Visit York celebrate York throughout the year and the colder months are a great time to wrap up and head out on a journey of discovery. York has been the cultural heart of England for over 2000 years. Complete with a year round programme of world-class festivals and events, there is something for every visitor at every corner of York. The streets surrounding York Minster, King’s Manor and St William’s College are steeped in an intellectual, academic atmosphere. This has been a place of historians, of archaeological and religious study, of choristers, of book publishing, of scholarly endeavour – for hundreds of years. While York’s museums (Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum) display the city’s wealth of historical and artistic treasures from Roman times to York’s genteel Georgian days.
At York Art Gallery visitors can enjoy the remarkable collection of important European paintings spanning seven centuries, with works by Bellotto, Reynolds, Lowry, York-born William Etty.
York’s Chocolate Story is one of York’s biggest visitor attractions celebrating the mouth-watering story of chocolate and confectionery in York. In time for Christmas shopping, York offers all manner of boutiques. Shambles is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe and awarded the title of most picturesque street in Britain in the Google Street View Awards. Some of the beautiful old buildings still have exterior wooden shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open windows.
Stonegate, connecting the Minster and St Helen’s Square was originally named ‘Via Pretoria’ or principal road of Roman York. It is one of York’s prettiest streets and boasts some fantastic medieval and Georgian architecture.
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. 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 throughout the year 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 just over 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