After a £6million refurb (and the discovery of some important medieval remains) York Theatre Royal is more impressive than ever. It’s one of the country’s top stages and plays a vital part in York’s arts and cultural life. The Christmas panto featuring Berwick Kaler mustn’t be missed if you’re in town in December.
Concerts, classical music, ballet, comedy and talks - the Barbican York has got live performance covered. Stars such as Jools Holland, The Specials, KT Tunstall, Ronan Keating and Sarah grace the stage. It also hosts the UK Snooker Championships every year.
Whereas you’re more likely to see Shakespeare and adaptations of classic novels at the Theatre Royal, the Grand Opera House York focuses on musicals, West End productions and comedy from the likes of Jim Davidson and Omid Djalili.
This arthouse cinema down by the river is the place to catch cult classics, documentaries and big new releases. If the weather’s good, have a drink and something to eat on the terrace above the River Ouse.
Fibbers has been a popular gig venue for more than 20 years. This one-time dive bar now has a shiny new home on Toft Green which means it can book bands like The Fall and We Are Scientists. But it still has a place in its heart for up-and-coming indie bands and local boys, Shed Seven.
Look no further than Premier Inn. 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.