With its iconic stone towers, York Minster, completed in the 15th century, is the jewel in the crown of this beautiful city. The district surrounding the cathedral has always been the historic centre of York, and its winding cobbled streets are full of stories to discover. As well as soaking up the history, you can also relish precious moments of peace and quiet here, as Dean’s Park and the nearby Museum Gardens are some of the loveliest green spaces in York.
This charming district is also right next to the main shopping streets like Stonegate, where you’ll find lots of independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. You are also just a few minutes away from other significant York landmarks like The Shambles.
Smack bang in the middle of York, our holiday properties in the Minster Precinct are perfectly placed so you can easily explore the city centre. A 15-minute walk from the train station, the district is well-connected and easy to reach when travelling to the city. If you’re arriving at your York city break by car, the A19 connects the Minster Precinct with York’s outer ring road, which links the city with Leeds and the south.
Browse our selection of self-catering holiday homes in the Minster Precinct, York:
Looking for group accommodation to enjoy a fabulous break with all your friends? Our Minster Precinct holiday rentals can accommodate up to 7 guests per house so are ideal for group or family breaks. They are also pet friendly, so you can enjoy all the joys York offers with your furry friend in tow.
Not booked in advance? No worries, as a selection of properties here can be booked with short notice, for last-minute breaks! We also have availability for guests looking to stay in this wonderful area during the peak seasons, like Christmas, Easter and the summer holidays. You can also come and stay for just a few days, as some of our properties in this location are available to book from short breaks.more...
Everywhere you turn in this ancient district, you’ll find something interesting to discover. First of all, you can’t miss a visit inside the Minster, as its interiors are just as spectacular as the exterior. You can either opt for a free guided tour, which run daily or to get an even closer look, book onto one of the ‘Hidden Minster Tours’ where you’ll explore parts of the cathedral that are usually closed to the public.
Just around the corner is the Treasurer’s House, run by the National Trust, which is a delightful 18th-century stone house, full of incredible collections. The house and award-winning gardens can be explored by guided tours in April-October, and are also festively decorated for visitors to marvel at during the Christmas period. What’s more, there’s a cracking café to stop and have some refreshments.
To go back in time even further, pay a visit to Barley Hall, a hidden medieval townhouse which restored to all its former glory when it was discovered behind the façade of a modern building in the 1980s. When you visit, you can learn all about the archaeologists who reclaimed it, and also about the grand owners who used to call it home in the medieval period.
There are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can grab a bite in, and around, the Minster Precinct. The Vintage Rose, directly opposite the Minster, is a family favourite, which serves lovely lunches, tea, coffee and cake. If you book a stay in our Chapter House property, you can even try some delicious Vintage Rose cake from the relaxing surroundings of your holiday home!
For some top-quality comfort food, head to Fancy Hanks where you can tuck into delicious mac & cheese, buttermilk chicken burgers, gumbo, and much more. For a cosy pub atmosphere and mouth-watering traditional British food, pay a visit to the historic Guy Fawkes Inn, where the notorious gun-powder-plot criminal was born.
If you’re after something a little more refined, Forage Bar and Kitchen on Stonegate serves up eclectic, mouth-watering dishes inspired by cuisines from all around the world, in a charming atmosphere. Plus, the cocktails are to die for.
Wander along to 22 Yards Wine Bar to drink your fill of incredible wines, complete with yummy small plates to munch on. If ale is more your thing, you won’t want to miss a trip to the House of Trembling Madness, a quirky medieval alehouse where you can try the very best of local craft beers and ales. For gin and cocktail lovers, Evil Eye is the place to go, with fun interiors and regular events, it always has a good atmosphere.
Staying in York’s Minster Precinct, you’re well placed to step out of your door and immediately experience all the sights and sounds of this unique city. Go to Monk Bar to access the City Walls, a medieval monument that you can walk upon, providing fantastic views of the city centre. Or if you fancy some greenery, stroll along to the nearby Museum Gardens where you can relax overlooking the River Ouse. For a longer walk, continue to the riverside path, where you’ll find lovely views, and the expanse of Clifton Ings to explore.
Inspired to book an unforgettable stay in York’s fascinating Minster Precinct? Book one of our charming, historic properties in this area today.
If you need more information about any of the properties featured on this page or have more questions about the facilities available in this district, don’t hesitate to give our York-based team a ring on 01904 228007.