No holiday in Yorkshire is complete without a trip to York – it’s an absolute must! Why do visitors fall in love with this stunning city? Maybe it’s the romance – York is perfect for lovers! Or perhaps it’s the history spanning two thousand years? Are you a foodie? The city was recently voted into Tripadvisor’s Top 10 European destinations for food and wine, so you’ll find lots to make you happy! Love to shop? York has all the top high street retailers, but really excels with its vast range of independents.
And when you’ve tired of the city (if that’s possible!) the gorgeous North Yorkshire Moors are on your doorstep for wonderful walking and picturesque scenery, whilst the beautiful East Coast is just a short drive away.
All our York properties are handpicked for you
Here at Harrogate Holidays, we offer a wide range of self-catering accommodation to suit every taste and pocket.
A beautiful converted barnhouse, Tanyard Barn is in the delightful village of Whixley near to the National Trust’s Beningborough Hall. For dog owners, the pet friendly Broadoak Cottage sleeps 5 + 1 and is located in the charming village of Tockwith, close to the important English Civil War battlefield of Marston Moor. And the spacious Holiday Cottage at Hutton Wandersley Hall is also pet friendly and benefits from being all on one level.
Discover York’s Heritage with 2,000 years of history to explore
The ancient city of York (known originally as Eboracum) was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and the evidence is clear to see; don’t miss the Yorkshire Museum and its gardens which are a treasure trove for lovers of antiquities. The gardens retain original walls and towers from the Roman fortress built on the banks of the River Ouse.
York has a bloody history, not least when Viking raiders took the city in the 9th century and established it as a major river trading port with Northern Europe. Experience the smells, sounds and feel of these times by taking a tour of Jorvik Viking Centre. Built on the site of the Coppergate archaeological excavation, the attraction is unmissable!
Did you know that York is a walled city and a walk around the walls provides a fantastic perspective on its history? Largely medieval, the four majestic gatehouses are still intact and give a flavour of the turbulent times they have seen.
The Age of Steam – Yorkshire’s love affair with the railway
Railways had a dramatic impact on York, with the first train running directly from York to London in 1840 and it has never looked back – so it was no surprise that the city is home to the National Railway Museum, beloved by rail enthusiasts the world over, which has free entry.
For a more hands-on experience why not book a thrilling ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway? Steam trains run 17 miles between Pickering and Whitby through some of the Moors most dramatic scenery – so sit back and enjoy the ride!
Explore Yorkshire’s finest architecture through the centuries
A wander around York is a chance to enjoy historic buildings in their exquisite settings! The awe inspiring 13th century York Minster attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world, but don’t miss the half timbered Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, the Treasurer’s House and Fairfax House – reputed to be England’s finest Georgian town house. Be sure to walk through the iconic medieval Shambles – a street of half timbered 14th century houses so narrow that in some places it is possible to reach both sides of the street with outstretched arms.
There is even a word for York’s hidden streets and passageways! Explore the Snickelways of York to discover a secret history!
Shop until you drop – York has it all!
In need of a spot of retail therapy? We have just the thing for you! The Coppergate Centre is right in the heart of the city and is home to the Fenwick Department Store as well as many other fabulous retailers, whilst the Vangarde Shopping Centre at Monks Cross and York Designer Outlet are easily accessible on the city outskirts.
But where York really comes into its own is the plethora of independent retailers offering a unique and authentic shopping experience. Make a bee line for Low Petergate, Swinegate, Grape Lane or Gillygate for some of the best, or soak up the atmosphere at the Shambles Market.
York has some of the best food and drink – take your pick from our favourites
Whatever you fancy, from a lunch made with love at a family run café serving home baked pastries, cakes and bread, to something altogether smarter at one of the city’s top restaurants, or a great pub serving a wide range of artisan spirits and craft ales. Some of our favourites are the Park, Oxo’s and the Star in the City restaurants, Mannions and the Pig and Pastry for a fab independent café experience and the Duke of York pub is superbly located at the top of the Shambles.
Just a quick drive to the Yorkshire Coast and Moors
Take a short drive out of the city to experience the wild beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors with striking broad lush valleys, dramatic heather uplands and chocolate box villages where time has stood still. Just beyond the moors is the romantic coast with ancient fishing villages winding down to the sea, rocky fossil encrusted cliffs, beautiful white sweeps of sand and elegant Edwardian seaside resorts where you’ll find the best fish and chips in Yorkshire!
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