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Experience York

Local History

Introduction

There really is something for everybody in York: you can delve into the rich history with our great museum experiences; discover some world-renowned architecture; experience the collection of independent and boutique shops that line the old cobbled streets; or simply enjoy some of the award winning restaurants, pubs and bars. Our staff have a wealth of local knowledge and we are only too happy to recommend the top sights to see and tell you about our favourite places to help you plan your stay with us and make the most of your time in York. We love this city and we hope you leave planning your next trip back!

York's Attractions

Firstly, learn about our long and varied history. See some of the roman ruins which are scattered over the city, or visit the Yorkshire museum where many roman artefacts are on display, as well as the recently opened crypt in the minster where you can walk over the original roman fortress foundations upon which the current minster is situated. Fast forward to medieval times with the renowned Jorvik Viking Experience or stroll along the medieval city walls. There are also many city walks (guided or not) to help you get a feel of the city, including the infamous nightly ghost walks detailing some of the more gruesome stories from the past. The castle museum offers a great introduction to Victorian York with its reconstructed street Kirkgate, and also includes an excellent WWI exhibition. There are many other museums and exhibitions with everything from dungeon experiences, to tours of the world’s largest collection of medieval stained glass in the minster, to the National Railway Museum. Whatever your interests, you will find something to learn about in York.

Shopping in York is an experience in itself. Well known for its independent and boutique shops, you can find the perfect gift in York. Whether it’s some handcraft merchandise, a unique souvenir or antique, or some tasty local produce from the market, you are sure to find something interesting to take away with you.

After a long day exploring York, there are a huge number of restaurants and pubs to relax and unwind. Whatever your tastes we have everything from award winning pubs with locally sourced produce; fantastic restaurants with almost every cuisine you can think of; all sorts of bars, bistros and cocktail lounges; and a nightlife to rival some much larger cities. We also have a great pub and restaurant guide detailing some of our personal favourites: just drop us an email if you would like to peruse this before arriving and we can forward it on to you.

If you are lucky enough to be in the area for more than a couple of days, you could take the opportunity to head out of the city to see what else Yorkshire has to offer. We would recommend, amongst others: the magnificent grand 18th century estate of Castle Howard, the Yorkshire Air Museum, some nearby towns such as Harrogate or Helmsley which have their own charms or picturesque Whitby which is also steeped in history (or just go for the fish and chips – the best in the world!) Also you could take the opportunity to visit the countryside and the stunning North Yorkshire moors national park, just 30 minutes’ drive to the North.

Building History

Number 15 St Peter’s Grove was originally designed and built by William Penty, a notable local architect, circa 1896. The building was commissioned by a Leeds tobacconist who wanted to expand his business into York by using the River Ouse to transport stock.

During the First and Second World Wars, the building was used as accommodation for Army Quartermasters, who had offices in what is now the Churchill Hotel, just around the corner on Bootham.

In the late 1950s and early 60s the building was sold to the Savage family, renowned Scarborough hoteliers, and redeveloped. Savages Hotel became hugely successful, regarded as “the” place to stay in York. Mrs Savage, now well into her nineties, still pops in occasionally to reminisce over celebrity visitors of the day.

Later renamed The Groves, the hotel has maintained its reputation for outstanding customer service and contemporary design. In November 2015, The Groves was acquired by the B+B Collection as the newest addition to its award-winning brand of guest accommodation.

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