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York - did you know....?

1.The Shambles is thought to be Europe’s oldest shopping street

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


Local attractions

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! 

Journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets as they would have been 1000 years ago. JORVIK Viking Centre also offers four exciting exhibitions and the chance to actually come face to face with a ‘Viking’. The centre is one of the most popular tourist attractions outside of London. Click Jorvik Viking Museum to  find out more information 

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

Take yourself on a Victorian discovery and venture into the new-look Victorian Street which gives you a colourful insight into the real lives of York’s residents more than 100 years ago. York Castle Museum is   and is a firm favourite for all the family this is a trip back in time not to be missed. To find out more click York Castle Museum

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 - Open again School Summer holidays 2015!

It is the largest maze in Britain, and one of the largest mazes in the world.The giant “maize maze” is a living growing maze made from over 1 million maize plants, and it covers an area larger than 10 Wembley football pitches!!

But there is so much more to enjoy than a maze....the cobstacle course, jumping pillow, inflatable slide, bale mountain, the maze of illusions, Kernel Kernel's house of cornfusion, crow mania, water wars, pig racing, sand & water play, crazy mazy golf, the list is endless!!!...... Check out their website for more information  York Maze

9. York Dungeons

The York Dungeon invites you to delve into the City’s most horrible history. Come face to face with live actors, experience interactive shows and special effects as you’re transported back to those black, bleak times. Not for the faint hearted! Find out more here York Dungeons

10.York Boat

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


York Pass

YORK PASS - Over 30 top York attractions for one great price!

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  


Yorvik Viking Festival- Sat 14th - Sun 22nd February 

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 

York Race Fixtures 2015

Wed 13th - Fri 15th May  - Dante Festival

Sat 30th May - May Spring Meeting

Fri 12th  - Sat 13th June - June Race Meeting

Fri 10th - Sat 11th July - John Smith's Cup Meeting

Fri 24th - Sat 25th July - Music Showcase Weekend 

Wed 19th - Sat 22nd August - Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival

Sun 6th September - The Press Family Raceday

Friday 9th - Sat 10th October - October Finale!

York Food & Drink Festival -  6th & 7th June  & 18th -27th September

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

Illuminating York  28th Oct -31st Oct

October 2015 sees the 11th return of Illuminating York, the cutting edge annual digital arts and lighting festival which invites visitors to discover York in a new light. More information will follow soon at

St Nicholas Fayre 27th Nov to 20th Dec (Dates tbc)

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.


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 Inn25 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? 


York City Centre.

Only minutes from us York's City Centre offers an enchanting mix of high street and boutique 

shops. Great restaurants and cafes line cobbled streets and rivers and pedestrianized 

areas make is a joy to explore. Beautiful gardens, local events and historical landmarks make 

York city centre a truly unique shopping experience one that you'll want to return to time 

and time again!

Vangarde Shopping Park

Opened in April 2014 this outstanding retail park is on the outskirts of York in Huntington only 10 minutes 

away from the hotel (next to Monks Cross). John Lewis & Next are joined by the region's largest M&S,  Open

 7 days a week, Mon-Fri 9.00 -20.00, Sat 9.00 -19.00, Sun 10.00 - 17.00. A selection of restaurants are

 also available, Costa, Ed's Easy Diner, Frankie & Benny's, Giraffe, Nandos, Prezzo. For those of you using a 

sat nav the postcode is YO32 9AE, for more information visit Vangarde Shopping Park 

Monks Cross 

If you're looking for big high street names with free accessible parking then Monks Cross is 

worth a visit.Enjoy late night shopping EVERY WEEKDAY.Located just off the York A1237 ring 

road – YO32 9GX. Open 7 days a week until 8pm on weekdays and 7pm on Saturdays. Free 

wheelchair hire and free babychange facilities make Monks Cross Shopping a stress free 

shopping experience for all. 

Clifton Moor

Just 2 miles out of York's City centre on the A1237 (York's outer ring road) Clifton Moor  

offers a variety of things to entertain you including York's largest cinema Vue,Tenpin 

bowling, Sector 7 and just across the road Creepy Crawlies. There are numerous 

restaurants including Chiquito's, Frankie & Benny's, Harvester, Burger King & McDonald's. 

Shops include Tesco's, B&Q, Mothercare, Toys r us and many more. 

York Designer Outlet

Just 4 miles south of York on the A64/A19 interchange you'll find York Designer Outlet. Over 

115 top brand stores including White stuff, Gap, Fossil, Coast, LK Bennet offer tax free 

shopping with discounts of up to 60%. Parking is free and they have a great under cover play 

area for the kids and a good food court which includes Pizza Express and Pret A Manger

Parking is free and the shops are open Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00 Open till 20:00 on Thurs Open Sun 

10:00-17:00 Some of the larger shops open at 11am on Sundays Christmas hours can vary each 

year.Also accessible by Public Transport.