This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in York.
York, located in Northeastern England, has a very longstanding history. The city has played host to Vikings, Romans, and Britons among others, and maintains some of the feel of each civilization. The old city is mostly walled, and most of these walls are walkable for a great tour. Most of the gates still stand and are well preserved, especially the northern gate.
The train station is located just to the west of the city. From there you can take a well marked route into the walls. If you choose to stay at a York hostel within the walls, be aware that you are subject to a special set of laws slightly different from what you find in the rest of England. Most of these laws surround drinking and noise making and do not carry harsh fines or penalties, but are meant to be respected.
If you choose to stay in a York hostel outside the city expect a bit of a walk in. York is fairly compact and is a very quaint town, although there are some areas outside the downtown core that may make you feel slightly uneasy at night. Use common sense and you will not find any trouble. You will find the people very welcoming and happy to help.
Main attractions include the Jorvic viking experience, the Minister, and the well preserved medieval streets. To save on entry to the Minister, attend one of the open services. You may have to get down on your knees, but you will be allowed to tour the Minister for a bit when it is fairly empty and be able to get a taste of the entire thing before the crush of tourists is let back in. The staff at your hostel in York should be able to provide you with some additional activity ideas.
Written by local enthusiast for York hostelsJosh