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It’s a Northern party town to rival Manchester or Leeds, trust us! We love York and its (roughly) 365 pubs. That’s a pint a day for a year, but, unfortunately, you’re only here for the weekend, so you’ll be needing specifics.
For sophisticated groups after some suave drinking and epic cocktails, Back Swinegate and Little Stonegate are adjoining streets you could enjoy all night. There’s late-night openers and all your big-name favourites so you don’t have to stress about wasting precious time trawling through menus.
There are some really cool pubs along the river-front to while away sunny afternoons or start you out on your evening of stag-madness. Then, bounce on over to the other side of the Ouse where there are craft beer joints and the hub of nightclubs! Sounds cracking.
Allegedly a law still in the statute books allows the shooting of Scots with a bow and arrow. Except on Sundays.
York's old quarter, which is surrounded by the city walls, is home to the best nightlife, pubs and bars in the area. Some crammed into tiny alleyways, others overlooking the giant River Ouse, the nightlife offerings in this compact, pedestrian only area are among the best in England.
Snickleways are twisting, turning, narrow, medieval streets and pathways that make up central York, and it's an area that houses some of the best pubs in the UK! This is a great place for a medieval pub crawl and many of the pubs are reputed to be haunted… Or it could just be really old regulars.
Yorkshire had so many athletes in the 2012 British Olympic Team that had it been an independent nation York would have come 12th on the medal league table.
A York man once changed his name to "Yorkshire Bank Plc Are Fascist Bastards"
York is officially the most haunted city In Europe.
Much of central York is reserved for pedestrian use making getting around York easiest by foot. If you'd rather save your legs for the dance floor and need to get a farther afield a taxi can sometimes work out as cheaper than public transport if you're travelling in a group.
York is one of the best cities in the UK for cycling. A mass of cycle routes, cyclist priority zones and bike rental shops combined with the general flatness of the city centre makes the pushbike the ideal way of getting around York.
"Chucking your guts up" - To be sick.
"Flippin 'eck" - A term of shock or surprise.
"Lass" - Girl/wife/woman/female.
"Minging" - Unpleasant.
"Skell over" - Fall over.
"Summat" - Something.
York’s party scene has grown and grown (and grown) in recent years and now it’s up there as one of the best nights out in the country. Awesome daytime adventures pave the way to a bouncing night on the town and you’ll be guaranteed to give the groom a memorable send-off into marital life!
York Train Station is located just over half a mile from the centre of the city meaning you’ll be able to walk to your accommodation/hotel if you have booked somewhere central. For those driving up, be sure to check whether there’s parking available and, if not, where the nearest secure car park is.
York not only boasts an incredible nightlife, but it also has an extensive range of activities for you to pick from catering for all tastes. From classics such as Quad Biking and Go Karting to Dungeon Tours and Axe Throwing, you’ll be sure to find something suitably colossal to sink your teeth into on that unforgettable weekend in York.
York is a real gem in the north of England and one of the finest places to visit in the whole of the UK where you'll always be met with a really warm welcome. It's steeped in history and has even been named the most haunted city in Europe in the past with a reported 140 ghosts currently haunting the city and 504 sightings to date - here's hoping that you and the boys don't scare easily! New York itself was named after this historic Yorkshire city and with a wealth of exciting entertainment and thriving nightlife ready and waiting to go in the shadows of the incredible Minster, there really is an inexhaustible amount to see and do here on your York stag do. York is a striking city rich in culture and navigating the super old-school cobbled streets by day or by night is a real treat. York has always been popular with visitors from all around the world but in recent years, the city's nightlife scene has really stepped it up a notch with hundreds of amazing restaurants, bars and clubs on offer everywhere you look. It's all going on here in the ancient and lively city - why not book up your stag do in York today by sending us an enquiry.
So we've already established that York is the most haunted city in Europe - here are ten of the city's spookiest goings on…
York is a really cultural city, so there's always something interesting going on and a wide range of festivals on offer throughout the entire year. The York Food and Drinks Festival is a must for foodies (and hungry visitors) and visits twice in the year, once in June and once in September. Try out tasty local delicacies, watch cookery demonstrations and listen to great music in the evenings. At the historic barley Hall, events like medieval demonstrations and shows go on all year round and it's particularly magical at Christmas. To keep with the festive theme, taking the lead from similar events at Hyde Park, Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland takes place across December and January and offers up an ice rink, cafes and restaurants and a traditional funfair and Christmassy market stalls. The ultimate in childish fun! If you visit on the last weekend of October, then get prepared to see York in a whole new light - the Illuminating York festival is well known for being absolutely spectacular and involves a series of incredible light shows which are reflected against the many stunning city buildings. It's well known for being a city which really comes alive in winter, so holding your stag do in York over the chillier months is magical.
The minster is pretty difficult to miss and the first port of call for just about every traveller to the city. Around this area you'll be able to find the main cultural attractions such as the theatre, mansion house and fancy bars and restaurants around the river, so we'd recommend here as a great place to start your York stag weekend. When you want a taste of history, don't omit to see the city walls - they're just about as old as it gets, dating back to the Roman era and the 'snickleways' or alleyways around the backstreets are rich with heritage. When finding your way around the city, it's worth remembering that here 'gate' means 'street' (as in York's famously hilarious Whip-ma-whop-ma Gate) and 'bar' only means 'gate', sadly.
We have a selection of epic York stag do packages for you to choose from, or you can build your own. Tell us what you want, the challenges, type of accommodation, how badly you want to prank the groom, etc and our team of experts will get to work piecing together a tailor-made weekend to suit your group. You’ll also get to benefit from our relationships with York’s best stag friendly hotels, bars, clubs, activities and more. Contact us today to get your party started.