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Most popular areas in York for 5-star hotels

A few of York’s 5-star hotels can be found in the center of the city. Most of these gather down by the river where you can enjoy beautiful views alongside top-notch dining and luxury amenities. Other 5-star options tend to be a bit further out of the city center where you can take advantage of the peace and quiet of the countryside, and perhaps indulge in the hotel spa.

Top 5-star hotels in York

The Grand Hotel & Spa is housed in a handsome Victorian building and the 107 elegant guestrooms combine traditional and contemporary styling. Hudson’s, the hotel’s restaurant, offers an exquisite tasting menu. Bishops York is an exclusive bed and breakfast set in a Victorian villa. Choose a full English breakfast, or try smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. A few steps from York Minister, The Judge’s Lodging is set in a Georgian townhouse and its 21 rooms have stylish furnishings. The Cellar Bar has original vaulted ceilings and serves contemporary English and Mediterranean dishes.

Where to find the best restaurants in York

There’s a selection of restaurants around historic Castlegate, a picturesque street in the center of town, lined with handsome Georgian houses. Nearby, you’ll find restaurants offering Italian, French, and modern British cuisines. Still in the city center, but just to the north of Castlegate towards York Minster, you’ll find more eateries with French, Italian, and contemporary Mediterranean menus. Near York’s train station, there are restaurants serving Chinese, Indian, and Thai food, while just to the south of the city center are restaurants serving Indian, Bangladeshi, and Chinese dishes.

The most popular things to do in York

Just near York Station is the National Railway Museum, home to an outstanding collection of vintage locomotives, carriages, and railway memorabilia. The collection covers more than 300 years of railway history and highlights include a life-size replica of one of the earliest steam engines, Stephenson’s Rocket, originally built in 1829. The impressive Clifford’s Tower is one of the few remaining traces of York Castle, built by William the Conqueror. Take a tour of the tower and climb to the viewing deck at the top where you’ll have a spectacular vista across York. York has a fine selection of pubs in the center, with many serving traditional cask ales in splendid Victorian bars reminiscent of a bygone era. Many pubs also host live music with a variety of genres represented.

Best ways to get around York

The small scale of York’s city center makes it suitable for exploring by foot. For places further afield, the city has a good network of bus services. You can find out everything you need to know about routes, fares, and passes at the Bus & Visitor Information Point at York Railway Station. Uber operates in York too and other taxis can be booked by phone or hired at one of the taxi ranks in the center. You can also hire bicycles in York and cycling is a great way to explore the city.

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