York Hotels - Railpass Validation

We're planning to stay in York for 3 days in early May. Any suggestions? We won't have a car, so walking distance is important.

We will be arriving at Heathrow and taking a train from Kings Cross station ( at least that's what the travel agent told us to do.)

Also, we were told that you could not travel using a railpass on the same day you validate the pass. ???

Thanks

Posted by Cynthia
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
1202 posts

I would suggest the Dean Court Hotel. It is right across from Yorkminster; their best rooms have what I refer to as a "full frontal view" of the minster. Last time we stayed there we had a car, but this time we are arriving by train. I am not positive about this, but I THINK Dean Court Hotel is within walking distance of the train station. (We will find out in June when we stay there again.) The Black Swan is an interesting historic pub. Have you read The Apothecary Rose--fun if you would enjoy a medieval mystery set in York. We haven't tried this yet either, but I have been told by UK natives that the Picadilly line runs direct from LHR to Kings Cross station. We loved York and can't wait to return, :)

Posted by Toni
Charlotte, NC, USA
2847 posts

We have always stayed at the Royal York Hotel. It is attached to the train station. It has recently been renovated. They have a lovely small garden. It is only a short walk to the center of town. Our favorite resturant is Gert and Henery's. It is in a half-timber house at the edge of the Shambles and the market- great British food. You will love York!

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8646 posts

Karen,

How many trips will you be taking by train and what are your routes (besides London-York)?

The reason I ask is that while walk-up fares for longer train rides in the UK are very expensive, if you can commit to specific departure dates and times and book well in advance you can get very cheap discount fares. For example, the walk-up 2nd class fare for London-York can be over £100, but the cheapest online fare is only £10.

If you need the flexibility that a railpass provides, booking in advance won't work, of course. However, if you'd like to know more about how to get the cheapest point-to-point tickets that will cost much less than a railpass, just ask.