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York is almost as popular around the holidays as it is during the summer months, and for good reason. From merry pubs to holly-decked festivities, there’s plenty to draw in visitors. Just be prepared for weather that’s less than jolly, with dreary, dark days and lots and lots of rain.
York’s streets come alive in winter with everyone from shoppers searching for handmade gifts at the St. Nicholas Fair to skaters gliding across the ice at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland.
Take in the glory of 15th-century York Minster by snagging advance tickets to Carols by Candlelight, performed by the church’s choir.
A Viking village stood here nearly 1,000 years ago, and at Jorvik Viking Village you can experience that era’s sights and sounds, and even some of its more pungent smells. (Archaeologists uncovered leather tanneries, fish markets, and rubbish pits here.)
Milder weather makes it a great time to stroll around the city streets and get lost weaving around local shops. And nature walks along the region’s trails give a good reason to explore beautiful Yorkshire beyond the city’s historic walls.
Stunning natural scenery is just up the road in North York Moors National Park. There are dozens of destinations inside the park, including super charming villages and moors carpeted with wildflowers.
Afternoon tea is the perfect reason to duck inside on wet spring days. Some of the most famous spots in town include Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, The Ivy St. Helen’s Square, and the Grand York.
An hour west of York, the Harrogate Spring Flower Show ups the springtime cheer with even more bright blooms.
As skies brighten and temperatures reach their annual peak, York goes into overdrive with a packed calendar of festivals. The summer months are also the ideal time to explore the region’s natural wonders.
Make the most of summer’s clear days while you’re visiting Yorkshire and climb Clifford Tower. Built by William the Conqueror, this landmark has views of the city in every direction.
There are almost too many castles to count across Yorkshire, but majestic Allerton Castle, about 25 minutes northwest of York, is a must. It can easily be combined with a visit to Beningbrough Hall if you really love diving back in time.
Harry Potter fans know York as the home of Diagon Alley. Shots of the wizarding world’s Main Street were filmed in an area known as The Shambles. The narrow, winding streets, a relic of York’s medieval past, are now packed with off-kilter shops, bars, and cafes, and it’s the perfect place to wander on a summer afternoon.
If you like a good scare, York might just be the best destination in the U.K. There is an unusual number of haunted houses within the city walls, and many are open for tours around Halloween. Fall food festivals also make this a great time of year to visit.
There are numerous spine-tingling tours across York, but York Dungeon inspired some of the most intensely scary legends, and it should be at the top of your list.
One of the region’s most beautiful historical homes also happens to be one of the best places to take in the spectacular fall foliage. Fiery autumn colors make the Georgian-style Beningbrough Hall and its acres of gardens even more breathtaking.
Indulge yourself at the York Food and Drink Festival, which runs from late September through October. The action takes place in the City Centre, around the Shambles Market, and Parliament Street.
Where to stay
- SkeltonConsider spending a night or two in Skelton, where charming B&Bs are scattered about the rolling countryside. You’ll find somewhat cheaper accommodations than in nearby York, and the Howardian Hills Area of Natural Beauty is close by.Read more
- FulfordThe site of a famous 11th-century attack by the Normans, the village of Fulford is now a quiet suburb of York. You’ll find pretty gardens and woods to stroll through, and a handful of sweet inns and B&Bs.Read more
- ElvingtonThis one-horse town—literally—has a picture-perfect 17th-century inn and pub called The Grey Horse. With a lovely village green surrounded by a handful of cottages, Elvington attracts travellers seeking out tranquil vibes. Central York is about 25 minutes away by car.Read more
- CliftonDirectly northwest from York’s City Centre, Clifton and neighbouring Bootham sit on the River Ouse and provide easy access to a leafy park that’s great for children. B&Bs and guest houses are the most popular lodging option. Several buses run directly to York City Centre, or you could just as easily walk.Read more
Hotels near the sights
- York MinsterCompleted in the 15th century, the city’s dazzling cathedral is still one of the largest in the world. It’s a must-see on any York itinerary, and there are plenty of historic hotels and boutique lodgings in neighbouring streets. Nearby are the interesting Yorkshire Museum, the impressive city walls, and an impossible-to-count number of pubs and restaurants.Read more
- York Castle MuseumYork Castle Museum rests at the southern end of town, where a handful of hotels are scattered on both sides of the River Ouse and River Foss. Most of these lodging options are reasonably priced chain hotels, although you’ll find a few indie properties just across the River Ouse.Read more
- National Railway MuseumNorth of York Station, the National Railway Museum York is one of the city’s most popular sights. It’s a 10- to 15-minute walk from most lodging options in the northern reaches of City Centre West. There are plenty of chain hotels, as well as some historic grande dames. Pubs, restaurants, and shops are on nearly every corner.Read more
- ShamblesThe Shambles rocketed to fame as the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. Medieval shops, pubs, and restaurants are crammed one on top of the other along these tippy alleyways in York’s City Centre. There are several hotels nearby, all within walking distance of nearly every other major York attraction.Read more
- No.1 By GuestHouse, York, The Grand, York, and Clementine's Town House Hotel, BW Premier Collection are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near National Railway Museum. See the full list: Hotels near National Railway Museum.
- Popular hotels close to Leeds-Bradford Airport include Premier Inn Leeds Headingley Hotel, Travelodge Leeds Bradford Airport, and Corn Mill Lodge Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Leeds-Bradford Airport.