With its almost traffic free tangle of cobbled streets, stunning architecture and cafés, York is a great place for your weekend. Hen-friendly, it has chain restaurants and bars capable of catering for larger groups. It has around 365 pubs – one for every day of the year! The countryside around York is diverse offering amazing walks and stunning places to visit i.e. Ingleborough Showcaves with the deepest waterfall in England.

Countryside activities include Horse-Riding, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Rock Climbing, High Ropes, Polo, Quad Bikes, Boat Cruises and more.

York Hen Weekend

Things to do


Ghost Walks

Add to the atmosphere of ‘Europe’s Most Haunted City 2002’ with a Ghost Walk. With top quality story telling this part-horror, part-humour walk through the ancient streets is a great way to spend a few hours with your mates before crashing into one of the many pubs for a much needed tipple to calm your nerves!

The River Ouse boat tour

Book an evening BBQ party cruise on this 3-hour floodlit boat trip which even offers you the chance for a bit of a boogie with its on board disco.

York Races

The Ascot of the North, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know that much about horses, this makes a great day out. South west of the city it has manicured lawns, listed buildings and great bars and restaurants to enjoy whilst you make the odd bet or two.

York Minster

The largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe. From the Roman columns in the crypt, the amazing Great East Window & the breathtaking views from the roof top, this is certainly worth its entry charge. For a special ambiance, walk up the Shambles to get there (a cobbled street mentioned in the Domesday Book 1086).

Other ideas: Cocktail Making, Craft Workshops, Life Drawing, Beauty Treatments, Canapes, Private Chef Dinner, Meal Out, Butler in the Buff, Dance Lessons, Vintage Make-Up, Treasure Hunt, Pottery Painting, Spa Visits and more.

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Bars & Restaurants

Restaurants & Bars

If you looking for a vibrant busy night out then stick to the chain pubs near the river. Alternatively immerse yourself into the maze of ancient streets south of the Minster for a great atmosphere.

Biltmore Bar & Grill

A modern bar with a hint of art deco known for its great service and delicious cocktails. It has a resident DJ on Friday and Saturday nights for those who like to dance!

La Tasca

A Spanish Tapas bar offering everything from breakfast through to supper with a friendly atmosphere.


Set on the river bank enjoy the live DJs, great drinks and fresh food. Perfect if you want to party the night away without having to leave the building!

Bobo Lobo

Cocktail and grill restaurant which offers a hen friendly atmosphere and is found near to the train station.

There are loads of other great places in York, let us know what sort of things you like and we can come up with some ideas.

York Events


Apr: York Chocolate Festival

No better excuse for trying all sorts of different chocolates – who can resist! See website

Jun: York Food & Drink Festival

This long running event is perfect for the foodies amongst you; whilst entrance is all free it is worth checking the website as you have to book tickets for the more popular demonstrations. See website

Jul: York Fringe

Fancy a giggle or two, then this 10 day comedy festival could be for you! See website

Nov-Dec: Christmas Lights & Market

York is great for getting you in the Christmas spirit! St Nicholas Christmas Fair offers food & crafts, carol concerts, open-air singing, seasonal theatre shows, ice rinks and special events.


Getting to York

By Train:

The journey time from London is just under 2 hours, Edinburgh is two and a half. There are direct links with most major cities in England, Scotland & Wales.
By Car:

20 minutes from the M1/M62 it has 6 park and ride sites operating within York.

York Information Sites


Visit York

The Telegraph Travel Guide