6 Best Historic Hotels In York, UK - Updated 2024

Nicole
Nicole 
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With a history that dates far back to its Roman origins, York is a lovely cathedral city that history and culture buffs should add to their must-visit list. It exudes a quintessential charm and boasts magnificent architectural wonders that have survived the test of time, including the medieval Gothic-style York Minster. Exploring National Railway Museum York’s exhibits can make you feel like going on a trip down memory lane, and breezing through York City Walls feels like a scene in the show Game of Thrones. If you are an art enthusiast, don’t miss the chance to admire 14th-century masterpieces in York Art Gallery. For accommodations, browse through this list of the best historic hotels in York, UK.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) properties with historic significance, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 09, 2024.

1. The Churchill Hotel (from USD 152)

The Churchill Hotel keeps history in its walls. This Georgian retreat from 1827 has transformed from a private residence to a government establishment before finally shifting into a picture-perfect hotel in 1984. Its name is a nod to the late British prime minister Winston Churchill. Dark neutral tones, hardwood details, chandelier lighting, luxurious brass details, and old photographs of the late statesman dominate the aesthetics of this charming 4-star property.

The Churchill Hotel offers WiFi-ready accommodations, an exquisite brasserie, a sophisticated bar, and an idyllic beer garden.

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The Churchill Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 65 Bootham

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace

2. Principal York (from USD 171)

For tourists on the hunt for accommodations close to York train station, Principal York is the hotel for you. It is within walking distance of the terminal and many local attractions, including York Minster. Constructed in 1878, this 4-star hotel has survived the test of time while maintaining its quintessential charm. While the exterior may give off an old-world vibe, the interior is full of modern-day features, from contemporary rooms to a cutting-edge fitness center.

Guests can indulge in delicious English fares at The Refectory Kitchen and Terrace and an authentic British high tea at the Garden Room.

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Andrew

Andrew
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York Minster York Minster

Less than a 15-minute walk from this hotel is York Minster, one of York's most extraordinary and stunning landmarks. It was finished in 1472 and stands as the tallest building in the city.

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Principal York This is a Proud Certified property where you can be extra sure of a welcoming stay.

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Station Road

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

3. Middletons (from USD 95)

If you love accommodations with character and history, Middletons is the perfect hotel for you. Set in dreamy landscaped grounds is a cluster of Grade II and Grade II* historic structures under Middletons. The six buildings include Georgian townhouses, an old hospital, a sawmill, and a factory, and each has a story to tell.

While this 4-star hotel exudes an old-world charm, it is full of modern-day conveniences that the new generation will appreciate. It offers stylish rooms with rustic details, accessible internet throughout the property, a British restaurant, and a fitness center.

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Middletons

Wifi Available

Address: City Centre, 55-57 Skeldergate

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

4. Judge's Lodging (from USD 188)

Located within walking distance of York Minster, Judge’s Lodging is a centrally located Pinterest-worthy hotel nestled in a Grade I-listed Georgian structure that dates back to the early 1700s. Its name is rooted in its humble beginnings in the early 19th century when it used to accommodate judges on work-related commitments in York Castle’s Assize Courts.

At present time, this 5-star hotel features 21 stylish accommodations, on-site dining, and a lovely private courtyard.

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Judge's Lodging

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: City Centre, 9 Lendal

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry

5. The Grand, York (from USD 241)

Overlooking York Minster, The Grand is one of the most tourist-friendly hotels in the walled city. This luxurious 107-bedroom property exudes a sophisticated turn-of-the-century opulence, from its impressive Georgian architecture to its original high ceilings from 1906. Offering elegant function rooms, this 5-star hotel is not only an upscale retreat but also an ideal venue for special occasions.

The Grand also boasts an opulent spa, a swimming pool, a fitness center, an AA Rosette on-site dining named The Rise Restaurant, and a cooking school.

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The Grand, York

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: City Centre, Station Rise

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

6. Guy Fawkes Inn (from USD 222)

Guy Fawkes Inn is a short stroll away from the majestic York Minister, making it an ideal vacation home for tourists, especially first-time travelers. It is an Instagram-worthy property set in a historic Georgian townhouse. The name pays homage to the famous English conspirator named Guido Fawkes, also called Guy Fawkes, who was born on the exact spot where the hotel stands at present.

Besides stylish en-suite bedrooms, an AA Rosette restaurant, and accessible parking, what makes Guy Fawkes Inn even more suitable for tourists are the free guided walking tours it offers.

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Guy Fawkes Inn

Address: 25 High Petergate, York City Center, York, United Kingdom, YO1 7HP

Discover the history of York

York is a lovely city with an old-world charm and historical landmarks one should see once or twice in their lifetime. It is a fantastic destination for tourists, especially couples on a romantic getaway. More so, you’ll find plenty of picturesque historic hotels on this side of England, ready to make your holiday even more memorable.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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