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Do you need reservations for York area?

We will be driving from Edinburgh to London and probably stopping somewhere around York for the night. It seems about half way. Should we be making reservations or can we find something as we go?

Posted by
2739 posts

Hi Cheryl, I would just find something as you go. We have never made reservations beyond the first and last nights of our trips. We have never had trouble finding a place to stay, and its been in both high season and low season. Have a great trip.

Posted by
93 posts

I wouldn't have, but it turns out I'll be there during a festival, so I did make reservations - just in case.

Posted by
20 posts

When are you going to be there? I secured reservations in York for next week but was turned down by a few Rick Steves-recommended hotels that were full. One hotel owner warned me that York is a popular weekend getaway spot for the British.

Posted by
152 posts

Internet booking has changed everything. York is a bustling city where driving, and parking, are a headache. Why would you want to waste time trying to scope out a place to stay, when there are much better ways to spend your limited time? If you are only staying overnight, no sightseeing, don't even go into York; you'll probably want to stay!

We stayed at the Abbey Guest House, a very nice B&B, right on the river, 10 minute walk to the York Minster and old city. Check it out, and enjoy York.

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15 posts

Thanks for all the input. We will actually be there end of this month...Sept 26th. We will be driving down from Edinburgh to London. We unfortunately have to leave London on the 28th to come back home to the US. I know that it is way too short of time, but circumstances couldn't be helped. So we will have only one night to stay along the way. It doesn't have to be York, that just looked to be about half way. I thought Keswick sounded good too, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks

Posted by
75 posts

I want to second the Abbey as a great place to stay. It is quiet yet a 5-10 minute walk into the historic city. We dropped off the car at the station and took the train back to London from York. Like nost large British cities, you do no want to drive in York more than needed.

Posted by
3428 posts

When we are in York, we stay at the Royal York. It is right at the train station, but they have parking. I love the gardens next to the hotel. The walk into the center of town is just long enough to be enjoyable. While there, I'd suggest you eat at Gert and Henery's. It is located at the edge of the Shambles in an old timbered house. Cute and GREAT food!