24 Hours in York with the Elmbank Hotel

As a massive lover of all things spooky, York has been on my bucket list to visit for a long time. York is known as the most haunted city in Europe, so I was going to cram in as much as I could within my 24 hours there.

I stayed at the Elmbank Hotel. With on-street parking, it was only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, so perfect for everything I wanted to see.

“The Elmbank Hotel is a unique 19th-century mansion house with a rich history. A former home to York’s elite, a venue for York’s most lavish parties, a one-time gentleman’s club, and a WWII army officer billet – the Elmbank boutique hotel holds a storied past.”

After a quick and simple check-in, it was time to head out to see the sights.

The first stop was the famous Shambles. A Harry Potter-like street, famous for its quirky little shops. Before going, one of the things I was aiming to buy was a York Ghost, but it turns out the queues go on for a pretty long time. So I decided to give that one a miss.

Next – to the JORVIK Viking Centre

During your experience at the centre, you are then taken on a journey through a reconstruction of Viking-age streets and experience life as it would have been in 10th century York

Then a reservation at York Dungeons – Walkthrough 10 live actor shows, telling the story of 2000 years of York’s dark history

Wherever I visit, if there’s a Dungeons venue, I make sure to make it one of my visits.

A walk along the city walls gives your a wonderful view of York Minster. If you want to do the full walk of the city walls, it takes around 2 hours.

A quick stop at Bettys for some famous Fat Rascals

Then in the evening, a comedy ghost bus tour. Teaching you about Yorks spooky past, whilst throwing in some comedy.


After a very busy day, it was time to head back to the hotel.

With a super king-size bed, and one of the biggest bathrooms I’ve ever seen, I was in for a night of much needed relaxation.

The room came with a walk in shower, large bath, large flat screen tv, mini fridge, Nespresso Machine, slippers and robes and wi-fi. Everything you need after a long day exploring the city.

The hotel is elegantly styled with modern comforts, and staff are on hand 24/7 if you need any assistance.

Breakfast was included in my booking, so I booked in for the 7.30 am slot as I had another long day ahead. With a large variety of food made to order and brought to your table, it was hard to decide what to go for. But of course, I couldn’t turn down the full cooked breakfast option.

If you’re visiting York, the Elmbank hotel is the perfect place for elegant luxury, whilst also being within a 10-minute walking distance from the city walls, and only another 5 minutes to the main city attractions.

At the moment, if you book directly on their website – save 10% on rooms using promo code ‘TEN’

*Disclosure: My hotel stay was provided by The Elmbank Hotel, but as always, all opinions are all my own.*

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