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2. York has more intact city walls than anywhere in England
3. The county capital is rated the most haunted city in Europe
4. York boasts the world’s largest railway museum
5. The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall is among Europe’s best preserved medieval guildhalls
6. The Mansion House has one of Britain’s finest gold and silver civic plate collections
7. York is home to England’s oldest working convent
8. The Assembly Rooms is Britain’s earliest custom-built dance hall
9. An archaeologist’s dream, York is one of Britain’s very few ‘wet sites’.
10. Fairfax House has one of the best private collections of 17th and 18th century furniture and clocks
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Even though it's steeped in history 21st century York is a modern, vibrant and thriving city and boasts a wealth of excellent shops, café bars, pubs and restaurants. With so much on offer it's the ideal place to spend a romantic evening, a city break or an extended stay.
When you arrive at the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel our friendly staff will be delighted to discuss with you the range of attractions and events taking place during your stay. For those of you who are new to York here are the teams top suggestions.......enjoy
1. York Minster - Less than 5 minutes walk from us, a real must see!
Experience one of the top visitor attractions in York with a trip to York Minster. Regularly voted one of the most popular things to do in York, the Minster is not only an architecturally stunning building but is a place to discover the history of York over the centuries, its artifacts and treasures. Click York Minster to find out more information
2. National Railway Museum - incredible free entry!
From record-breakers to history makers, get up close to iconic locomotives at York’s biggest, must-see attraction. The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world, responsible for the conservation and interpretation of the British national collection of historically significant railway vehicles and other artefacts. The Museum contains an unrivalled collection of locomotives, rolling stock, railway equipment, documents and records. Situated only a mile from the Monkbar Hotel it offers a fun, free day out for all the family, click York Railway Museum to view their website and find out more information
3. Jorvik Viking Centre - only 1/2 a mile away from the Monkbar Hotel!
4. Yorkshire Museum & Gardens
Make time to visit the Yorkshire Museum - with five new galleries now showcasing some of Britain's finest archaeological treasures and many rare animals, birds and fossils, in exciting new displays. Set in the beautiful Museum Gardens which make an ideal place for a family picnic. Find our more here Yorkshire Museum & Gardens
5. The Quilt Museum - less than 5 minutes walk from the Monkbar
The Quilt Museum and gallery is a museum dedicated to quilt making & textile arts.Situated in St Anthony's Hall, this stunning medieval guildhall makes such and incredible backdrop to the frequently changing antique & temporary quilt displays. Click on their website here Quilt Museum
6. York Castle Museum - less than a mile away
7. Treasurer’s House & Garden
This National Trust property is only a few metres from York Minster. Discover stories of royal visits, servant life and four centuries of interiors and antiques. Click here to find out more information Treasurer's House & Garden
8. York Maze
Looking for a bit of fun this October half term? How about checking out York Maze, the whole family will enjoy Halloween by Day. There's a Phantomine, Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt, Ghostmania Ride, Spooky Trail, Halloween Finger Fortune Maze, Pumpkin Patch & Carving Tent, plus so much more...............
9. York Dungeons
A York City Cruise enables you to admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or open top deck. Take home fascinating facts on the incredible history of York and its river, from the live commentary delivered by a local and knowledgeable skipper. Find our more here York Boat
You can pick up a copy of the York Mini Guide from reception which includes a detailed map, restaurants, attractions and special events. For those of you wishing to venture further please see below a list of places and their proximity to us.
• 14 miles from Castle Howard - setting for Brideshead Revisited
• 21 miles to the Spa town of Harrogate - winner of Britain in Bloom
• 23 miles to James Herriiot country - Thirsk and the Yorkshire Dales
• 30 miles to the City of Ripon and stunning Fountains Abbey
• 40 miles from the coast - Scarborough, Whitby & Filey
For further information on all York's attractions please visit the Visit York Tourist Information Centre
Make the most of your trip to York with a York Pass, the complete sightseeing card giving you free entry to attractions plus lots of special offers to use at cafes & restaurants, on guided tours and ghost walks.
A visit to York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral north of the Alps goes without saying. Do not miss the JORVIK Viking Centre an award winning experience transporting you to a Viking settlement 1000 years ago or let the children enjoy an archaeological adventure at DIG. York Maze the largest maze in the world combined with a visit to the Yorkshire Air Museum makes for a great day out beyond the city. For further information on the York Pass please visit www.yorkpass.com.
St Nicholas Fayre kick starts the festive season with it's annual four-day Christmas market. Featuring more than 200 stalls you can pick up some special gifts from one of the log style cabins. A word of advise this is one of York's busiest weekends but well worth a visit.
Originally a smaller event to attract visitors into the Latin quarter of York. Now this winter wonderland of ice sculptures is so popular it's spilling out onto Stonegate. If you're looking for something special to get you in the christmas mood then this event really is worth a visit - my personal favourite
Every February half term the city of York transforms into the biggest Viking Festival in Europe. There's an exciting mixture of combat, academic, archaeological and historical events.A full programme of events will be published soon so keep up to date by visiting www.jorvik-viking-festival.com
Wed 14th - Fri 16th May - Dante Festival
Sat 31st May - May Spring Meeting
Fri 13th - Sat 14th June - June Race Meeting
Fri 11th - Sat 12th July - John Smith's Cup Meeting
Fri 25th - Sat 26th July - Music Showcase Weekend
Wed 20th - Sat 23rd August - Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
Sun 7th September - The Press Family Raceday
Friday 10th - Sat 11th October - October Finale!
This well established annual event transforms the city centre of York into a wonderful market full of great Yorkshire produce, guest wine stands,street food and the Yorkshire Bar serving local Real Ales, many from the increasing range of Brewers within the city.There is a range of dinners, tastings and other events often in historic venues to suit all pockets.To find out more information on this great event please go to www.yorkfoodfestival.com
It was once reputed that York had a different pub for every day in the year. I think unfortunately some have slipped under the wayside but we still have a huge selection of pubs & bars. We've listed a few of our favourites, hopefully you'll enjoy finding yours!
The Snickleway Inn - Goodramgate
The Snickleway Inn just minutes from the Monkbar is definitely your old fashioned pub with more of a village feel rather than a city centre pub. Reputedly the most haunted pub in Britain it's open fires and traditional feel make it an easy place to enjoy a pint of local ale.
House of the Trembling Madness - 48 Stonegate
This medieval drinking hall near York Minster certainly lives up to its name. The quirky bar is accessed through the back of an office license. Full of beams, old benches & stuffed animal heads, it oozes continental style. Their incredible selection of imported beers is complimented by a menu full of great Yorkshire produce.
Lamb and Lion - 2 High Petergate
Over looked by York Minster the Lamb & Lion offers real ales & a tremendous beer garden. Positioned alongside the city walls, stunning views can be enjoyed especially on a summers day.
Guy Fawkes Inn - 25 High Petergate
Built on the spot where the notorious Guy Fawkes was born this is a must visit for those of you wishing to take in the history of York. Only a few feet from York Minster how can you resist popping in for a quick pint?
The Blind Swine - 24 Swinegate
If cocktails are your thing I can safely say that the Blind Swine do the best cocktails in town! Their eclectic cutting edge style mixed up with a bit of rock music has made it the must go place in York. It takes months to get a Saturday night booking but I would highly recommend a cocktail or two to either start or end your evening.
Only minutes from us York's City Centre offers an enchanting mix of high street and boutique
Shops include Tesco's, B&Q, Mothercare, Toys r us and many more.
Just 4 miles south of York on the A64/A19 interchange you'll find York Designer Outlet. Over