York breaks – a charming family weekend

Historic city of York for a weekend family break

York Family Holiday - city view

York city view with the mediaeval gate, tower and York Minster in the background

If you love history, York breaks provide a great option of a short family holiday. York is a walled city that traces its roots to the Roman era. The famous York Minster is a must visit, taking time to enjoy a walk around this charming city and on the river banks, looking into shops makes it an idyllic short family holiday in the UK.

York Breaks - York Minster
York Breaks - York Minster
What to do?

What to Do in York

During a short breaks to York, here are some of the things to do:

York Minster- with a history of 2000 years and the only cathedral in England with a museum, a visit of York begins with a visit to York Minster. Tickets for the Minster & Tower are £15 for adults and £5 for children (8-16).

Clifford’s Tower is what remains of the York castle and provides magnificent views over York. Ticket prices – adult £4.40, children, £2.60

National Railway Museum – considered the world’s greatest railway museum is a must visit with family. Entry is free

York’s Chocolate Story – a guided tour of York’s history with chocolates, another must visit. Adults £10, children £8.50

Goddards House & Garden – Home of the Terry family enjoy both indoors and outdoors. Adults £5.00, children £2.50

York Boat – a trip on the river Ouse for photographs of the beautiful scenery and buildings. Adults £8.00 and children £4.00

Walk the cobbled streets and explore the shops – free

Getting there

Getting To York

Get there by Car

Get there by Bus

Get there by Train

Hotels and BB

Where to Stay in York


Independent Hotels/B&Bs



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YHA York

Hostel costs from £55 for a family of 4 per night in a quadruple room

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Old Grey Mare

Pub with Accommodation varies from £80-120 for a family room per night

Premier Inn

Hotel costs £80-120 per night depending on the season for a family room

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Grays Court Hotel 

Hotel from £360 per night for a family of 4.

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For more choices of places to stay in York, click here.

York breaks work in any of the seasons - attend a service over Christmas & New Year or Easter or just an ordinary Sunday in the summer. 

Looking for other alternates for weekends away? Why not consider Liverpool? ​