Grays Court

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This medieval mansion with just 11 rooms feels like a country-house hotel. It's set in lovely gardens with direct access to the city walls, and bedrooms combine antique furniture with modern comfort and design. The oldest part of the building was built in the 11th century, and King James I once dined in the Long Gallery.

It also offers one or two surprises: walls lined with modern travel portrait photography, and an excellent restaurant.

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With views across York’s medieval walls, Grays Court is a beautiful historic house with leafy gardens, an intimate restaruant and free Wi-Fi. The grand house is situated beside York Minster, and was once home to King James I. The stylish bedrooms feature fine linens and antique furniture. Rooms also have flat-screen satellite TV, and all offer scenic views of the gardens or York Minster. The Bow Room Restaurant serves a 9-course tasting menu in the evening and has been awarded 2 AA rosettes. During the day the property serve drinks from the bar, teas and coffees and a cream tea with home-made scones and preserves. A full cooked to order breakfast is served each morning. Guests can relax in the pretty gardens, or in the Bow Room with its impressive art collection. The Jacobean Long Gallery with oak panelling, sofas and original paintings is a delightful place to unwind. This country house is steeped in history, and set within the York walls. Grays Court Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the picturesque Shambles shopping streets. The Theatre Royal and York Museum and Gardens are within a 10-minute walk.

Important information

Please note that on-site parking is limited, but there is a public car park within a 5-minute walk of the hotel. Extra beds can only be accommodated in the Honeymoon Suite, Superior Double Room and Suite, and are suitable for children up to 13 years only. Please note that there is no lift at this property and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. The restaurant also offers a Braille menu for blind guests.


  • Room service
  • Luggage storage
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Business centre


  • Fire extinguishers
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Terrace
  • Wifi
  • Parking
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed
  • Smoke alarms
  • Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay
  • Designated smoking area
  • On-site parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
  • Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
  • Library
  • Physical distancing rules followed
  • Cctv outside property
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Cashless payment available
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Cctv in common areas
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Bridal suite
  • Internet services
  • Garden
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
  • Face masks for guests available


  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Safety deposit box
  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Private parking


  • Golf course (within 3 km)


  • Free WiFi available