York remains one of Yorkshire’s premiere tourist hotbeds and it’s not difficult to see why.
First up there’s the dramatic Gothic Minster in the heart of the city – easily one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Secondly, the selection of fascinating tourist attractions like the Jorvik Viking Centre, the National Railway Museum and The York Dungeon to discover. Thirdly, the genuine World Class cuisine that can be found round every corner. Dubbed “centre of my food universe” by The Times’ food critic Giles Coren, York’s culinary highlights include the 2018 White Rose Award winning restaurant Skosh, the critically acclaimed Le Cochon Aveugle on Walmgate or, everyone’s favourite tearoom, Bettys.
In short, York has the lot for a perfect weekend trip away. But where to stay, I here you ask? Well, the city is not short of great accommodation options to suit all budgets, so we’ve decided to narrow it down a little bit and highlight some of the best Inns, B&Bs and guest houses that York has to offer.
Up first, is No. 21 York. With the choice of eight bedrooms and within a stone’s throw of York City Centre, No.21 is a great place to set as your base for a trip exploring York. Located just next to York Museum Gardens, you can take the option of strolling through the gardens and having a look in Yorkshire Museum – for dinosaur lovers a trip to the Yorkshire’s Jurassic World (which was opened by the great Sir David Attenborough) is a must here.
Breakfast is a locally sourced affair at No.21 with meats coming from the local butchers, jams and marmalade from a nearby farm and other produce coming from the county too. You’ll certainly be set up for the day.
If you’re after a particularly special dinner, you can’t go wrong with a trip down the road to Tommy Banks’ newest venture, Roots York – a sharing plate restaurant embracing the family’s farming ethos and techniques shared from their famous Black Swan restaurant in Oldstead.
Situated in an enviable position right in the centre of the City, the Judge’s Lodging is a Grade I listed Georgian townhouse full of history and character.
Breakfast is included in any room bookings but you can also enjoy lunch & dinner here too. There’s the restaurant for a more formal sit-down setting or you can head to the cosy cellar bar, which still contains the original vaulted ceilings, for a more informal bite to eat too. On a hot summer’s day, a drink outside on the outdoor terrace is the perfect way to end the day.
The 21 characterful rooms of quirky mismatched furniture are all cosy and classy and some even have views of York Minster. Every bedroom rich in detail and history with quality furnishings and beds that’ll deliver the perfect night’s sleep.
Popping over to the other side of town now, why not check out Gregory’s B&B which you can find on the ever popular Bishopthorpe Road. Bishy Road, as it is known to the locals, is worth exploring on it’s own with it’s perfect blend of independent shops, cafes and businesses which form a tight-knit community determined to deliver excellent service – so much so that in 2015, the road won the GB High Street “Local Parade” category in the High Street of the Year Awards!
Racegoers will have a keen interest in Gregory’s too as it’s just a 5 minute walk from the famous York Racecourse so an ideal resting point before or after a trip to the nags.
The B&B has four en suite rooms which are all furnished to a high standard. The beds are cosy, the WIFI complementary and their Yorkshire breakfast menus are prepared with great care and affection too.
Around five minutes’ walk from York Minster, Queen Anne’s Guest House Bed and Breakfast is situated just outside the famous city walls. Here you will find comfortable B&B accommodation and a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Queen Anne’s has 5 lovingly kept bedrooms including a family en-suite room and at £30-45 per person per night, presents excellent value too.
The Guest House is just a 10 minute walk from York Minster so is perfectly situated when it comes to exploring the city and you can also easily get to the River Ouse if you fancy a lovely stroll along the river in the evening sun.
The Lamb & Lion Inn is an old English inn in York that adjoins Bootham Bar, one of four primary, ancient Roman gateways to the City-Centre and York’s Walls. Ravaged by fire in the 17th century and subsequently rebuilt, this inn is now an immersing retreat for those who wish to step back in time and plunge in to York’s captivating history from within a Victorian setting.
The inn has twelve four-star rated bedrooms, all with en-suite, yet each room is completely unique – which means each time you come back you can have a completely new experience here. Each room comes with complimentary H2K toiletries from H2K of Harrogate, which is an added bonus!
Ale fans will be happy as the inn offers real ales from local breweries, so you can get a true, authentic taste of York here. The food is modern British pub food – simply presented yet beautifully delivered. Finally, the location of the Lamb and Lion Inn is so good that you’re already right in the centre of the city so access to any of the key restaurants, bars or attractions is easy.