Culture and history combine on this fascinating, ancient York street. Once the main entrance into the medieval city of York for travellers coming from the South, Micklegate originally meant ‘Great Street’. Accessed through the iconic, stone Micklegate Bar, it is still a great, bustling street today, with its proximity to the York city attractions, and its many restaurants, cafes, shops and bars to enjoy. However, there are also delightful pockets of peace and quiet to be found here, tucked away from the tourist hotspots.
If you’re arriving in York by train, it’s an easy 10-minute walk to our Micklegate historic apartments, via Station Road, and Rougier Street. Or if you’re driving to your York city break, Micklegate is easily reached from the A1036 which leads into the city centre from the West. Therefore, it’s easy to access for travellers coming from Leeds via the A64, including if you’re flying into Leeds Bradford Airport.
Browse our range of York holiday homes on Micklegate today:
Whether you’re looking for an idyllic apartment for two on a romantic getaway, or group accommodation for a family break, we have plenty of different Micklegate properties to choose from. If you can only come to York for a short break, no need to worry, as many of our holiday homes in this beautiful street are available to book for only a few days.
Want to book a spontaneous getaway? Micklegate is the place, as we have several holiday lets here that are available for last-minute breaks. Many of our historic holiday homes here are also available to book for seasonal stays, at Christmas, Easter or during the Summer.
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This storied street is without a doubt one of the most historic roads in York. Not only was it a major merchant trade route and entrance to the city for travellers on their way from London to Scotland, Micklegate also housed some of the wealthiest residents of York. Their medieval mansions are now gone, but the smart, Georgian-fronted houses that replaced them are equally lovely to take in. You can also visit two medieval churches on the street, St John’s and Holy Trinity.
Whilst staying here, you’d be missing out if you didn’t stroll under Micklegate Bar. Make sure to gaze up at the incredible stone craftsmanship of this royal arch. So-called because it’s the traditional entrance for royals entering the city; indeed, at least 6 reigning monarchs have passed through the gate! It’s custom for the monarch to stop at the gate, and ask the Lord Mayor’s permission to enter the city, before carrying on.
You won’t go hungry here, as the street is home to plenty of fabulous restaurants and cafes to grab a bite at. For the best brunch, and mouth-watering cakes, stop at Partisan. You can even stay above this charming café, in one of our historic apartments! If you’re craving a cup of coffee in a chilled atmosphere, head to the FortyFive Vinyl Café, where you can bag some rare vinyl as well as a cuppa.
If it’s fine dining you’re after, you’re in luck as there is not one, not two, but three Michelin restaurants on Micklegate! For the freshest seasonal produce, and the finest fish in a cosy bistro setting, try Fish and Forest. For inventive small plates that combine exciting flavours, Skosh is the place to go. And if you want to indulge in a tasting menu experience that will leave you wowed- don’t miss an unforgettable meal at The Rattle Owl.
There’s no shortage of places to grab a cold pint, craft gin, or fruity cocktail here. If you want to go to the pub, try The Priory for a laidback pint, or the Tank & Paddle on the way to the city centre, who offer bottomless brunch. For beer aficionados, there’s no better place than Brewdog York, where you can also bag a tasty pizza to boot. For something to please everyone, Micklegate Social is a trendy spot with outdoor seating, that also hosts regular events. To carry on the night in style, the cocktail bar Jalou is the place to be if you’re looking to stay out late.
This historic street is peppered with eclectic boutiques to browse. For book lovers, there’s Lucius Books which sells rare literary finds, plus Amnesty Books and Oxfam Books where you can be sure to find a bargain read. If you want to buy some quality coffee, stop by Divine Coffee Roasters, who roast their speciality blends every Wednesday. There’s also Cox’s Leather Shop which sells all kinds of hand-crafted leather goods, and Graybear, which stocks one-of-a-kind vintage antiques.
Micklegate is the perfect place to explore York from. From the doorstep of your self-catering property, you can see the sights in no time. The medieval city walls, which you can have a lovely walk around the city on, can be accessed via Micklegate Bar. Or you can take a stroll down to the River Ouse at the city centre end of the street. Venture a few minutes further and you can learn more about York’s history at the newly renovated Clifford’s Tower and the nearby York Castle Museum.
Convinced that Micklegate is the place to stay in York? Book one of our luxury holiday apartments or historic townhouses featured above to explore this famous street, and all of York, to your heart’s content.
Need more information about one of our Micklegate properties? Don’t hesitate to contact our York team on 01904 228007.