Accommodation in York

York has a huge variety of accommodation options, from affordable hostels and campsites to luxury hotels. The following is a quick guide to find somewhere that suits you.

The content below is up-to-date as far as we are aware, please get in touch if you find anything to be incorrect. Also, feel free to add feedback on places you have stayed on our Facebook group – bear in mind that this is a forum for recommendations rather than criticism.

*SPECIAL DEALS for 2015*

Hotel 53 are a competitively priced hotel in the centre of York, about a 10-15 minute walk from our excavation. They offer a 10% discount to Archaeology Live! trainees, just quote York Archaeological Trust when you call to book. Please note that terms and conditions apply. The discount is valid for double rooms and doesn’t apply during bank holidays and race weekends.

01904 559000

General searches are a good place to start there are a number of options

– Good general booking site local to York not a national site so the revenue stays local.

– Another good local engine

– Bit of a York guide with some accommodation links

Hotels are surprisingly cheap if you book well in advance and avoid the weekend nights

– People had a good deal here by sharing a twin room and getting in early

– This one lists guest houses, pubs and bed and breakfasts as well

Bed & Breakfast is a very large part of the accommodation available in York (just don’t boast about having a Full English when you turn up and see ravenous hoards!)

– The University has some options for this

– Independent York bed and breakfast site, you need to contact individually but gives you and idea what’s around

– I am not sure if this counts as a B&B but there are some really good options at lots of prices there was one place at £16 per night–United-Kingdom?source=bb

– People have said very good things about the Bar Convent


Hostels are a good option if you want to pay less

– YHA has a hostel in York book through their web site and if you are a member you get discounts

– The University is running a system similar to a hostel in the halls where we used to stay you need to book dates between the 10th July and 5th September for the £24 per night price to be available

– We also spoke with York St John University and they are renting out rooms in different locations. The cheapest option was at the Lord Mayors walk campus. You will have to send them a message or call to find out more details (they were very helpful when I spoke with them)

– There is the boutique hostel on Micklegate which is very nearby for the site

– The same for Stonegate which is very central

Renting or sharing is a good option if you are coming for a longer stay

– One of the popular engines is this

– Gumtree is another option for a longer stay

– Bit extreme but if you are bringing the whole family over a nice option. There are a few houses in the York area

– There are a couple of places here which can be rented by a group. They have had good feedback from one of our regulars


– For those who wish to camp or caravan try

– Ukcampsite is very good. The campers reviews are also very useful

– For caravanners, this is supposed to have a really good shower block. Mainly hard standing with hook ups

Further afield To help planning stays and journeys there are numerous things to help

– Excellent Park and ride apps to help you plan your journey and stay in York 

Find of the Year 2014 Poll

During our debut season at All Saints, North Street, we were lucky enough to find some fantastic artefacts. These objects would all have been personal possessions of people who lived, worked and worshipped along North Street many centuries ago.

The Archaeology Live! team hate to pick favourites, but a decision needs to be made as to which find will feature on the T-shirt for the upcoming 2015 season. Each year of Archaeology Live! has had a different T-shirt design to give trainees a unique reminder of their time on site. We always try and use an image of an artefact or feature discovered specifically on the current site. As 2014 was our first year at All Saints, we used one of the ‘maria’ tiles from the church’s newly restored Lady Chapel as the featured image; these can still be purchased from

So, which find will be the winner? It’s down to you to vote!

Here are the contenders:

Alan’s worked antler object.


This beautifully made object may have been a decorative spindle whorl, counter or gaming piece. It is likely to be medieval or perhaps even Viking in date.

Katie’s fragment of a 15th century Hambleton Ware lobed bowl.

Yoshi? Dino? Hmmm...

This wonderful creature would have been set in the base of a communal drinking vessel. As people passed around the bowl, it would have emerged from the wine/beer/water and been rather amusing for all involved. Quite what the creature is remains a mystery. Dino from the Flinstones has been mooted but is rather unlikely…

Gina and Rob’s bone die


Gina’s dice (above) is in beautiful condition and could be anything between Roman and medieval in date. Rob’s dice (below) features a more 13th century style layout and has clearly been used for some time.


Kaye’s glass ring


This beautiful object is most likely Roman in date and would have been a stunning piece of jewellery when complete.

Barry’s fragment of a medieval seal jug


This seal would have graced the side of a 13th century York Glazed Ware jug. The image on the seal tells us that it may well have been commissioned by noteable York citizen Thomas FitzWalter to celebrate a marriage and/or birth of a son. A rare example of an artefact being linked to a single person or family.

Gerwin’s Belarmine Jug.

Gerwin's sherd of a Bellarmine jug.

This grumpy looking individual is Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), a staunch anti-protestant who’s image adorned many thousands of 16th-17th century German stoneware drinking jugs. This provides wonderful evidence of post-medieval satire, as the cardinal was strongly opposed to excessive drinking!


Please cast your vote for which find should feature on the 2015 T-shirt on the poll below. The winner will be announced in the next couple of weeks once the Archaeology Live! team have counted and ejudicated the votes. If you feel we have omitted a deserving find from the shortlist, get in touch and let us know!

Over to you!

– Arran

Availability of courses

Places and Spaces

Below are the current spaces available on the 2015 Archaeology Live! training courses. Even if a course is full, we sometimes get late openings coming up if people have had to cancel – so get in touch and we can create a reserves list if it is your only option.

If you are unsure as to how to read the details below, have a look at this example in italics;

Week no.   Starting Date.    Longer Courses.    TasterCourses

Week 8       14/06/17             6                            Tue 4 Wed 0 Thur 2 Fri 2

So, during week 8, starting 14th June 2017, there are spaces for 6 people on the one week or longer course and then 4 taster spaces on the Tuesday, 2 on the Thursday and finally 2 on the Friday.

Spring Session

Week no.   Starting Date.    Longer Courses.    TasterCourses

Week 1       06/04/15             6                             Tue na Wed na Thu 3 Fri 4

Week 2       13/04/15             8                             Tue 1 Wed 4 Thu 2 Fri 4

Summer Session

Week no.   Starting Date.    Longer Courses.    TasterCourses

Week 1       22/06/15             2                             Tue 3 Wed 3 Thu 4 Fri 4

Week 2       29/06/15             7                             Tue 3 Wed 4 Thu 4 Fri 4

Week 3       06/07/15             7                             Tue 4 Wed 4 Thu 2 Fri 2

Week 4       13/07/15             8                             Tue 3 Wed 3 Thu 3 Fri 4

Week 5       20/07/15             8                             Tue 4 Wed 4 Thu 2 Fri 2

Week 6       27/07/15             10                           Tue 4 Wed 4 Thu 4 Fri 4

Week 7       03/08/15             10                           Tue 4 Wed 4 Thu 4 Fri 4

Week 8       10/08/15             10                           Tue 4 Wed 4 Thu 4 Fri 4

Week 9       17/08/15             10                           Tue 4 Wed 4 Thu 1 Fri 1

Week 10     24/08/15             10                           Tue 4 Wed 4 Thu 4 Fri 4

Week 11     31/08/15             9                             Tue 4 Wed 4 Thu 4 Fri 4

Week 12     07/09/15             9                             Tue 4 Wed 4 Thu 4 Fri 4

April Weekend Course 

Fully booked – we have a reserves list and may do more courses if demand is high.

 May Weekend Course 

Fully booked – we have a reserves list and may do more courses if demand is high.

August Weekend Course 

Fully booked – we have a reserves list and may do more courses if demand is high.

Autumn Session

TBC Email to express interest.

With sufficient demand we will run an additional weekend course so just let us know. Bookings and enquiries to