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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Will Hide

The Edwardian building that houses this hotel lives up to the name; formerly the headquarters of the North-Eastern Railway Company, it’s certainly imposing, rising up in a swathe of terracotta brickwork and double-height bay windows, a few streets from the River Ouse. 

The Grand delivers the full package; a basement pool and small spa for a restorative hour or two after sightseeing, an elegant cocktail bar, 1906, and a bustling, urban-feeling restaurant, Rise, with an open-kitchen fronting onto the dining area. If watching the chefs at work gives you an appetite for cooking, the hotel has its own cookery school.

An upscale stay that’s ideal for those looking for more than just a place to sleep.

Surrounding area

The hotel is just south of the River Ouse, set to one side on what is effectively its own street, meaning it’s considerably quieter than more central areas of the city.  The city wall is directly opposite, forming a barrier between the hotel and the city’s main arterial road, which keeps the traffic noise down. 

Surrounded mainly by offices in elegant Victorian buildings, you’ll meet few tourists, other than those staying at the hotel.

All of the city’s major sights are within easy walking distance, however; the Minster is ten minutes’ walk on foot, with York’s busy shopping streets even closer than that, just over Lendal Bridge.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
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 types


Room facilities

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

Bedding options

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

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

National Railway Museum

York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.5 miles]

Europe’s premier railway museum boasts every type of train from steam locomotives to the only bullet train outside Japan – a wet-weather winner for kids of all ages.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

York Minster

York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 miles]

York Minster is northern Europe’s finest Gothic cathedral, taking 250 years to build, and famous for its vividly beautiful stained glass.

Best for ages: 18+ | £12

Walk York’s Roman city walls

York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

Walking York’s ancient city walls – the best-preserved in Britain – offers glimpses of the city’s rich history, with fortified towers, Roman gateways and a wonderful view of the medieval rooftops.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free | 2 houra

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Boats sailing down the River Ouse with people walking along the embankment

Boat tours of York

York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.2 miles]

Get a different perspective on York while gently gliding down the River Ouse with jovial commentary. Lunch, afternoon tea and evening cruises are also offered.

Best for ages: 4+ | £12 | 1-3 hours

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The exterior and window display of the popular Betty's Cafe and Tea Rooms at night


York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.4 miles]

This iconic tearoom opened in 1937 and there’s a good reason people queue for two hours for afternoon tea here. Book online in advance to avoid the wait.

Best for ages: 10+ | Free

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Sign advertising the start of a ghost walk visitor tourist attraction

Ghost Walk in York

York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.4 miles]

With 2,000 years of history, it’s easy to believe the claims that York is Europe’s most haunted city. Find out for yourself on one of several nightly ghost walks.

Best for ages: 13+ | £8 | 1-2 hours

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Exterior of medium-sized museum with lawn in front and a bed of flowers

Yorkshire Museum

York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.4 miles]

Yes, Yorkshire is the theme, but here you’ll find everything from dinosaurs to Richard III. A surprisingly diverse museum and its spacious gardens are a lovely spot for a picnic afterwards.

Best for ages: 13+ | £8

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)

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.

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