The Shambles, York

A Luxury Weekend Escape to York

Plan a weekend of sightseeing, food and adventure in the historic city of York

Whether you’re in need of a stress busting weekend escape, are looking to plan a romantic weekend away or a staycation with friends, there are many benefits of taking the time out for a luxury weekend getaway. Exploring new territories and immersing yourself in the history can be fun and exciting, especially when with loved ones or friends. Weekend escapes are also a great way to celebrate in style, from anniversaries and birthdays to milestones and promotions, it’s shouldn’t be hard to find a good enough excuse. And, if that can’t persuade you, then maybe the health and wellbeing benefits will; taking a weekend away can lower your blood pressure and reduced stress hormones, leaving you feeling relaxed and recharged on your return.

Once you have decided on planning a weekend escape, look no further than the historic walled city of York. Filled with character and charm, York has over 2000 years of history to explore, and more attractions per square mile than any other UK destination. But don’t let that overwhelm you, here’s how you can take in the city’s best sights, discover the attractions off the beaten track, enjoy the scrumptious food and drink scene and browse the contemporary independent shops, all in a couple of days work.

Stay at…

The Grand, York – If you’re looking for a weekend of luxury, then check out spa hotels in York, such as 5* destination, The Grand. Offering the ultimate in luxury stays, The Grand go above and beyond for their guests; nothing is ever too much. From spacious yet stylish Classic and Executive rooms, to the charm and elegance of their Heritage and Penthouse suites, you will be able to rest your head in complete comfort.

Eat at…

Hudsons by Craig Atchinson – If you’re looking for fine dining, then a visit to 3 AA Rosette Hudsons is a must. Offering an intimate fine dining experience, with the only the finest ingredients, the pairing of a menu that uses locally sourced and foraged produce along with the exquisite service and knowledge of the friendly team, means you can expect to indulge in an unforgettable experience.

Afternoon tea at The Grand, York – Relax and refuel over afternoon tea, with stunning views over the city walls, no expense is spared in the pursuit of luxury. You can expect to be presented with an elaborate tower of a savoury and sweet treats. With plenty to feast on, you can also upgrade the experience to include prosecco, champagne or gin and tonic.


The Cookery School – If you’re looking to relax and have fun while enhancing your culinary skills, a visit to brand new venture, The Cookery School, is a must. They offer a selection of express, half and full day courses, where you can try your hand at anything from mastering international cuisines to perfecting dinner party menu’s.

A day at the races – Alternatively, if you’re feeling lucky, a visit to the historic Knavesmire racecourse, which dates back to 1730, may be in order. Get suited and booted and head over on foot to beat the traffic, it’s an easy 20-minute stroll from the train station!


Clifford’s Tower – If you’re arriving by car, you won’t be able to miss Clifford’s Tower, proudly stood behind one of York’s main car parks. A symbol of the power of England’s medieval kings, it was originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue northern rebels and has twice been burnt to the ground, before it was rebuilt to what it is today by Henry III. Climb to the top and take in the sweeping panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside!

York Minster – Establishing York as a city, York Minster is arguably one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Whether you have 5 minutes to spare or a little longer, there’s so much to discover – you could explore the history, dating back to the birth of modern-day Christianity, join a service, or enjoy the space and its stained-glass windows. Keep an eye out for the Great East Window if nothing else; it’s one of its most famous works of arts and has recently been restored to its full glory!


The Shambles – York is home to a lovely mix of independent shops and larger retailers to suit all tastes. One shopping street that is well worth a visit is The Shambles. Home to 500-year-old buildings, its medieval beauty once won UK’s most picturesque street; it is the perfect spot for picking up smaller gifts and souvenirs. If that’s not for you, head over to Coney Street or Spurriergate for plenty of larger retailers.