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

If a TV crew wanted to film a drama set in 18th-century York, they could do a lot worse than choose this 300-year-old hotel with its winding, dimly-lit corridors and cosy snugs. (They’d have to hide the flatscreen TVs first, though). 

It’s situated just a few minutes’ walk from York Minster, the city’s art gallery, and Theatre Royal, and right next to Bootham Bar, one of the medieval gateways to the city. History buffs should choose bedroom number 11 if they want to look straight out onto it.  

The Fat Badger has atmosphere aplenty and the building, from 1758, blends in seamlessly with the city’s historic core. A quiet garden at the back, bounded by the city walls, is a welcome bonus in the summer months. 

Surrounding area

The hotel is situated on High Petergate – one of the city’s main Roman roads, lined with elegant Regency buildings; despite being in the centre of York, this section of High Petergate is still pretty tranquil.

Famous Stonegate is just round the corner, and all the city’s main attractions, along with a wide range of restaurants, are walkable from the hotel.

Inevitably such a central location means it’s very busy with tourists in the day, but York quietens down considerably in the evening.  

One note of caution – it’s definitely a bonus to be so close to York Minster, but the bells start ringing at 8am so light sleepers hoping to snooze past then might want to bring earplugs.


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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: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

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

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

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

Bedding options

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

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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.