Green Guide York

Beyond its ancient walls, the cosmopolitan, vibrant city of York has over 2,000 years of historic roots to explore, promising an adventure for everyone who visits.

That's why we've created the LNER Green Guide; a one-stop shop to staying sustainable when you visit York. We've collected all of our best recommendations for the most sustainable places to stay, places to eat and things to do in and around York.

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Green places to stay in York

With parisian chic townhouses and opulent luxury hotels, it is no wonder York has fast become a key travel destination for many. 

York places to stay

Clementine's Town House

BEST FOR: Couples looking for a romantic getaway

ADDRESS: 4-5 St Peter’s Grove, York, YO30 6AQ


The owners of this new property in the quiet suburb of Clifton say that a stay here is a blend of “Parisian chic with Yorkshire Victorian heritage”. We can see what they mean: the 28 bedrooms are individuallystyled, and some come with a four-poster bed.

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No. 1 By Townhouse

BEST FOR: Cosy couples’ hideaway

ADDRESS: 1 Clifton, York, YO30 6AA


This hotel sits next to the grounds of St Peter’s School, whose most famous pupil was Guy Fawkes. It’s seriously stylish inside, erring on playfulness, with violins, locally-sourced artwork and antiques lining the walls and corridors.

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Grays Court Hotel

BEST FOR: History lovers

ADDRESS: Chapter House St, York, YO1 7JH


“Well hidden” is certainly an apt description for this hotel, tucked in a quiet courtyard off a narrow, cobbled lane in the shadow of the Minster. Parts of it date back to the 11th century and you can certainly feel the history.

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Parisi Townhouse

BEST FOR: Groups of family or friends

ADDRESS: 51 St Denys Road, York, YO1 9QD


This former hotel is now a swish selfcatering, dog-friendly townhouse for eight people in four bedrooms, a five-minute stroll from the centre of town. On sunny summer evenings, you can meet for drinks in the garden, and there’s even an outdoor bathtub for a post-sightseeing soak.

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The Grand

BEST FOR: Anyone wanting a touch of luxury

ADDRESS: Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD


Yorkshire’s only AA 5-star hotel, The Grand, opened in 1906 as the London and North Eastern Railway headquarters. Now it’s an opulent hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from York station, with a basement spa.

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Sustainable places to eat in York

Whether you fancy a top vegan meal, or a quick coffee and pastry, York's centre has an abundance of amazing eco-friendly cafes and restaurants. Locally sourced ingredients are the star of the show at so many forward-thinking, sustainable restaurants in the heart of this green city. 

York places to eat


BEST FOR: Anyone whose diet begins tomorrow

ADDRESS: 6-8 St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP


Can you really come to York and not go to Bettys for afternoon tea? Apparently not, judging by the queues that snake into St Helen’s Square most days.

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Fish & Forest

BEST FOR: Food fanatics

ADDRESS: 110 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX


Fish & Forest is a forward-thinking, sustainable restaurant whose menu is small and changes regularly, reflecting what they can source.

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BEST FOR: Foraging fans

ADDRESS: 2-4 Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX


Aptly named, Forage showcases the best of locally sourced and foraged ingredients. The produce is handpicked and then transformed into exciting seasonal menus, which are full of flavour and freshness and cooked over an open flame.

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BEST FOR: Lunch on the go

ADDRESS: Shambles Food Court, York, YO1 8RY


Cut through from York’s most famous medieval street, the Shambles, and you’ll find a small food market tucked away. Here you’ll see Krep, a stall selling savoury and sweet pancakes that are a meal in themselves, which you can stroll away with or sit down to eat at a nearby table.

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Orchid Vegan

BEST FOR: Pure, plant-based cuisine

ADDRESS: 16 George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6LP


Orchid Vegan is proudly York’s first ‘pure vegan kitchen with an Asian fusion’. The chefs are excited to present their vision of modern vegan cooking to all visitors, proving vegan eating can still be delicious, fresh and full of flavour.

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BEST FOR: Those who want to splash out

ADDRESS: 68 Marygate, York, YO30 7BH


Roots is chef Tommy Banks’ second venture, and is just as much about
highlighting sustainability, local provenance, and general Yorkshire pride as his first - the Michelin starred Black Swan. 

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Shambles Market

BEST FOR: Foodies

ADDRESS: Silver Street, York, YO1 8RY


Foodies visiting York need to visit the Shambles Food Court. Home to various local traders and small businesses, the Shambles Market is bursting with delicious, locally sourced produce from across Yorkshire, including street food independents, butchers, fishmongers, bakeries and various other fresh produce stalls.

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BEST FOR: Anyone who likes to pick and mix

ADDRESS: 17-21 Piccadilly, York, YO1 9PB


The great thing about eating at a venue with multiple outlets is you can mix and match what you fancy – a starter from one stall, a main course from another and a dessert (or two!) from that one at the back.

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The Bow Room

BEST FOR: Those looking for a taste of the local environment

ADDRESS: Grays Court Hotel, Chapter House Street, York, YO1 7JH


The Bow Room believes in bringing the garden to your plate, with chef Adam Jackson creating exquisite seasonal menus using ingredients straight from the kitchen garden, and local Yorkshire suppliers.

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Our top things to do

There's something for everyone, from the educational Jorvick Viking centre to the amazing Bradley's Jewellers, or even the York Minster that has dominated the skyline since the 7th century. Whether you want to be educated, indulge in some shopping or explore the history of the city, York has you covered. 

York things to do


BEST FOR: Stationery lovers

ADDRESS: 13 Colliergate, York, YO1 8BP


Avorium is a family run business encouraging everyone to style their workspace with gorgeous, matching desk accessories.

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Bradley’s Jewellers

BEST FOR: Those looking for a sparkling souvenir

ADDRESS: 67 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HY


Bradley’s Jewellers York is proud to be an award-winning, family owned, and family run independent jewellers in York just a stone’s throw from the Shambles.

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Clifford's Tower

BEST FOR: Learning about dark secrets from the Middle Ages

ADDRESS: Tower Street, York, Y01 9SA


This well-preserved Norman tower from the 11th century is a local landmark, and a climb to the top gives fantastic views across the city. Over the years it’s played many roles including a royal mint and a garrison and it’s recently emerged from a multimillion pound renovation.

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Jorvik Viking Centre

BEST FOR: History lovers of all ages

ADDRESS: 19 Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT


This popular museum opened on the site of the Coppergate archaeological dig, providing a fascinating insight into life when the Vikings ruled. Step aboard a carriage and hurtle back in time, peering into the lives of hunters, blacksmiths and leather workers, along with authentic sounds, sights and smells - if you’ve wondered how pongy a 10th century loo was, now’s your chance.

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National Railway Museum

BEST FOR: Train lovers of all ages

ADDRESS: Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ


The exhibits here tell the story of the railways from their earliest days – George Stephenson’s pioneering “Rocket” from 1829 is here – to the modern era. Go inside the carriage of a Japanese bullet train, gaze through the window of Queen Victoria’s sleeping carriage and get up close to the world’s fastest steam train, the Mallard.

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North York Moors

BEST FOR: Those looking to be at one with nature

ADDRESS: North York Moors National Park Authority, The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, York, YO62 5BP


Take a short bus or train journey from York city centre and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of the North York Moors.

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York Gin

BEST FOR: Gin lovers

ADDRESS: 12 Pavement, York, YO1 9UP


York Gin is an award-winning independent gin distiller inspired by Yorkshire’s local flavours and the history of York, as shown by their motto ‘History in the Tasting’.

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York Minster

BEST FOR: Those who like to delve further into history

ADDRESS: York Minster, Deangate, York, Y01 7HH


York’s imposing cathedral has dominated the skyline since the 7th century. But there’s much more here than first meets the eye, whether you’re exploring the details of the exquisite stained glass, the history of the undercroft, or the views after you’ve climbed the 275 steps to the top of the tower.

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The Yorkshire Museum

BEST FOR: Bringing history alive for the whole family

ADDRESS: Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR


This museum first opened its doors almost 200 years ago and has amassed
an amazing collection of almost a million objects that span from the dinosaurs to the present day.

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Doing our bit for the environment

A message from our Managing Director;

Travelling by train is the most eco-friendly mode of motorised transport, particularly our world-class Azuma trains which run under electric power on much of our network. If over the next year each of us substituted just half of our planned leisure car and plane journeys within the UK with train, we’d reduce our carbon emissions by a staggering 331 kgs.

With sustainable recommendations from LNER colleagues, locals and tourism organisations, this Guide has something for everyone to enjoy when exploring Dundee, Durham, and York this year and beyond.

We hope that you enjoy your journey. Please don’t forget to tag us on Twitter or Instagram @LNER and #GreenGuides so that everyone can see where and what you’ve been enjoying on your travels.

David Horne,
LNER Managing Director

LNER Environmental Policy

We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business.

Here’s how. 


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