Taking a trip to York to start 2017? Whether you’re looking for delicious food, family fun, exciting history or beautiful nature, York has it all and more.
Railway enthusiasts or history buffs may be aware that The Grand Hotel & Spa, York is located in the former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company. To learn more about the railway, take a trip to the National Railway Museum. Whether you are a train enthusiast or not, there’s plenty to see here; discover 300 years of history and 1,000,000 objects that changed the world, in the UK’s largest railway museum. Free entry and plenty of activities for kids make it the perfect family day out.
Explore York Minster, York’s world class cathedral. This artistic and architectural masterpiece is the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe and the largest expanse of Medieval stained glass in the world. After climbing the 275 steps up the Central Tower you can enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views from the highest point in the city. Take a look at a variety of artefacts and treasures on display and discover the 2000-year history of York.
York is fast gaining a reputation as a foodie haven; this is a city where traditional meets contemporary, a place where you can enjoy everything from a Sunday roast with all the trimmings, to a modern British dish created by award winning chefs. For a traditional afternoon tea, check out Bettys; their freshly brewed pots of tea and delicious selection of sandwiches and cakes served on a silver cake stand often have people queuing around the block. Or indulge in one of The Grand Hotel & Spa’s delicious, themed afternoon teas. For relaxed, affordable but delicious dining, Melton’s is favoured by many. Unwrap the secrets and history of chocolate making at York’s Chocolate Story and learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself.
The perfect fusion of historical beauty and modern innovation, York is an incredibly walkable city with plenty to see and explore; you could easily spend a day just meandering the streets and taking it all in. Shambles Market is the perfect shopping destination; lose an afternoon in the quaint cobbled streets with more than 85 stalls to peruse, offering a diverse selection of quirky goods. Walking the city walls is another popular York attraction; at 3.4 kilometres long, the beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England and offer some amazing views of the city.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of York Museum Gardens, set in the stunning surroundings of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey. Wander the gardens and see the vast botanical collection as well as a variety of species of birds. A little way out of the city you will find the 14 acre Breezy Knees Gardens, packed with over 6,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees. The Homestead Park is a beautiful managed garden in Clifton, York that provides an ideal place for relaxing, and there’s a play park to entertain the children too.
Splendid Hospitality Group has 4 conveniently located York hotels to suit all budgets; The Grand Hotel & Spa, York’s only five star hotel, and the boutique Hotel Indigo York, as well as Holiday Inn Express York and Ibis York Centre.