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Hover over the black menu dots to the left to view some of the things to see and do in York. Each guest will receive a free digital welcome guide (screenshots of 2 of the pages are shown above) that will provide lots more useful information about your stay and links to local restaurants, tourist attractions etc

Below are some of the things to see and do in York. Each guest will receive a free digital welcome guide that will provide lots more useful information about your stay and links to local restaurants, tourist attractions etc. Screenshots of part of the guide are shown above.

York Races

York Racecourse is a horse racing venue in York, North Yorkshire, England. It is the third biggest racecourse in Britain in terms of total prize money offered, and second behind Ascot in prize money offered per meeting.

Many guests stay with us and include a day at York Races. York Racecourse has records of a race meeting dating back to 1709 but today it is very much an "experience" check out their website to view the fixtures and the different hospitality options. York Races

After a day at York Races why not enjoy a relaxing evening in one of our York Centre holiday rentals or dine out at one of the many fabulous restaurants that are within walking distance?

York Minster

York Minster is THE building in York. The cathedral is a masterpiece of medieval stained glass and stone carvings. To see the absolute best views across all of York why not climb the 275 steps which take you to the Central Tower - this is the highest point in York.

Whatever time you visit York there is a programme of events from choir performances to family fun activities.

For the romantics amongst you have you heard about the "Heart of Yorkshire" window? It is part of the Great West Window and legend has it that couples who kiss under this window will forever stay together.

For all the information and lots more detail visit York Minster Website

If you are staying at Minster Garden House or Minster Townhouse then you have York Minster as your neighbour - they must be in the best location in York!

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the top tourist attractions in York

It reopened in 2017 after a £4.3m  "re-imagining".

The Jorvik Viking centre came about after archaeologists carried out a 5 year excavation from 1976 as they found a multitude of items from a buried Viking village. They were initially only undertaking a 6-month dig before the new Coppergate shopping centre was built!

Today the tour takes you through not only the sights how the Vikings lived but include the smells as well  - it really is something for all ages.

For more information visit Jorvik Viking Centre

Coppergate Shopping Centre
19 Coppergate
York. YO1 9WT

Tel: 01904 615505

The Coast - Whitby & Scarborough

Whitby is renowned for its Dracula connections, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and Whitby Abbey. Enjoy fresh traditional fish and chips by the sea or take a boat trip - so much to do in one day.

For more information Visit Whitby

A day trip to Scarborough from your York holiday rental combines the best of both worlds. Enjoy the stunning scenery en route and then as you arrive in Scarborough marvel at the award-winning beaches and the castle headland. Enjoy the vibrant town centre, dip your toes in the sea and then an easy drive back to your self-catering rental in York sees you back in time for a meal out or a relaxed night in.

For more information Visit Scarborough

You can experience so much during a 3 day self-catering stay in York  but imagine what you could do if you stayed longer.

Our York holiday rentals are available for short and not so short stays!

Shopping in York

York has lots of shops! Not only can you enjoy the normal high street brands but there are lots of independent and souvenir shops in the centre York which are all easily accessed on foot.

In addition to the Coppergate shopping centre in the centre of York  you can also go further afield to

The McArthur Glen designer outlet village

Monks Cross Shopping Park

Vangarde Shopping Park

Restaurants in York

York is a foodie heaven! If you are staying in one of our York Centre holiday rentals then you will have an amazing amount of restaurants to choose from. Restuarants and cafes in York cater for all budgets. The most famous cafe is Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms. It is situated on St Helens Square. The design of the interior was inspired by The Queen Mary ocean liner.

Afternoon tea at Bettys is a popular event. If you are staying at one of our York Centre holiday rentals you will find it easy to walk to.

A "taster" of our personal restaurant  favourites are

The Starr Inn The City

Lucia Wine Bar and Grill

The Olive Tree York

The Shambles, York

The Shambles in York is a must see old street with amazing timber-framed buildings. They overhang so look up and you can see how close they are to the building opposite. It is generally accepted to be the best preserved European example of a Medieval street.

Originally it was used mainly for butchers shops and it is thought that even in 1872 there were around 25 butchers shops along the street - there are none now. They have been replaced with interesting small restaurants and independent shops.

So grab your camera and head off to York Shambles it really is a must see!

York Tourist Information

Founded in 71AD York is now a vibrant mix of history and contemporary culture. The beauty for tourists on a York break  is that you can easily walk around the city and enjoy all the main York attractions such as York Minster, National Railway Museum, Yorvik Viking Centre, Bettys Cafe and numerous shops and restaurants. York has plenty for children too, The York Dungeons is a highlight. The list of places to visit in York is long. A must see is The Shambles which is one of the most visited streets in the UK. The buildings date back to the 15th Century and this makes it the oldest street in York and we believe it to be the best preserved street in Europe from Medieval times. Today it houses independent shops and restaurants and many ghost walks start from here.

The best way to find out about York is to come and visit. We are sure you will want to return as we have many repeat guests who visit each year whether on a short Xmas shopping trip, a Valentines or Birthday trip or a longer summer holiday to relax and enjoy York and its surroundings.

The York Visitor Information centre is at 1 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT. Tel:01904 550099.

We would recommend buying a York Pass which will give you discounts and free entry to a range of York tourist attractions

Free entry to attractions, tours and museums including JORVIK Viking Centre, York Minster, York Dungeon, York's Chocolate Story, Castle Howard to name but a few

Free 1-Day  City Sightseeing "Hop on Hop off" Bus Tour  ticket  This is a great way to explore York and find out interesting facts about the main attractions and some lesser known ones that you might miss!

Free guidebook This includes maps and lots of useful information

Exclusive special offers This includes offers at many eating places and entertainment venue

Coronavirus Update

We have prepared a CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT to provide you with assurances regarding the health & safety measures we are implementing.

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