York is a destination of outstanding beauty with plenty of history recorded around the famous York Minster where the surrounding streets and buildings all have stories to share. A great place to start is at the city’s medieval walls which cover three miles with walks providing stunning views of York. Built by Henry III in 1220 there are 39 towers to explore.
2019 is an exciting year for York with the return of the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre between June and September – Europe’s first ever Pop-Up Shakespearean theatre and events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the iconic Betty’s Café Tea Rooms.
Aside from the many sights and attractions to enjoy in York, Visit York have also highlighted a selection of quirky events including: Breaking the Mould: The Story of Kit Kat (Coming Spring 2019) New Exhibition at York’s Chocolate Story. For over 80 years, the humble Kit Kat has been a staple part of lunchboxes and break times across the planet. In the UK alone, 564 Kit Kat fingers are consumed every second. That works out at over 1 billion a year! In 2019, York’s Chocolate Story will explore its origins and impact in their new exhibition. Discover why Kit Kats are so popular in Japan, and why American bars have a unique taste all of their own. Find out how many are produced in York on a daily basis, and why a long-forgotten club in London helped inspire a radical change in confectionery. One of the most iconic chocolate bars in the world, Kit Kat has become a universally-recognised symbol of York’s sweet ingenuity. Also, between 19th and 21st April the annual York Chocolate Festival takes place.
Middlethorpe Hall is the only country house hotel in the City of York and is the perfect base to combine both a country and city experience. Standing in 20 acres of its own award-winning gardens, the beautiful William and Mary house was formally the home of the famous 18th century diarist Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. There are 29 bedrooms, an award-winning restaurant and boutique spa. Each of the bedrooms at Middlethorpe Hall is individually designed and has its own distinct story. The classically panelled dining room provides the perfect setting to enjoy the contemporary take on traditional British food. The restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes. The boutique spa at Middlethorpe Hall, with its blue-tiled pool and sauna, is the perfect place to relax and recharge. Guests can follow a special tree trail around the grounds of the hotel with a copy of their 'Discover Middlethorpe Hall - A brief history and some trees of interest' Guide and Map, to identify 14 prize specimens, from a Deodar Cedar and a Turkey Oak Tree to a Sequoiadendron giganteum. This is a wonderful way to spend time in a National Trust garden.
Middlethorpe Hall along with its two companion Historic House Hotels, was donated to the National Trust 10 years ago. To this day it’s the largest gift the National Trust has ever received. Every visit and stay to Middlethorpe Hall benefit the National Trust.
www.middlethorpe.com Middlethorpe Hall, York, Yorkshire, YO23 2GB, Tel:
01904 641241 B&B priced from £219.00 per night based on two sharing