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The Parisi Hotel and Townhouse is one of the most convenient places to stay when visiting York, tucked away in a vibrant neighbourhood close to the main pedestrianised area in the historic centre of the city within the Medieval city walls, yet easily accessible right to the door by car/taxi or a short stroll from the train station.


York is a compact, walkable ‘human-scale’ city, jam packed with major attractions, fantastic shops, brilliant independent restaurants, cafés and pubs, all within about a 10 minute walk from the door.


For instance, from the front door several lovely and nationally acclaimed neighbourhood restaurants are within a stone’s throw on the adjacent street, and you can walk to the famous Shambles or the Jorvik Viking Centre in about 5 minutes, and to York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe in about 10 minutes.


We offer discounts for longer stays (automatically applied when you choose 4 or more nights) and between relaxing with us and exploring the area, there is enough to keep you amused for weeks throughout the year.




York is also an ideal base to explore the wider region of Yorkshire and the North of England. Lovely day trips could include heading north to Pickering and taking the steam railway across the North York Moors to the coast, spending a day meandering through the charming fishing villages of the east coast, heading west to explore the majestic Yorkshire Dales or east to the ‘Hockney Country’ of the Wolds. You can take/hire a car, go by bus or train, join an organised tour or hire a personal guide.

Eating in York


Our neighbourhood is renowned for its food and drink scene and you can sample delights from around the world -Argentinian steaks, Sardinian pasta dishes, modern European, Spanish, Thai, Polish and Korean delicacies all in the adjoining street.


More generally, York is becoming a go-to destination for food, with a growing number of Michelin-rated restaurants.


Overseen by head chef Tommy Banks (as seen on Great British Menu), Roots offers a tasting menu based on what’s currently being harvested on the family farm (along with what they preserve throughout the year), and 2021 saw them awarded their first Michelin Star.


Le Cochon Aveugle, which sits just beyond St Denys church, is a charming, intimate bistro with just 7 tables, serving modern European tasting menus, and was awarded a Michelin Plate in 2021.


The critically acclaimed Skosh provides small plates of contemporary British cooking with an international influence, and retained its Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2021.


York is filled with lovely spots for brunch and afternoon tea, including the famous Yorkshire/Swiss Bettys for the full traditional affair or hugely popular locals’ favourites Mannion & Co, an artisan bistro, deli and bakery and the charming Partisan, offering a creative and delicious menu in beautiful surroundings where most of the objects, art and furniture are for sale.


Of course, if you fancy a night in you can take advantage of the many delivery or takeaway options or if you are staying in the Parisi Townhouse you could whip up a feast using some of the wonderful local produce in the well-equipped kitchen.

Shopping in York


The city is fortunate to have a wonderful range of independent shops alongside premium brands, whether you are looking for clothes, gifts or homeware, or fancy browsing the many antique and second-hand bookshops for a special something.


The permanent Shambles Market plays host to specialist markets and street food stalls throughout the year and the weekly car boot fair at York Racecourse is one of the largest in the area and a great place to pick up unusual finds.


The Parisi is ideally placed to drop bags off and recharge between rounds of shopping!

History of York


The city has been the seat of power for kings, emperors and churches for much of its history, and evidence of the Roman and Viking occupations is still visible.


York is blessed with many fascinating world class museums and galleries within easy walking distance such as the National Railway Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre, the Castle Museum and York Art Gallery to name but a few.


Lesser known historical gems include the incredibly preserved Medieval guild hall, the Merchant Adventurers' HallBarley Hall, the National Trust Treasurer’s House and the beautiful Georgian Fairfax House.


There are many free organised tours to join such as those by the Association of Voluntary Guides tours or personal guides can be hired.

The Arts in York


The city’s diverse arts scene is at your fingertips and events at venues such as the York Barbican Events Centre, Fibbers and the Crescent, the National Centre for Early Music , the Grand Opera House York, York Theatre Royal  and York City Screen cinema are easily accessible.

Business and education


The University of York and York St John’s University are nearby for opens days, graduations or conferences.


York’s central location make the Parisi an ideal place for company team building exercises or projects and the house makes life convenient for film and TV crews using the city in their productions.

How to find us


By car

If you come by car, the best route to approach The Parisi is via the A1079 Hull Road, on the East of the city. You can access this road from the North or South-bound A64 outer ring road and it is signed 'York Hull 1079'. When you have exited the A64, at the traffic lights/roundabout you will need to take the A1079 York road. If you approach from the A64 South you will need to stay in the left lane and turn left and if you approach from the A64 North you will need to stay in the righthand lane and turn right.


Once you have picked up the A1079 York road, you just need to continue straight following signs over the roundabout for the city centre and you will eventually see the city walls and Walmgate Bar at some traffic lights ahead. You will need to be in the right hand lane in order to cross straight over the intersection and through the City Walls into Walmgate. There is a kink in the road here, so be ready to go through the right hand side of Walmgate Bar (the gateway through the city walls). From here, St Denys Road is the fourth turn on the left, and The Parisi is on the left opposite the church. The parking area is on the righthand side of the hotel.


If you approach from any other direction, please be aware that St Denys Road itself is one way and accessible only from Walmgate. Also please be aware there are no left/right turns from the inner ring road through the bar walls into Walmgate and so you must approach from the A1079 straight ahead. If you miss this approach you can still access Walmgate via Navigation Road (almost opposite Waitrose) or alternatively by passing the York Central Travelodge on Piccadilly.

If you use satnav, our postcode is YO1 9QD.


By train

York has a wonderfully compact city centre and so there is no need to bring your car. The city is well served by rail links being around 2 hours away from London and 2.5 hours from Edinburgh.


By plane

The nearest airport is Leeds/Bradford which is around a £50 taxi journey away, or you can get a shuttle across to Leeds train station. Manchester and London airports are conveniently linked to York by rail.

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The Parisi Hotel and Townhouse
51 St Denys Road, York, YO1 9QD
01904 624800
Two bedroom self catering for four in York
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