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Shopping in Leeds

If York’s world class shopping is not quite enough for you, Leeds is just a 25 minute train ride away. With its compact city centre which is perfectly walkable, the city is a shopper’s paradise. Named the best shopping destination in the UK by the rough guide to Britain, Leeds City Centre has over 1,000 shops. Wonderfully diverse, Leeds combines quirky boutiques with high-end luxury and the big name high street brands, so there really is something for everyone.

Trinity Leeds

Housed under a giant iconic glass roof, Trinity Leeds is located in the heart of the city between Briggate and Albion Street. Covering 3 floors and open 7 days a week, Trinity is home to over 120 shops, bars and restaurants. You can shop late night until 8pm from Monday – Saturday and then go on to enjoy dinner and a drink at over 20 superb bars and restaurants late into the night.

Kirkgate Market

Shopping in the city isn’t complete without a visit to Leeds’ historic Kirkgate Market. Leeds Kirkgate Market, part of which is a Grade I listed building dating from 1875, is one of the largest covered markets in Europe and is open 6 days a week.

Designer Shops

If you’re looking for luxury buys, head to Victoria Leeds. Victoria Leeds is home to both Victoria Quarter and Leeds’ newest retail destination Victoria Gate. Victoria Quarter is the place to go for luxury buys, as a designer destination bathed in Victorian splendour.

Independent Boutiques

If you want one off fashion pieces, vintage delights and quirky gifts then head to the Corn Exchange.The beautiful Grade I listed building is home to a wide range of choice independent retailers and tasty eateries and also regularly hosts vintage markets and record fairs.

Christmas Shopping in York 2016

Christmas in York is a magical experience. Often touted as the UK’s capital of Christmas York has world class shopping, festive markets a range of independent food shops and eateries. Wander through the vibrant street markets with hot mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, or take in a captivating carol concert in a historic venue.

Every Christmas, York is transformed into a winter wonderland with events and attractions for all the family. Our city-centre location makes us ideally situated for guests to enjoy all York has to offer.

Don’t delay! book now to avoid disappointment.

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Autumn Half Term 2016

Taking a break at October half term (Fri 21 Oct – Sun 30 Oct) is the last chance many families will have for a holiday in 2016. Escape to York for sightseeing, shopping and entertainment.

Clifford’s Tower lit up as part of the Illuminating York festival

There’s a crispness to the autumn air, Christmas is getting closer and the shops are already packed with festive goods. York is a magical time at this time of year with plenty to do for all the family.

Attractions & Events

York Maze – Presents Halloween

Spooky family fun awaits at York Maze this Halloween. Open for a week over October half term as Yorkshire’s award-winning family Halloween event. Don’t miss the Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt – just one of over 20 Halloween attractions rides and shows, plus every child gets a FREE pumpkin!

Hallowscream at York Maze

A terrifyingly entertaining night of fear and fun with 5 separate live action haunted house attractions. Serving a wide range of food and drink, along with a zombie themed exit bar, where you can get an alcoholic drink after the event to calm your nerves! Recommended for persons over the age of 14. Open selected nights 14th -31st October 2016.

Future Engineers at the York National Railway Museum

Half term for a fun with an interactive family experience that invites you to help shape the railways of tomorrow.

York Dungeons

Feeling brave? The York Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction that takes you back to York’s darkest history – and you’ll encounter some frighteningly funny characters on the way.

Illuminating York

Wed 26 October – Sat 29 October 2016. Discover York in a new light! Now in its 11th year, the Festival was one of the first of its kind in the UK and it continues to pursue new ways of showing this beautiful historic city.


DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!


Battle of Stamford Bridge Show

24th & 25th Sep 2016 – A fantastic family day out commemorating 950th anniversary of the Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066.

A Brief History

In 1066 the English King Harold Godwinson fought and defeated a huge Viking army here at Stamford Bridge. Although history recalls how Harold lost at Hastings 19 days later; the significance and scale of this battle should not be underestimated, nor the efforts made by King Harold to bring an army here from London (marching 180 miles in 5 days). All this without proper roads or transport – unbelievable even by today’s standards!

Battle of Standford Bridge
Painting of the Battle of Stamford Bridge by Peter Nicolai Arbo (1870), depicting Norwegian King Harald Hardrada hit in the neck by an arrow

The battle has traditionally been presented as symbolising the end of the Viking Age, although major Scandinavian campaigns in Britain and Ireland occurred in the following decades

Sample of Events:

  • Battle reenactment
  • Falconry Displays
  • Weapons Training & Displays
  • Food Demos
  • Stories
  • Archery
  • Music
  • Kings Court

A complete list of events and more info can be found at: stamfordbridge1066.org.uk

The Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society

The 950th anniversary event is organised by The Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society (BOSBHS) who’s aims are to commemorate, celebrate and promote the Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066 and the Viking and Saxon era of 8-11th Century. The society has recently expanded it’s aims to examine the history, archaeology and social events of Stamford Bridge as a whole.

The society holds monthly talks and meetings throughout the year as well as attending many local events, often in period costume. Major projects include the creation of “The Stamford Bridge Tapestry” to rival those of Bayeux and Fulford and an exploration of the archaeology of Stamford Bridge.

Family Activities in York this Summer

School is almost out for summer! keep the kids entertained with these exciting activities and attractions.

jorvik on tour


Three of York’s iconic venues will play host to a series of special exhibitions celebrating the continued impact of the Vikings.

More details: jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk


great yorkshire fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe (Fri 15 Jul – Mon 1 Aug 2016)

Delivering the very best of comedians, music and family entertainment from all over the world to the centre of York.

More details: greatyorkshirefringe.com


fossgate festival

Fossgate’s Sunday Festivals

A unique way to experience York city life and enjoy Fossgate’s family friendly, continental-style street atmosphere.

More details: facebook.com/fossgate


thunder day

August Thunder Day (Sun 7 Aug 2016)

See a collection of historic aircraft and engines turn to life at the Yorkshire Air Musueum and recall how big piston engines and Cold War jets used to sound!

More details: yorkshireairmuseum.org/event/august-thunder-day/


flying scotsman

Flying Scotsman Season

A season of events and activities at the National Railway Museum to celebrat the fame and celebrity of locomotive legend Flying Scotsman

More details: flyingscotsman.org.uk


toy stories

Toy Stories

Bikes, bath toys, computer games, Lego and beautiful hand made dolls, are among the toys from the last 150 years on show at the York Castle Museum.

More details: yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk



Chocolate Model Making

Create your own chocolate model at York Cocoa House that you can paint and decorate beautifully with edible chocolate paints and sweets.

More details: yorkcocoahouse.co.uk


museum gardens

SASH Summer Picnic (Sun 24 Jul 2016)

Superhero’s, games, entertainment, picnic’s…what more could you want?

More details: sash-uk.org.uk/sash-summer-picnic/


sherlock holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Fri 29 Jul – Sat 27 Aug 2016)

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Prepare to be entertained as never before this summer! Be astounded as our lightning-fast troupe of Victorian travelling actor-musicians turn horror into howling comedy, full of quick-fire wit, tongue-in-cheek humour and physical slapstick.

More details: yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Back by popular demand… The Family Room

family room

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of our Family Room. The perfect accommodation for families with children visiting York.

Featuring a double bedroom with ensuite shower room and adjoining children’s room with two single beds.

Our family room must be book exclusively by phone. Call us on 01904 655 947 for full details.

More details and photos coming soon, please check the family room page for updates.

Award Winning Family Accommodation

We recently were voted the ‘Best Family Friendly B&B Accommodation’ in York at the Little Viking Awards 2016.

Easter 2016 in York

Easter School Holidays: Friday 25 March 2016 to Sunday 10 April 2016

Enjoy a fun packed Easter in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities!

Daffodils York city walls

Daffodils beneath the York City Walls

Visitor attractions in York go all out at Easter, with a host of crowd pulling events. Parliament Street will host the annual Easter Crafts and Food Fayre, while the Lord Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt promises a city-wide quest for chocolate lovers!

What’s on this Easter:

  • York Minster Mystery Playsthe biggest event ever staged at York Minster and one of the biggest event coming to York in 2016
  • Create at the Castle! – Easter-themed family arts and crafts activities at York Castle Museum.
  • Medieval Easter –  Find out how Easter has been celebrated throughout the ages and take part in a special Medieval egg hunt at the Yorkshire Museum.
  • Mad Hatter’s Easter Tea Party – the perfect event for adults and children alike with an abundance of colourful cakes, drink me potions and all things Alice in Wonderland.
  • Easter family craft activities & storytelling – Enjoy a range of family activities at York Minster each Wednesday during the Easter holidays.

Easter dates 2016:

  • Easter school holiday: Friday 25 March 2016 to Sunday 10 April 2016
  • Good Friday: March 25th
  • Easter Sunday: March 27th
  • Easter (bank holiday) Monday: March 28th

Back On Track… The Flying Scotsman

York National Railways Museum is getting set to welcome back a living legend this February… the Flying Scotsman.

Flying Scotsman

After a 10-year restoration, the 1923 locomotive moves to the York National Railway Museum and in March it will be running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30 November 1934.

Mike Kelly, chairman of ELR, said:
“If you think about iconic, great British creations, Flying Scotsman is up there. It is a national treasure. People have been starved for many years of being able to see this beautiful machine in action; I’m sure there will be some emotional scenes when it’s running again.”

York Mystery Plays 2016

26 May – 30 June 2016 – It’s the first time in 16 years and only the second time in their near 700-year history that York Minster has hosted the York Mystery Plays.

York Mystery Plays

What are the Mystery Plays?

Since the 1300s, the York Mystery Plays have entertained residents and visitors to the city, bringing to life the greatest story ever told. For only the second time in their near 700-year history, the Plays will return to York Minster in May 2016 for a breathtaking production of the city’s most famous stories in its most iconic building.

For more information see: yorkminster.org/mysteryplays2016/


JORVIK Viking Festival 2016

A city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage, in the largest Viking festival in Europe! 15th–21st Feb 2016.


A week of festivities this February half term. Join in the action as hundreds of Vikings from all over the world descend on York for the Annual JORVIK Viking Festival. Events include:

  • See a longship kitted out for war
  • Discover the animals the Vikings reared in the city
  • Gather in the Story Tent to hear exciting tales about the famous King Canute
  • Try your hand at a range of fun and historical crafts, games, competitions and activities
  • Have-a-go sword combat
  • Test your strength and dexterity with a series of Viking themed games and challenges

The full festival programme and ticket sales are online at www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk