Combine City and Countryside in York on a Short Break this Summer Staying in a National Trust Hotel

April 23, 2019

Summer is a wonderful time to experience York on a short break. Visitors can explore over 2000 years of history within the city walls. Middlethorpe Hall, an Historic House Hotel of the National Trust is the only country house hotel in the City of York and the ideal home from home.


This summer enjoy the following experiences in York:

  • The city’s medieval walls cover three miles with walks providing stunning views of York and are the ideal place to start a short break. These are the longest medieval town walls in England. Built by Henry III in 1220 there are 39 towers to explore. The competition of the entire circuit will take about two hours on foot

  • Explore the city centre’s boutique shops including many antique shops. The Shambles is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. Behind this quaint area there are plenty of original shops to discover

  • Between June and September visitors can experience Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – Europe’s first ever Pop-Up Shakespearean theatre

  • City Cruises York is a fun way to see York from the River Ouse. Guided River Trips last approximately one hour and sail regularly throughout the day from city centre landings at King’s Staith and Lendal Bridge. Boats have open sun-decks

  • York Minster is renowned around the world as the largest medieval gothic cathedral in northern Europe. The cathedral took over 250 years to complete. The view of the city from the Tower is not to be missed!


Middlethorpe Hall is the perfect base to combine 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.


The gardens are a wonderful place to spend time in throughout the summer. The enchanting walled kitchen garden produces not only a beautiful display of flowering shrubs, magnificent herbaceous borders but holds herb beds and has been planted for fruit: apples, pears, plums, peaches and greengages, all of which are used by our Chef to create wonderful puddings.


The main feature of the walled kitchen garden is a mellow brick Dovecote, dating back to 1681 and rescued from dereliction in 1980, now used as a wine cellar. To the west of the kitchen garden is the Rose Garden its wide stone path lined with lavender.


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. Middlethorpe Hall, York, Yorkshire, YO23 2GB, Tel:

01904 641241 B&B priced from £219.00 per night based on two sharing

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