Beautiful, historic, vibrant … York is famous for its medieval streets, city walls, Minster and delicious chocolate. Add to this superb shopping, world-class visitor attractions, a year-round festival events programme and friendly atmosphere, and you have got the perfect place for a relaxing and luxurious break.
The North York Moors are on York’s doorstep meaning you will be spoilt for choice whether you want the city, country or coast. You can discover the North York Moors' unenclosed and unsurpassed stunning heather moorland, as well as the vast forest and woodlands which make up a fifth of the National Park.
Why not take a walk along the coast and discover towering cliffs, rocky shores, sheltered bays and sandy beaches? Or take in some rich history from the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution. You can even explore further with a York & Beyond Explorer Pass, as it gives you access to up to 50 attractions; making sure you pack as much into your break as possible.
Dark Skies Festival
One major festival happening within the North York Moors, from 14th February to 1st March 2020, is the Dark Skies Festival.
This stargazing festival is filled with spectacular events, virtual reality experiences, exhibitions and more, right across the National Park. Being an area of low light pollution, the North York Moors has some of the best dark skies in the country with as many as 2,000 stars visible on a clear night.
If a festival atmosphere is really what you're after, there are also two great events in York, the Ice Trail running on the 1st and 2nd February 2020 and the JORVIK Viking Festival from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February 2020.
Win A Luxury Break For Two
We have teamed up with Visit York and the North York Moors National Park, to give you the chance to win a luxury York break, which will take you back in time to enjoy the Victorian elegance of the Principal York Hotel, located adjacent to York station.
Our prize includes two nights at the four-star Principal York Hotel with breakfast each morning, a pair of two-day York & Beyond Explorer Passes, tickets to the Dark Skies Festival 2020 in the North York Moors and return rail travel with LNER. We will also give you £500 to spend.
York is the ultimate foodie destination; with restaurants boasting food from all over the world packed within the city walls, you’ll never be hungry.
York is known as the City of Festivals and with a major event happening every month, there’s entertainment and experiences to be had around every corner. Look out for brand new festivals bringing something inspiring and unique to the city.
York & Beyond Explorer Pass
The York & Beyond Explorer Pass is York’s Official Sightseeing Card.
After purchase gain free entry to up to 50 York & Beyond Attractions.
From dramatic coastlines and picturesque moors to enchanting forests and bustling market towns, you’ll find an adventure worth discovering all on York’s doorstep.
There is a full range of activities, events and attractions to enjoy in York that you simply won’t be able to find anywhere else.
From everyday experiences with a York twist to once-in-a-lifetime chances to have a truly unique city break.
York offers a fantastic selection of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets.
The historic Principal York hotel is adjacent to the train station and enjoys views across its private gardens to stunning York Minster.
Enter our competition here
For the chance to win, answer the question before 23:59 on Sunday 9th February 2020.
*Entrants must be 18 or over. The prize is for two people and can be taken Sunday to Thursday, subject to availability. Full prize must be taken by March 2021 with Dark Skies tickets being used between 14 February and 1 March 2020. See full ts&cs for all details.