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October 20, 2020

A guide to a York Staycaytion

by Abi Purvis

If you can’t holiday outside the UK, then Staycaytion in the UK. York offers everything you could want on a holiday. From culture to sights, York does not disappoint.

With endless opportunities to see culture, history, shops, attractions, museums, and beautiful sights, it’s hard to know where to start when you arrive in this great city.

Follow our guide down the cobbled streets of York to discover the hidden treasures of the historic city.


Vikings, Romans, to modern day covid, the city is full of rich and vast history.

Just take a look at the architecture surrounding the entire city and you’ll see how long York has been standing proud and tall for.

The streets captures the atmosphere of centuries worth of footsteps from visitors to the city, especially the Shambles which is regarded as Europe’s best preserved medieval street!

You can’t miss the spell bounding and astonishing remains of York Castle’s Clifford’s Tower and the Cathedral, otherwise known as York Minister — make sure to book ahead as limited numbers are allowed in due to covid restrictions.


When you think of shopping now; you think of making sure you get everything off your shopping list so you don’t have to brave the supermarket twice in a week.

In York, you’ll fall in love with browsing (and spending) in quaint shops like the delicate antique book shop of Grimoire Bookshop. The independent shops and the Shambles Market are sure to get you started on completing your Christmas shopping — or filling out your own wish list to santa.

Gallery’s and Museums

York Art Gallery, despite taking a hit by the pandemic, is still welcoming visitors to see the exceptional exhibits of paintings from the last 600 years, including Italian panels, and Dutch masterpieces. It also holds the National Ceramics Museum.

As with every fabulous city, there are an array of astounding museums. Our favourite of which are;

  • York Castle Museum, which is currently doing Halloween tours.
  • JORVICK Viking centre, which reveals the “sights, sounds and smells” of the Viking era.
  • National Railway Museum, which immerses visitors into the progression of locomotives and British transport — True “Engineering Brilliance”
  • York’s Chocolate Story. We’ve all heard about the delights and the mouth-watering taste of York’s divine chocolate, but here you get to taste it and learn about it.

Wine and Dine

Skosh is ranked as one of the best places to eat while in York. The bespoke kitchen claims to offer you an unique experience with divine dishes to treat yourself to. The diverse menu is sure to keep all staycaytioners happy.

The York Roast is a definite crowd pleasure. Locals and visitors flock to the York Roast to try the unique and DELSIHICOUS Yorkpud wrap — yep, that is a roast dinner in a yorkshire pudding wrap!

Rest your head (and feet after exploring the city all day)

End you spectacular day in a spectacular Staycaytion. On the outskirts of the city lies an unusual but unforgettable place to rest your head: Wolds Edge Treehouse.

With a private hot tub, this raised wooden treehouse in rural East Yorkshire is a dream. It is just 12 miles from York and offers a luxurious retreat with; a king-size bed, open planned rooms, and outstanding views across the Yorkshire moors.

It is the ideal Staycaytion for couples on a romantic retreat with a city getaway.

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