York has an endless list of attractions, from chic city shopping and family-friendly tourist attractions to the world famous race course and the renowned North Yorkshire countryside and coastline.
We’ve tried to create a list to get you started as you plan your stay in York but for more detailed information please visit www.yorkshire.com.
Get on your glad rags and find your finest hat for a grand day out in York. Hotel Noir invites you to join us on a trip to York Racecourse, where you can indulge in the glamour of high-class English racing, sip champagne, sample some gourmet cuisine and have a little flutter. Click here for a list of the York races fixtures.
Hotel Noir is less than three miles away from York Racecourse and is one of very few York hotels to offer single-night stays on all race days, which makes it the ideal place to stay when you’re visiting York Racecourse. If you need to book a taxi we suggest you call ahead as they can be hard to find on the day!
York’s centrepiece is York Minster, only 800 yards from Hotel Noir. It is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. The architectural masterpiece is home to one of the best collections of stained glass in England.
Medieval city walls
York ancient centre is enclosed by the most complete circuit of medieval city walls in England, totalling about three miles in length and boasting four main gates. Much of the wall is open to the public, allowing you to walk along the ramparts and enjoy stunning views of York.
A quaint cobbled street lined with shops, boutiques, tea rooms, tours and ghost walks, The Shambles is one of the UK’s most visited tourist attractions. York’s oldest street features Elizabethan buildings leaning so close that their roofs almost touch.
The York Barbican
The Barbican offers a fantastic range of live music featuring up to the minute bands, tribute groups, folk music and opera plus comedy shows throughout the year.
The York Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and a ride in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.
Clifford’s Tower is the principal remains of 13th century York Castle, perched on a mound overlooking River Ouse. Spiral staircases lead visitors to incredible views over York.
York Castle Museum
A hugely popular tourist attraction, York Castle Museum is a tribute to daily life in England through the ages. Based within 18th century prison buildings, the museum houses a complete recreated Victorian street.
National Railway Museum
The world’s largest railway museum is dedicated to preserving historically significant railway vehicles and memorabilia, including a huge collection of locomotives, rolling stock and railway equipment. This amazing collection is also free, making it hugely popular. Thomas the Tank is a regular visitor so visit the website to check if he’s in town!
Jorvik Viking Centre
One of the UK’s most popular attractions outside London, Jorvick shows visitors what York was like 1000 years ago, with life-like recreations of Viking-age streets from the year 975AD.
Widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest historic houses, Castle Howard is still home to the family who built it three centuries ago. It houses fine art and antique collections, and is surrounded by a glorious, vast estate with play areas for the kids and a fabulous garden centre and café selling much of their own produce.
York Theatre Royal offers audiences a wide range in programming, including drama, comedy, dance, pantomime and youth theatre. The Christmas panto has been listed as one of the top 10 things to do at Christmas in the UK so book ahead if you want tickets to this eclectic show.
Grand Opera House
York’s Grand Opera House hosts touring productions of plays, musicals, opera, ballet, comedy and musical events.
York is one of Europe’s premier tracks, having won the Northern Racecourse of the Year Award for 18 successive years. Besides racing excitement, York Racecourse boasts excellent restaurants and evenings of live music and comedy.
12 Clifford Street, York, YO1 1RD
3 George Hudson Street, York YO1 6JL
15 Coney Street, York YO19 9NA
Places to eat
21 High Petergate, York
The Star Inn The City
Lendal Engine House, Museum Street,York YO1 7DR
Café No 8
8 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ
The Living Room
Merchant Exchange, 1 Bridge Street, York YO1 6DD
The Blue Bicycle
34 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA
The Olive Tree
10 Tower Street, York YO1 9SA
12a King Street, York YO1 1SP
Biltmore Bar & Grill
29 Swinegate, York YO1 9AZ
21 Back Swinegate, York YO1 7JF