York is the perfect Hen Party luxury weekend destination to enjoy a fun-filled weekend at our House Parties properties. Located just 8 minutes’ walk from the enchanting cobbled streets, the City centre and York Minster are ideal starting points to your weekend, walking the charming medieval alleys offering outstanding shopping, a wide variety of restaurants, shops, bistros and bars and lots more to see and do in and around this historic city. York is a beautiful city to explore in both winter and summer with lots to do and places to visit – an Instagrammable delight.
Take a look at our video guide to York and follow us on our walk experiencing the delights this gorgeous City has to offer on your luxury hen party weekend. Our York House Parties group accommodation properties are within a very short walking distance of York centre and access to the delights of this charming city of Medieval, Roman, Viking and Georgian history. The walk from our Clifton property brings you past pretty buildings to the York City walls; passing the historic Grange and Churchill Hotels, both of which have lively bars to start off your evening’s entertainment and offer excellent eating; traditional and delicious Sunday lunches are also available for a perfect, relaxing Sunday afternoon.
There is a full array of places for shopping and eating in York, from boutique to bistro, pubs, restaurants, cafés and tea shops, with menus to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and extensive offerings to suit all budgets.
A few minutes’ walk from our House Parties properties, Upside Down is a delightful shop offering gorgeous gifting, candles, boutique toiletries, fabrics, lighting, cushions and objets d’arts from the practical to whimsical. Just next door you will find North South Café which is open for breakfast and lunch with grazing deli boards and cocktails on offer later in the day. Café No.8 Bistro, Love Cheese are just a couple of the other delicatessens and restaurants on offer along Gillygate. Walking into York city from Clifton takes you past many beautiful buildings including the quaint and historical Guy Fawkes Inn, birthplace of Guy Fawkes, infamous for his gunpowder and treason plot on the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605 – a fascinating history of our November 5th fireworks celebrations each year.
Entering York through the city walls at Bootham Bar onto High Petergate you are greeted by the magnificent sight of York Minster. The Minster is one of the United Kingdom’s greatest churches, a 1,000 year old architectural gem housing the largest collection of Medieval stained glass in Europe and a must-see stop on your weekend itinerary. Northern Europe’s biggest Gothic cathedral, York Minster took over 250 years to build and welcomes over 2 million visitors each year from all over the world. Fantastic carved monsters and gargoyles adorn the minster, carved by talented stonemasons hundreds of years ago and believe to ward off evil, sin and folly and preserve the sanctity of the church. No visit to York is complete without a morning or afternoon spent in the Minster with the opportunity to climb the York Minster tower. Plan your unforgettable visit – audio guides and tours are available to book on the official York Minster website.
Alongside York Minster is the entrance to the old city of York along The Shambles, home to luxury boutiques, specialist food shops and eateries such as Jo Malone, Côte Brasserie, Neal’s Yard, and Ogden of Harrogate jewellery shop.
The enchantingly named streets and gates of York are historical entrances to the City and their names evoke times past: The Shambles, Coppergate, Stonegate, Petergate, Gillygate, Swinegate, Davygate, Micklegate, Goodramgate, Fossgate, Fishergate, Walmgate, with the shortest street in England known as Whip-ma-Whop-Ma-Gate. Tours of the York City walls and their history give a fascinating insight to medieval York upon which the modern city lives. Themed and guided tours are available to book and you can find them on the dedicated Trip Advisor pages.
Dating from the 14th Century, The Shambles is the inspiration behind Harry Potter’s Wizarding Shopping Centre one of the best-preserved Medieval shopping streets in Europe. The Shambles is home to cheerful cafés and boutiques and on Stonegate you will find a quaint gem: the quaint and magical Betty’s on Stonegate is a delightful place to stop for morning coffee or afternoon tea and perhaps one of their famous cakes, a plump and fruity scone known as The Fat Rascal. You can take a box to indulge in later at your Clifton House Parties house or as a gift when returning home. Betty’s York is known worldwide for its famous afternoon teas and cakes and its main restaurant and shop is located in St Helen’s Square in the centre of the city.
York is a shopper’s delight boasting one of the very first designer Mulberry designer outlet stores, with bags, clothing, leather goods, fabrics and decorative items at discount prices – the perfect opportunity for a luxury souvenir. There’s a wide variety of independent shops and boutiques as well as the usual high street offering. Fenwicks department store in Coppergate offers luxury designer and premium brands. An added bonus is the McArthur Glen York Designer Outlet on the outskirts of York – easily accessible in just 10 minutes by bus or taxi from the City Centre. Open all year round, McArthur Glen York discount, luxury shopping offers perfect opportunity to snap up bargains for your social calendar with over 100 stores, cafés and restaurants with up to 60% off prices.
There is a vibrant offering of independent bars and restaurants including The Evil Eye Gin Shop and Cocktail bar with an extensive gin offering – sure to be a first stop for gin lovers to try out some of the rarer gins and cocktails on your evening out. The delights of York for daytime shopping and eating and your evening are within a 10 minute walk of our Clifton House Parties self-catering group accommodation. Walking into town to your hen party night out, The Botanist offers delicious and innovative cocktails to start your evening.
The flagship Betty’s of York is situated in St Helen’s Square in a classic red and white Georgian building, the perfect Instagram photo location for your champagne afternoon tea with delicious take home gifts for friends and family from your hen party or weekend in York. The Ivy York is also located in the eponymous St Helen’s square and offers sophisticated all day dining with private dining facilities to make your hen weekend a memorable experience for the bride-to-be and hens alike. Make sure to book in advance!
There is a fantastic choice of eating out options in the city centre for all budgets – a great option when you are self-catering in group accommodation. Independent restaurants on offer include The Judges Lodgings, a 5-star hotel in York’s vibrant city centre, with delicious classics on the menu in the restaurant or cosy meals and drinks available in the Cellar bar.
York is an historic river city and The Ouse has been the life of York City for thousands of years. Afternoon tea, evening sunset, party and daytime river cruises provide the opportunity to view the city with pretty views. River boat cruises can take you a few miles out of town to nearby Bishopthorpe, the historical 13th century Palace and official residence of the Archbishop of York – and especially magical afternoon out in the run up to Christmas.
York has Roman, Medieval and Viking heritage and The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum and visitor attraction in the centre of York. Designed with mannequins and dioramas depicting daily Viking life, the Jorkvik Centre is a fascinating informative and amusing afternoon’s entertainment. The immersive and lifelike sights, sounds and smells transform you back to Viking village life.
Just outside the City Walls is Cliffords Tower, an English Heritage listed property remains of York Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Climb the tower for outstanding views as far as the North York Moors.
York boasts The National Railway Museum, located just outside the York City walls and a fantastic resource and historical reference to the UK’s railways, the lifeblood of the Industrial Revolution. The museum is home to the national rail collection including The Flying Scotsman the first locomotive to reach 100 miles per hour. Guides are bookable online for talks and tours on the royal carriages designed for Queen Victoria, King George VI and the Queen Mother and our current Monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The Museum has a choice of eateries for lunch and snacks and for that special afternoon tea with champagne book in the restored glamour of the Countess York railway carriage. Be sure to book in for this one of York’s finest afternoon tea experiences.
York is a city that has been intrinsically linked to chocolate for hundreds of years, being the home of both Rowntree’s and Terry’s Chocolate. Innovative and business-minded both of these chocolate businesses provided employment and economic benefits to York and the surrounding villages and towns, and a fascinating legacy for the city. The 20 acre Rowntree Park was created by philanthropist and Quaker Joseph Rowntree in 1921 and features a lake, bowling greens and picnic areas and is open to the public all year.
To help make your hen party budget go further, check out the craftsavvy discounts on offer for many of the city centre bars and eateries are available at. Once you have made a booking for any of our York properties you will be sent a link to download an app in which you will find the code to unlock the discounts for all the bars and restaurants and activities listed on Craft Savvy.
York is an ideal hen party and weekend venue, with historic attractions, outstanding places to eat and amazing shopping and discount retail offerings. Book your special, luxury celebration York City Hen Party Weekend with House Parties and we will help plan it a weekend to remember.