A view of York with the Minster in the background


A city with Roman roots and a Viking past, where ancient walls surround contemporary meeting venues and Georgian grandeur.

Getting Here

York’s venues, hotels and attractions are all within easy reach of both the UK’s major business centres and overseas destinations.


York’s closest airport is only a 50 minute drive away at Leeds Bradford and offers direct access to Belfast, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Paris, Rome and Venice.

Manchester International is under two hours away by car. It serves overseas destinations including New York, Atlanta, Beijing, Berlin, Boston and Brussels. 

Newcastle Airport is under two hours away from York. It serves European destinations such as Dublin, Hamburg, Munich and Paris.


London is under two hours, with direct services in and out of King’s Cross and St Pancras International and its Eurostar terminal. Newcastle is one hour by train, while guests can travel to and from Manchester in around 90 minutes.


It takes around four hours to drive to York from London, up the M1 motorway. Manchester to York is a 90-minute car journey via the M62. Leeds is only a 40-minute trip by road.



York excels in bioscience and is at the centre of the UK’s bio-economy. It boasts process industry infrastructure and skills, research and innovation expertise. It has proven capability in technology translation, plus strong connectivity through excellent logistics, supply chains and networks.

The University of York is ranked 6th in the UK for biosciences by the Guardian University Guide 2021. 

York-based biotech company, Circa Group, has developed a bio-based, renewable solvent, which won the Environmental Leader’s Top Product 2019 Award.

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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

In 2021, University of York will open a £35 million research centre, working with industrial partners and world experts in the field of robotics and AI. Specialist laboratories and testing facilities will investigate everything from driverless cars to hospital robots. 

The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund has provided £10.5 million, with £24.5 million secured through match funding from industrial and philanthropic partners. 

The university also has a number of existing programmes in the field, including the York Centre for Quantum Technologies. The new research centre will build on existing expertise and establish three central research pillars: design, assurance and communications.

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Creative industries

The creative industries represent the fastest growing sector of York’s economy and the University of York is home to Digital Creativity Labs, a world centre of excellence for impact-driven research in games, interactive media and the rich space where they converge.

In 2018, the university, in partnership with Screen Yorkshire and the British Film Institute, was awarded £5.5 million to develop a creative cluster around the screen industry. The funding supports film, television, games and related art and media in the city.

The sector is growing strongly and predicted to be worth £195 million to the York economy by 2024.


Where to stay

York offers an outstanding selection of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets. From privately-run boutique hotels to well-known brands, there’s plenty of quality accommodation to choose from.

5* hotels 207 bedrooms
4* hotels 882 bedrooms
3* and under properties 951 bedrooms
Other (student accommodation / home sharing) 1,266 bedrooms


York is a city where, around the next medieval cobbled street, you’re likely to find a blend of historic and contemporary state-of-the-art meetings and event venues of all types and sizes.

York Barbican
University of York (York Conferences)
York Racecourse
National Railway Museum
Principal York


A city where Romans and gruesome ghost stories collide with cutting-edge technologies to provide an eclectic mix of culture and heritage. With hidden gems and unique experiences around every corner, groups will not be disappointed.

York Minster
Castle Howard
York’s Chocolate Story

Dining & social experiences

Bettys Café Tea Rooms
Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
York Mansion House

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