Guide to self-catering holidays in York, England, UK

York is a popular tourist destination after London and Stratford-upon-Avon. It's a lively city, with lots of hustle and bustle, a thriving market, pubs and tea shops, a good shopping centre and lots of 'touristy' things to do.

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Clifford's Tower - remains of Castle  Elegant Georgian town houses The  River with boat trips Old Tudor Houses

Highlights of York

York has a good number of attractions.  Let us guide you through the highlights of York.  The centre, much of which lies within the yellow city walls is where tourists head for.  Here you will find the Cathedral, the Castle, the Jorvik Visitor Centre, boat trips on the river, charming old buildings, many originating from the 16th Century or earlier, and the famous Shambles with its narrow lanes and interesting range of specialist shops.

 A narrow street near Little Shambles is shown on the left. Some of the buildings date back to the 16th Century.  Their upper floors hang out over the lane.  You will find original goods for sale here - quite unlike the usual high street shops of England's towns and cities.Street entertainers gather crowds in nearby squares.  Tourists of all nations wander around contributing to the buzz. There's something happening all year round.The Jorvik Viking Centre exhibition with it's tour of ancient York is a draw for families.  But beware, the queues grow quite long - arrive early.  Every January, the Jorvik Centre arranges events all around the city to celebrate its Viking past, one of which is the popular Viking boat race in the River Ouse which culminates in the spectacular  Viking boat burning ceremony.

You can tour the city in various ways, each of which offers something in the way of history and bring the past to life. The boat trips and bus tours (Tel: 01904 692505) are always useful for quick summaries of  the history of York and for identifying the tourist attractions you would like to visit later. 

Walking tours are highly enjoyable and entertaining in their own right.  They offer good value for money and often incorporate a social element by finishing with a drink in the pub.Tourists are confronted with a vast array of choices of things to do in York, with organised entertainment in the form of theatre, visitor attractions, museums, exhibitions, tours of one type or another.  York is a must to visit for anyone who is interested in history or architecture.  The city has a wealth of beautiful and smart buildings across the centuries from about the 13th Century to the present - all in a fairly compact area. Accommodation is plentiful with all types of accommodation on offer; self-catering, hotels, bed and breakfast etc. 


Self-catering country cottages - convenient for York

Assam House - luxury house to sleep up to 6 in York


self-catering YorkThis luxurious self-catering townhouse accommodates up to 6 in 3 bedrooms.  There are 2 bathrooms so you should avoid any queues for the shower!  With high quality accommodation thoughout, this could be an excellent base for your break in York.  The property even has a garden and off street parking.  What's more, it's only a short walk in to the historical centre of York.

The emphasis at this cottage is on high quality comfortable accommodation.  Relax in front of one of the flat tv screens and enjoy using Denby pottery in the kitchen.  This property has been subject to extensive refurbishment and was awarded a 5 star rating by the tourist board.

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self-catering country cottages, 15 miles east of York
The Old Dairy
is around 50 minutes’ drive from the fabulous historical city of York. This charming 2 bedroom cottage benefits from a tranquil location in the rural hamlet of Helperthorpe in the Great Wold Valley. Stay here and discover some of the best of Northern Yorkshire on days out. Within an hour’s drive you can visit Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough, Pickering, Whitby, York and the North Yorkshire Moors.

Inside this holiday home, there is a comfortable lounge with kitchen area, a family bathroom, a double bedroom featuring a romantic four poster bed and a twin bedroom. Outside there is a small garden area where you can soak up this Yorkshire setting.

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