The city of York is popular with tourists throughout the year. As well as the throng of UK and international tourists during the summer months, York welcomes visitors to its Christmas market each December. There are many beautiful holiday homes here that would make an ideal base for a family visit to York. Many of them offer parking, which is a real bonus in a busy city such as this.

Visitors on business may prefer to stay in a modern apartment, of which there are many in the Clifton area. One bedroom and studio apartments here also offer easy access to a range of restaurants and shops. For budget stays, you may want to base yourself outside the city walls, where small flats and apartments are still within easy reach of the city, thanks to its good bus links. The area of Holgate to the west of York has a wide choice of this type of self catering accommodation. Its proximity to the train station means that those travelling without a car can easily access their accommodation.

Low Petergate, York

For families

Family self catering lets in York consist of both period and contemporary houses, cottages and apartments. Although York is known for its historic architecture, the city boasts a good selection of modern properties, and you may find these more affordable for a short term let. Whilst a modern three bedroom apartment might suffice for a two week holiday, families staying for one month or more might prefer a more spacious holiday home, particularly as many offer the bonus of a parking space.

Fulford Village is a pleasant and quiet area to the south of the city, with family houses and quaint cottages offering parking and outdoor space. York Designer Outlet mall is close by, with a couple of parks providing somewhere for the children to play.

Fairfax House, York

On a budget

Although York is popular with visitors year-round, visiting in November, January or February may offer several bargain rentals near the city centre. Being within the city walls makes it easier to get around on foot, and an apartment close to the main tourist areas of the Lanes and York Minster guarantees you’ll be in a beautiful setting.

If you prefer to stay further away from the city, the area of Heslington to the south-east may offer some cheaper accommodation. It’s a popular place for university students, but is not too far from the main sights. This would be a good area to rent a short term apartment whilst looking for something more permanent.

York, UK


Spacious penthouse apartments near the Minster offer lovely views plus easy access to Betty’s, York’s famous tea room. There are some lovely, quiet areas to the rear of the Minster, with independent shops and the Treasurer’s House, a popular National Trust property.

If you prefer to stay in a larger house, however, the residential area near to York Racecourse may suit. It’s only a couple of miles from the centre, with spacious houses and cottages available to rent for a short stay. The racecourse itself is set in extensive parkland, and there’s also Rowntree Park with its woodland walks, nature trails and ornamental pond.

For business

Those visiting York on business won’t be disappointed by the choice of small studio and one bedroom apartments in the area, with the centre of York being a particularly good place to stay. HomeAway offers both contemporary apartments, kitted out with the latest mod-cons, and period properties offering a bit more character. You’ll also find a good selection of restaurants here, perfect for meeting with clients.

Basing yourself slightly to the west of the city centre would benefit business visitors arriving by train. The railway station is located in this area, and you’ll find some lovely period apartments find some lovely period and family houses, some with private gardens. If you have any time to spare, the National Railway Museum is situated at the railway station, and would be well worth a visit before you leave.

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