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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland & Wales have evolved dramatically over time.

Today, LGBT citizens have most of the same legal rights as non-LGBT citizens and the UK provides one of the highest degrees of liberty in the world for its LGBT communities, although the UK has recently fallen behind other counties in international rankings. In ILGA-Europe‘s 2015 review of LGBT rights, the UK received the highest score in Europe, with 86% progress toward “respect of human rights and full equality” for LGBT people and 92% in Scotland alone.

York has a long history of being a  gay friendly resort and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Flares York is the most famous gay place in York, UK.

York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III.


 Top attractions to visit in York

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1. Gregory’s Guest House 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels York

Gregory's Guest House
Gregory’s Guest House

Gregory’s Guest House is set in York, 3.4 km from York Minster and 1.3 km from Knavesmire, in an area where cycling can be enjoyed. The property, housed in a building dating from 1900, has free WiFi and is 1.4 km from Priory Church of the Holy Trinity and 1.4 km from Cliffords Tower.

A flat-screen TV and DVD player are offered.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a Full English/Irish breakfast.

Popular points of interest near Gregory’s Guest House include Grand Opera House, York City Walls and York Barbican.

Located 2 blocks from Rowntree Park along the River Ouse, this relaxed bed-and-breakfast in a redbrick house is 15 minutes’ walk from York Racecourse.

The 4 colourful, cosy rooms all include en suite bathrooms, and come equipped with flat-screen TVs with DVD players, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Full cooked English breakfast is provided, and parking is free.

We are a small & friendly Bed & Breakfast located on the award winning ‘Best High Street In The UK”Bishyrd’ here on Bishopthorpe Road in York. We have ample free on street parking with free parking permits for your stay here at Gregorys We have four stars and silver award from VisitEngland. All our rooms are en suite with all the essentials towels, shaving point, hairdryer, trouser press, TV, DVD player, free wifi, books maps and tea and coffee making facilities.

We offer various options from our Breakfast menu including our full English or other options ,we also offer a vegetarian,dairy free,gluten and wheat free and vegan breakfast. The walk just takes 20 minutes along the riverside walk into York or via our award winning high street ‘Bishyrd’ with its many eateries pubs and shops.

We’ve just returned from spending two nights at Gregory’s Guest House. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel right at home by Bev & Martin, nothing is too much trouble for them and they know EVERYTHING there is to know about the area and places to visit in York. The room was lovely with everything you need to enjoy your stay. Parking was easy on the street with a permit given to you on arrival.

In some places as a married gay couple we can sense some atmosphere but we were made to feel so welcome at Gregory’s.

York is only a 10-15 minute walk either along the street past plenty of restaurants or along the river. You end up at Clifford’s Castle, 5 minutes walk to the Shambles.

We’ll definitely be returning to this beautiful guest house with it’s fantastic owners, it honestly was a perfect stay. Thanks Bev & Martin.

My partner and I stayed here for Valentines weekend and absolutely loved it. Bev and Martin were really welcoming and friendly, even surprising us with a little present in our room on Valentines Day! The breakfasts were really tasty, the coffee came in a cafetiere and the local meat and eggs were cooked really well.

The fact we are a lesbian couple did not faze them whatsoever, unlike some other bed and breakfasts we have stayed in before. The location was really nice, there’s a pleasant walk along the river to the city centre and the Indian restaurant next door (Bay of Bengal) is worth a visit and cheap if you take your own drinks. If we visit York again we will be certain to stay here again. Thank you for helping to make our weekend so special.

My boyfriend and I decided to book with Gregory’s after seeing so many positive reviews on this website. The only problem with the reviews, is that they do not fully do justice to this wonderful guesthouse! From the very first phone call when we booked, we found the owners to be warm, friendly people. On entering the guest house, this impression was further consolidated.

We were greeted by one of the owners, Martin who showed us to our room offering to carry our luggage (which, was no small feet considering how heavy our luggage was!) he then took us to our double en-suite room and advised us on how to get to the city centre and what there was to see in york (a beautiful city!) The other owner Beverly came later in the afternoon to apologize for not being able to greet us (just one example of hundreds of the kindness and welcoming nature of the owners.) Our room was a good size and the en-suite was also a nice size. The room had some lovely welcoming touches like biscuits and a chilled bottle of wine.

Breakfast in the morning was fantastic. All the ingredients were fresh and sourced locally. And there was a wide variety to choose from. And every morning the owners would come and have a wee chat, which made us feel even more welcome and comfortable were that possible. The room was cleaned to a high standard each day and it was obvious to see a lot of hard work went into it.

The guest house is about a 15 min walk from the city centre which for us being a young couple, was no problem. You could either take in the picturesque view along the river or head through the village which was a slightly shorter journey. If however your not really in a state to be walking back to the guest house then the taxis are cheap at about £4 to get into the centre. York is a gorgeous city with plenty to do and a really quaint English atmosphere. Some must do’s while your there, are the minster (only go up the tower if you have a good pair of legs on you!), Betty’s tea rooms (again very quaint and english) a walk through the shambles, a drink in RedEye lounge- the cocktails are lethal and a meal in Bella Italia, a very good Italian.

Overall we were extremely happy with Gregory’s Martin and Bev really exceeded our expectations and made us feel very welcome and comfortable in their home. As a gay couple we are sometimes made to feel awkward by the attitudes of certain owners, but this was not the case with Martin and Bev- they treated us as if we were their friends and by the end of our 10 night stay we were very sad to leave them. We would definitely go back and in fact we hope to return this Christmas.

I really can’t say enough for the amount of hard work and dedication Martin and Bev put into Gregory’s it is exceptional and clear to see how much they love doing what they do. So again a huge thanks to them for making our stay so enjoyable.

Gay Friendly Hotels York
Gay Friendly Hotels York

How much does a room costs at Gregory’s Guest House ?

Prices start 122$/night for Double Room with Private Bathroom.

This double room has a tea/coffee maker and electric kettle.

Where to book online – Gregory’s Guest House – Gay Friendly Hotels York UK you can find the best hotels deals in York during York River Art Market which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in York on or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Novotel York Centre 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels York UK

Novotel York Centre
Novotel York Centre

On the banks of the River Foss, Novotel York Centre is situated near the historical city walls and a short river stroll to the centre.

The rooms at the Novotel York Centre are spacious and modern, with an en-suite bathroom and separate toilet. They also feature an LCD TV, a mini fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.

The Gourmet Bar serves a range of international dishes as well as light snacks and afternoon tea.

There is a spacious outdoor terrace area and 24-hour room service for guests to enjoy.

In a redbrick building on the banks of the River Foss, this contemporary hotel is a 9-minute walk from the York Castle Museum and 1.5 miles from the National Railway Museum.

The relaxed rooms feature Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and sofabeds, as well as desks, mini fridges, and tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks and Nespresso machines.

Amenities include an international restaurant with terrace seating, as well as a casual bar.

Experience modern comfort in our newly refurbished rooms! Situated close to the celebrated historical city walls just a short riverside stroll from the centre, the hotel is perfectly located for exploring the historic and cultural delights of the city. The Gourmet Bar serves a range of dishes as well as light snacks and a sumptuous afternoon tea. There is a spacious outdoor terrace area and 24-hour room service for guests to enjoy.

The hotel is conveniently located, being only a short drive into York from the surrounding road network (with its own open air and spacious car park) and a 10 minute walk from the old city centre. The staff were remarkably friendly and helpful throughout my stay.

A spacious, clean, and atmospheric hotel, with friendly staff, a bar that’s open until midnight but then you can still carry on drinking if you wish after this time with reception service.

Novotel is about a 5 minute walk into York city centre and for the reasonable price per room it’s a gift horse being this close to town without actually being in the town itself and paying the higher prices.

Our room was spacious with a comfortable bed and views of the river. Room service was not being done unless specifically requested, although fresh towels and refills of toiletries & tea/coffee, sugar,etc, could be requested at reception. The bathroom had a lovely shower and was well designed with a mirrored door that separated the toilet area from the main bathroom allowing someone to use the toilet whilst the bathroom was also in use.

The breakfast needed to be pre-ordered the night before and consisted of a “continental pack-up” with a hot selection being made fresh for your chosen time.

e. The location was perfect for a city break in York, the hotel is a 5 min walk from the centre where you have a choice of great bars and restaurants, visiting the museums or the castle and city walls. The hotel is set slightly back from the main road so while you are so close to the centre, you are still in a very quiet area.

The hotel has a beautiful bar and restaurant area and although we did not try the food, we did have a late night desert which we took up to our room when we got back to the hotel and the deserts were delicious.

The hotel also has a pool with a special hour during the day where it is adults only so great for couples

ALL the staff are super friendly and helpful so can not ask for a better experience. The only thing I can say is that at check in / check out time the reception does get very busy but even then the staff are quick to get more people on reception and to check people in while waiting in the queue using tablets so very well managed.

My partner and I have always said that we want to come back for another short break.

Gay Friendly Hotels York UK
Gay Friendly Hotels York UK

How much does a room costs at Novotel York Centre ?

Prices start 150$/night for Superior Queen Room. The Executive Queen Room with Sofa
is  205$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room offers a queen-size bed, an en-suite bathroom and a sofa bed. The room also has a fridge, laptop safe, work area, flat-screen TV, a hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and ironing facilities.

Where to book online – Novotel York Centre – Gay Friendly Hotels York UK you can find the best hotels deals in York during York River Art Market which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in York on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Dean Court Hotel; BW Premier Collection 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels York

Dean Court Hotel; BW Premier Collection
Dean Court Hotel; BW Premier Collection

Opposite York Minster, and less than 200 m from York city centre, is the Dean Court Hotel Best Western Premier Collection. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Breakfast is served with views of York Minster. Guests can enjoy fresh coffees, drinks and snacks in the elegant lounge, and a popular Afternoon Tea is served in The Bar-Lounge.

Each individually decorated room at the Dean Court Hotel Best Western Premier Collection has a TV with DVD player and a work desk. The stylish private bathrooms also include a hairdryer.

The Jorvik Viking Centre and the Shambles, a historic cobbled street with bars and pubs, are both less than 10 minutes’ walk away. York Rail Station is 800 m from the hotel and York Racecourse is under a 10-minute drive away.

A 2-minute walk from York Minster cathedral and the York Theatre Royal, this stylish hotel in a 19th-century former clergy house is less than a mile from York Castle.

Contemporary rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks, as well as mini fridges and coffeemakers. Some feature 4-poster beds and/or bunk beds.

A modern restaurant offers Minster views, and serving a seasonal menu. There’s also a cafe and a bar.

With the finest location in the city, overlooking York Minster. All York’s famous attractions are within walking distance. The hotel recently received a Certificate of Excellence. A contemporary design, with emphasis on elegance and comfort. Rooms are well-equipped and individually styled. Superior, De-Luxe and our 2 Suites have fabulous architectural views of historic York. Rooms have flat screen TVs, 120 TV channels and DVD players. A range of DVD’s and an iPOD docking station. Little “extras” include robes, brollies and mineral water.
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The Dean Court is notably child-friendly with four well equipped family rooms. Guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs will also enjoy facilities in a quartet of rooms. Electric access is available with staff assistance. D.C.H – The Restaurant has stunning views of York Minster. The Lounge-Bar serves snacks and sandwiches. The hotel has its own secure car park. No smoking throughout.

As regular visitors to York we haven’t found a bad accommodation yet but may just have found the best we’ve used. Dean Court is located literally over the road from York Minster and we were delighted to be upgraded to a room with a view of this magnificent building. Location wise this hotel is perfect, 10 minutes walk into the centre of York with a good selection of bars and restaurants within a view of the hotel.

We requested an early check in (1100) and this was accommodated no problem. The room, a deluxe queen, was very clean and comfortable with a huge comfy bed and a good selection of pillows available.

Perfect location for a one night stay, right next to York Minster and only yards from the narrow streets including The Shambles.

The standard double room was more than adequate and very clean with an equally large bathroom and powerful shower.

The roadside bedroom did have an amount of noise from outside early morning so maybe not perfect for anyone hoping to have a lie in.

he room, although compact was comfortable and had everything we needed. Each member of staff that we had dealings with was professional and friendly. We were particularly impressed by the porters and valets who always had a cheery smile despite a heavy workload. We thought that the £20 per day parking fare was reasonable as it made the journey to the hotel hassle free with the valet service. Parking in York is always fairly expensive anyway.

Breakfast was delicious with multiple choices and excellent service. Restaurant and bar prices are very competitive and the food excellent quality. The position of the hotel was also excellent. We had lovely views of York Minster during breakfast and the Shambles and shopping/tourist areas were all just a few minutes walk away. We loved our 2 night stay and will definitely be back. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Gay Friendly Hotels York
Gay Friendly Hotels York

How much does a room costs at Dean Court Hotel; BW Premier Collection ?

Prices start 165$/night for Small Double Room with Double Bed. The Deluxe Queen Room with Queen Bed and View is  300$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Rooms are 20 square metres.

Where to book online – Dean Court Hotel; BW Premier Collection – Gay Friendly Hotels York UK you can find the best hotels deals in York during York River Art Market which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in York on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.