York | Entertainment


York has a thriving entertainment and culture scene - one of the best in the north. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be able to catch a top rate performance or show. Just make sure you book something in advance of your trip - tickets sell out quickly. 

York Theatre Royal

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 is vital in York’s arts and cultural life. The Christmas panto features Berwick Kaler this December. 

Grand Opera House

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.


Fibbers has been a popular venue for more than 20 years. Once a dive bar, it now has a 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 indie bands and local boys, Shed Seven. 

York Barbican

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. 

City Screen

This arthouse cinema located 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. 

Looking for a hotel in York?

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 is close to handy road connections.