The Best Hotels Near York Minster

The 13th-century gothic cathedral is one of the top things to see in York
The 13th-century gothic cathedral is one of the top things to see in York | © Kamira / Alamy Stock Photo
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18 August 2021

You can’t visit York without spying its 13th-century gothic cathedral, York Minster. And from atmospheric inns to luxury boutiques, there’s an eclectic range of hotels within an easy stroll of this medieval attraction – bookable on Culture Trip.

The compact historic centre of York, with its ancient city walls, vibrant eateries and assortment of boutiques, is perfect for exploring on foot. Spend the day wandering cobbled alleyways and squeezing down timeworn ginnels before checking into a restful retreat. These convenient yet characterful city centre hotels are within moments of the magnificent cathedral, York Minster.

Dean Court Hotel

Dean Court Hotel
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This handsome red-brick hotel has, without doubt, nabbed the best spot in the city. It’s nestled right next to York Minster, so you can enjoy cathedral views from many of the bedrooms. Stylish suites are perfect for couples on a minibreak, while there are family rooms with sofa beds and bunks for kids. The location of the hotel within the city walls means you’ll be close to the best galleries, restaurants and hostelries on offer.

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Lamb & Lion Inn

Bed and Breakfast
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You’ll find simple, elegant rooms with pretty candelabras and wooden floors inside this Georgian pub. It’s less than a minute from York Minster on foot and next to Bootham Bar – one of the medieval city gates. Take a pew in the surprisingly generous beer garden out the back and enjoy smart British classics, such as rump of lamb with a shallot and caper relish followed by sticky toffee pudding, while admiring the Minster views.

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Guy Fawkes Inn

Guy Fawkes Inn
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That most infamous gunpowder plotter, Guy Fawkes, was born at this very spot. Now a 13-bedroomed inn, the wonky timber staircase and low gas lamp lighting add to the sense of history without being overdone. Antique furniture sits against a backdrop of bold blues and dark pinks in the bedrooms, some of which look out over the Minster. The courtyard is a good place for well-presented pub grub and a pint of local ale.
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Galtres Lodge

Lodge, Hotel
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Bang in the middle of the cafe quarter of the city and moments from the Minster is Galtres Lodge. Inside are 12 restful bedrooms featuring romantic wooden beams and fireplaces. However, it’s the hotel restaurant that’s the real showstopper. Here, pretty period features are combined with a leafy living wall and contemporary lighting. It’s a fun spot for dinner or a signature afternoon tea, where creative courses are paired with fragrant brews.

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The Judge's Lodging

Boutique Hotel
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As the name suggests, this smart townhouse was once a place where visiting judges laid their heads. Now, it’s a handsome hotel complete with wooden spiral staircase and two distinctive bars. The individually designed rooms range from cosy doubles to larger feature rooms that work well for families. Its position between York Minster and the River Ouse means it’s ideal for those who want to be at the heart of the city hubbub.

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  • Jorvik House

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    Pared-back Scandi chic and mid-century design classics may not be what you’d expect when arriving at this 1750s townhouse. The hotel decor, and the name, are a nod to the Viking past of the city (those Scandinavian invaders called the city Jorvik). Ready to explore nearby gardens and cobbled snickelways? Order a breakfast bag to go. Alternatively, you’re close to independent coffee shop Brew & Brownie, where you can enjoy eggs benedict and a flat white.
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    Minster Hotel

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    A couple of minutes’ walk from York Minster along charismatic Bootham brings you to this Victorian hotel with free off-street parking. Some bedrooms include four-posters, while others have a family-pleasing combination of a double and two singles. Pretty, colourful fabrics add to the charm. Start the day with a full English breakfast, cooked to order, and end it in the bar with a glass of red in hand.

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    Judges Court Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
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    With its secret courtyard location, eccentric wallpapers and bespoke furniture, there’s no shortage of personality at Judges Court. There’s no lack of comfort, either: all rooms contain a Roberts radio, Nespresso machine, handmade biscuits and rain showers. Standing within the city walls, handy for shops and bars, this four-storey townhouse places you at the heart of the action.

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    The Grand Hotel

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    Looking for a high-end sanctuary? This glamorous five-star hotel, a short stroll from the station and the cathedral, knows how to deliver. Cheerful staff including a helpful concierge make for a smooth arrival, while the well-proportioned rooms provide the perfect base to unwind. Further relaxation is available in the hotel spa, with its treatment parlours, steam room and pool. Sink into a high-backed lounger in the stylish 1906 Bar and select from its creative cocktail or extensive whiskey menus.

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    The Churchill Hotel

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    At the Churchill, fun contemporary design is combined with dashing period features. Choose from family rooms and generous suites; couples may prefer the atmospheric bunker rooms with vaulted ceilings and seating areas. The high-ceilinged brasserie serves British food made from fresh Yorkshire produce; head to the large beer garden for wood-fired pizza and sharing platters. The city walls and Minster are a short stroll away.
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    Looking for more? Discover the top reasons why you should visit York and get ready for your next adventure. Enjoy a cosy stay at one of the best B&Bs in York or a perfect couples’ getaway at one of the most romantic hotels in York. After ticking off all the main attractions of your bucket list, find some peace and quiet at the most beautiful parks in and around York.

    These recommendations were updated on August 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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