Yorkshire’s two main cities offer experiences at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Hotels in Leeds and York illustrate this difference: York accommodation are more traditional and often embrace the city’s rich heritage, while Leeds hotels are modern and chic.
When you choose a hotel in York, you choose a getaway to the gorgeous, historic heartland of the county, which is dotted with grand Georgian and Victorian houses. York was home not only to the Romans but to the Vikings, who named the city Jorvik and whose history can be explored in the Jorvik Viking Centre. The city is dominated by the 13th-century York Minster, a centre of Christian life in Britain for more than 700 years. Boys staying in York will want to visit the National Railway Museum with its collection of trains through the ages, while girls enjoy The Shambles, a series of cobbled lanes filled with quirky boutiques.
Leeds, by contrast, came of age during the Industrial Revolution and is proud of its working-class history of manufacturing. Over the past two decades the city has witnessed regeneration and is now a major arts hub, with galleries, theatres and clubs thriving. Our Leeds’ hotels are modern and conveniently located for the city’s shopping and nightlife.