Popular hotel close to York station with rooftop bar
Well known for its pretty Christmas markets and horse racing, York has become incredibly popular for weekend getaways. Voted best and most beautiful city in the UK in 2016, the city boasts being the best place in the UK to eat out. Other favourites in York include the Jorvik Viking Centre and York Minister, both steeped in history.
Accommodation in the city ranges from 5-star luxury hotels to quaint b&bs, hostels and holiday apartment lettings. Budget hotels like Premier Inns and Travelodges are also prominent around the city so staying in York doesn't have to cost a fortune either.
Regular train services run from across the UK to York station, so it's an easy city to get to and from. If you're flying in, Leeds Bradford airport which is about a 50 minute drive from York city centre.
Walking is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the city, and there are also a number of walking and cycling tours you can take to learn more from a guide.
York is a historic city, great for unearthing stories from centuries ago with children. The Jorvik Viking Centre is one such museum that delves deep into its rich Viking history. York Dungeon is another frightfully good place to visit where you can explore the darker side of the city's history. You're also not far from the Yorkshire Air Museum for those interested in aviation.
Of course, any visit in December should not miss the wonderfully festive Christmas markets. Packed into the towns city centre, the stalls arrive to make a stay in York that much more special and is a perfect location for a cheap Christmas market break in the UK.
The best areas to stay in York depends on why you're visiting. If you're going to be enjoying a romantic weekend break, a stay in the city centre is ideal with all the bars, restaurants and attractions on your doorstep. The Grand Hotel and Spa is a beautiful spa hotel sat between York train station and the city centre. A must if you're treating yourselves. Alternatively if you have a car, the surrounding area has a number of country hotels that are perfect for a much quieter getaway.
Being a university city, if you're visiting friends or family studying at the University of York which is situated in the south east of the city, you may find the small number of hotels around here are better suited. The city centre is just minutes away by bus and with regular buses running throughout the day, a hotel in York city centre may also be suitable.
York is a pretty versatile city so there are a variety of accommodation types to suit all budgets and needs. At the top end of the scale you have the gorgeous 5-star Grand Hotel and Spa offering sumptuous beds and perfect for a special break.
Being a student city, and with plenty for tourists to do, there are a number of hostels also available. On the mid range scale you have anything from Premier Inns amazing beds to trendy stays like the Hotel du Vin. So which is it to be?