Things to do in York

Compact, cultural and crammed with things to see and do, it’s hard not to fall in love with York. But what will really set your heart a-fluttering is the city’s incredible good looks. Cobbled shopping streets, quaint Tudor buildings, wall-to-wall medieval gorgeousness - the ancient capital of Yorkshire is a total head-turner, and a fantastic place to stay. Follow our guide to York to discover all of its top attractions, entertainment and nightlife. And, whatever part of town you fall head-over-heels with, rest assured there’ll be a friendly team waiting to look after you at a Premier Inn York hotel.


You can’t move very far in York without tripping over a sightseeing opportunity or three. From historic buildings such as York Minster to world-class attractions like the York Dungeon, the city’s many sights will entertain, inspire and capture your imagination, all in equal measure.


York’s been a centre of trade since Roman times and the city’s bustling markets and designer boutiques continue the tradition to this day. With more than 2,000 shops to sample, shopping is one of York’s main attractions - in fact, the city is well-known for being a slice of retail heaven.


Cruise the Ouse on a self-drive boat, tackle the UK’s largest maize maze or pedal your way round the city on a cycling tour of its hidden gems. And York has some exciting places to duck into if it rains - from a huge trampoline park to a thrilling indoor motorsports arena.

Places to eat

Perfect for foodies, you’ll find that the medieval back streets of York are lined with interesting eateries. Cool cafes and quirky restaurants come as standard, but you can’t leave town without trying a ‘Fat Rascal’ from Bettys on St Helen’s Square - it’s one of the most iconic tea rooms in Britain.


York may be full of history, but its nights out are the stuff of legend, too. From upmarket bars to low-key pubs, the city famously has a watering hole for every day of the year. Sampling them all could prove tricky, so use our guide to find out which of the city’s nightlife options to prioritise first.


Few cities come close in terms of culture. Stroll the medieval streets, then find out about the history behind them at one of the city’s many museums. Its eclectic mix of art galleries and historic universities further cement its reputation as the ideal cultural city break location.


No matter what time of year, you’ll be able to catch world-class comedy, theatre or musical performances. This is a city that knows how to put on a good show, with events that celebrate everything from Vikings to horse racing. Find out why it’s called England’s ‘City of Festivals’ here.

Getting around

Our travel guide has all the best ways of getting into, out of and around this medieval master-piece. If you're paying a flying visit to the city, we can tell you the best ways of getting to York by air - and give you the fastest way to get to your York hotel once you’ve made it through arrivals.

Looking for a hotel in York?

We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Our  Blossom Street North and Blossom Street South hotels are right in the city centre. And our York North hotel is a mile further out and our Premier Inn York North West hotel is a few miles from the train station and is close to handy road connections.