Destination guide

York is a slice of Ye Olde England

There's nowhere that screams Ye Olde England more than the narrow winding Tudor-lined streets of the Shambles in York, a place encircled by the 13th-century city walls. While much of the UK's historic architecture was destroyed during WWII, York was the only one that managed to retain every inch of its old charm. If you've nabbed a York vacation rental, you can dive into attractions like the Gothic York Minster cathedral and fascinating little museums, or indulge in a little retail therapy. Alternatively, you can drive out for a sunny day on the North York Moors National Park.

Things to do

Dive into Yorkshire's fascinating history

If you're looking to dive headfirst into Yorkshire's history, a good place to start is York Dungeon, which uses a mix of dramatic live storytelling and special effects to create a unique hour-long journey into the past. When you are staying in a York vacation rental, it would be criminal not to visit York Minster, a popular spot for vacationers and often considered one of the world's most beautiful places of worship. Afterwards, it would be a shame to miss Clifford's Tower, a 12th-century castle that sits upon a hill in the center of the city.

Activities

Activities in York to suit every vacationer

If you need a little more excitement than hitting the shops, you've got the whole of Yorkshire and all its national parks and moorland right on your doorstep. If you're looking for all-guns-blazing activities like racing around on 4x4s, throwing yourself out of a plane – with a parachute, of course – or hurtling down through the parks on mountains bikes, Yorkshire's got your covered. Alternatively, for something a little more sedate, you can take gentle walks through the rolling hills, or find a sunny riverside bank to cast in your line, before returning back to your York vacation rental.

Weather

York enjoys Britain's famously fickle weather

The summer season sees the biggest influx of travelers from around the world coming to stay in York vacation rentals and discover a true slice of old England. Though you can never quite tell with British weather, you've got your best chances in the height of summer, between June and August. With high season comes the highest prices, but if you score a rental in one of the shoulder seasons, not only will you save a few bucks, you'll also skip the local attraction queues. Just remember to bring your umbrellas, you'll likely need it here anytime you come.

Natural features

Buzzards, badgers and minke whales near York

Other than the odd pigeon, you're not going to find a whole host of critters in York itself. If wildlife spotting is important, you shouldn't worry. Head out in your rental car to the nearby rolling North York Moors National Park and you've got your best chance of close wildlife encounters. If you visit at the right time, you may spot the odd humpback or mink whale, as well as seals on the beach. Up on the moors, keep your beady eyes out for peregrines and buzzards, while badgers rustle around on the forest floor.

How to get there

How to get to and around York

The nearest airport is in Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford), located 24.3 mi (39.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Doncaster (DSA-Robin Hood), which is 32.8 mi (52.8 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, York Station, York Poppleton Station and Hammerton Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around York?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 800 vacation rentals near York. From 239 Cabins to 241 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near York for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to York?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in York. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • York (QQY-York Train Station): 1,002 vacation rentals
  • York Minster: 1,002 vacation rentals
  • York Mansion House: 998 vacation rentals
  • Treasurer's House: 1,002 vacation rentals
  • McArthur Glen Designer Outlet: 885 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around York listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in York?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 239 Cabins in York. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in York include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 241 rentals available
  • Cottages: 239 rentals available
  • Houses: 294 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in York?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 11 vacation rentals with pool available in York. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.