Tadcaster Lantern Festival 28 June Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens Wildlife Day 25 July Selby Food and Drink festival 28-29 August Sherburn Craft and Food Festival 4-6 September Field of Dreams Aircooled VW Festival Find out more at selby.gov.uk

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to keep your kettle boiling, or to power the nation, then book yourself onto a tour of Drax Power Station. It’s the UK’s biggest renewable energy power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe. It’s a fascinating process and it’s not just the power station that’s open to visitors. You can also explore the Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve, to see local wildlife on a stunning reserve built and maintained by Drax. Become one with nature in an area abundant with woodland, wildlife and the great outdoors. Walkers and cyclists will love the scenery around Selby, particularly the Trans Pennine Trail cycleway with its direct path into the heart of York. The district is mainly flat with never ending green fields and quiet roads that are ideal for cycling.

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The district also offers many places that are ideal for an escape from the city. Enjoy a gentle stroll around the quintessentially English country gardens at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, or take part in one of their inspiring garden and creative workshops. Marvel at the wildlife as you wander round one of the last remaining areas of northern lowland heath in England; the lovely Skipwith Common. Next door to this, the Yorkshire Paintball and Outdoor Activity Centre provides lots of options for the more adventurous. In spring, witness a carpet of colour throughout the ancient woodlands at Brayton Barff and spot herons and kingfishers at Barlow Common Nature Reserve. RSPB Fairburn Ings Nature

Reserve is an exciting site for family activities and serious wildlife watching. Throughout the year the district hosts a variety of special events to cater for all tastes. Whether you’re a foodie, a fan of classic VW camper vans or just looking to take on your next sporting challenge, the Selby district has something for everyone. Escrick Park Estate offers air rifle shoots, cross country horse riding and various events including the popular Field of Dreams Aircooled VW Festival. Foodies love Selby Food Festival held each July, with cookery demonstrations and street performances, providing entertainment for the whole family.


Things to do: Selby Abbey Drax Power Station Tours Summit Indoor Adventure Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens Selby Town Hall Cycling the Transpennine Trail Tadcaster town centre Towton Battlefield Vineyard Tours & Open House at Carlton Towers Escape Rooms at the Escapologist Jolly Sailor Brewery

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And taking place over August Bank Holiday weekend, Sherburn’s Craft and Food Festival is another very popular event, attracting visitors from across the region. These festivals support the range of independent caféss, farm shops and restaurants that thrive across the district with a host of new venues opening all the time. With independent breweries like the Jolly Sailor and Selby’s first craft beer café-the Doghouse, the craft beer scene is becoming ever popular too. Hidden away in a quiet corner of rural Yorkshire, Carlton Towers combines history and beauty on an epic scale. The house itself, which is the royal home of the Duke of Norfolk is a wonderful suite

Find out more at selby.gov.uk

of rooms where you can eat, drink and relax with friends, family or colleagues. As well as hosting a regular programme of seasonal events to get involved in, it is often used as a backdrop for film and TV dramas, such as the recent costume drama, Victoria. Be sure to visit the newly opened, quintessentially English, Stable Tearoom, which overlooks the Carlton Vineyard too. This lovely district is just a short journey from the city of York and has much to offer, whether it’s just for a day, or for a longer stay in the area. For more information visit: selby.gov.uk

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Beyond York YORKSHIRE COAST The appeal of the glorious resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey has endured for centuries but new visitors can also discover wonderful surprises dotted along the coast, expect the unexpected.

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The Yorkshire Coast has unspoilt treasures, breath taking landscape and friendly hospitality that attracts visitors year after year. Expect a traditional seaside holidayseaweed-filled rock pools, sandy beaches, sandcastles, donkey rides, lots of surf and colourful beach huts. The region is perfect for a day trip, family holiday, romantic break, to get-away from the daily routine, do loads or nothing at all or switch off for some ‘me’ time with family. Alternatively, choose from an endless choice of activities: surfing, cycling, walking, riding and visit attractions such as castles, museums, waterparks or even an RSPB reserve at Bempton. Relax on award-winning sandy beaches, perfect for all the family, including your dog. Take in a show at one of the theatres and enjoy a vibrant programme of events all year round but often, the simplest things are the most enjoyable, delicious fish and chips accompanied by the salty tang of sea breezes, slow down the hectic pace of life and be revitalised. The Yorkshire Coast has buzz on the one hand and calm on the other. Scarborough, Whitby and Filey have an individual character and atmosphere. Scarborough is vibrant and is known as the queen of seaside resorts, Whitby is a maritime town

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together with a rather mysterious, mystical atmosphere, whereas Filey is a peaceful resort favoured by those seeking a quieter pace of life and miles of sandy beach, to let the kids run wild. There is a real sense of the history and heritage of the region. Explore medieval backstreets, art galleries and museums; visit Whitby Museum and Art Gallery in Pannett Park with its beautiful panoramic views of Whitby, Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre, the Rotunda Museum Scarborough and Filey Museum. Arts and culture, theatres, attractions and events are strongly represented in the area and the world renowned Stephen Joseph Theatre premieres the work of Alan Ayckbourn. Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre is round the corner from the North Bay beach; it is the largest open air theatre in Europe. Performances have included top stars Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Lewis Capaldi and Biffy Clyro... 2020 includes McFly, Little Mix, Mixtape, Snow Patrol and more….Next to the theatre you’ll find the North Bay Miniature Railway and Sky Trail and opposite is oriental styled Peasholm Park and boating lake, hire a dragon boat, watch the Naval Warfare re-enactment and be enchanted by wildlife, majestic trees and flower displays. Look for the best of both worlds at the nearby Alpamare waterpark which offers adventure and luxurious indulgence in its first class spa. Promotional 69


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Explore Scarborough’s South Bay and the imposing and historic venue of Scarborough Spa which hosts the country’s last surviving professional seaside orchestra and offers a varied programme of live music events such as the Scarborough Jazz Festival. One way to reach the South Bay from the town is Scarborough’s Victorian cliff railway, the Central Tramway. Scarborough is hosting National Armed Forces day 27 on June 2020 usually attended by a senior Royal and the Prime Minister. Land, sea and air assets will be featured. Highlights include the legendary Red Arrows and the world famous Royal Marines Marching Band. Travel north of Scarborough to the maritime town of Whitby and be fascinated by the English Heritage site of Whitby Abbey which towers over winding cobbled streets down to the beach and harbour. Whitby is an ‘Enjoy England’ award winner for ‘Best Day Out’.

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2020 Highlights: Cricket Festivals Scarborough Whitby Fish & Ships Festival Oliver’s Mount Racing Scarborough National Armed Forces Day Scarborough Filey Folk Festival Find out more at discoveryorkshirecoast.com

Visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum to learn about the famous explorer’s life. Step aboard the Bark Endeavour and relive the days when Captain Cook set sail on many of his voyages from Whitby. Captain James Cook’s statue on the West Cliff is where you can look over the town and harbour across to East Cliff towards the famous ruins of Whitby Abbey, reputedly the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Climb the 199 steps that lead up to Whitby Abbey after you have explored the streets and alleyways of East Cliff with its quaint fishermen’s cottages, don’t leave Whitby without tucking into

the freshest of fish and chips from one of the award winning caféss and restaurants. In contrast, south of Scarborough, the Edwardian resort of Filey with its gentle pace of life is perfect for a relaxing walk, fly a kite, build a sandcastle, snooze in a deckchair, or birdwatching at Filey Brigg where you might spot a seal and is great for fossil hunting. A visit to Filey is not complete without stopping at the Coble Landing, a slipway with a picturesque jumble of boats and kiosks, for a cuppa and delicious snacks by the water’s edge-nothing fancy, just wholesome and satisfying.


Things to do: Fossil hunting Peasholm Park Cycling RSPB Bempton Cliffs Coastal walks Markets & food festivals Boat trips Scarborough Open Air Theatre North Bay Miniature Railway & Sky Trail Scarborough Castle & Whitby Abbey

TripAdvisor has named Filey beach as one of the best in the world for families. There are so many ways to keep children fascinated and occupied. Filey seafront’s Sculpture Trail is a favourite, another is the Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park which has a lovely atmosphere and where animals are well looked after. Children are fascinated by the historical artefacts in Filey Museum and there is free entrance for children under 18. All the family will enjoy the Crescent Gardens with panoramic views of the bay and the music of the brass band.

Find out more at discoveryorkshirecoast.com

The coastal villages dotted along the coast, Runswick Bay, Staithes and Robin Hood’s bay offer different experiences; follow in the footsteps of smugglers in Robin Hood’s Bay, explore local artists’ studios and homes during Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage or enjoy coastal walks with stunning sea views at beautiful Runswick Bay. The Yorkshire coast is traditionally British and has been a favourite destination for centuries because it is a unique and special place, isn’t it time you find out what all the fuss is about?

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What's on Guide

January Antique Home & Vintage Fair 1 January | York Racecourse antiquefairyork.com

Brass Monkey Half Marathon

JORVIK Viking Festival

Living North Live Fair

Coastival

York Fashion Week

15-23 Feb | Citywide jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk 21-23 Feb | Scarborough coastival.com

12 January | York Racecourse yorkknavesmireharriers.co.uk

March

Stamp and Coin Fair

York Restaurant Week

17-18 January | York Racecourse stampshows.net

February

2-8 March | Citywide visityork.org/restaurantweek

International Women’s Week 7-15 March | Citywide Twitter @YorkWomen

20-22 March | York Racecourse livingnorth.com 20-27 March | Citywide yorkfashionweek.co.uk

House Opening

21 March | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk

Made in Yorkshire

26-29 March | Parliament Street madeinyorkshire.org.uk

April

Ice Trail

Aesthetica Future Now symposim

York Blues Festival

Vapnartak War Games

Aesthetica Art Prize

Brew York Birthday Party

Dark Skies Festival

Antique Home & Vintage Fair

York Easter Festival

Harland Miller exhibtion

York Literature Festival

Rolling Thunder Day

1-2 February | Citywide visityork.org/icetrail 2 February | York Racecourse vapnartak.co.uk 14 Feb-1 Mar | North York Moors darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk 14 Feb-31 May | York Art Gallery yorkartgallery.org.uk

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12-13 March aestheticamagazine.com

13 March-7 June | York Art Gallery aestheticamagazine.com 15 March | York Racecourse antiquefairyork.com 19-28 March | Citywide yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk

Images: JORVIK Viking Festival

4 April | Crescent Community Venue yorkbluesfest.co.uk 4 April | Brew York brewyork.co.uk

9-12 April | Citywide visityork.org

12 April | Yorkshire Air Museum yorkshireairmuseum.org


Made in Yorkshire

Grayson Perry exhibition

16-19 April | Parliament Street madeinyorkshire.org.uk

June

York Open Studios

york Festival of Ideas

York Festival

York Model Railway Show

Diesel Gala

Bloom! Flower & Produce Show

York Health & Healing Festival

York Pride

Family History Fair

York Chocolate Festival

Food & Drink Taster Festival

The Brideshead Festival

Festival of Vintage

The Knights of Royal England

Ryedale Rumble

Tour De Yorkshire

Open Cockpits Day

18-19 & 25-26 April | Citywide yorkopenstudios.co.uk 11-13 April | York Racecourse yorkshow.org.uk 18-19 April | York Racecourse healthhealingfestivals.co.uk 9-13 April | Citywide yorkfoodfestival.com

25-26 April | York Racecourse festivalofvintage.co.uk 30 April-4 May | Across Yorkshire letour.yorkshire.com

2-14 June | Citywide yorkfestivalofideas.com

4-6 June | North York Moors Railway nymr.co.uk 6 June | Citywide yorkpride.org.uk 13-14 June | Citywide yorkfoodfestival.com

6-7 June | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk

7 June | Yorkshire Air Museum yorkshireairmuseum.org

12 June-20 Sept | York Art Gallery yorkartgallery.org.uk 19-21 June | York Sports Club york-festival.com 20-28 June | Citywide bloomyork.com

20 June | York Racecourse thefamilyhistoryshow.com 26-28 June | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk 28 June | North York Moors ryedalerumble.co.uk More exciting events can be found on page 74 & 75.

May Filey Folk Festival

8-10 May | Filey discoveryorkshirecoast.com

Festival of Dogs

8-10 May | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk

Victory in Europe 75 anniv. 8-10 May | Yorkshire Air Museum yorkshireairmuseum.org

Fish & Ships Festival

16-17 May | Whitby discoveryorkshirecoast.com

Love Your Local Market 18-31 May | Shambles Market shamblesmarket.com

Made in Yorkshire

21-25 May | Parliament Street madeinyorkshire.org.uk

Malton Food Lovers Festival 23-25 May | Malton visitmalton.com

Images top: Ice Trail Image right: JORVIK Viking Festival

Traction Engine Rally 23-25 May | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk

Eboracum Roman Festival 29 May-31 May | Citywide yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk

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July York Early Music Festival 3-11 July | ncem.co.uk National Centre for Early Music

York Proms

4 July | York Museum Gardens yorkproms.com

60s Fest

4-5 July | North Yorkshire Moors Railway nymr.co.uk

York River Art Market

Every Sat between 4 Jul & 22 Aug Dame Judi Dench Walk

York Dragon Boat Challenge 12 July | River Ouse yorkrotary.co.uk

Stamp and Coin Fair

17-18 July | York Racecourse stampshows.net

Kegfest-Beer Festival 18 July | Brew York brewyork.co.uk

The Lost Words: Told in Gold

24-27 July | Moors National Park Centre northyorkmoors.org.uk

Wood Life Festival

Whitby Regatta

World Jam Festival

Triathlon

Women Services Memorial Day

Staithes Art & Heritage Festival

Selby Food & Drink Festival

Castle Howard Proms

York Beer & Cider Festival

Vintage Motorcycle run

Made in Yorkshire

World Sheepdog Trials

Micklegate soapbox Challenge

York Food & Drink Festival

25-26 July | North York Moors northyorkmoors.org.uk 25-26 July | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk 25 July | Selby selbyfoodanddrinkfest.wordpress.com 26 July | Yorkshire Air Museum yorkshireairmuseum.org

August Yorkshire Day

15-17 August | Whitby whitbyregatta.co.uk 16 August | Yorkshire Air Museum yorkshireairmuseum.org 22 August | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk

27-30 August | Parliament Street madeinyorkshire.org.uk 31 August | Micklegate micklegaterun.co.uk

11-13 Sep | Helmsley Walled Garden worldjamfestival.com 12-13 Sep | Staithes staithesfestival.com

16-19 Sep | Knavesmire yorkbeerfestival.camra.org.uk 17-20 Sep | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk 18-27 Sep | Citywide yorkfoodfestival.com

Antique Home & Vintage Fair

1 August | Yorkshire wide visityork.org/yorkshireday

September

Countryfile Live

Allied Air Forces Memorial Day

Autumn Harvest Festival

York Walls Festival

York National Book Fair

Annual Steam Gala

6-9 August | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk 15-16 August | Citywide yorkwalls.org.uk

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6 September | Yorkshire Air Museum yorkshireairmuseum.org 11-12 Sep | York Racecourse pbfa.org/fairs/york-national-1

Images: Railway in Wartime, York Christmas Festival

20 Sep | York Racecourse antiquefairyork.com

24-27 Sep | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk

25-27 Sep | North Yorkshire Moors Railway nymr.co.uk


Micklegate Soapbox Derby Challenge

October

November

December

Made in Yorkshire

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Helmsley Christmas Festival

Railway in Wartime

Living North Christmas Fair

Toy Fair

The Great York Ghost Search

Christmas at Castle Howard

Early Music Christmas Festival

Yorkshire Marathon

York Christmas Festival

York community Carol Concert

York Mediale

Christmas York Castle Museum

8-11 Oct | Parliament Street madeinyorkshire.org.uk 9-11 Oct | North York Moor Railway nymr.co.uk 15 Oct-1 Nov | Citywide visityork.org 18 Oct | Citywide runforall.com

21-25 Oct | Citywide yorkmediale.com

4-8 Nov | Citywide asff.co.uk

12-15 Nov | York Racecourse livingnorth.com

From 14 Nov | Castle Howard castlehoward.co.uk 12 Nov-20 Dec | Citywide visityork.org/christmas

19 Nov-24 Dec | York Castle Museum yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

Made in Yorkshire

UK Snooker Championship

art&York

Northern Lights Express

22 Oct-1 Nov | Parliament Street madeinyorkshire.org.uk 23-25 October | York Racecourse artand.co.uk

24 Nov-6 Dec | York Barbican yorkbarbican.co.uk

28-29 Nov | 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 Dec North York Moor Railway | nymr.co.uk

Throughout December | Helmsley visithelmsley.co.uk 6 December York Racecourse

4-12 July | National Centre for Early Music ncem.co.uk 13 December York Barbican

York Races: Dante Festival: 13-15 May BrontÍ Cup: 30 May 2019 June Meeting: 12-13 June Summer Music Saturday: 27 June John Smith’s Cup Meeting: 10-11 July Music Weekend: 24-25 July Ebor Festival: 19-22 August The Press Family Raceday: 6 September October Finale: 9-10 October

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MUST SEE With more attractions per square mile than any other city in the UK, York is home to everything from museums and galleries to hidden gems and iconic historic buildings. A city packed full of unique #OnlyinYork experiences.

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YORK CASTLE MUSEUM Eye of York, York, YO1 9RY | 01904 687687 enquiries@ymt.org.uk | yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk | Twitter: @YorkCastle

From a Victorian street to infamous criminals and cutting-edge costume collections; history comes to life at the award-winning York Castle Museum. Step back in time to our world-famous recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian York. Venture into the prison cells that once held the notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin, and hear of rough conditions, crooked justice and harsh punishments. The First World War Exhibition 1914: When the World Changed Forever leads you through the objects and stories of our local heroes. Take a trip back to childhood in Toy Stories and remember Beatlemania, the Mercury space capsule and see how new inventions transformed everyday life in the Sixties gallery. Discover our spectacular costume collections from a dress worn by Queen Victoria to an outfit designed by Vivienne Westwood. New for 2020 Museum of Broken Relationships (until March 2020), The Fearless and the Free: The York Peterloo Trial (Opens September 2020). Opening times: 9:30am- 5pm Open Daily

YORK ART GALLERY

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Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW | 01904 687687 enquiries@ymt.org.uk | yorkartgallery.org.uk | Tw: @YorkArtGallery

New commissions, Old Masters and more than 2000 ceramic works can be found at the multi award-winning York Art Gallery. With a changing exhibitions programme and a range of events, there is always something new and exciting to see and do. New for 2020 Making a Masterpiece: Bouts & Beyond (until 26 January 2020), Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named It Once (14 February-31 May 2020), Coast to Coast (until 01 March 2020), Aesthetica Art Prize 2020 (opens 13 March 2020), Children Curate (until April 2020), Gillian Lowndes: At the Edge (until 31 May 2020), Michael Lyons: Ancient and Modern (until May 2020), Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years (12 June- 20 September 2020), BLOOM (opens 19 June 2020), York Mediale (opens October 2020).

Opening times: 10am-5pm Open Daily

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YORKSHIRE MUSEUM

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York Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR | 01904 687687 enquiries@ymt.org.uk | yorkshiremuseum.org.uk | Tw: @YorkshireMuseum

Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in Yorkshire’s Jurassic World. Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor and explore outstanding Roman artefacts including the statue of Mars; the best existing example of a Roman statue in England and the marble head of Constantine the Great. Marvel at Medieval treasures, including the stunning Middleham jewel, the iconic York Helmet and new acquisitions such as the 800 year old St Mary’s Abbey Figure of Christ. "It’s an excellent museum with splendid displays, and marvellous objects." Sir David Attenborough New for 2020 The Eboracum Roman Festival (29-31 May 2020) Richard III portrait on loan from the National Portrait Gallery (Summer 2020) Opening times: 10am-5pm Open Daily


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CASTLE HOWARD Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA | 01653 648333 | house@castlehoward.co.uk | castlehoward.co.uk | Facebook: @castlehoward Twitter: @castlehowardest | Instagram: @castle_howard | Opening Times: Check the Castle Howard website for opening times and dates

Castle Howard is one of Britain’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 breath-taking 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 and burn off energy at Skelf Island our new adventure playground across the Great Lake. 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 cafes and shops, including garden centre, farm shop and gift shops, adventure playground and free children’s trails makes Castle Howard the perfect pace to spend a 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.

WE HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW OF YORK Cruises for all ages and all occasions

Pre-book your river cruise online today. Advance discounts available on selected cruises.

www.citycruisesyork.com infoyork@citycruises.com 01904 628324

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YORK DUNGEON 12 Clifford Street, York, Y01 9RD | 01904 632599 | thedungeons.com/york | yorkguests@merlinentertainments.biz Open: Daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day | Recommended for ages 8+ | Facebook: /yorkdungeon | Twitter: @yorkdungeon

The York Dungeon is a journey into more than 2000 years of York's darkest history, bringing together horrible characters, fully immersive sets and thrilling special effects in a unique and exciting actor-led experience that you see, hear, feel and smell. Experience incredible live shows as you meet some of the city’s most infamous characters. Come face-to-face with the bloodthirsty Vikings, discover the truth of Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot and survive an encounter with the infamous Dick Turpin. Will you end up a prisoner of the Castle Dungeon Torturer or an unfortunate victim of the Plague Doctor? Whatever you do, beware the Curse of the Witch!

To pre-book and save, visit thedungeons.com/york, or purchase your tickets at the attraction

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JORVIK VIKING CENTRE

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Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT | 01904 615505 | jorvik@yorkat.co.uk | jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk Twitter: @JORVIKViking | Facebook: JORVIKYork

With an updated ride experience and state-of-the art galleries showcasing our unique collection of 1,000-year-old artefacts, visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy. Discover Coppergate At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site which revealed some of the most astounding discoveries in modern archaeology. Your first experience at JORVIK is an exploration of the Coppergate Dig, with a fully immersive display taking you back to the 1970s. Explore the Viking-Age City Travel around 10th century York, experiencing what it was like living in the city. The sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age are brought vividly back to life as you journey back 1,000 years. Experience the Real Thing Get up-close with some of the most beautiful and rare Viking artefacts in the world, from delicate earrings and socks to frying pans and padlocks and even a fossilised Viking poo! Dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre and the opportunity to handle real artefacts whilst talking to our friendly Viking hosts.

Free for under 5’s | Free admission for 12 months with your admission ticket

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NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ | railwaymuseum.org.uk | 03330161010 | Free entry info@railwaymuseum.org.uk | Facebook: nationalrailwaymuseum | Twitter: @railwaymuseum

Meet legends of the railway, including the world’s fastest steam locomotive and Queen Victoria’s luxurious personal carriages. Home to iconic locomotives and unrivalled collection of engineering firsts, the museum celebrates the past, present and future of innovation on the railways. It’s home to over 200 years of history and a million fascinating objects. Spark your imagination with free talks and tours from their resident experts, including their popular daily turntable demonstrations. Get a taste of high speed travel by climbing on board the Japanese Bullet Train, before stepping back in time in the cab of a historic steam locomotive. Take a ride on the miniature railway and take part in interactive science shows and hands-on activities. Enjoy lunch in either of our two cafes, nestled alongside the gigantic collection of rail vehicles. Treat yourself to afternoon tea on board Countess of York, a lovingly converted carriage available to dine in when you book ahead. Open: 10am-6pm (summer) | 10am-5pm (winter)

YORK MINSTER

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Deangate, York, YO1 7HH | 01904 557200 | yorkminster.org info@yorkminster.org | Open: Daily subject to church services

York’s top attractions for one great price Buy yours today at yorkpass.com

York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, a vision of heaven on earth crafted in stained glass and stone. For a millennia, people have been drawn to this sacred place but our story stretches back 2,000 years to the birth of Christianity in Roman York. Join a free guided tour filled with stories and facts from the cathedral’s history before exploring the state-of-the-art Undercroft Museum, housed in interactive chambers beneath the Minster. Take the Tower Challenge to see the best views of York by climbing the 275 steps past medieval grotesques to the top of the Central Tower. Guide prices: Admission charges apply to York Minster and tower, see yorkminster.org. Admission tickets are valid for 12 months and children aged 16 and under go free.

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ATTRACTIONS 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 challenging escape rooms and a day at the races, take your pick from the diverse and historic attractions on offer.

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YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM

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Elvington, York, YO41 4AU | 01904 608595 | museum@yorkshireairmuseum.org yorkshireairmuseum.org | Facebook: /yorkshireairmuseum | Twitter: @air_museum | Instagram: @yorkshireairmuseum

Less than 7 miles from York City Centre, we are a wonderful location for a very enjoyable family day out. With over 60 aircraft and historic vehicles, 15 exhibitions, indoor and outdoor displays, picnic areas, parkland, a cinema, a restaurant, and a variety of events throughout the year, we promise that you will be truly inspired by your visit. Home of the legendary Halifax bomber Friday the 13th, the Yorkshire Air Museum is set on the grounds of the original RAF Elvington station over 20 acres. Come and discover our amazing aircraft or explore the restored World War Two Control Tower and learn what life was like here at an original WW2 air base during wartime. Open every day, with free parking on site. We are dog friendly and a perfect day out for all ages. New for 2020: Rolling Thunder Day | VE Day Celebration Weekend | Open Cockpits Day | Summer Vintage Day | 999 Emergency Services Day Open daily at 10am. Guided tours available for pre-booked groups. Check yorkshireairmuseum.org for events and to plan your visit.

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THE BAR CONVENT LIVING HERITAGE CENTRE

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17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ | 01904 643238 | reception@bar-convent.org.uk | bar-convent.org.uk Facebook: barconventyork | Twitter: @barconventyork

Explore 300 years of danger, bravery and history at England’s oldest living convent. Visit our Exhibition to discover why the convent was established in secret by the mysterious Mrs Long, find out who protected it from mobs, and learn what happened on the terrible night that the Luftwaffe came. Hear the story of Mary Ward, the Yorkshire-born pioneer of education, and be inspired by the video diaries of those who continue her work around the world today. View our 18th century hidden chapel, with original priest hole, and see our recently restored Great Parlour. You can also enjoy Fair Trade coffee, home-cooked food and baking in our café, or take afternoon tea in our beautiful tranquil garden. Accommodation is available in our award winning Guest House and meeting spaces in our modern conferencing rooms. Just five minutes from the train station and a short walk from the city centre. Exhibition open: 10am-5pm, Mon-Sat Please call or see the website for prices

MERCHANT ADVENTURERS’ HALL Fossgate, York YO1 9XD | 01904 654818 | enquiries@merchantshallyork.org | merchantshallyork.org Facebook: Merchant Adventurers Hall | Twitter: @YorkAdventurers | Instagram: @merchantadventurershall

Discover one of the finest medieval guildhalls in the world-Home to York’s entrepreneurs for 660 years-and counting. Fascinating tales, awe-inspiring architecture and intriguing, rare artefacts… explore this stunning timber framed building, still home to the Merchant Adventurers whose 660 year unbroken tradition of entrepreneurship, wealth and experience has built York from the 14th Century, via railways and chocolate to the 21st century Science City. Our Merchants’ Coffee House is open to all; enjoy locally roasted coffee, freshly baked sumptuous cakes and snacks in the inspiring setting of our medieval guildhall or relax outside in our beautiful walled garden in fine weather. Adult £6.50 | Concessions(65+/Students) £5.50 | Children (16 and under when accompanied by an adult) FREE Open: Sun-Fri 10am-4.30pm, Sat 10am-1.30pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. The Hall is closed between Christmas and New Year.

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BARLEY HALL

2 Coffee Yard, off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR | 01904 615505 | barleyhall.co.uk barleyhall@yorkat.co.uk | T: @TheJORVIKGroup | F: BarleyHallYork

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DIG St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN | 01904 615505 dig@yorkat.co.uk | digyork.com | T: @TheJORVIKGroup | F: DigYork

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse discovered by chance in the 1980s, and restored to its original glory by York Archaeological Trust. Visitors can make themselves at home, sit on the chairs, and handle the objects, to experience what it would have been like to live in medieval England. During your visit, explore the Magic & Mystery exhibition to discover the fine line between science, religion and magic in medieval society.

Go on an archaeological adventure at DIG, from the people who brought you JORVIK Viking Centre! Discover only the most exciting archaeological artefacts from the 2000 years of history hidden under the streets of York. Our four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, so you can grab a trowel and dig up the clues that show how people lived.

Adult £6.50 | Concession £5.00 | Child £3.50 (Family tickets available) Free for under 5’s | Free admission for 12 months with your admission ticket

Adult £7.00 | Concession £6.50 | Child £6.50 (Family tickets available) Free for under 3’s | Free admission for 12 months with your admission ticket

RICHARD III & HENRY VII EXPERIENCE Richard III Experience, Monk Bar, Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LQ 01904 615505 groups@yorkat.co.uk richardiiiexperience.com

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Henry VII Experience, Micklegate Bar, Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX 01904 615505 groups@yorkat.co.uk henryviiexperience.com

Your Pastport to History

Explore Monk Bar and Micklegate Bar, on York’s historic city walls, and discover the Richard III and Henry VII Experiences. The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar explores the life and times of England’s last Plantagenet king and a son of the House of York. At the Henry VII Experience, you can learn about England’s first Tudor King and how his reign affected York. Both sites feature activities for children as well as in-depth historical interpretation. Adult £5.00 | Concession £3.50 | Child £3.00 (Family tickets available) Free for under 5’s | Free admission for 12 months with your admission ticket (Entry prices include both attractions)

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JORVIK Group Pastport 12 Months Entry | 5 Attractions | 1 Great Price

Includes Visit www.thejorvikgroup.com/pastport The JORVIK Group is owned by York Archaeological Trust a registered Charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (SCO42846).

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DAY OUT For thousands of people, a visit to York Races is the highlight of the social calendar and a chance to get dressed up for a great day out. The combination of world-class sport, award winning restaurants and bars, as well as additional entertainment with live music or special themes, means there’s something for everyone.

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Tattersalls Musidora Al Basti Equiworld Dante Matchbook Yorkshire Cup First Saturday Mid Summer Raceday 50th Macmillan Charity Raceday Summer Saturday & Live Music Summer Stakes 61st John Smith’s Cup EBF Lyric Stakes & Live Music Sky Bet York Stakes & Live Music Juddmonte International Darley Yorkshire Oaks/Ladies Day Coolmore Nunthorpe Sky Bet Ebor

SEPTEMBER Sun 6

The Press Family Raceday

OCTOBER FINALE Fri 9 Sat 10

Autumn Raceday Coral Sprint Trophy

To book your raceday experience go to yorkracecourse.co.uk or call 01904 620911


Art, meet the future. 21 - 25 October 2020

International media arts festival Leading artists from across the globe gather in our historic city to present extraordinary exhibitions, world-premiere performances and new technology; a city-wide celebration of York as the UK’s first and only UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts.

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Sign up to our mailing list and follow us on social. Big announcements coming soon! info@yorkmediale.com yorkmediale.com

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YORK MOTORSPORTS VILLAGE Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, York YO32 9JS | 01904 673555 | ymsv.co.uk | Facebook: /YorkMotorSportsVillage | Tw: @YorkMSV Opening Times: Open 7 days a week | Charges: See the website for more details Free parking available

York MotorSports Village has redefined indoor karting, offering the highest quality equipment to give you an unrivalled and thrilling racing experience. YMSV offers a race-standard tarmac composite track surface, top-of-the-range SODI 270cc adult karts, SODI 160cc intermediate karts (for 8 to 14-year-olds), and junior electric karts for under 8s. The fully licensed Bar Enzo offers a relaxing environment with panoramic track views. YMSV offers outstanding facilities for drivers and spectators alike and caters for individuals and any size of group. VRX Racing-A fully immersive, Virtual Reality racing experience using Oculus Rift. Be transported into the 360 degree virtual cockpit where you can take on up to 4 friends. Multiple cars and circuits available. Has to be seen to be believed!

Mon-Fri: 11am-8pm | Sat: 9am-9pm | Sun: 10am-7pm Open outside these times for groups and by prior arrangement Located next door to York Community Stadium at Monks Cross with easy access via car or local public transport.

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THE COOKERY SCHOOL AT THE GRAND, YORK

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The Grand, York, YO1 6GD | 01904 380038 | Fb: /Cookeryschoolgrand cookeryschool@thegrandyork.co.uk | thegrandyork.co.uk/cookery-school

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ALL SAINTS NORTH STREET North Street, York, YO1 6JD | 01904 728122 | birkhillfarm@btinternet.com allsaints-northstreet.org.uk | F: /All Saints’ North Street

York’s Finest Medieval Church-world famous stained glass. Painted Angel Ceiling. Roman Column. Medieval Style Tile Pavement. Site of the 1421 ”York Visions” of The Virgin Mary foretelling death of Henry V, and baby’s coronation. Traditional Sung Mass with plainsong chantSundays at 5.30 p.m. Open: from 10am

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ASKHAM BRYAN WILDLIFE PARK Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York YO23 3FR 01904 772270 abcwildlifepark.co.uk | wildlife@askham-bryan.ac.uk | Fully accessible

Located in the beautiful arboretum at Askham Bryan College, the wildlife park has animals ranging from meerkats and monkeys and spiders and snakes. Open weekends and holidays only. Last entry 1 hour before closing. Open: Summer: 10am-5 pm, Winter: 10am-4pm

From modern British dishes to authentic Asian cuisine, be inspired by expert Head Chef Tutor, Andrew Dixon, to stretch your imagination and enhance your culinary skills. Set within five-star hotel, The Grand, York and with a state-of-the-art kitchen, the modern cookery school is the perfect space to learn something new with family, friends or colleagues.

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THE BLOODY TOUR OF YORK Meet outside St Williams College, College Street, YO1 7JF | 07584 855443 info@thebloodytourofyork.co.uk | thebloodytourofyork.co.uk

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. No booking required Private tours available.

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Micklegate, York. YO1 6LE | 01904 593608 | info@holytrinityyork.org holytrinityyork.org | Facebook: holytrinityyork | Twitter: @HTMYork

Adults £7 | Children £4 | Open: Thurs-Sat 6pm Feb-Nov, additional 8pm Apr-Oct

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FAIRFAX HOUSE Castlegate, York YO1 9RN | 01904 655543 | info@fairfaxhouse.co.uk fairfaxhouse.co.uk | Ig: @fairfax_house | Tw: @fairfax_house

Discover the finest Georgian townhouse in England, with an exceptional collection of furniture, where life behind closed doors unfolds. Let Fairfax House transport you to the splendour of city-living in eighteenthcentury York. Open: Feb through to Dec | Adult: £7.50 Concession: £6 | Children 6-16: £3 | Under 6 free

Explore one of York’s oldest and important churches with roots in York’s early history. A church has stood on this site for over 1000 years. It was once a Benedictine monastery and is the only one in York to survive as a regular place of worship. Visit the exhibition on York’s monastic and medieval past, see how the Victorians restored the church and hunt for the ancient Saxon carved stones.

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THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW | 01904 678700 atgtickets.com/york | Fb: /GrandOperaHouseYork

Looking for something to do in York? Look no further! From Hit West End touring musicals, stand-up comedy and live music to dance, drama, opera and children’s shows, Grand Opera House is the place for live entertainment during your stay in York.

Free entry

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GR8ESCAPE YORK

4a Colliergate, York, YO1 8BP | 07897 122834 | escape@gr8escapeyork.com gr8escapeyork.co.uk | F: /GR8escape-York | Tw: @GR8escapeYork

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 | theoriginalghostwalkofyork.co.uk

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.

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. ‘A fantastic night out for our customers’-Pindar Graphics.

From £13 per player (Team of 6 midweek)

Adult: £6 | Concession: £4 | No need to book

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YORK GOLF RANGE Towthorpe Moor Lane, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST | FB: /yorkgolf yorkgolfrange.co.uk | 01904 499275 | info@yorkgolfrange.co.uk

St. Leonard's Place, York YO1 7HD | 01904 623568 | yorktheatreroyal.co.uk Fb: yorktheatreroyal | boxoffice@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Smash balls on the golf range, Putt to victory on the Crazy Golf, hit par on the 9 hole golf course or kick a holeinone on the FootGolf. Whatever you choose you’ll have great fun at York Golf Range. Everyone is welcome, no booking is required just turn up and play.

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Haxby Road, York. YO31 8TA | 01904 501935 | boxoffice@jrtheatre.co.uk Fb: jrtheatre | Tw: @jrtheatre York’s gem of an art deco theatre providing a huge range of entertainment from plays to panto, from musicals to opera. Affordable, historic, family-friendly venue with plenty of free parking.

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LOCKED IN GAMES YORK

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YORK THEATRE ROYAL

We’re the beating heart of York’s cultural life, welcoming and entertaining visitors since 1744 with the best theatre, dance and more! See what’s on during your visit and come inside to see it live.

Expert advice on what to see & do

Club Chambers, Museum Street, York YO1 7DN | 01904 801400 F: /LockedinGamesYork | Tw: @lockedinyork | lockedingamesyork.co.uk Locked in Games is York's ULTIMATE Live Escape Game. Use your inner detective to solve plenty of challenging puzzles and escape within the hour. Do you have what it takes to escape? Can you work as a team to beat our fiendish rooms? From £13 per player (Team of 6 midweek)

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YORK MAZE York Maze, Elvington Lane, York. YO19 5LT | 01904 607341 info@yorkmaze.com | yorkmaze.com | Fb: /yorkmaze | Tw: @Yorkmaze

CORN and ‘Get Lost’ at York Maze, Yorkshire’s a-maizing day out! With over 20 different rides, shows and attractions to enjoy it’s a FULL day of fun for the whole family. Plus scary Halloween events, where you’ll have a SCREAM!

Open: Mid July-early Sept, plus Halloween

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The Visit York Information Centre provides everything you need to get the most out of your visit to York. Book tours, tickets and more.

Visit York Information Centre 1 Museum Street, YO1 7DT visityork.org


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SURROUNDING ATTRACTIONS Stay longer and use the historic city of York as your base and journey through Yorkshire’s stunning scenery to discover the range of attractions in England’s largest county.

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NORTHWOOD TRAIL, ENGLAND'S FAIRY SANCTUARY

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Buttercrambe Moor Wood, York YO41 1AP | hello@northwoodtrail.co.uk northwoodtrail.co.uk | Fb: @northwoodtrail

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ALLERTHORPE LAKELAND PARK Melbourne Road, Allerthorpe, Pocklington, York YO42 4RL Partly accessible | 01759 301 444 | allerthorpelakelandpark.co.uk

Open: Tues–Sun: 9am-5pm & Bank Holiday Mondays

Fun for all the family with a choice of watersports for all ages and abilities. Activities include pedalos, kayaks, paddleboards and Aqua Park inflatable obstacle course. And for land lubbers, relax in our lakeside café, enjoy woodland walks and children’s play area.

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BREEZY KNEES GARDENS Common Lane, Warthill, York YO19 5XS | 01904 488800 breezyknees.co.uk | Adults: £8.00 Children (3-16): £3.50 One of the largest gardens in Northern England with 20 acres of beautiful borders, meadows, fountains, lake, arboretum and much more. There’s a nursery selling many of the plants in the garden and a café open Wed-Sun.

Northwood Trail, England’s Fairy Sanctuary just 20 minutes from York near Stamford Bridge. A delightful woodland attraction, this unique fairy wood has existed for generations, but only now is opening up for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy the Fairy trail in beautiful woodland, Fairy museum showing some of the work of Victorian Professor Howland’s fairy research, and the lovely café/bar, the Northwood Kitchen. Open all year, see website for details. Booking online.

Open: 1 May-30 Sept 10.30am-5pm

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KIRKLEES LIGHT RAILWAY Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD8 9XJ 01484 865727 | info@kirkleeslightrailway.com | kirkleeslightrailway.com

Kirklees Light Railway offers a scenic journey behind one of six steam engines through the beautiful South Pennine foothills between Clayton West and Shelley near Huddersfield. The railway is a popular family attraction with a café, adventure play areas, shop and more! Open: Please check the website

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YORKSHIRE LAVENDER Terrington, York YO60 6PB | yorkshirelavender.com lavenderworld@btconnect.com

Yorkshire’s original family run lavender farm and gardens including a plant nursery, tea room, lavender maze, play area, sculpture park and a gift shop selling our own unique range of products made with oil extracted from the lavender grown on our farm.

Buy yours today at yorkpass.com

Open: 21 Mar-27 Sept 2020 10am-5pm

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LIGHTWATER VALLEY North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HT | 01765 635321 leisure@lightwatervalley.co.uk | lightwatervalley.co.uk Set in over 175 acres of parkland, with over 35 rides and attractions, Lightwater Valley is a fun-packed day out for all the family and offers great value for money, even our parking is free!

Open: See website for opening times

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THE MOUNTAIN GOAT TOUR COMPANY

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Tours depart daily from York city centre, next to the Minster mountain-goat.com | 01904 405341 | tours@mountain-goat.com Mountain Goat‘s sightseeing tours explore the most scenic parts of Northern England. Discover the beauty of the Dales and North York Moors National Parks. A local driver guide provides commentary for a wonderful day out.

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MURTON PARK Murton Lane, YO19 5UF | 01904 489966 | enquiries@murtonpark.co.uk murtonpark.co.uk

Come to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and explore our 14 acre site, follow the nature trail, meet the rare breed animals and enjoy the large play area and farming exhibits. Exciting events throughout the year.

From steam trains, glorious gardens and wild animals. Find more inspiration and information at visityork.org

Open: 4 April-30 Oct 10am-4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm)

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Duncombe Park, Helmsley, YO62 5EB | 01439 772080 | info@ncbp.co.uk ncbp.co.uk | F: /NationalCentreForBirdsOfPrey | Free parking 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. Open: 28 Jan-24 Dec, 10am-5.30pm

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RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB | 01423 565418 | rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr Admission charges: See website for current prices | Fb: @rhsharlowcarr

SCAMPSTON HALL AND WALLED GARDEN

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North Yorkshire, Malton YO17 8NG | 01944 759111 | scampston.co.uk Adults: £8.50 Children (5-16): £5 | Open: See website Scampston Walled Garden is an award-winning contemporary garden set within the grounds of a regency Hall. The Hall is open for guided tours during summer months. Delicious light lunches and cream teas are available in the Garden Café.

This beautiful garden combines innovative design, with creative planting. 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. Open: 9.30am-6pm (Mar-Oct), 4pm (Nov-Feb)

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THE WORLD OF JAMES HERRIOT

Scalby Mills Road, Scarborough, YO12 6RP | 01723 373414 slcscarborough2@merlinentertainments.biz | visitsealife.com/scarborough

23 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL | 01845 524234 | worldofjamesherriot.com mail@worldofjamesherriot.com Visit the original House and Surgery of Alf Wight-James Herriot, our multiaward winning visitor attraction in Thirsk. Something for all the family in the all-weather centre.

Yikes! Dare to brave the Rainforest Adventure? Say hello to our brand new residentssnakes, lizards, frogs and bugs! Don’t miss our sanctuary animalspenguins, turtles and seals.

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Winter 10am-4pm Summer 10am-5pm. Last entry 1hour before closing times

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EXPERIENCE 24 MILES OF YORKSHIRE’S AMAZING SCENERY The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on board a steam or heritage diesel train on one of the most historic lines in the UK.

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Dalby Forest Explore walking, running and world-class bike trails in stunning surroundings Try out Go Ape, learning sessions and activity centre adventures! You can enjoy family play areas, picnic sites, cafes and tranquil BBQ spots. We have a visitor centre, bike hire and year-round events for everyone. 5 miles north-east of Pickering, North Yorkshire. Parking charges apply. Annual membership available. t: 01751 460295 e: dalbyvisitorcentre@forestryengland.uk

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How to Book Your essential guide to booking your York break accommodation

For your convenience, the accommodation in this guide has been divided into five colour coded sections: Hotels Guest Accommodation Holiday Parks & Camping Self Catering Budget 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.

the use of symbols to a minimum. We recommend however that whether booking via the Visit York Information Centre or directly through the accommodation provider, you check your own requirements carefully.

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 555670.

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 back of guide). If in doubt, contact Visit York’s Information Centre.

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. 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

Booking Accommodation For help finding the right accommodation for you, contact Visit York’s Information Centre, open seven days a week. Call 01904 555670, email info@visityork.org or visityork.org.

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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 555670. 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-cruciallythe cleanliness. Higher star-rated accommodation tends to have more spacious bedrooms and bathrooms.

Find out more at visityork.org/sleep

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.

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.

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.

Rosettes: The AA’s rosette scheme is an award, not a classification. It is designed to assess the quality of food served and is awarded on a rising scale of one to five.

Star Ratings Made Easy Simple, practical, no frills Well presented, well run Good level of quality & comfort Excellent standard throughout Exceptional, degree of luxury 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.

This is not to be confused with the VisitBritain rosette, which appears in the guide like this and is used for quality standards. 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: VisitEngland Assesment Services, call 01256 491111 or email visitenglandassesmentservices@theaa.com 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.

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HOTELS York has an abundance of accommodation to choose from when you need to rest your head. 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.

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GRANTLEY HALL

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Ripon, North Yorkshire. HG4 3ET | 01763 620070 | hello@grantleyhall.co.uk grantleyhall.co.uk | Fb: GrantleyHallYorkshire | Tw: @GrantleyHall_

THE difference IS IN THE DETAIL. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales is the luxury hotel and wellness retreat; Grantley Hall. A perfect haven combining vibrancy, serenity and sophistication. Discover our selection of 47 exquisite rooms and suites. Our exceptional variety of drinking and dining experiences range from fine-dining to tempting Pan-Asian open to non-residents.

Rooms: 47 | Ground floor: 0 Family room: 9 | Single room: 47 | Price Band: £141 + Min Nights: 1 Sun-Fri, 2 Sat

THE GRAND, YORK Station Rise, York YO1 6GD | 01904 380038 reservations@thegrandyork.co.uk | thegrandyork.co.uk

Built in 1906 as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway, now reborn as York’s finest hotel, The Grand retains its original splendour, with intricate stonework, marble detailing and sweeping stone staircases. Located just inside the city walls, The Grand is home to a spa, The Rise restaurant and two bars and a state-of-theart cookery school.

Rooms: 207 | Ground floor: 35 Family room: 44 | Single room: 0 | Price Band: £141 +

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Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QQ | yorkmarriott.co.uk | 01904 701000 mhrs.qqyyk.frontdesk@marriotthotels.com | FB: Marriott-York

With sweeping views across the nearby racecourse, the York Marriott Hotel provides 4-star elegance, impeccable service and an excellent base for your visit to the city. Whether you’re visiting on business or leisure, our spacious bedrooms with beautiful garden views, enable you to relax and unwind. Our leisure club, with heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym, serves as an idyllic retreat for anyone seeking a moment of escape.

Rooms: 151 | Ground floor: 27 Family rooms: 35 | Penthouse: 2 120 Complimentary Spaces | Price Band: £111-£140

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DEAN COURT HOTEL

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Duncombe Place, York YO1 7EF | deancourt-york.co.uk | 01904 625082 Tw:@DeanCourtYork | sales@deancourt-york.co.uk | Fb: @DCHYORK

A beautiful character building, The Dean Court Hotel York was originally built in 1865 as three separate dwellings, with enchanting views of York Minster, featuring forty rooms, packed with character and charm. Guest rooms are individually decorated, complemented by contemporary designs and two opulent suites. The exceptional restaurant cuisine changes seasonally and is created with the best local produce. Choose from our delicious Breakfast, A la Carte, Classic British and Fine Dining. Rooms: 40 | Ground floor: 3 | Family rooms: 4 | Single: 3 Price Band: £141 and over Parking: Valet Parking at £20 a night

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HOTEL DU VIN & BISTRO 89 The Mount, York YO24 1AX | 01904 405260 reception.york@hotelduvin.com | hotelduvin.com

Rooms: 44 | Ground floor: 14 Family rooms: 5 | Single: 0 Onsite parking-first come, first served | Price Band: £111-140

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54 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ | 01904 622478 | info@galtreslodge.uk galtreslodge.uk | Fb: /galtreslodge | Tw: @galtreslodge

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 50 parking spaces, charge applies. Price Band: £111-140

Queen’s Staith Road, Skeldergate, York YO1 6DH sales@queenshotel-york.com | 01904 611321 | queenshotel-york.com

Rooms: 13 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 1 | Single: 3 Arrangement with nearby car park | Price Band: £111-£140

The Queens Hotel is in the heart of York, on the banks of the River Ouse. With 78 en-suite bedrooms, the hotel welcomes leisure, business and families. River-view rooms carry a supplement and must be pre-booked. Rooms: 78 | Ground floor: 11 Family rooms: 15 | Single: 0 Limited parking with charge | Price Band: £111-£140

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3 Bootham House, York YO30 7DH | greg@hedleyhouse.com hedleyhouse.com | 01904 637404 | Hot yoga studio This is a 3 * hotel and apartments with off-street car parking. Free Wi-Fi and just 6 minutes’ walk to the city centre and rail station. On-site yoga studio, beautician, sports therapist, 8 person Jacuzzi, plus great restaurant and cosy lounge bar.

Rooms: 33 | Ground floor: 3 Family rooms: 12 | Single: 4 Off-street car parking | Price Band: £111-£140

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THE QUEENS HOTEL

York’s most centrally located hotel. Ideally situated on Low Petergate, with shops on the doorstep and the magnificent York Minster just a few steps away.

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WHEATLANDS LODGE HOTEL 75-85 Scarcroft Road, York YO24 1DB | 01904 654318 info@wheatlandslodge.co.uk | wheatlandslodge.co.uk | Min nights: 1

Family owned and run for over 35 years, the hotel is perfectly situated just 10 minutes walk from historic York city centre. Wheatlands Lodge has some special offers all year round, including free nights during winter months. Come and sample Yorkshire hospitality at its best!

Rooms: 60 | Ground floor: 12 Family rooms: 4 | Single: 8 Free private parking & free on street parking | Price Band: £81-£110

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HOTEL INDIGO YORK

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North Street, York YO1 6JF | reservations.york@parkinn.com parkinn.co.uk/hotel-york | 01904 459988

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. It features a bistro, bar, private dining rooms, courtyard and terrace for alfresco dining.

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PARK INN BY RADISSON YORK CITY CENTRE

88-96 Walmgate, York YO1 9TL | 01904 231333 | info@inyoryk.co.uk hotelindigoyork.co.uk

Rooms: 103 | Ground floor: 21 Family rooms: 0 | Single: 0 Parking £12.50 per day | Prices: £111-£140

Within the city walls, Hotel Indigo York is just a short walk away from unique attractions and vibrant shopping areas. Our uniquely designed rooms reflect the rich, chocolate heritage of York, all offering air conditioning and rainfall showers.

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MIDDLETHORPE HALL & SPA Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 2GB | 01904 641241 info@middlethorpe.com | middlethorpe.com

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This William & Mary country house stands amid 20 acres of gardens, adjacent to York Racecourse and five minutes from York City centre. The guest rooms are stylishly furnished and located in both the main house and the 18th century courtyard.

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


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Fishergate, York YO10 4FD | 011 33 969004 h0949@accor.com | accorhotels.com

The charming, Victorian, with a touch of modern twist, Best Western Kilima Hotel York, offers a warm welcome and comfortable home from home accommodation.

Our full hotel renovations were completed in 2019. Bedrooms features include air-conditioning and 55 inch TVs. Our Gourmet Bar restaurant includes a terrace which overlooks the rivers Ouse & Foss and is ideal for afternoon tea or a relaxing meal in beautiful surroundings. Kids can have fun in our indoor play area or swimming pool. Pets are also welcome. Rooms: 146 | Ground floor: 0 Double / Family rooms: 140 | Suites: 6 150 car parking space on-site from £14 per night Price Band: £111 - £140 or over

1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA | 01904 644744 | info@grangehotel.co.uk grangehotel.co.uk | Fb: @GrangeHotelYork | Tw: @GrangeHotelYork

Situated just a short walk from the magnificent York Minster, medieval city walls and city centre shops, this privately owned Regency townhouse hotel is regarded as one of the top hotels in York. A classic Grade 2 listed property, built in the 1830’s for a wealthy member of the York clergy, The Grange Hotel offers country house elegance in the heart of the city.

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129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ | 01904 625787 sales@kilima.co.uk | bw-kilimahotel.co.uk

Enjoy 4 Star, family friendly service in our renovated hotel and new suites. Situated close to the celebrated historical City walls and only a short Riverside stroll from the centre, Novotel York Centre is perfectly located for exploring the historic and cultural delights of the city.

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A former Rectory, this 19th century building is an ideal base for exploring historic York that puts you in easy reach to the city’s attractions. Serving a choice of hearty traditional and continental breakfasts with locally sourced ingredients. There is also a leisure club with a heated indoor swimming pool and fitness suite plus a secure car park that is free for guests that book direct with the hotel. Rooms: 26 | Ground floor: 10 Family rooms: 6 | Single: 2 On-site parking with CCTV | Prices: £111-£200

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Make the most of your visit in York by staying overnight. With boutique venues, five star luxury and chain hotels, there’s something for everyone. visityork.org/sleep

Rooms: 41 | Ground floor: 11 Family rooms: 0 | Suites: 0 Price Band: £141 or over

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MOUNT ROYALE HOTEL & SPA

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117-119 The Mount, York YO24 1GU | 01904 628856 reservations@mountroyale.co.uk | mountroyale.co.uk

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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 with free Wi-Fi. OXOs on the Mount Restaurant offering the best of locally sourced produce. Food cooked with pride and passion Awarded two AA rosettes. 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. Rooms: 24 | Ground floor: 2 Family rooms: 2 | Doubles let for Single Occupancy: 24 Private off-street parking | Price Band: £140 or over

HELLO YORK NEW FOR 2020 Beautiful riverside location? Amazing suites available with river views? Easy walking distance to all of York’s great attractions?

Terry Avenue, York, YO23 1JQ roomzzz.com | 0203 504 5555 106YorkHotels press ad - 189 x 136mm.indd

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ASCOT HOUSE

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80 East Parade, York YO31 7YH | 01904 426826 admin@ascothouseyork.com | ascothouseyork.com

GUEST ACCOMMODATION

Family-run Victorian guest house just 15 minutes’ walk from York centre. 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. Private car park.

Rooms: 8 | Ground floor: 2 Family rooms: 2 | Single: 0 Free private car park | Price Band: £111-£140

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ASHBOURNE HOUSE 139 Fulford Road, York YO10 4HG | 01904 639912 enquiries@ashbournehouseyork.co.uk | ashbournehouseyork.co.uk

Family run Guesthouse, offering warm friendly personal service. Enjoy an Award Winning locally sourced breakfast, freshly prepared to order. Ideally situated for City, University, Racecourse, Fulford Golfcourse and Designer Outlet.

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GEORGIAN HOUSE & MEWS 35 Bootham, York YO30 7BT | 01904 622874 | york1e45@aol.com georgianhouse.co.uk

Rooms: 6 | Double: 5 Family rooms: 0 | Single: 0 Free Private/On-street Parking | Price Band: £81-£110

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AVONDALE GUEST HOUSE 61 Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1NX | 01904 633989 kaleda@avondaleguesthouse.co.uk | avondaleguesthouse.co.uk

On the south side of the city, a gentle, scenic stroll to the city centre, Avondale is situated in a vibrant area close to the medieval walls and the river. Homely en suite rooms, award winning breakfasts and a warm welcome.

Rooms: 6 | Double: 3 Family rooms: 1 | Single: 1 Parking on road bay | Price Band: £50 or less

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

Deighton York YO19 6HB | 01904 728328 sleep@grimstonhouse.com | grimstonhouse.com

After a good night’s sleep, why not indulge yourself in our imaginative and delicious full Yorkshire breakfast, which is available as an option. We are licensed and have a well-stocked bar where you can relax and watch the world go by. Rooms: 7 | Ground floor: 1 Family rooms: 2 | Single: 0 Free parking | Price Band: £81-£110

Rooms: 22 | Ground floor: 5 | Family rooms: 3 | Single: 1 Public parking: £8 per day | Price Band: £81-£110

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ARNOT HOUSE 17 Grosvenor Terrace, Bootham, York YO30 7AG | 01904 641966 kim.robbins@virgin.net | arnothouseyork.co.uk | Min Nights: 2

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 little extras for your comfort, and an imaginative breakfast menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Rooms: 3 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 0 | Single: 0 On-street with free permit | Price Band: £81-£110 | No Children

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GRIMSTON HOUSE

Traditional B&B just south of York in mature gardens, with ample parking, regular bus service and nearby pubs. A country house feel with easy passage to the City and beyond. Enjoy a morning cooked breakfast; relax with afternoon tea and cake.

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PALM COURT 17 Huntington Road, York YO31 8RB | 01904 639387 helencoll_2000@hotmail.com | thepalmcourt.org.uk

A warm welcome awaits you at our elegant Victorian family run guest accommodation overlooking the River Foss and a pleasant five minute walk to York Minster. With comfortable, tastefully decorated, spacious en-suite rooms. Enjoy a delicious English breakfast before exploring our beautiful, historic city.

Rooms: 8 | Ground floor: 0 Family rooms: 4 | Single: 0 Free off-street private parking Price Band: £81-£110

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ASTOR HOSTELS

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124 Holgate Road, York YO24 4BB | 01904 653786 | york@astorhostels.com astorhostels.com | Facebook: astorhostels | Twitter: @AstorHostels

BUDGET ACCOMMODATION

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STABLESIDE York Racing Stables, Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QG | 01904 709174 info@stablesideyork.co.uk | stablesideyork.co.uk

Astor York, part of Astor Hostels Group, is set in a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building, just a short walk from the historic centre of York. Featuring a large cosy living room, plenty of social spaces to relax after sightseeing, a fully stocked bar; our hostel is the ideal place catch up with fellow travellers! Astor York can be accessed on foot from York railway station in 10 minutes, or by bus from the town centre.

Low: £50 or less Private parking within the premises

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 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

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1 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX | thefortyork.co.uk | 01904 639573/620222 info@thefortyork.co.uk | F: /TheFortBoutiqueHostel | Tw: @thefortyork Quality budget accommodation in York- Close proximity to the attractions of York-York Minster 100m away. Perfect for backpackers, groups and couples. Full catering can be offered in the onsite restaurant. Offering dorm rooms for 6 to 8 and also private ensuite rooms. Price Band: £50 or less (from £18)

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YHA YORK 42 Water End, Clifton, York YO30 6LP | york@yha.org.uk 01904 653147 | yha.org.uk | Free on-site limited parking

Vibrant, family friendly hostel set in a quiet riverside location, YHA York comprises a café, bar and restaurant which is open to all. With 32 en-suite rooms, conference suites, selfcatering facilities and free parking, YHA York is perfect for families, backpackers and groups alike.

Rooms: 45 | Ground floor: 20 Family rooms: 45 | Single: | Price Band: £50 or less


THE HISTORIC SHAMBLES MARKET IS ONE OF YORK’S MOST UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCES. Take home tasty delights and fresh produce, from mouth-watering fudge to flavoursome cheeses. Get the perfect look for you and your home by exploring the wide range of crafted homeware, vintage clothing and quality handbags. For food on the go, the Shambles Food Court is the hottest spot in the city, with international street food allowing you to travel all around the globe in York city centre.

OVER 70 STALLS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, 7AM-5PM SHAMBLESMARKET.COM


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SELF CATERING York offers fantastic self-catering options, giving you that homely feel during your stay. With apartments within a stone’s throw of the city’s attractions and rural retreats in scenic countryside settings you’re spoilt for choice.

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Carr Lane, Sutton-on-the-Forest, York YO61 1ET | 01347 810829 | info@flowerofmay.com | flowerofmay.com Facebook: Goosewood Holiday Park | Twitter: @flowerofmayhols | Min nights: 2 | Free parking up to two cars free by lodge | 8 miles out of York

A country retreat in a fabulous location, Goosewood Holiday Park combines open countryside with superb facilities 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 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. Accommodation ranges from our lodges, complete with hot tubs, through to simple holiday homes 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.

10 hire caravans/lodges Low: £420pw | High: £680pw

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THE ENCHANTMENT CHAMBER

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44 Cocoa Suites, Navigation Road, York, YO1 9AE | 07415078499 info@theenchantmentchamber.co.uk | theenchantmentchamber.co.uk

2a, Monkgate, York. YO31 7PE | 0800 2425450 | info@goodramgate.co.uk goodramgate.co.uk | Fb: @goodramgateapartments | Tw: @Goodramgate

The Enchantment Chamber offers a unique self-catering experience within an authentic wizarding world bed chamber complete with an unconventional four poster bed, realistic open fire, real wood flooring and furnished with an eclectic collection of magical artefacts from the wizarding world. As well as offering a magical experience, The Enchantment Chamber boasts modern comforts in both its selfcatering kitchen and relaxing shower room facilities. Located in a traditional mill building within the walls of the historical city of York and a stone’s throw from the magical setting of The Shambles; said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley

Uniquely located in the heart of the city, our contemporary apartments in Grade II listed buildings provide the perfect base for exploring York. We have 14 well-appointed, boutique style apartments sleeping 2-6 situated at Monk Bar, just a short stroll from the Minster and main shopping centre of York. We also have a large Victorian townhouse, Bennett House, ideal for families, groups of friends or hen nights, sleeping up to 16.

Low: from 575pw | High: from £625pw 14 apartments sleeping between 2-6 adults plus a 5 bedroom town house sleeping 16.

Low: £130 per night | High: £200 per night Pay parking available offsite at The Shambles Q Park

STAYCITY APARTHOTELS YORK

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GOODRAMGATE APARTMENTS

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Paragon St, York YO10 4AH | 01904 626311 | york.info@staycity.com Reservations: +44 203 499 0748 Enquiries: +44 190 462 6311

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ABBEYGATE HOUSE 2A Bishopgate Street, York YO23 IJH | cottages.com | 0345 268 0766 cottages.com | property reference number 11608

A lovely Georgian style townhouse in the centre of York, overlooking the city walls. Comfortably furnished and very well equipped, a short walk from all that this lovely city has to offer it's the perfect base for exploring.

1 house sleeps 8 | L: £950pw | H: £1600pw Private on site parking for 2 cars

Conveniently located on Paragon Street, Staycity York offers 220 brand new apartments comprising of a mix of Studio, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom Apartments. Adjacent to the popular entertainment venue, York Barbican, and within very close proximity to the city centre and main transport links. All apartments feature flat screen televisions and fully equipped kitchenette. The rooms also contain iron, ironing board and hairdryer and feature floor to ceiling windows.

220 Apartments Parking available, charges apply

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YORK BOUTIQUE LETS yorkboutiquelets.co.uk | 01904 765 531 | 07730893817 Facebook: YorkBoutiqueLets | bookings@yorkboutiquelets.co.uk Offering city centre based luxurious boutique accommodation starting with 1 bedroom apartments up to 4 bedroom properties. Available to rent from a two night stay and provides all the home comforts you need when away from home. 80 properties, We can accommodate up to 24 guests in one property | Price band: £50-£141+

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COLONIA HOLIDAYS Victor Street, Bishophill, York YO1 6HQ | 01904 738579 Min nights: 3 | Free on-street parking with permit

1 cottage sleeps 4 L: £385pw | H: £495pw

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26 Fairfax Street, York, YO1 6EB | 01423 549 376 or 07785 572713 fairfaxcorner.co.uk

1 properties sleeping 6 Off-street car park L: £490pw | H: £750pw

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York Road, Riccall, York YO19 6EE | 01757 249412 | hollicarrs@escrick.com Facebook: @hollicarrsescrick | Tw: @Hollicarrs1

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 Park & Ride and Tesco superstore nearby.

16 properties sleeping 2-7 Free parking | L: £275 to £410 | H: £550 to £935

1 property sleeping 5 Free private parking L: £750pw | H: £1075pw

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53 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS | info@yorkholidayhomes.co.uk 01904 641997 | yorkholidayhomes.co.uk | Min nights: 3

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.

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SAINT GEORGES KEEP Saint Georges Keep 23 Clifford Street, York YO1 9RH | 07929748378 enquiries@saintgeorgeskeep.co.uk | saintgeorgeskeep.co.uk

Discover York’s best Self Catering locations. From luxury city breaks to family holidays, choose from varied properties in unrivalled locations in the shadow of York Minster. Book our unique Georgian townhouse (sleeps 15) for that special occasion. Short breaks available throughout the year.

10 properties sleeping 2-18 Garage or private parking space L: £400 | H: £1300 (per single unit, sleeping 2-6)

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11 Walmgate, York YO1 9TX | 01904 632660 | info@inyorkholidays.co.uk inyorkholidays.co.uk | Min nights: 2 Central apartments and houses beautifully furnished to provide the perfect base for groups, families and couples. Our friendly, experienced team ensure you receive a warm welcome. Enjoy the comfort of a home from home.

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THE RIVERSIDE YORK

2 properties sleeping 2-6 Free parking with garage or permit L: £640pw | H: £1460pw

21 properties sleeping 1-7 Parking at most properties | L: £420pw | H: £1,120pw

Riverside House has been lovingly decorated and renovated, with an open-plan downstairs, wood burning stove, American style fridge freezer and bay window. Upstairs there’s a twin-bedded en-suite, double bedroom, four foot single bed and bathroom.

8/8A Peckitt Street, York, YO1 9SF | 01904 623008 | Min nights: 3 relax@riverside-york.co.uk | F: /The Riverside-York | Tw: @RiversideYork

Each property sleeps 4 Parking on site L: £560pw | H: £1155pw

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RIVERSIDE HOUSE

Hollicarrs, offering self catering luxury lodges with hot tubs. Located in a tranquil woodland location near York. Full use of facilities, including cycle trails, nature walks, fishing and tennis court.

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11 Earlsborough Terrace, York YO30 7BQ | sclangton52@gmail.com riversidehouseyork.co.uk | 07714 282513 | Min nights: 2

Fairfax Corner is a spacious family home, which was a Victorian corner shop. We have retained many original features while energetically improving its environmental profile. Ideally located in a central but quiet area within the walls, many guests return, and value its quirkiness.

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Moor Lane, York YO24 2QU | neil@yorklakesidelodges.co.uk yorklakesidelodges.co.uk | 01904 702346 | Min 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.

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YORK LAKESIDE LODGES

Luxury self-catering apartments on Clifford Street, within York's city walls. Walking distance to all the famous visitor attractions, shops and restaurants, allowing you to make the most from your stay. 9 Bedrooms | Min nights: 2 Public carpark within 5 min walk L: £825pw | H: £950pw

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SOUTH NEWLANDS FARM Selby Road, Riccall, York YO19 6FQ | southnewlandsfarm@yahoo.co.uk 01757 248203 | southnewlandsfarm.co.uk | 10 miles out of York

3 property sleeping 3-18 Free parking at every cottage L: £350pw | H: £720pw | Min nights: 3

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 or business you are sure of an enjoyable, relaxing stay.


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SUNSET COTTAGES Grimston Manor Farm, Gilling East, York YO62 4HR | 01347 888654 info@sunsetcottages.co.uk | sunsetcottages.co.uk | Min nights: 2

Main Street, Bishop Wilton, York YO42 1RX | 01759 487377 / 07768 534434 info@woldsedge.co.uk | woldsedge.co.uk | Min nights: 1

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, the coast and York. No pets /dogs.

6 properties sleeping 1-6 Ample free parking L: £300pw | H: £570pw | 15 miles out of York

12 miles from York, nestled in the rural village of Bishop Wilton, this award-winning site is home to a seven beautifully-designed lodges, two Snug Huts and our Treehouse.

10 properties sleeping 1-5 Free parking | L: £350pw | H: £950pw

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VICTORIA CLOISTERS

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Fetter Lane, York YO1 6FD | sales@queenshotel-york.com 01904 611321 | queenshotel-york.com | Min nights: 2

15 properties sleeping 2-6 Limited pre-booked parking L: £600pw | H: £950pw

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.

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Carr Lane, Sutton-on-the-Forest, York YO61 1ET | 01347 810829 info@flowerofmay.com | flowerofmay.com | Min nights: 2

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FOXHILL PARK Foxhill Park Claxton York YO60 7RX | 01904 468355 / 07974 915599 foxhillpark.com | Fb: @FoxHillPark | Min night: 1

22 Tents, 20 Caravan, 10 Motorhome Prices: L: £22pn High: £25pn

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WOLDS EDGE HOLIDAY LODGES

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 gives the perfect opportunity to explore North Yorkshire and Ryedale.

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

20 caravan touring pitches (no tents) 10 static pitches (including lodges) Touring caravan pitches from £26 per night Free parking adjacent to unit | 8 miles out of York

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EAT & DRINK Whether you want quintessentially English afternoon tea followed by world cuisine or some tasty homemade pastries or a drink in some of the city’s historic inns and pubs, allow us take you on a whistle-stop gourmet tour of what you can taste in York.

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THE BOTANIST

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15-19 Stonegate, York YO1 8ZW | 01904 541177 | york@thebotanist.uk.com thebotanist.uk.com | F: thebotanistyork | Tw: @thebotanistuk

It started with a seed, an idea to create a secret garden of food and drink. A place where antiquities and trinkets hang from the walls, and resident botanists craft unusual concoctions. Some arrive for the live music, some for the conversation; but here at The Botanist, all can enjoy a wondrous occasion.

Open: Mon-Thurs 12noon-12midnight, Fri 12noon-1am, Sat 12noon-1am, Sun 12noon-12midnight

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11 High Ousegate, York, YO1 8RZ | york@byron.co | 01904 364488 byron.co | Insta: @byronhamburgers | Fb & Tw: @byronrestaurant

Byron is the home of proper food. Choose from juicy beef burgers, crispy buttermilk-fried chicken burgers, and plant-based powerhouse patties-all served with crispy skin-on fries or a side house salad. Pair it perfectly with a cold craft beer or extra thick shake. Byron in York is a few minutes' walk from York Minster, the famous Shambles and all the shops and bars of York City Centre.

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ARRAS RESTAURANT The Old Coach House, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW | 01904 633737 reservations@arrasrestaurant.co.uk | arrasrestaurant.co.uk

49-51 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HT | 01904 639994 cote.co.uk | york@cote-restaurants.co.uk | Restricted disabled access

Arras is an Independent Restaurant run by husband and wife team Adam and Lovaine Humphrey. We offer a tongue in cheek approach to modern British food.

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 £11.95 for two courses and £14.50 for three Courses. Complimentary Kir Royal when dining from A La Carte.

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BARBAKAN 01904 672474 | deli-barbakan.co.uk | barbakandeli@yahoo.co.uk F: Barbakan.Restaurant | Tw: @theBarbakan

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DELRIO’S RESTAURANT 10-12 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AE | 01904 622695 info@delriosrestaurant.com | delriosrestaurant.com | Restricted access

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

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17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ | 01904 643238 reception@bar-convent.org.uk | bar-convent.org.uk

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.

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GALTRES LODGE 54 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ | 01904 622478 | info@galtreslodge.uk galtreslodge.uk | Fb: /galtreslodge | Tw: @galtreslodge

Delicious British classics served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, cooked using the best local ingredients, many from the Shambles market. Fresh scones and cakes baked daily.

Take afternoon tea in our Secret Garden or chef prepared food in our Café, then explore 300+ years of history: Inspiring Interactive Exhibition. 18th century domed chapel and priest hole. Magnificent Great Parlour. Near the train station and city centre Open: 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat Hot food available until 3pm

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Unit 6, Enterprise Complex, Walmgate YO1 9TT | 01904 848448 info@brewyork.co.uk | brewyork.co.uk | Fb/Tw: @brewyorkbeer

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IPPUKU TEA HOUSE 15 Blake Street, York, YO1 8QJ | 01904 671 311 ippukuteahouse.com

Specialising in Japanese tea, this tea house also serves Japanese modernauthentic cuisine, coffee, cocktails and homemade cakes.

Multi award winning UK brewery with Tap Room, riverside beer garden, Beer Hall and street food kitchen. 60+ beer taps, amazing barbeque food and cocktails with highly rated brewery tours. Food is available until 1 hour before close.

Open all week, come and have an experience in Japanese soul-food, with a welcoming local atmosphere.

Open: Tue-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sunday 12pm-9pm.

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THE CAT’S WHISKERS CAT CAFÉ

46 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF | 01904 626480 | thecatswhiskersyork.co.uk meow@thecatswhiskersyork.co.uk | Fb: @TheCatsWhiskersYork

2 Micklegate, York YO1 6JG | 01904 466502 | pr@jalouyork.co.uk jalou.co.uk/york | F: /JalouYork | Tw: @JalouYork

Come to de-stress and while away an hour in the company of our wonderful cat family, whilst enjoying locally made delicious cakes and a cuppa! £7 per hour. Children aged 10+ only please. Open: Mon 11am-6pm, Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm Restricted access

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JALOU

Open: 12pm-1am Sun-Wed, 12pm-2am Thur-Sat

Voted one of the UK's Top 50 Cocktails bars 2018 in central York and minutes away from York Station, Jalou is the latest addition to the cities night life scene, featuring the greatest local R&B DJ's spinning weekly. Situated in a grade II listed church with incredible period features, Jalou is the perfect hot-spot for cocktail connoisseurs.

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12A King Street, YO1 9SP | 01904 658856 | info@masalacraft.co.uk masalacraft.co.uk | Fb: /masalacraft

4 Patrick Pool, York YO1 8BB | 01904 653999 | valhallayork.com Twitter: @ValhallaYork | Facebook: @ValhallaYork

Indulge in some of the mouthwatering, flavoursome, and authentic Indian cuisines we provide at our leading restaurant in the heart of York. Providing traditional dishes directly from Mumbai City Chaat Bazaar, we offer a truly authentic culinary experience.

At Valhalla we like to celebrate all things Viking. We are a bit different. We love beer, rock music and mead. Join us... In the Halls of Valhalla, where the Brave shall live Forever. Mon-Thurs 12noon-11.30pm Fri-Sat 11am to 00.30am, Sun-11am-11.30pm

Open: Mon-Sun 5pm-12am

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MINSTER INN 24 Marygate, York YO30 7BH | 01904 849240 | minsterinn.co.uk minsterinnyork@gmail.com | Fb: @minsterinn

7 Lendal, York. YO1 8AQ | 01904 626691 | york@zaapthai.co.uk zaapthai.co.uk | Fb: /ZaapYork | Tw: @ZaapThai

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MUMBAI LOUNGE

47 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF | 01904 654155 | info@mumbailoungeyork.co.uk mumbailoungeyork.co.uk Enjoy tasty Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. Private dining and parties of all sizes welcome. Recommended by Harden's. British Curry Awards (the 'Curry Oscars')-Winner, Best Spice Restaurant in North East 2017. Bangladesh Caterers Association UK - Winner, Restaurant of the Year 2018, Yorkshire & Humberside Region.

Zaap Thai has brought Thailand’s world-famous street food to York. Zaap will transport you to Bangkok with no passport required. You can even enjoy your dinner in a real tuktuk! Open: Mon-Thurs: 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11.30pm, Sun: 12pm-11pm

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LAS IGUANAS 21 Back Swinegate, York YO1 8AD | 01904 521100 | Fully accessible york@iguanas.co.uk | iguanas.co.uk | F: /lasiguanasyork

Take a Trip around South America with the Las Iguanas menu. There’s a separate veggie & vegan menu, as well as a dedicated kids menu to ensure everyone can enjoy Latin life. Plus 2FOR1 cocktails all day, every day. Open: Mon-Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11.30pm, Sun 10am-10.30pm

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25a Bootham, York YO30 7BW | 01904 654088 | northsouthyork@gmail.com Fb: @northsouthyork North South is an independent cafe/ bar, open for breakfast until late evening. We pride ourselves on our cosy atmosphere and serve good quality coffee, craft beer, wine, sandwiches and sharing boards.

Open: Mon-Sat: 9am - 11pm Sun: 9am-4pm

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LOS MOROS 15-17 Grape Lane, York YO1 7HU | 01904 636834 losmorosyork.co.uk | losmorosyork@gmail.com

It all started in a small gold shed in the Shambles Market, over four years ago. After three years there of cooking and learning, we opened our restaurant. Modern and innovative North African and Middle Eastern influenced cuisine.

Open 12-10pm every day

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ZAAP THAI

Traditional Edwardian Pub retaining many of its original features. We serve excellent cask and craft beer, offer an amazing spirit range, fresh stone baked pizza & tapas A guaranteed warm welcome from our team, locals and open fires.

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

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VALHALLA

From afternoon tea, delicious street food to world cuisine. Find more tasty food and drink inspiration at visityork.org


ASK ITALIAN

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The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York YO1 2QG | 01904 637254 york@askitalian.co.uk | askitalian.co.uk | Fb: /ASKItalian | Tw: @ASKItalian

Ways to stay in touch Like us on Facebook /visityork

With so many things to do in York, you’re going to work up an appetite. Book a table at ASK Italian in The Assembly Rooms, built almost 300 years ago. You’ll be eating in a stunning setting beneath chandeliers while experiencing a beautiful blend of cultures: outstanding Italian cooking in a magnificent historic building. Our chefs produce a sumptuous menu stuffed with classics, drinks to compliment and gorgeous gelati. Where else will you sample authentic Italian cuisine in a room with such impressive architectural heritage?

Follow us on Twitter @visityork

Follow us on Instagram @visityork

Open: Sun-Thur 11.30am until 10pm, Fri & Sat 11.30am-11pm

GUSTO

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2-4 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX | 01904 731667 | gustorestaurants.uk.com/restaurant/york york@gustorestaurants.uk.com | Facebook: /gustoyork | Twitter: @gusto_uk

Gusto Italian, located on Little Stonegate is an award-winning casual dining restaurant, offering a classic and contemporary menu for evening dining, as well as lunch and family friendly options. The restaurant boasts Gusto’s signature sparkly vibe and stylish décor as well as a hidden 'Peroni Lounge', showcasing beers, creative cocktails and a comprehensive wine list.

Open: Monday-Thursday: 12pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 12pm-11pm, Sunday: 12pm-10pm

Find out more at visityork.org/eat-and-drink

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THE HOP & THE FOX The Hop, 11-12 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA Fb: @hopyork | Tw: @thehopyork

The Fox, 168 Holgate Road, York, YO24 4DQ Fb: @thefoxyork | Tw: @foxpubyork

Hop York The Hop is situated on Fossgate. Serving a host of award winning real ales, thirst quenching craft beers, artisan gin and delicious wood-fired pizza, with a fantastic line up of live music throughout the week, this venue is a unique destination. The Fox The Fox, a pub whose history is inextricably linked to the golden age of rail. With York’s largest beer garden and a line up of family friendly events, this blue plaque heritage inn is definitely a must-visit.

PANDA MAMI YORK

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19 Bridge Street, York YO1 6DA | 01904 633800 | pandamami-restaurant.com york@pandamami-restaurant.com | Fb & Tw: @PandaMami

Panda Mami Award winning chefs have selected over 180+ authentic dishes from around the world and the Live Cooking Stations provide fabulous taste and entertainment. Panda Mami provides a casual dining experience like no other, offering a balanced choice of delicious food, giving our guests added value at a fixed price, all within luxurious surroundings.

Open: From 12noon to 11pm (please check the website for a full list, opening times do vary)

PLUSH CAFÉ

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6 Stonegate, York. YO1 8AS | info@plushcafe.co.uk | plushcafe.co.uk Facebook: @PlushYork | Twitter: @Plush_Cafe | Instagram: Plush_Cafe

Plush Café is an independent business located on Stonegate, right in the beautiful historic centre of York. Plush offers something different. We have three themed dining rooms-the Garden Room with its swing seats, the Art Deco-inspired Neon Room, and the luxurious, floor cushion-filled Bohemian Room. Our food is special too. Over-the-top cakes, Afternoon Tea and a delicious, Instagram-worthy food menu, which includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. All served with our signature edible flowers. Pair with a Plush colourful latte for that extra special experience. We can’t forget the Plush boutique store-paradise for the homeware addicted! With gorgeous finds that are sure to delight and bring some colour and fun into your daily life. Fall in love with a flamingo teapot, sloth mug, or a llama salt and pepper set. Come enter the eccentric, eclectic world of Plush Café!

Open: Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 9.30am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5.30pm

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LAST DROP INN

Colliergate, York YO1 8BN | 01904 621951 | lastdropinn@york-brewery.co.uk blacksheepbrewery.com/our-pub

High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN | 01904 638246 | Fb: threeleggedmareyork threeleggedmare@york-brewery.co.uk | blacksheepbrewery.com/our-pubs

Overlooking the bustling King’s Square, this traditional pub always has a cracking range of craft & cask beers to enjoy whilst you sit and watch the world go by.

Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm

Known locally as the ‘Wonky Donkey’, this award-winning pub is just a stone’s throw from York Minster with an exciting range of beers and ciders to sample. Always dog friendly.

Open: Mon-Sun 11am-12midnight

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MARKET CAT 6 Jubbergate, York YO1 8RT | 01904 637023 | marketcatyork.co.uk info@marketcat.co.uk | Fb: @MarketCat | Tw: @MarketCatYork

7 Stonegate | 01904 655147 | nicholsonspubs.co.uk

Standing proud on Stonegate just a stone’s throw from the Minster, the Punch Bowl has been serving fine ales and fayre for nearly 400 years. It is said two ghostly inhabitants still frequent the pub. With seven real ales and food served until 10pm every day. The Punch Bowl is a must visit while in York. Food served until 10pm

Open: 10am-11.30pm

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2 Piccadilly, York, YO1 9NUl | 01904 670777 | info@pavementvaults.co.uk Fb: @PavementVaults | Tw: @PavementVaults

80 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF | 01904 540911 | nicholsonspubs.co.uk Live sport shown in our stage coach bar

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6 Patrick Pool, York, YO1 8BBl | 01904 635464l | pivini.co.uk info@pivni.co.uk | Fb: @Pivni | Tw: @Pivni

The Cross Keys dates back to the late 1800s and today we invite our guests to soak up its fascinating history and enjoy open fires, Minster views, a heated beer garden and eight cask ales. Step inside and discover a traditional, unique pub where you can feast on quality pub food as you relax and watch the world go by. Food served until 10pm

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York Railway Station, York, YO24 1ABl | 01904 659009 | yorktap.com enquiries@yorktap.com | Fb: @YorkTap | Tw: @YorkTap

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HARKERS 1 St Helens Square | 01904 540911 | nicholsonspubs.co.uk

Our beautiful Georgian building stands on the remains of The Praetorian Gate which was once the entrance to York. The remains of this structure is exposed in our basement. The pub is proud to offer eight cask ales, quality pub food and a stunning, relaxing environment.

Multi award-winning Craft Beer Bar, offering York’s largest selection of draught beer including 18 cask ales, 2 cask ciders and 12 craft beers from tap. 2017/18 CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed.

Find out more at visityork.org/eat-and-drink

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34 Goodramgate | 01904 655082 | nicholsonspubs.co.uk

Open: 11.30am-11.30pm Sun & Mon 12noon-11.30pm

Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm, Fri & Sat 10am-11.40 pm, Sun 11am-11pm

This is one of York’s most iconic pubs dating back to the 16th century. Its three separate buildings include a beautiful dining room catering for meetings and celebrations for up to 40 guests. It includes two roaring fires in the winter and is surrounded by a stunning courtyard. It’s said the spirits of clandestine Papists cluster around the fire plotting their escape.

THE CROSS KEYS

York’s first nationally acclaimed awardwinning Craft Beer Bar. Located in the historic heart of the City featuring 18 draught specialist beers from around the World. 2017/18 CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed.

YORK TAP

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THE OLD WHITE SWAN

Premier smokehouse and bar pairing low and slow smoked locally sourced dishes with craft beers, fine wines and cocktails from around the World. Offering 17 rotating draught beers.

PIVNI

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THE PUNCH BOWL

Classic Ale and Pizza bar with 22 draught beers and fine wines. Collaboration between multiaward winning Pivovar Group and Thornbridge Brewery.

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Food served until 10pm

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SHOPPING York is a thriving shopping hub, where every street is home to independent and High Street stores selling everything from souvenirs and trinkets to home essentials and the latest fashion and beauty buys.

Plan your visit at visityork.org/shopping

ABRAHAM MOON

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33 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW | 01904 891175 | abrahammoon.co.uk | Facebook: /Abm.Moon | Instagram: @AbrahamMoonSons

Our flagship store in the centre of historic York stocks three full floors of the finest Abraham Moon wool fashion and interior products, alongside complementary ranges from both local & up-and-coming designers including Maxwell Scott, Kempadoo Millar and Butterfly Tree. Our unique story of Yorkshire craftsmanship is showcased throughout; celebrating our 180 years of heritage. We make all of our luxurious wools at our historic factory in Guiseley, just 30 miles from York itself. We’re proud to be one of the last remaining vertical woollen mills left in Great Britain, manufacturing from raw wool to finished product. From Stonegate you’ll be spoilt for choice with Menswear & Ladieswear tweed coats and jackets, jumpers, shirting, and Fashion Accessories including scarves, caps, bags, and other gifts. Our Interiors rooms stock special throws and cushions, and made-to-order furniture pieces. Open: Monday to Saturday 9am-5:30pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

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Expert advice on what to see & do

The Visit York Information Centre provides everything you need to get the most out of your visit to York. Book tours, tickets and more.

Visit York Information Centre 1 Museum Street, YO1 7DT visityork.org

Find out more at visityork.org/shopping

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BOWLER VINTAGE 52 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF | 01904 630407 info@bowlervintage.com | bowlervintage.com | Partly accessible

6 Spurriergate, York. Y01 9QR | 01904 612489 york@leialingerie.com | leialingerie.com

Travel back in time at Bowler Vintage - where we stock a range of Vintage reproduction brands, as well as true vintage pieces for both Ladies and Gents. Also gifts and accessories.

Free expert fitting service Lingerie and Swimwear. Cup sizes A to K, back sizes 28 to 44. We will help you look fabulous and feel fantastic. You will leave us radiating with confidence and with a genuine sense of delight. You will feel transformed!

Open: Mon-Fri 10.30am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-5.30pm and Sun 11am-4.30pm

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31-33 High Petergate, York YO1 7HP | 5 Blake Street, York YO1 8QJ andrewhannan.clarksons@gmail.com | clarksonsofyork.co.uk | 01904 654916 Clarksons of York, established in 1946 originally as a Gents Tailor. Now extensive ranges of Menswear and Ladieswear. Widest selection of shirts in England, suitings, jackets, trousers, footwear & accessories.

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RAINBOWS CERAMICS 15-17 Bootham, York YO30 7BW | 01904 675533 | rainbowsceramics.co.uk paint@rainbowsceramics.co.uk | Tw: @RainbowsYork

Paint your own pottery studio in the heart of York. Plenty of ceramics, stencils, stamps and colours. Just pop in to paint and collect a week later or we’ll post. Alternatively paint with acrylics and take away the same day.

Open: Mon-Sat: 9am-5.30pm Sun: 11am-4pm

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THE FRENCH HOUSE Address: The Warehouse, North Lane, York | YO32 9SU | 01904 400561 york@thefrenchhouse.co.uk | york.thefrenchhouse.co.uk

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30 Shambles, York YO1 7LX | theshopthatmustnotbenamed.co.uk Fb: @theshopthatmustnotbenamed | 01904 801562

Our large showroom East of the city, boasts one of the UK’s most extensive range of French antique furniture, including beds, mirrors, lights, tables, seating and brocante items, all 17th to 20th Century. Customer parking available.

The original, award winning Wizarding Emporium situated on the real Diagon Alley. From Chocolate Frogs to Quidditch supplies, everything the busy wizard or witch needs is here under one roof. Park your broom at 30 Shambles.

Open 10-4, Mon-Sat

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HOP O’CLOCK 21 Colliergate, YO1 8BN | 07494239974 | hopoclock@gmail.com Fb: /hopoclockshop | Tw: @HopClock | Insta: hopoclockshop We are a small, independent craft beer shop in the heart of York. We have over 150 beers from all over the world and two regularly changing draught beers freshly canned in the shop.

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JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS Unit C, Vangarde Way, York YO32 9AE | 01904 557950 | johnlewis.com Fb: JohnLewis&Partners | Tw: @jlandpartners

John Lewis & Partners is York's premier department store with brands across beauty, fashion, gifts, homeware, furniture, and electricals. An extensive variety of facilities and services can be found across both floors.

Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm, Sat: 9am-7pm, Sun: 11am-5pm

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THE SHOP THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

From wands for young wizards, local craft beer and gin, to the finest Yorkshire clothing. For a unique shopping experience go to visityork.org/shopping


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RubyThe King of gems Ruby - the symbol of passion and adoration which makes ruby an ideal romantic gift and a perfect engagement ring. They are a hardy and durable stone, perfect for daily wear and special occasions. They are also an extremely valuable gemstone, commanding the highest price of any other coloured gemstone in the jewellery industry. Rubies have an intense, red glow. Their colour is the most significant factor affecting a ruby’s value as well as rubies which are free of eye-visible inclusions. ‘Blood ruby’ is another symbol of ruby’s colour or ‘Pigeon blood’ red ruby with a soft, glowing, red fluorescence.

Chromium is the trace element which causes the ruby’s redness and gives the stone its vibrancy in colour. Rubies were sourced from Myanmar (formerly Burma), the legendary valley of rubies. Now also found in Mozambique, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka & Vietnam.

67 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY T: 01904 655235 www.bradleysjewellersyork.com bradleysjewellersyork


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With over 100 stores, there’s so much for visitors to discover at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York. Our range of sought-after designer brands include Kate Spade, Osprey London, Paul Smith, Reiss, Ted Baker and many more, all for up to 60% less.

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Discover our range of services like free wi-fi, portable phone chargers and a bag drop, plus a playground and Kids Cabs for hire for our littlest shoppers. There’s even a tailoring service so you can leave with your new purchases fitting perfectly.

The delicious food options

Enjoy a delicious meal at family favourites like Pizza Express and Wagamama, or grab a coffee in Starbucks. With so many restaurants to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

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Non-EU residents can claim a tax refund on items purchased at our centre. Visit Guest Services or go online to find out more.

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We’re just 15 minutes’ drive from York or 40 minutes from Leeds. Take advantage of our Premium Parking and get ready to enjoy a stress-free day. Alternatively, we offer a park-and-ride service. Find out more online.

*In selected stores only, terms and conditions apply.

Save an extra 10% Take this page to Guest Services and receive your Fashion Passport, giving you a further 10% off outlet prices*.

yorkdesigneroutlet.com


World street food daily in the heart of york Shambles Food Court (next to Shambles) shamblesmarket.com


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LEFT LUGGAGE Queen Street, Adjacent to Long Stay Car Park YO24 1AD 0844 846 4003 | leftluggageyork.co.uk • 100 Metres from York Station • Next to Europcar • Open 7 Days A Week • Monday-Saturday 8am to 8pm • Sunday-9am to 8pm • Competitive Prices • Secure and Safe • Central Location

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EUROPCAR Queen Street, Adjacent to York Railway Long Stay Car Park YO24 1AD 0844 846 4003 | enquiries@autohorn.co.uk | autohorn.co.uk

The Visit York Information Centre provides everything you need to get the most out of your visit to York. Book tours, tickets and more.

Visit York Information Centre 1 Museum Street, YO1 7DT visityork.org

YORK PARK & RIDE

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yorkparkandride.co.uk | Twitter: @firstyork

If you're planning to visit York; York’s Park & Ride offers a fast, affordable and hassle-free way to get into the city centre. Operating from 6 parking sites around York, 7 days a week and up to every 10 Minutes; there’s convenient, great value travel to suit all needs. Rated 4.5 out of 5 of Trip Advisor for service excellence. Poppleton Bar, Rawcliffe Bar, Monks Cross, Grimston Bar, Designer Outlet, Askham Bar.

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Getting to York With an abundance of travel routes on offer, York is closer than you think. Hop on a train at London Kings Cross and you’ll be within York’s historic City Walls in one hour and 50 minutes. Should you be venturing south from Edinburgh, we’ll see you in two hours and 20 minutes.

Journey Times By Car London: 4hrs Manchester: 1hr 25mins Birmingham: 2hrs 30mins Newcastle: 1hr 30mins Edinburgh: 4hrs

By Rail London: 1 hour 50 mins Manchester: 1 hr 30 mins Birmingham: 2 hrs 20 mins Newcastle: 1 hr Edinburgh: 2 hrs 20 mins

By Air York is within easy reach of six international airports: Leeds/Bradford 0113 250 9696 Manchester 0808 169 7030 Newcastle 0871 882 1121 Humberside 0844 8877 747 Teesside 01325 332 811 Robin Hood (Doncaster) 01302 625050

By Sea P&O Ferries operate daily overnight crossings from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam direct to Hull with a coach link to York. Visit poferries.com.

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Left Luggage This is located on Queen Street, adjacent to the long stay car park at York Railway Station,YO24 1AD. Useful Sites Cross Country Trains crosscountrytrains.co.uk LNER lner.co.uk Transpennine Express tpexpress.co.uk Grand Central grandcentralrail.co.uk Cover image: © Anthony Chappel Ross


Enjoy more of York By finding out the best way of getting around This magical city is easily explored on foot - the city centre is compact and enclosed within medieval walls that provide relaxing walking away from any hustle and bustle.

For travel into and around the city by bike, bus or on foot, use our i-Travel York website.

Most of the historic streets are pedestrianised, making sightseeing safe and enjoyable. For cyclists, there is a network of paths and trails, plenty of cycle parking and access from National Cycle Routes 65 and 66. You can find out about bike hire from the Visit York Information Centre at 1 Museum Street or visityork.org.

Bus route map & times including Park & Ride

If you’re travelling by bus, our city centre stops have real time information so you’ll have no problem reaching the most popular destinations. York’s Park & Ride service is one of the best in the UK, with six sites located around the outer ring road and new electric buses operating on most routes.

City walks, countryside walking routes and health walks

To find out more visit itravelyork.info

York Cycle Route map and leisure rides Cycle hire, shops and cycling groups


THERE’S A NEW TRAIN ON THE BLOCK

OUR NEW AZUMA TRAIN NOW ZOOMING BETWEEN YORK AND LONDON

THIS IS OUR LNER.co.uk/Azuma Launching alongside existing LNER trains.

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