Destination guide

Culture, history and unique boutiques in York

The Roman city of York seems to have a historical site on every corner, whether it's a Gothic church or a traditional pub. The Shambles is its most famous street, close to many York holiday rentals, and is stuffed full of artisanal shops and boutiques selling everything from homemade chocolates to handcrafted jewellery. There's a varied restaurant scene, including upmarket British dining, and charming tearooms serving local favourites such as gingery Moggy cake. Wander the cobblestone streets and enjoy beautifully preserved historical architecture, or head for the nearby countryside to hike the hills and moors.

Things to do

Learn about York's Viking past

As you wander the quaint streets of York, it's hard to imagine the days when Vikings lived in the city. Luckily, there's Jorvik Viking Centre to give you an interactive experience of Viking life. The site was discovered in the 1970s by archaeologists, and since then has been built into a fun and educational family attraction, with homes and businesses recreated as they would be in Viking times. Tour guides in costume add to the fun, and you can see how Vikings lived, what they ate, and the tools they used, with sights and even smells giving you an immersive experience.


See the best of York with a hop-on, hop-off tour

First-time visitors to York will find that the best way to see the top attractions is via a hop-on, hop-off tour. If you're staying in a York holiday rental, then you can combine this with a York Pass and enjoy dozens of historic sites and family attractions. You'll spot the open-top double-decker buses all around the city, and you can enjoy a guided tour during your journey. Stops include Exhibition Square, dominated by the Gothic towers of York Minister, or Clifford's Tower, raised by William the Conqueror and now sadly in ruins, but boasting panoramic city views.


Warm summers and unpredictable British winters in York

York has typical British weather in that it can be quite unpredictable. Summers are usually warm and pleasant, with July and August especially popular for York holiday rentals. The late-spring and early-autumn months are also great for exploring the city. There's a risk of rain all year round, although December and January are usually the wettest, so be sure to pack an umbrella. While winters are usually mild, it's worth having indoor alternatives ready in case of bad weather.

Natural features

Enjoy country walks close to York

Just half an hour's drive north of York are the rolling green Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Made up of lush fields and dense woodland, there are small villages dotted around the area, as well as stately homes and ruins to explore. Walk the loop around Terrington, through vales and past limestone hills, and you'll spot wild ponies grazing in the fields, lavender growing next to the paths and gentle streams. The area around Nunnington is also popular with walkers, and once you've explored the quaint village with its stone houses, you can explore trails full of wildflowers and butterflies.

How to get there

How to get to and around York

The nearest airport is in Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford), located 24.3 mi (39.2 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Doncaster (DSA-Robin Hood), which is 32.8 mi (52.8 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, York Station, York Poppleton Station and Hammerton Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around York?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 770 holiday lettings near York. From 223 Cabins to 226 Flats, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near York for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to York?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in York. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • York (QQY-York Train Station): 804 holiday lettings
  • York Racecourse: 966 holiday lettings
  • Shambles: 975 holiday lettings
  • York Minster: 802 holiday lettings
  • York Central Library: 798 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around York listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in York?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 223 Cabins in York. Our other popular types of York holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 226 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 223 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 289 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in York?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 14 holiday homes with pool available in York. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.