Why is the York area such a great place to get married?

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York is world-renowned as one of the most scenic and charming English cities, rich in cultural heritage and ancient history – and with some of the most impressive historic architecture in the country. But it’s not just a pretty face: it’s also home to a thriving café culture, with a growing reputation as a real ‘foodies’ city.

Here’s just some of the reasons we think York is one of the most romantic locations for your wedding:

  • The Castle Museum is home to the largest collection of Valentine’s cards in the UK, some dating back to 1797!
  • Nothing says ‘I love you’ like chocolate, and York is the original home of both Rowntrees (later Nestle) and Terry’s (since bought by Kraft/Mondelez). Yummy.
  • York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and it took 250 years to build!
  • The 650-year-old Merchant Adventurers Hall, is one of the best preserved medieval guildhalls in Europe.
  • York is within easy reach of both the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, both beautiful national parks. Have you thought about having a marquee wedding at home or on a friend’s land, or even asking a farmer if you can borrow a field for the weekend?
  • York’s cobbled and winding shopping street, The Shambles, is believed to be the oldest shopping street in Europe. We’ve been shopping since at least 1086. It’s also been voted by Google as the most picturesque street in Britain, in the Street View Awards.
  • York is the Most Haunted City in the UK, according to the International Ghost Research Foundation.

Dine wedding venues in or near York

Merchant Adventurers Hall

Allerton Park

Newburgh Priory (Near Thirsk)

Marquee Weddings at Home

York transport links and travel information

While York is a very old city, it’s exceptionally well connected when it comes to modern transport links. That means your guests will have no trouble travelling to your wedding – and they’ll definitely want to stay and explore this charming and quaint little metropolis. Along with Leeds and Harrogate, York forms one angle of Yorkshire’s ‘Golden Triangle’. It’s also really accessible from major northern destinations such as Manchester, Harrogate, Leeds and Sheffield.

You can find our travel guide here.

Everything you need for your wedding in/near York

Wedding suppliers in York

What’s in a wedding day? All the little details combine to make your nuptials picture perfect, from the all-important dress to the bridal blooms!

York wedding dress shops York wedding florists
York wedding cake makers


Places to stay

York is an ideal place for your wedding guests to stay, and is a real tourist-friendly city. That means its hotel industry is highly refined, with some lovely places to stay and make a weekend of it.



Places to eat and drink

Leeds has some incredible places to eat, with a focus on artisanal producers, local suppliers and tastes from around the globe.