The Little Luxuries Of York

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Grays Court Afternoon Tea
York is the hub of arts, history, tradition and above all, culture. With over 6.8 million people ambling through the magical Shambles, it is safe to say York's tourism is red hot. It isn't just seeped in history, it is also ringing with poetic artistry around every corner, and untouched backstreets, which resonates with tourists and natives alike. York sits perfectly on the River Ouse, with boat tours being a hit throughout those beautiful summer months, you can indulge in afternoon teas, parties, and dinners on the river whilst snapping picturesque Instagram shots. You can find out more information on the boat tours here. What else could you want?

York has such a grand, authentic feel with a semblance of regal charm and it perfectly preserves the history. The architecture is stunning and many buildings still have the original brickwork. The Shambles is most famous of course, you could almost feel transported into the world of Harry Potter with its exquisite charm! York is home to so many beautiful artisan cafes, and there are an abundance of restaurants of all cuisines around every corner. You'll never go hungry in York! The streets of York are a treat in themselves. So many little alleyways, and walks, and roads that even the most seasoned York visitor may not have seen before. Of course, no trip to York would be complete without a visit to the incredible York Minster. More information about opening times and prices can be found here.

Tudor buildings behind the Minster
Quaint shop in town centre
Little Shambles
York shopping area
Betty's Tearooms cake shop


For all the travellers who love a little touch of luxury, hotels are usually the place to go. Relaxing and charming, hotels often represent the city that they are in, I find them the most intriguing of places to visit in cities that I love. A lot of people can be under the misconception that hotels are not open to the general public, that hotels are just for residents, but that is usually far from true. Hotels are open to anyone, they are often fabulous meeting places and often have incredible restaurants! There are quite a few hotels in York, and many of them are hidden round little corners, or in unassuming buildings, meaning going on a little hunt online before you come to York is essential, especially if you're wanting to find the hidden gems of the city.

Grays Court Hotel, tucked behind the Minster is one of those gems. With beauty, style and bundles of charm, it is a quaint little place, dating back to 1080, and surely has many a buried secret and spirit lying within its walls. Stopping by for an afternoon tea was a must, it is the traditional thing to do, and is never a bad option. With welcoming and obliging staff, the stay was cosy and so much so that with the quietness and stillness away from the bustle of the city, you could easily take a nap!

Gray's Court Afternoon Tea

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Grays Court Hotel Afternoon Tea
It also has the most stylish little nooks and crannies to explore, with a library and restaurant and little quiet rooms perfect for writers, or even anyone travelling alone who wishes for a little quiet time. There are never enough hours in the day to soak up all the glory of a beautiful place but it is sure a place you should stop off at especially during these chilly winter months, a warm welcoming place to feel like home is exactly what we all want!

Grays Court Hotel library 
Grays Court Hotel library
Grays Court Hotel library
Of course the blog post wouldn't feel complete without a mention to one of my old faithful hotels, a place I first went to when I was aged 7, then called the Royal Station hotel, since called The Royal York, and now renamed The Principal, which has had an elegant, beautiful makeover and is again another luxury hotel in the city worth a stop by for a coffee. It is situated right next to York station, perfect for commuters and travellers. Or if you have offices in York, The Principal would make for an exquisite location to entertain guests. It has such a cosmoplitan feel, golds, creams, rose gold, crystal chandeliers, it's a great place to stop by to check out since its huge refurbishment. Will always hold many nice memories and deserved to make it into this blog for sure. You can see more about The Principal Hotel here.

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The Principal York
The Principal York
The Principal York 
The Principal York

For more information on what to do in York, and what to watch (yes there is a wonderful Theatre in York for all you theatre lovers - I'm one of them!), click here. There is never a dull moment in York, from street performers, to hard working buskers, to flower stalls, to quaint shops, to artists, the city is vibrant and breathtaking. If you haven't visited York already, put it on your 2017 travel list, you won't be disappointed.

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