attractions in York

Travelodge has opened its 5th hotel in York and to celebrate is selling 15,000 rooms for £35 or less. They’ve also come up with the Top 10 attractions in York for families.

York Layerthorpe Travelodge has 128 rooms, is close to the city centre, overlooks the River Foss and has a Bar Café and car park.

The hotel has been styled in Travelodge’s new design – king size Dreamer Beds and family rooms include individual beds for the children or for sharing adults – en-suite with power shower, flat screen TV with free digital channels, free tea/coffee-making facilities, cooling system, LED lighting and Wifi.

Breakfast is available for £7.95, or a lighter breakfast for £5.75. For each paying adult, two children eat for free.

To celebrate the opening, there are 15,000 rooms on offer for £35 or less on

Boasting 2,000 years of history and heritage, the beautiful walled city of York offers an incredible list of things to do. Travelodge has these ideas for you:

York Pass
York Pass is a value sightseeing card giving you the flexibility to visit top attractions. It also comes with a guidebook, maps and information on each attraction. Pick a pass duration that matches your visit and simply show it at any attraction in the guide book.

attractions in York

The Jorvik Viking Centre
The Jorvik Viking Centre, above, is on one of the most famous and outstanding discoveries of modern archaeology. Visitors get the chance to explore the history of York through a ground-breaking experience that takes you on a journey through the excavated remains of the original workshops, houses and backyards, brought to live with interactive displays.

The York Chocolate Factory
Whilst other northern cities made their wealth from wool, cotton and steel, York built a city from chocolate and is still known as the home of the sweet treat. Covering the journey from raw jungle cocoa bean to the treasure that became York’s most profitable export, visitors also get the chance to try their hand at coming up with their own chocolate bar, learn about York’s famous confectionary families and of course sample the city’s most famous export throughout the experience.

Ghost Walks
A unique opportunity to discover the magic of the most haunted city in Europe through the art of storytelling. These ghostly walking tours, which range from theatrical to the chillingly matter-of-fact, are a great way to get to know York’s most important and atmospheric hidden locations. Take turns down dark alleyways and duck around mysterious corners with an informative tour guide.

York Dungeon Tours
Recommended as one of the Top 10 things to do by Expedia and Trip Advisor, York’s Dungeon Tours takes visitors on a journey through 2,000 years of the York’s gory and gruesome history. Guides will enthral visitors with tales of some of Britain’s most wanted and dangerous criminals while re-enacting York’s haunted past with live shows.

York Castle Museum
This eccentric museum takes visitors on a social history time tunnel. Based around a Victorian hoarder’s collection of everyday items, the museum is also full of replicate rooms and shops dating from the Georgian era to a 1980s kitchen. It is best known for its ‘real’ Victorian street of salvaged shop fronts, but its history as a prison also makes for interesting exhibitions.

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens
This museum gives a speedy and smart overview of York’s many historical layers. Housed in a renovated Victorian building, the museums five grand galleries chart the story of the city in style. However, its real treasures are the wealth of prehistoric Roman, Viking and medieval artefacts.
The museum’s 10-acre botanical gardens are worth a visit too. The gardens run down to the River Ouse and feature the 950 year-old scenic ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, a tower from the original Roman fortress with the most beautiful flower borders – a perfect spot for a family day out and picnic.

York Minster
Housing some of the world’s greatest treasures, York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in England’s earliest history. From the Roman columns in the crypt to the views of the city from its central tower, this is an awe-inspiring place to visit. The jewel is the newly refurbished Great East Window, completed by John Thornton in 1408, the earliest piece of named art in the country and the stained glass equivalent of the Sistine Chapel.
For full atmospheric effect, approach The Minster via The Shambles, an ancient cobbled street mentioned in the Domesday Book where the upper stories of the 14th-century timber houses lean out, almost to within touching distance.

National Railway Museum
Get on board with more than 300 years of fascinating history in York’s National Railway Museum. Explore giant hauls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train and the Flying Scotsman, to name but a few. This superb collection of mechanical wonders sheds light on the historical importance of the railways in Britain and to York’s Renaissance in the 19th Century.

York Art Gallery
York Art Gallery has been transformed into a fantastic space where shows and exhibition choices reveal a progressive and exciting curatorship. Features like the British ceramic studio level and the interesting turns on displaying some of the York Museum Trust’s vast number of objects, run alongside exhibitions like the excellent First World War art show and, recently, Flesh (featuring Rodin, Rubens, Degas and Bacon) to provide both new re-imaginings of classic works and showcase current practitioners.