Are you looking for a unique way to explore the secrets of York? YHA York provides an ideal accommodation option for travellers eager to unlock this historic city’s secrets. This hostel is just a 20-minute walk from York city centre and offers comfortable, affordable rooms with plenty of facilities. From its convenient location, guests can easily access some of the popular attractions in York, including Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles.
York’s Historic Treasures
York, the walled city in North Yorkshire, is home to some of England’s most significant historical treasures. The stunning 13th-century Gothic-style York Minster Cathedral dominates the skyline and is one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe. The cathedral has been a place of worship for over 1,400 years and boasts exquisite stained glass windows considered some of the finest examples of medieval art in the world.
For those seeking budget-friendly accommodation options during their stay in York, YHA York offers an affordable and comfortable option. Located just a stone’s throw away from York Minster Cathedral, YHA York occupies a beautifully restored Georgian mansion with plenty of character and charm. The hostel provides private rooms and dormitory-style accommodations, making it an ideal choice for solo travellers or groups on a budget.
YHA York Overview
This hostel offers visitors affordable accommodation with modern amenities and comfortable rooms that cater to all needs.
The hostel’s central location is a short walk from some of York’s most popular attractions, such as The Shambles, York Minster, and The National Railway Museum. If you’re looking for culture, YHA York is an excellent choice, as it offers easy access to museums and galleries within the city centre. Plenty of restaurants and pubs are nearby where guests can sample delicious local cuisine or grab a drink after a day of sightseeing.
If you plan to explore the historic city of York, YHA York could be the perfect accommodation option. This hostel is just a stone’s throw away from some of York’s most popular attractions, including The Shambles and York Minster. With a range of room options available, YHA York caters to all types of travellers.
YHA York offers dormitory-style rooms with shared bathroom facilities for those travelling on a budget. These rooms are ideal for solo travellers or groups of friends who don’t mind sharing their space with others. Alternatively, YHA York also has private ensuite rooms available if you’re looking for more privacy and comfort. These come with single and bunk beds offering plenty of space for couples or families. We stayed in a private ensuite room with three bunk beds, a shower and a separate WC.
Dining & Amenities
The restaurant is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with friends or family. Here you can buy fresh sandwiches, hot meals, and delicious desserts from talented in-house chefs. Plus, with vegetarian and vegan options available, there’s something for everyone at YHA York. We all enjoyed the breakfast options (of which there were many) that kept us fueled up for a day of tourist fun.
After a day of exploring the city, we relaxed in the cosy lounge area complete with comfy armchairs, sofas tables and board games. We even managed a friendly game of pool.
Jorvik Viking Centre
One must-see attraction is the Jorvik Viking Centre, which takes visitors back to experience life in Viking-age York. Here, you can see how people lived, worked and played over 1000 years ago. The centre has interactive exhibits and artefacts that give insight into Viking life and culture. I remembered visiting here on a school trip and was excited to share it with the Beans. They were all blown away by their visit.
Hole in the Wand
On Sunday morning, we began early with a game of crazy golf at Hole in the Wand, directly opposite the Jorvik Viking Centre. We had such a fun morning from the moment we arrived. The staff were so friendly and made the whole experience magical. The course itself is very clever, and some holes are quite challenging. In terms of value for money, we were impressed as the ticket price included a Potion Drink at the end. Even the optional extras were very competitively priced. We all agreed we would go back again.
National Railway Museum
The National Railway Museum has long been our favourite, and it’s been a while since our last visit, so we decided to spend the afternoon there. The Flying Scotsman is currently on display there, so we booked a timed ticket (free of charge) to view this magnificent locomotive in all its glory as well as the Mallard, the Shinkansen, Stephenson’s Rocket, and so many more. It’s a great day out for the whole family.
There is a car park opposite which is just £10 for the day.
York City Walls
Walking along the York City walls is an experience no visitor should miss. From here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city’s skyline while immersing yourself in its past. You will also come across many landmarks, such as Clifford’s Tower and Monk Bar, that offer a glimpse into what life was like during medieval times.
Art Galleries and Shopping
One of our favourite things to do in York (and countless other cities) is to visit art galleries. There are plenty to choose from in York city centre as well as the York Art Museum in Exhibition Square. I love that my children find so much joy in talking about their favourite pieces of art and the artists they love.
Finally, York has a vast selection for those who enjoy a spot of retail therapy, from the market stalls in Shambles Market to the quirky shops and boutiques in The Shambles, Stonegate and the more mainstream shops in Coppergate, Parliament Street. Further out of town, you’ll find shopping villages, parks and designer shopping outlets.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway with plenty of fun and adventure, look no further than YHA York! Nestled in the heart of one of England’s most historic cities, this youth hostel offers endless opportunities for families looking to create unforgettable memories. Whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s rich history or want to take advantage of its beautiful countryside, YHA York has everything you need for an amazing weekend away.
During your stay at YHA York, you’ll have access to a wide range of amenities designed with families in mind. From comfortable and spacious accommodations to on-site dining options, this hostel has everything you need to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Plus, with so many exciting activities and attractions nearby – including museums, parks, and historical landmarks – there’s never a dull moment in store when you choose YHA York as your vacation destination.