York is the perfect place to escape for a couple of days away. Think charming, medieval cobbled streets, one-of-a-kind boutique shops, and so much tasty food to sample- you’ll never want to leave! Small enough to explore on foot, York city breaks have something for everyone. For history lovers, there is the immersive JORVIK Viking Centre, and the York Castle Museum. For those looking for a little more relaxation, you can try afternoon tea at the iconic Betty’s Tearoom, and a stroll by the river.
Wheelwrights have properties all over York, from historic Micklegate, to the Minster Precinct. We have many different types of historic holiday homes in York, from small holiday apartments perfect for couples’ breaks to large properties ideal for group or family weekends away in York.
Have you been inspired to book a York mini break? Browse our selection of premium holiday homes below, to explore everything that York has to offer from your doorstep.
Here at Wheelwrights York, we have a selection of charming, historic holiday homes located throughout York. Whether you want to come for two, three or four nights, we have properties available for York short breaks.
Looking to bring your four-legged friend on your York weekend away? Browse our selection of pet-friendly properties to find the perfect home and away from home for you and your pet. Whether you want a sleek apartment or a traditional property, we will have a dog-friendly holiday home to suit you.
Bringing the whole brood away on your York city break? We have plenty of family-friendly holiday homes in fabulous, central York locations for you to enjoy on your York mini break. Whether it’s a garden or multiple bathrooms that float your boat, we have family-friendly historical holiday homes that are perfect for family getaways. After all, what’s better than enjoying some quality time together, in one of the most stunning cities in the UK?
It’s no wonder that York weekends away are becoming more and more popular. York is an ideal city to explore in a weekend, whether it’s a girl’s weekend away, romantic trip, or a family get together. Our historical properties are ideal for weekend breaks, whether you’re making it a luxurious long weekend, or just looking for overnight stays in York.
Want the city to yourselves? Mid-week is a great time for York short stays, as it is quieter, so you’ll have more time and space to explore, especially at peak times like during the summer and near Christmas. Enjoy competitive rents on our charming holiday homes for mid-week stays.
If you haven’t had time to book your weekend away in York in advance, not to worry! We have plenty of holiday homes in the centre of York that are available to book for last-minute short stays, whatever time of year you’re looking to visit. more...
You’ll be spoilt for choice of incredible things to do whilst on your weekend in York. Spend the morning discovering York’s unique and interesting past, spend the afternoon browsing the eclectic shops of the shambles, and spend the evening sampling some of the best food that Yorkshire has to offer.
The iconic spires of York Minster are recognisable everywhere. The beautiful building is York’s most famous landmark and has been at the heart of Christianity in Yorkshire since the 7th century. When you visit on your weekend away in York, you’ll be able to join an expert-led guided tour showing the highlights of this historic building.
Climb the 275 steps up to the central tower to discover incredible views across York city. If you fancy a bit more, why not book a Hidden Minster Tour, to explore the secret parts of the Minster that the public doesn’t usually see, like Chapter House and Old Mason’s Loft?
Be transported back in time to Viking Age York in the 10th century, with an interactive experience including authentic sights, sounds, and even smells from the period! Featuring a ride around a bustling recreation of the cultural melting pot that was York in the Viking period, visiting the JORVIK Viking Centre is like no other museum experience!
You’ll also be able to gasp in awe at the beautifully preserved artefacts, and Viking ruins that were discovered on the museum site in the 1970s and 80s.
It’s always full steam ahead at the National Railway Museum, where kids and adults alike will be entranced by the world-changing inventions that are on the show. From the ‘Rocket’ to the world’s fastest steam locomotive, the ‘Mallard’, you will wander through the great hall in awe of the powerful steam trains that have shaped railway history in the UK.
There are plenty of interactive exhibits for kids, plus a miniature railway, and indoor and outdoor play areas. Adults can also stay entertained, relaxing in the Great Hall Café, or browsing the gift shop.
A York mini break isn’t complete without a stroll down The Shambles, the most famous street in York. One of the best-preserved medieval streets in Europe, it’s even mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086!
Once a street full of butcher’s shops, now home to boutique independent shops such as Monk Bar Chocolatiers and York Ghost Story. When you’ve finished browsing the shops, head over to the York Roast Co for a delicious Yorkshire Pudding Wrap.
This award-winning brasserie is perfect for a summertime evening drink on the terrace overlooking the river, or a mouthwatering three-course meal inside- whatever you fancy on your York city break. Located just next to the Museum Gardens, the menu offers tasty seasonal delights and local produce such as Thyme Roasted Breasts of Rievaulx Shot Partridge, and Pan Roasted Loin of North Sea Cod. Enjoy!
Relax and rewind in this dog-friendly café that champions produce local to York. Head on over to Mickelgate to discover this coffee shop and art space, and eat your fill of handmade produce like pastries, sandwiches, freshly baked bread and more. The owners even grow their own herbs and flowers to season the café’s food on their arable farm on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Fancy some tasty food, in a modern, trendy setting during your York city break? Look no further than Spark, a collective of Yorkshire traders, located in repurposed storage containers. From Spritz, York’s first exclusive Spritz Cocktail bar, to ‘El Rayo Vegan Catina’ serving 100% plant-based Mexican-inspired cuisine, to buttermilk fried chicken burgers, Sicilian street food and much, much more!
It doesn’t get much more traditional than the medieval inn where Guy Fawkes, of the famous ‘gunpowder plot’, was born! The AA Rosette restaurant is classic and cosy, with a modern finish, serving up some amazing British food. If you pop in in the afternoon, before 5 pm, you can try the Conspirator’s Menu, which offers two, or three courses, from just £15.
Featured in the Michelin Guide, The Rattle Owl serves up some of the best food in York. Situated in a grade-II listed, 17th-century building, a meal there is truly something special. Their seasonal menu features the best of local, sustainable, produce, in the form of a four-course, and an eight-course tasting menu. A great option if your York weekend away coincides with a special occasion that you want to celebrate!