Where to stroll, shop, sip and stay for the ultimate whimsical winter weekend in York.


The Mount Royale: This unique hotel is only a short walk from the centre of York. Every luxury bedroom is different, with charm and character oozing through the decor and furnishings. In the centre of our sumptuous suite stands a stunning four-poster bed, furnished with quirky lamps and vases. As a whole, the hotel feels honest and homely, and this is down to the very welcoming staff, who ensure great service right from check in, through to dinner and breakfast. Foodies are in for a treat here as the hotel is home to Oxo’s Restaurant.

The food is beautifully presented with flavour to match in a not too formal setting, and the menu has good variety with something for everyone. We’d recommend the rump of English lamb as a main course – delicious. Again, excellent service with the friendliest of staff who are on hand whenever you need them. A lovely evening finished off in front of the open fire in the hotel bar. Just perfect.

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The Ivy, St Helen’s Square: The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is located in the heart of York and serves modern British classic dishes. Stylish and sophisticated with a relaxed dining experience. The interior is beautifully decorated, accompanied by amazing food and drinks that makes for a fabulous dining experience.

Le Cochon AveugleIf a tasting menu is a treat for you, a visit to Le Cochon Aveugle is an absolute must. Serving small plates of contemporary European cuisine, the menu finds its feet from classical French techniques, and showcases some of the best produce available in the area. In the hands of chef Josh Overington, foodies are served a blind tasting menu that exceeds expectations every time.

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Located next to York train station, it is almost impossible to not pop in to Chapter House and have a drink whilst waiting for the train you’re about to miss now you’ve stumbled upon this gem. A personal favourite is the Yorkshire negroni, which replaces the classic London dry gin with Slingsby rhubarb gin, making the drink a softer, floral infusion and a lot more approachable compared to its bitter big brother.

Evil Eye went viral after being in the Guinness Book of Records for ‘Most Varieties of Gin Commercially Available’, with over 1,000 different types of gins on offer. Upstairs, it’s a shop, but head through a secret door and you’ll find yourself in a little speakeasy, serving the coolest cocktails in the city. If you have a passion for gin, Evil Eye’s Gin Shop is the place for you.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and with that comes a trip to the York Christmas Festival. Packed with stalls, sips and seasonal goodies, it’s the perfect family-friendly day out for festivities in York city centre. St Nicholas Fair lines the city’s streets with twinkling lights and wooden chalets offering unique gifts and homemade crafts, wines and cheeses. Scents of hot mulled wine and roasted chestnuts fill the air as you browse the festive fair. This Christmas, York is the perfect destination to begin your Christmas adventure.

For something a little less festive, but equally as fun and intriguing, visit York Dungeons. Take some take to journey back into the horrible history of York this December. The Dungeons creates an educational and exciting walkthrough experience full of special-effects, immersive sets and horrible characters. You can see, hear, feel and smell legendary characters from the Vikings through to Guy Fawkes.

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