Your Guide to Spending New Year’s Eve in York | Living North

Your Guide to Spending New Year’s Eve in York


What better way to enter the New Year than being well rested, well fed, at one with culture and hangover-free? Our York New Year’s Eve guide has all bases covered

Eat here…
What? A vibrant, upbeat French bistro.
Why? With York’s burgeoning food and drink scene, it’s easy to find a restaurant fit for the final meal of the year, but this little French number is perhaps the pièce de résistance. Close to the Minster, Rustique is a delightful bistro combining cosy and intimate interiors with a buzzing atmosphere and a menu to match – expect classic French dishes such as moules marinière, steak, and a fine selection of wines guaranteed to pep you up.

See this… 
York Minster
What? A sacred cathedral in the heart of the city dating back to the 7th century. 
Why? It is a well-know tradition in York to see in the New Year at The Minster. Join fleets of merry makers who gather around this iconic building for a traditional New Year’s Eve countdown, before listening to its historic bells chime for the last (and first) time as the clock strikes midnight. Soak up the culture with live street entertainment, music and, if you’re lucky, a fireworks display.

Stay here…
The Principal 
What? A stylish hotel marrying 18th century charm with modern luxe. 
Why? Commanding an impressive position just steps from the platform at York railway station and around the corner from the National Railway Museum, this hotel epitomises grand Victorian splendour. Light-filled lounges and soaring ceilings greet guests, while suede and velvet decked rooms (complete with plush king-size beds with views towards York Minster), provide the perfect place to awake on New Year’s Day. Fancy a pre-dinner sharpener? Head to the Chapter House Bar where red leather chairs, green velvet curtains and an enigmatic cocktail menu will get you in the groove. 

Cure your hangover with… 
A brisk walk along the Ouse, which cuts a picturesque path through the city. 
Why? There’s no hangover that a bit of fresh air can’t fix (unless you’ve really overdone it – tequila, we’re looking at you), and York’s river Ouse is the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs. With winding walking routes taking in some of the city’s best sights, from the Millennium Bridge to Clifford’s Tower, and stunning views that’ll give you plenty of pause for thought (and photos), a stroll here will have you starting 2020 feeling better than ever. 

Published in: December 2019

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