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Last updated: 30 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Will Hide

It might be a cliche, but Grays Court genuinely is a hidden gem; wander down the cobbled lanes behind York Minster and it’s easy to miss this elegant 11th century building. It’s only when you turn into a gated courtyard that the hotel shows itself.  

Once inside it’s a tasteful oasis of calm, with antique furniture sitting beneath contemporary black and white pictures, taken by local photojournalist David O’Neill. 

There’s a feeling of a country hotel that just happens to be in the middle of the city, heightened by a large garden that snuggles under the city walls, which you can access privately. Even the head chef’s background is from time spent at a pub near the North York Moors. 

Surrounding Area

Tucked away down a quiet cobbled lane, there’s a feeling of stepping away from the city’s hubbub at Gray’s Court – even though this is the historic heart of the city.  

In spite of being such a central location, most visitors get as far up the lane as the Treasurer’s House and don’t venture further, giving the hotel a quiet, sanctuary-like feel.  It’s surrounded by a lattice of pretty cobbled lanes. 

The Treasurer’s House – a National Trust-owned Grade I listed mansion and garden – sits next door and the Minster is in sight. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby on Goodramgate and Low Petergate. 

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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Spa
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free
Yoga

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
*
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types

Apartments
Bedrooms
Cabins
Suites
Tents
Villas
Yurts

Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities
WiFi

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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York

Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)

Medieval, turreted gate with car passing underneath

York’s dramatic past – from Roman settlements to Viking invasions – has created one of Britain’s most beautiful historic cities, home to the world-famous York Minster and the most complete medieval walls in the country.