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Most popular areas in York for 4-star hotels

York’s city center has a handful of 4-star hotels and they are within walking distance of York’s principal attractions including the National Rail Museum and the magnificent Medieval cathedral, York Minster. Other options are dotted along Clifton, a road that leads north out of the city. You can also find 4-star hotels in some of the villages and market towns that surround the city such as Helmsley, Aldwark, and Brandsby. Some of these hotels are set in former country mansions while others are housed in charming old village pubs.

Top 4-star hotels in York

The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa is a former coaching inn with stylish furnishings in the market town of Helmsley, a 50-minute drive from York. Aldwark Manor Golf & Spa Hotel is set in Yorkshire countryside and its 120 acres of grounds include an 18-hole golf course. The hotel occupies a handsome Victorian country house with impressive rooms near the village of Aldwark, a 35-minute drive from York. The Bothy B&B is in tranquil countryside in the hamlet of Brandsby, a 40-minute drive from York. Convenient amenities include free WiFi and parking.

Where to find the best restaurants in York

York’s city center offers a wide selection of dining options. These include French, Italian, and modern British eateries. There’s a particular concentration of restaurants around the attractive street of Castlegate with its handsome Georgian townhouses. Walk to the northern part of the city center, towards York Minster, and you’ll find more restaurants serving dishes from France and Italy, as well as eateries offering Mediterranean cuisine. If you’re in the mood for Chinese, Indian, or Thai food, there are options near the railway station.

The most popular things to do in York

Take a stroll along the Shambles in the center of York. “Shambles” means slaughterhouse, and this Medieval street was once lined with butchers. They disappeared many years ago, and today you’ll see a picturesque cobbled street lined with half-timbered Tudor buildings housing boutiques and cafés. Take an afternoon to visit York Castle Museum to learn about the lives of everyday Yorkshire folk through the ages. Exhibits include recreations of a Victorian shopping street, Christmas cards sent during the First World War, and doll’s houses. Peaceful Museum Gardens, in the heart of the city by the River Ouse, includes the evocative ruins of the 13th-century St Mary’s Abbey and the Multangular Tower, once part of the Medieval city walls and including older, Roman stonework. The landscaped gardens are an idyllic spot for a picnic.

Best ways to get around York

You can walk from one edge of York’s city center to the other in less than 20 minutes, so it’s a great place to explore on foot. The city has a good network of buses and you can find all the information you’ll need about routes, fares, and passes at the Bus & Visitor Information Point at York Railway Station. Uber operates in York as do a selection of traditional taxi companies. If you want to explore the surrounding countryside, or if you’re based there, hiring a car is recommended.

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