York: so good they named it once. Okay, it doesn’t quite have the ring of The Big Apple, but the heart of Yorkshire has enough historical charm and hidden gems for the perfect weekend getaway.
Where To Stay: Hotel Du Vin, 89 The Mount, York, YO24 1AX
This northern outpost of the increasingly popular boutique chain offers luxury and convenience in a historic setting. Housed in a grade II listed building from the early 19th century that has seen life as a private home and an orphanage, you will now find 44 rooms and enough Egytpian linen to make Tutankhamun feel at home.
Where To Eat: The Blue Bicycle, 34 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA
From an orphanage-turned-hotel what better than to visit a restaurant that was once a brothel to get a proper taste of the seedy side of York’s history? Thankfully now 100% prostitute free, The Blue Bicycle is one of York’s most acclaimed and talked-about restaurants and rightfully so. Tuck into such house specialities as seared scallops with rhubarb and prune chutney. Call 01904 673990 to make a booking.
What To See: The Quilt Museum & Gallery, St. Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, YO1 7PW
Although tempting to big up Jorvik and its exhibit featuring the smell of synthesized Viking poop, a better bet is York’s Quilt Museum and Gallery. The UK's only museum dedicated to quilting and textile arts can be found in St Anthony's Hall. Like everything else in this guide, St Anthony's Hall has had a colourful past, as a chapel, workhouse for the poor, hospital, prison, school and historical archive.