York

The original capital of the North of England, York has a rich heritage dating back to its foundation by the Romans. With a stunning 13th century gothic cathedral as its centrepiece, there’s much history to be explored in this beautiful city’s meandering, ancient streets.
Best Western offers charming hotels ideally situated in York - each with a unique character of its own. Whether you want to be pampered in opulent luxury or just want a cosy home away from home, we have something to suit you. Historic York combined with Best Western’s attention to every detail will add up to a Great British city break you’ll remember forever.
Things to do in York

Things to do in York

For anybody interested in British history, York is a treasure trove. From its Roman origins, the city experienced Viking invasions and medieval wars – including the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War. Its status as a major cultural and religious centre is evident in every inch of its ancient stone walls and cobbled streets.

  • York Minster - The largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe dominates the city and is not to be missed.
  • The Shambles - With its overhanging buildings, strolling down this picturesque lane is like being transported back to the Middle Ages.
  • Jorvik Dig – An educational recreation of an archaeological excavation for all the family (the city derives its name from the Norse ‘Jorvik’)

Shopping in York

Shopping in York

The only way to shop in York is to wander around the ancient streets, occasionally popping into the numerous quirky, independent boutiques. But if you need to grab something quick, the main areas are:

  • The Coppergate Shopping Centre – Offers a variety of stores including Fenwick's department store, home to designer names like Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton.
  • Coney Street or Monk's Cross Shopping Centre – The main destinations for all the familiar High Street brands.
  • Shambles Market – A historic marketplace in the centre of York that features over 85 stalls selling fresh produce and craft items. 

Eating and drinking in York

Eating and drinking in York

Along with a myriad charming cafes and pubs, York has a variety of world-class restaurants to suit all tastes. The city also offers a unique ambience that could only be found in a city that still retains its medieval layout.

  • Nineteen Restaurant – Located on Grape Lane and heavy on old-world charm. Look forward to award-winning dishes with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
  • Betty's Café Tea Rooms – This quirky venue can be found in St Helen's Square and is loosely based on the Queen Mary passenger liner. It features Art Deco interiors, with huge curved windows, elegant wooden panelling and ornate mirrors.
  • Ye Olde Shambles Tavern – A truly traditional English pub serving real ales in a picture postcard location.

Culture and nightlife in York

Culture and nightlife in York

Culture is hard to miss in York as it’s pretty much all around you. Aside from sightseeing the city’s historic landmarks, ample entertainment options are never far from your Best Western hotel.

  • The Grand Opera House - Anything from comedy to West End musicals can be experienced in this magnificent venue.
  • York Barbican – a major concert venue and also regular host to the world snooker championships.
  • Ghost hunting – York is allegedly one of Europe’s most haunted cities. To experience nightlife which doesn’t involve the living, there are various fun ghost hunts - including Trevor Rooney’s Ghost Walk

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