Historic Pubs of York

York has around 80 inns and pubs within the City Walls alone. Whatever the time of year, an evening walk around the walls or riverside and then sampling some real Yorkshire ale in a cosy inn is a real pleasure. Purely for the culture and history, of course.

Ye Olde Starre Inn on Stonegate is probably York’s oldest surviving inn, dating from 1644. The pub’s famous street sign directs visitors through an alleyway leading to its beer garden and entrance. Inside, the pub has a number of cosy, dark wood panelled lounges which are a popular meeting place.

    Ye Olde Starre In is one of York city centre's oldest inns

      You can leave the York Coastliner bus at the Stonebow stop and along Coppergate down to The Kings Arms on Kings Staith. It’s a pleasant pub to sit out and watch the river, though it is York’s most flooded hostelry. The pub has had many names since it opened in 1783, including The Ouse Bridge Inn. The Kings Arms on display are those of Richard III.

        The Kings Arm pub on Kings Staith is very popular for sitting out watching the river

          The Roman Bath public house facing St Sampsons Square, is a busy pub with few external clues to its unique history. Formerly known as the The Mail Coach, it changed to its current name when a Roman Bath dating from around AD 71 was discovered in its basement during refurbishment. It’s worthwhile to pay the small charge to view what is thought to be a private bath, built for a Roman Commander.

          You can find these historic inns and many more to explore on CAMRA’s helpful map. This map also includes the many contemporary, more lively venues for your holiday entertainment.

            Regular late evening buses between York Caravan Park, Coppergate and York Railway afford no limit to your cultural exploration!

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