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Welcome to The Sidings Hotel and Restaurant

Address: Station Lane, York, YO30 1BT

Telephone: 01904 470221 01904 470221

Hotel Description

This unique hotel gives you the pleasure of experiencing not only the wonders of early 20th century train travel but also today's train action on Yorkshire's East Coast Main Line. The Sidings Mediterranean Bar and Restaurant directly overlooks one of the fastest and most impressive stretches of track in the land: the York to Thirsk run. In this quiet location, train enthusiasts are given the opportunity to thrive in a haven built from a collection of genuine train artefacts and memorabilia. Guests can relax in the spacious sun room and enjoy the panoramic views of the open Yorkshire countryside whilst soaking up the authentic style of this delightful and intriguing hotel, with its friendly atmosphere and great hospitality.

Our Facilities

  • Conference Facilities
  • Parking Facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Bridal Suite
  • Internet Services
  • Wifi Available
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Vegetarian Food Available
  • Wedding Functions
  • City Breaks
  • Romantic Breaks
  • Walking Holidays
  • Country Retreat

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Hotel Reviews - The Sidings Hotel and Restaurant

Lovely Stay
e had a lovely stay. and enjoyed our meal. and found the hosts very nice. and helpful.

You carnt get any closer to the railway and you can enjoy the trians through your bedroom window or in the pub restuarant.l will recomend the sidings to my friends and family.

Christina Simpson - 24th Jan, 2017
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Great Place
The most friendly hotel we have stayed in, could not have been made more welcome.

Food is 5 star rating and not to be missed.

Mr. Ian Wheatcroft - 23rd Jan, 2017
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Our Experience
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Siddings this week. The hotel had just reopened after a 10 day refurbishment, we did have a short time to wait for our room The Silver Jubilee room as they were putting the finishing touches to it. The room was clean and nicely presented with a brand new modern en-suit, fresh new carpets and curtains. Unfortunately some of the furniture had been revarnished and was still very tacky to the touch but we didn\'t let this spoil our experience.

The staff and owner CID were all very pleasant and helpful.

We also had a wonderful meal in the restaurant a period railway carriage at a very reasonable price.

All in all a very enjoyable experience and would recommend it to anyone looking for something different.

Mr. Alan Wyper - 22nd Jan, 2017
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One Night Stay
What a wonderful place, very nice friendly welcome accomodation querky clean, warm and comfortable, meal great. Will definitely return

Bell Janette - 9th Jan, 2017
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Great Place To Stay
Great food, great service comfortable bed, beautiful and warm, room, we are going to return, my sons also going to stay once again thanks to all at the Sidings

Joseph Santos - 8th Jan, 2017
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Something A Bit Different....
Another fantastic weekend at The Sidings. This was our 3rd year for our sons Birthday & we stayed in the new family room which was brill. Lovely friendly staff, great food & fab for any train enthusiast young or old.

Mr. John Nellist - 8th Jan, 2017
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Great Stay
We stayed for my husband\'s birthday who is a train fan. He loved it. The staff helped to make the stay, he had a candle on his desert which was a lovely touch.

We\'d definitely stay there again.

Mrs. Angie Faulding - 7th Jan, 2017
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Lovely Little Stay
A lovely nice stay, does exactly what you want in regards to staying in a railway carriage, I would definately go again.

If I had to find a criticism - the hotel may want to invest in replacing some of the old carpet in the room. I understand the original look is part of what it is, I just felt slightly uncomfortable having my socks off walking around the room.

Other than that, as I said a lovely stay that I will recommend to others

Eddie Jacobs - 4th Jan, 2017
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Great Find
Wanted something a little different as a xmas present. Was not disapointed. What a fantastic place. Great atmosphere. Really friendly made you feel so welcome. The stay in the rail carriages. Well how many times in life would you expect to be doing that. So relaxing. Food was the best nothing too much trouble. The open fire which was managed by the mother. Kept us warm and cosy all night.thanks for that. Will be back. Well worth a visit. Very family friendly.

Mrs. Christine Kearsley - 4th Jan, 2017
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We Love This Place
This hotel is a must for everyone. Friendly staff. Relaxed, homely feel. Great food. Unique experience. My kids loved it. Our family room was huge. Comfortable beds. 2nd visit for us in 4 months. We will be going back!

Mr. Paul Delafond - 30th Dec, 2016
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A Break With A Difference
We stayed one night on my wife\'s birthday. The accommodation was very different and enjoyable. The food was excellent, as were the staff, and I would certainly recommend this experience to anyone

Mr. peter moran - 24th Dec, 2016
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Great Stay.
A really different experience with brilliant staff and lovely surroundings

Paul Farley - 20th Dec, 2016
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Lovely people, lovely food, lovely room and we took our dog who loved it. Owner was very friendly and wanted to know if we had a good time which we did.. We wanted to book before now but it gets booked instantly through groupon. We are now buying vouchers online through sidings web site to hand out to family so they can experience a unique weekend, as we did.

Janet Hall - 20th Dec, 2016
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Surprise Birthday Treat
Booked to stay for one night to celebrate my husbands birthday. Allocated the rail enthusiasts room which was great with regular trains passing a few yards away throughout the day. The room was snug as you would expect for a train carriage with a very comfortable bed and en suite with shower. Tea and coffee making facilities were provided but also available in the cosy bar which had a lovely log fire. We chose to eat in the restaurant with views of the railway and enjoyed a delicious a la carte meal. The staff were very attentive and keen to ensure we enjoyed our meal. As it was a Greek Night, when we retired to the bar we were able to enjoy the Greek music and dancing which we were encouraged to join in with. Next morning there was a continental breakfast, more than enough after the huge meal the previous night. All in all a very enjoyable stay. All the staff went out of their way to ensure we had a good time. We would definitely go back

Barbara Collier - 19th Dec, 2016
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Great Stay
I had a great stY at The Sidings, quirky. Good food and lovely staff xxx

- 19th Dec, 2016
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Something Different
Amazing experience, loved everything about it, my husband was in his eliment , food lovely, staff helpful and friendly ambience superb . Didnt wont to leave, booked for march two nights this time, thank you x

Janice Keeping - 17th Dec, 2016
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Unique Accommodation, Friendly Staff
We stayed in the four poster bed room which was lovely. We eat in the restaurant both nights choosing the Christmas menu on the first night and Mediterranean food the second and on both nights the food was superb. Loved the experience.

Mrs. Anita Prior - 16th Dec, 2016
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Would Go Back
Lovely staff .great food .quirky place

Christine Grant - 15th Dec, 2016
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Unique Experience
Wonderful atmosphere. Great food. Friendly and attentive staff. Will definitely return.

David Taylor - 9th Dec, 2016
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Fun Treat
Staff very friendly and welcoming so was the log burner . Food excellent a good choice of meals . We had room the ensuite was lovely bedroom small but fine for one night . Rooms all heated . May I suggest a shelf in ensuite to place toiletries and a couple of hooks in bedroom to hang coats etc otherwise great stay

Mrs. Linda Newby - 8th Dec, 2016
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Great Stay At The Sidings
We had a lovely comfortable two night stay at the sidings.

A lovely carriage, good food, friendly staff, lovely guests what more could you ask for.

We visited York on the park and ride 10 minutes from the sidings.

Will visit again

lovely guests

Johannah Tumber - 8th Dec, 2016
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The Sidings
Food in the restaurant was very nice. The railway carriage room however was not so good. It was freezing we had to ask for a portable heater in the end.

gill shores - 8th Dec, 2016
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Quirky And Tremendous Fun
You couldn\'t be made more welcome going home for Christmas! A simply wonderful experience I can\'t wait to repeat. Quirky \'rooms\' with all the usual hotel comforts. Wonderful home cooked food served in a beautiful setting. Top marks all round

Mandi Neary - 8th Dec, 2016
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Over Night Stay Near York
Our family had a great stay here lovely rooms comfortable beds.Friendly, helpful staff. We had a lovely evening meal and a good breakfast the following morning.This was our second stay here and look forward to our next.A Unique place to stay

Mr. Nicholas Shelton - 7th Dec, 2016
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Very Pleasant

Mrs. KERRY PARKINSON - 6th Dec, 2016
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Birthday Treat
The carriages are in need of refurbish but that did not stop us having a lovely time. Food was excellent and staff extremely friendly and helpful.

Carole Peters - 5th Dec, 2016
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Another Chilled Out Stay At The Sidings
This was our third stay at the sidings and it was just as enjoyable as our previous two visits. Although the Greek night had been cancelled very late in the day we still had a chilled out evening in the bar following a lovely meal in the restaurant car. Sid and his staff are very hospitable and look after you from start to finish. Its not very often that you receive service as friendly as this. As usual the room was quirky which adds to the enjoyment. We will be back soon for a fourth visit. Thank you to all at the Sidings.

Mr. Duncan Marshall - 4th Dec, 2016
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Quaint And Quirky Hotel
Stayed here overnight this week on a Groupon voucher which was very good value. The bedrooms are in a railway carriage and are very quirky and great fun. If you are looking for luxury this is not for you as the rooms are definitely vintage and authentic but the bed was comfortable and the food was lovely. The staff are friendly and helpful. The hotel is very close to busy train lines which may disturb some people but we felt added to the atmosphere of the place. This was our second visit and we will definitely go again.

Ann Mills - 3rd Dec, 2016
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A lovely warm welcome, cosy room, super food, great service.......who could ask for more?

Cheryl Ball - 1st Dec, 2016
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Unique Stay
Warm welcome from friendly staff in this unusual hotel. Ideal for train enthusiasts or if you are looking for something a bit different. Comfortable , warm room with huge bed. Food served in the \'train carriage \' restaurant was delicious. Lovely seating area in the bar near roaring real fire. Great at this time of year.

Elaine Stevenson - 30th Nov, 2016
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Quirky Stay But Needs Improvement
We got a nice welcome and was showed to our room. we expected the room to be compact and it was. I was shocked by the towels one was so threadbare it had a hole in it the others had threads hanging from them. There was a light missing but even with this on it would have been rather murky certainly not enough to read. We were told that there was a problem with the electrics and given a rather unsuitable lamp. The curtains were hanging off the rail and there was not enough hooks to hang things on. The evening meal was nice enough but I asked for the house red shiraz which I thought was £13.95 but realised when I got home that I was charged £16.95. The continental breakfast could have been better cornflakes or coco pops on the first day cheap processed ham but enjoyed the fruit and salad with the cheeses on the first morning. The second morning there was no fruit and salad- Why? There was a packet of bran flakes though muesli would have been appreciated. Lots of inconsistencies. The rubbish that is seen outside from the bedroom corridors between the bedroom carriages need clearing. We liked the lounge and the bottled beers. It was an enjoyable stay as the staff are very friendly but needs improvements.

Adele Hainsworth - 28th Nov, 2016
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Groupon Bargin
Booked the sidings through groupon and what a fab place. Accommodation was lovely , staff friendly and food the best we\'ve had from a hotel. Train carriages were very quirky. A great all rounder and looking forward in staying again

angela broadley - 27th Nov, 2016
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A Great Quirky Place
A lovely place. Our room was a little tired. The staff very friendly and professional. Would definitely ho again.

Julie Brownett - 27th Nov, 2016
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Will Be Back!
Had a lovely stay, thank you! Loved the quirkiness of The Sidings, lovely friendly staff and good food.

Kathryn Kirk - 26th Nov, 2016
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Enjoyable Stay
We stayed 20th + 21st Nov 2016. We had a lovely time. The staff were friendly and very helpful. The food was very good. The four poster bedroom was comfortable. Very nice time all round. Would stay again.

janet wells - 26th Nov, 2016
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Would Recommend
Went with a friend to celebrate a birthday and had a lovely time. Staff were extremely friendly. Food was amazing and the accommodation was a clean, quirky, novelty experience.

Jaclyn Cave - 24th Nov, 2016
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Great For Train Lovers.
Have stayed here before and thoroughly enjoyed it so didn\'t hesitate to return with my sister-in-law who absolutely loves trains. For the most part, The Sidings did not disappoint, but they did make a mistake in our room booking which was rather disappointing as I had gone to a lot of trouble to ensure we had the room with a double aspect on the railway, as my sister-in-law, who has a learning disability, was particularly looking forward to sitting in bed watching the trains. However, the room we got was very comfortable and did have a view on one side at least, and they gave us a free drink as an apology. (To add insult to injury, the trains didn\'t start running in the morning until 9.45am as it was a Sunday, but that was hardly the hotel\'s fault!!) The food in the restaurant was extremely good. The breakfast (continental) was acceptable but nothing special. I am happy to recommend this hotel, but my advice would be to check in early if you want a particular room!!

Mrs. Jane Watson - 23rd Nov, 2016
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Groupon Bargin
Booked the sidings through groupon and what a fab place. Accommodation was lovely , staff friendly and food the best we\'ve had from a hotel. Train carriages were very quirky. A great all rounder and looking forward in staying again

angela broadley - 22nd Nov, 2016
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60th Birthday Celebrations
As expected Lived up to all our expectations

Really quirky experience Excellent food

Lovely staff

Karen Lewis - 22nd Nov, 2016
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Step Back In Time
We were given a warm enthusiastic greeting when we arrived at The Sidings. After signing in we were given room keys to start our adventure. Our room was cosy which was to be expected. The bathroom was clean and towels were provided, maybe two per person would have been better. The bar looked well stocked and service was always 110% and always with friendly banter. By evening the restaurant car took you back to times gone by. It was beautifully set out with in intimate booths as was during the steam age. The menu gave a good choice of Greek dishes with full explanations given by the staff. Post dining a roaring log fire awaited in the bar area. A personal favourite part of mine. Slumber came easy in comfortable beds in a warm room.

Oh I\'ve forgotten the constant reminder of trains clattering past. To be honest if you book into The Sidings as either a train buff or as someone wanting to stay in quirky surroundings the noise of the trains blend gentle into the background.

The staff couldn\'t have been anymore helpful. They always had smiles on their faces and friendly.

Overall I would recommend The Sidings to family and friends without a doubt!

Lou Kayll - 22nd Nov, 2016
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A Wonderful Stay.
We spent two nights here mid week and had a superb time. A completely unique place to stay great view of the East coast main line, gorgeous open fire, fantastic restaurant with amazing food & a good range to choose from but what really made it for us was the staff, all so welcoming, friendly & helpful. Would recommend a stay here to anyone & not to far from York as a base to explore the city.

We will definitely be back soon.

Hannah Leay - 19th Nov, 2016
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What a wonderful visit we had at the Sidings. Unique accommodation , friendly staff and delicious food. What more could you ask for

Eileen Cummings - 19th Nov, 2016
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Most Enjoyable Stay
Many Thanks for a Most Enjoyable Stay.Very helpful Staff,& Food in the Restuarant was Excellent. Would reccommend the Sidings to Anybody wanting a Relaxing Break.

Mrs. Susan Haigh - 18th Nov, 2016
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The Sidings
We received a warm welcome and the room was excellent. The evening meal was disappointing as the lamb was not good. The breakfast was awful as flies were crawling all over the meats and on the cheese. Awful bread. Needs attention and thought put into this. However good location and unique. Lovely fire

Mrs. Janet Mounce - 17th Nov, 2016
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Response from Hotel
Hello Janet

Thank you for taking the time to add your review and I was so sorry to hear that you were disappointed with our food and breakfast and I will personally investigate with my head chef and breakfast staff.

At the sidings we always aim to ensure every quest feels cared for valued and respected and your feedback will help us deliver this brand promise

Your observation and opinion are appreciated as they enable us to assess the standard of our services and monitor if we are meeting quest need and expectations.

We look forward to welcome you back at the sidings in the nearest future

Kind Regards

Sid Monoyiou

General Manager

A Unique Hotel
Wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff and beautiful surroundings. Extremely good value for money. The continental breakfast was delicious and plentiful.

Mrs. Lindsay South - 9th Nov, 2016
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Weekend Stay
Lovely friendly people, and lovely setting. Nice and warm on first really cold day of the year. Unfortunately, did not get the four-poster, but was a fun experience. The room of course was not large, nowhere really to put the bag, but beds comfortable, and good shower. Lovely wood fire in bar, and great to watch the trains.

Miss. Wendy Geen - 7th Nov, 2016
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everything brilliant .

staff rooms food nothing to much trouble.

will be visiting again and would definitely


Mrs. lynne fish - 4th Nov, 2016
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Excellent Stay
The Sidings Hotel and Restaurant was absolutely delightful. The staff was very quick to deliver your drinks and food, the Rooms nice and cosy.

We will definitely be returning soon.

Mrs. Angela Hill - 3rd Nov, 2016
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Unique Quirky Experience
We really enjoyed our stay at this very unusual venue. You would think it would be noisy next to the track - we stayed a Saturday night and didn\'t hear or see a train from 2300 to nearly 0900. The welcome was. The food was good and we enjoyed the Cypriot theme. Our room (cabin) was very comfortable with an excellent view of the track. This is not a venue simply for train spotters - we feel certain many couples would simply enjoy the experience of dining in a Pullman car and sleeping in a carriage rather than the usual non despite chain hotel. We will visit again.

Mr. Richard Sanderson - 31st Oct, 2016
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Great Place To Stay
Second visit. Love this hotel. Quirky. Food lovely and the staff and friendly and helpful.

Ms. jennifer popplewell - 30th Oct, 2016
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First Class
We stayed in the family room and it was very comfortable and relaxing. The shower room was new and the shower provided lovely hot water each morning. All the staff were very welcoming and helpful at all times. The food in the restaurant car was fabulous. Cooked and continental breakfasts were very good too. Hope to visit in the future.

Mrs. Evelyn Livingstone - 23rd Oct, 2016
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Wonderful one night stay. Room was brilliant (room 8 bathroom door needs a little grease on it though!) and trains not very intrusive. Meal was wonderful, lovely, not rushed. Excellently cooked and fresh ingredients, Breakfast nice and leisurely and staff very friendly.

Mr. Stuart Parkinson - 20th Oct, 2016
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70th Birthday Celebration!
Thankyou to Sid and his team for making my birthday celebrations such a wonderful experience. Your Cypriot hospitality shone through and the food was amazing.

Some of us also stayed overnight and the quirky rooms were lovely and warm with very comfortable beds. I couldn\'t have chosen a better venue 😊👍🏻

Mrs. Kathleen Yates - 18th Oct, 2016
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To All Railway Enthusiasts
We enjoyed our stay at the Sidings. A unique experience. A lovely evening meal and breakfast and accommodation very good. Staff very friendly and eager to help in any way. Thank you for making us welcome.

Iddon Elenar - 6th Oct, 2016
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Stayed here a couple of weeks ago loved it so much we booked for the following week, all the staff are lovely and make you feel welcome, thank you to Sid, Ceaser and the chef food was excellant! we have booked to go back again in feb next year.

Christine - 24th Sep, 2016
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Enjoyed our visit staying with you ,we just felt the room required a few things more information about meal times light fitting missing .The evening meal was excellent and the breakfast very good.

Sheila Richardson - 8th Sep, 2016
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York Minster - Landmark

York Minster - Landmark

Distance 5.21 miles (8.33 km)
The magnificent Cathedral in York, known as York Minster is the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe, renowned for containing the largest collection of medieval stained glass in England. Built in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles it is a pure classic of the period. Five hundred and eighteen feet in length, it is two hundred and forty one feet wide at the transept and its central tower rises one hundred and ninety eight feet making it the largest lantern tower in Britain. Bede records that a small wooden chapel was built on this site in 627 A.D. for the baptism of Edwin, king of Northumbria. Edwin's successor Oswald enclosed the chapel in stone and dedicated it to St. Peter, as the Cathedral in York has been ever since.

York Dungeon - Theme Park

York Dungeon - Theme Park

Distance 5.43 miles (8.68 km)
The York Dungeon brings more than 2000 years of gruesomely authentic history vividly back to life...and death! As you delve into the darkest chapters of our grim and bloody past, recreated in all its dreadful detail, remember everything you experience really happened. At York you can test your metal in the Pit of Despair; try to keep the skin crawling off your skeleton in the Plague exhibit; gasp at the audacity and daring of legendary highwayman Dick Turpin and discover the full dreadful details of the ill-fated Gunpowder Plot and the fate of Guy Fawkes.

Jorvik Viking Centre - York - Landmark

Jorvik Viking Centre - York - Landmark

Distance 5.47 miles (8.74 km)
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Clifford`s Tower - North Yorkshire - Castle

Clifford`s Tower - North Yorkshire - Castle

Distance 5.57 miles (8.91 km)
Clifford`s Tower
North Yorkshire
In 1068, William the Conqueror built a motte-and-bailey castle on the present site of Cliffords Tower in York, to strengthen his military presence in the north. The tower is now the most prominant remaining part of the castle, which was rebuilt in stone in the 13th century. Today, views from the Tower over York show why it played such a key role in the control of northern England.

York Golf Club - York - Golf

York Golf Club - York - Golf

Distance 5.88 miles (9.41 km)
York's oldest golf club was formed in 1890 and moved to Strensall in 1904 where the course was designed by J.H. Taylor. In the early days the course was very open, now the fairways on the 6301 yards course are tree lined but the flat course retains its natural heathland and heather heritage and provides plenty of variety and challenge for the high and low handicapper alike. The Club hosts many County and York Union events and stages one of Yorkshire's premier 36 hole amateur competitions, The York Rose Bowl. The Club offers good Clubhouse facilities and "all in" golf and catering packages are available as well as separate a la carte menus.