If you're searching for that unique British city break, look to the North and the historical City of York. Here's our gents guide to 48-hours in one of the most unique, quaint and vibrant cities in the UK.
York is a popular city break year round, regardless of season the streets are lined with tour groups, school trips and more. So here's how to the most out of your 48-hours and avoid the cliche tourist traps.
To get the best from York you have to stay the night, the city changes greatly when the sun sets and unless you want a late night drive or train ride home, we suggest you stay over. We've had the fortune of staying at several hotels in the city and each has something different to offer.
For the luxury experience, we recommend The Grand Hotel and Spa this exceptional hotel is the only 5* accommodation in the City. With options ranging from comfortable rooms to expansive suites, there's an option to suit everyone. It's service is first rate and Spa facilities include a swimming pool, steam and sauna and extensive beauty treatments. The hotel is ideally situated insight of the Minster and the train station, putting you within walking distance of any York landmark.
If you prefer more freedom, then how about an apartment all to yourself? The Lawrence Apart-hotel is an import from Harrogate, where the idea of an apartment rented like a hotel has proven popular. Even the smallest of these 12 apartments has a living room, bedroom, full kitchen and a bathroom. Utilities like dishwashers and washing machines, give you the flexibility to cook or prepare yourself for a night out as you would at home.
Must See Places
York is loaded with "must see" places but we're not just wanting to offer the same old tourist trail stuff. So here are some must see and visit spots in the city.
Firstly, take a break from the city slog in the charming Museum Gardens, a small and ideallic spot to walk in and escape the city noise. Backing onto the river Ouse, you can continue on to walk along the river or sit and enjoy the nice weather by sitting on the grass. Ice cream vendors and musicians can often be found around the gardens.
The Minster, is an inescapable city landmark. Dwarfing all other buildings, this colossus of a monument is a must see in the city. You can take tours of the roof and vaults, seeing the original Roman foundations. Outside is a statue of Emperor Constantine who was crowned Emperor of Rome here in York.
Next, take a shopping tour of The Shambles. This medieval street is a pedestrian friendly street filled with small and unique shops. Ranging from fudge makers to handbag stitchers along with souvenir shops and a new Harry Potter store. Top floors are often home to small cafes or bistros, with limited seating obviously.
For a brief breath of fresh air, follow the Ouse towards Rowntree Park and you'll encounter the stunning Millenium Bridge. An imposing and modern bridge that is in stark contrast to the rest of Yorks architecture. Even more stunning at night when it is brightly illuminated and makes for a romantic evening stroll.
York has a huge range of places to dine, whether it's a light lunch or a comforting dinner. It is also one where it is quite easy to avoid "chain restaurants" and find something unique and high quality.
Star Inn The City offers an upmarket take on classic dishes all served in a gorgeous riverside restaurant. With a menu packed with locally sourced produce and masterfully crafted into classic dishes, Star Inn the City is well worth a visit.
For something more "Continental", head straight for Le Rustique . This classic french bistro is very popular, with reworkings of some great french recipes. An intimate atmosphere and casual vibe, perfect for a laid back dinner for two.
If however you want to go "full romance" then there is only one establishment on your list. Delrio's is almost as much of a York landmark as the Minster. A beautiful cellar restaurant serving the finest Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is as near to Italy as you can find. Intimate "alcove" tables for two are perfect for an intimate dinner. The menu is as you would expect from any Italian eatery but served to a far higher standard and in a much more authentic setting.