Did you know York was once home to the royal family? Thanks to its fascinating history, York has a never ending list of places to explore. In this blog, our hotel in York describes the best things to do, inspired by royalty so you can feel like the King or Queen you are!
Walk York City Walls
One of the most popular things to do in York is to walk the historic City Walls, which are a scheduled ancient monument. Built in the 13th century when York was the capital of England, they formed part of York castle. Our York hotel is a two-minute walk away from one of the entrances to the walls at Walmgate Bar.
Climb Clifford’s Tower
One of the last remaining structures of York Castle, Cifford’s Tower has played many roles over its history, one of which was as the Royal Mint. Today, visitors can climb the tower for spectacular views across the city. A recent renovation has opened even more of the tower to showcase rooms and features that have been hidden for centuries.
National Railway Museum
If you’re looking for things to do in York for the whole family, the National Railway Museum is a must-visit. The museum has frequently held many royal-inspired exhibitions, including Royals on Rails, and is also home to Queen Victoria’s royal carriage. The carriage was restored in 2019, when HRH The Princess Royal visited to admire the work.
Castle Howard was built by Sir John Vanbrugh and Sir Nicholas Hawksmoor, both of whom have built other royal houses, including Blenheim Palace. The residents of Castle Howard historically include Lords, Ladies, Earls and Dukes. The castle and gardens are full of heritage, and the Fitzroy Restaurant is one of the best places to eat in York.
Explore York Minster
York Minster is one of the best things to do in York, but it also has many historic, royal connections. King Richard III planned to be buried here, but unfortunately, his wish was not fulfilled. The Minster has also been the location for royal weddings. The most recent was in 1961, when the Duke of Kent married Katharine Worsley in the presence of royalty from across Europe. In 1328, it was the site of the wedding of Edward III and Philippa of Hainault.
Part of the York City Walls, Micklegate Bar marks the traditional royal entrance into the city. Historically, reigning monarchs must pass beneath it when visiting York, stopping to ask the Lord Mayor’s permission to enter. When King Charles III and the Queen Consort visited York in November 2022, they passed under this gate to greet the Lord Mayor of York.
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