The Royal York Hotel York is an eye-catching 19th century building of historic proportions on the edge of the hustle and bustle of beautiful York. There are so many reasons to visit this stunning city. There is family fun at the Jorvik Viking Centre; the awesome architecture of York Minster; fascinating history at the National Railway Museum, (home of Thomas the Tank Engine); and a lot more besides. If you have time, see if you can squeeze in a trip to the York Dungeons, the city walls, the picturesque medieval Shambles, and Betty’s Tea Rooms, which has incredibly delicious cakes.
The Royal York Hotel York was built as a railway hotel just a year after the new-and-improved York Railway Station was born in 1877. The station was described as ‘a monument to extravagance’. It was fitting that the Royal Station Hotel (as the Royal York was first known) should appear soon after, made from locally sourced yellow Scarborough brick and Tadcaster stone. The Royal York Hotel York remains a gorgeous example of Victorian design. It has an impressive symmetrical exterior, an ornate ironwork staircase and an intriguing electric doorbell system combining buzzers and moving discs. Another gem is the Oak Room within the hotel’s events centre, which is furnished with evocative carved oak panelling. This striking space was a reading room in a former life.
15 meeting rooms – 410 capacity theatre style
Sauna/swimming pool/steam room/hot tub
Car parking – chargeable
The Royal York Hotel York was originally intended as a stopping point for northern aristocracy and wealthy business people travelling to the area, but it is now very much a family-friendly city hotel. Despite its central location there is still enough room for five acres of gardens. The grounds include spaces for children to play, including the opportunity to hone their chess skills on the giant outdoor chess set. Topping it all, the 53-metre York Wheel sits within the grounds of this most popular and well known of York hotels.