Guide to York

The little Northern city of York has a big story to tell. It’s a medieval marvel, a modern shopping hub and a treasure trove of pubs serving proper Yorkshire grub. Follow our guide to York, and this great  place will capture your imagination, charm you with its beauty, surprise and delight you in so many ways.  Whatever part of town you find yourself in, there’ll be a friendly team waiting to look after you at a Premier Inn hotel

Things to do in York

Fascinating museums, archaeological wonders, shopping for all tastes and hunting for ghosts - no matter what side of the City Walls you’re on, finding things to do in York won’t be a problem!


Shopping in York is eclectic. There’s a mix of high street favourites, local department stores, designer bargains, antique and vintage shops. 


York’s long and rich history is best told through the city’s many museums, historical attractions and archeological sites.


A year-round roster of plays, performances, concerts, comedy and sport take place at venues such as the Theatre Royal and York Barbican. 

Nearby attractions

York is surrounded by breath-taking countryside and close to some brilliant out-of-town attractions. As you’re in the area, why not explore? 

Eating, drinking and nightlife

York’s laid-back and friendly atmosphere is reflected in its pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and bars. Wherever you choose eat, drink or party, expect to have a fun and memorable time. 

Eating out

From a world-famous afternoon tea and unbeatable fish and chips to Wagamama and Jamie’s Italian, sample North Yorkshire’s tastiest food or dine at familiar favourites. 

Drinking and nightlife

Whether you’re after a pint of local ale to go with your lunch, a bottle of biodynamic wine or somewhere to dance after last orders, this is our guide to York’s top pubs, bars and clubs.


From the leafy campus of the University of York to the city centre York St John University, there’s no surprise that so many students are attracted to this historic city. Find out more about these impressive academic institutions with our guide to York’s universities. 

Getting around York

Being a relatively small city, it’s possible to get around York city centre on foot. But if you want to head out of town or see the city sights from a boat or bus, read our guide to York’s public transport network and guided tours. 

Looking for a hotel in York?

Look no further than Premier Inn. We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Premier Inn Blossom Street North and Premier Inn Blossom Street South are both in the city centre and a five-minute walk from York train station. Our York North hotel is about a mile from the city centre, with easy access to the A19, A64 and the businesses in and around Clifton. To be within striking distance of the York Designer Outlet, or to get to the A1(M) quickly, Premier Inn York South West is the ideal place to stay. Premier Inn York North West puts you 3-4 miles from the train station and city centre, and is close to handy road connections.