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Why York Deserves the Top Spot for Staycations: The YorGuest Perspective

Written by Lorraine Wilson, YorGuest’s Managing Director on 30 May 2024

Hold the phone, everyone! According to Which? Magazine, York has been ranked as the second-best place for a staycation in the UK. Well, we think they’ve got it wrong. York should have clinched the top spot, hands down! Allow us to tell you why our beloved city should be your number one staycation destination.

Discover York's Unique Independent Scene

Nowt beats York when it comes to quirky independent shops, bars, and coffee shops. The Shambles Market is a treasure trove of local crafts, artisanal goods, and fresh produce. Wander down Fossgate and Walmgate for a delightful mix of boutiques and vintage stores. You’re bound to find summat special.
Our coffee shops? They’re the bee’s knees. From the aromatic brews at Spring Espresso to the cosy vibes at Gatehouse Coffee, each spot offers a unique experience. And when the sun sets, York’s independent bars come alive. The House of the Trembling Madness serves craft beers in a medieval setting, while Evil Eye Lounge offers exotic cocktails with a side of mystery.

Get Lost in the Snickleways

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One of York’s hidden gems is its snickleways – a network of narrow alleys and lanes that weave through the city. These charming pathways, with names like Mad Alice Lane and Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, are perfect for a leisurely stroll. They lead you to secret courtyards, hidden gardens, and unexpected historic sites. Exploring the snickleways is like stepping into a storybook, each turn revealing a new adventure.

Experience the Spooky Side

For those who love a good thrill, York’s ghost tours are a must. As one of the most haunted cities in Europe, York offers spine-tingling tours that take you through its eerie past. Whether you choose the Original Ghost Walk of York or the Bloody Tour of York, you’ll hear tales of restless spirits, haunted pubs, and mysterious happenings. And let’s not forget the crazy and absolutely hilarious ghost bus – a double-decker bus that takes you on a tour around York, sharing lots of fascinating and very funny stories. It’s a spooky ride you won’t forget!

Famous Attractions? We’ve Got Those Too!

And let’s not forget all the famous things York has to offer. Sure, we have the York Art Gallery, York Minster, the Bar Walls, Clifford’s Tower, and the National Railway Museum – but we won’t go on about those. You probably already know how incredible they are. Instead, we invite you to experience the heart and soul of York through its vibrant independent scene and hidden pathways.

Why Settle for Second?

We might have been ranked second, but we know we’re first in your hearts (and should be on that list too!). So, why not come see for yourself why York deserves the top spot? We’re here to make your staycation unforgettable.

Book Direct to Save

Ready to experience York like a true insider? Book directly with YorGuest to save on your stay. Skip the middleman, get the best deals, and enjoy personalised service that makes your stay truly special.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your York staycation today. Because, trust us, once you’re here, you’ll see why York isn’t just second best – it’s simply the best.

Book your stay with YorGuest now and save!

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