Welcome to Grays Court, York

The vibrant and diverse history of Grays Court provides the opportunity to stay, dine and relax in a building that has seen knighthoods bestowed, played host to kings and has the privilege of being the only privately owned building in York with direct access to York’s City walls. We sincerely hope that you enjoy your time with us, whether this be an overnight stay in our luxurious hotel, dining with us in The Bow Room Restaurant or visiting us for drinks.

Luxurious boutique rooms

The rooms at Grays Court have been lovingly restored to provide a mix of ageless character and modern comfort. From the William IV poster bed of the Willoughby to the double monsoon shower in the Cumberland; delight in the luxury of a stay at Grays Court. From a wonderful family get away to a romantic weekend for two, we have something to suit every occasion.

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The Bow Room Restaurant

Explore the great British food on our evening menu in our restaurant. With seasonal ingredients sourced from the highest quality suppliers, our innovative team of chefs guarantee a dining experience like no other. Alternatively, spend a relaxing few hours in the Long Gallery or private garden, enjoying an afternoon tea of delicate sandwiches, homemade scones and miniature desserts.

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Award winning venue & hospitality

Grays Court won the prestigious VisitYork Tourism Award 2019's Hotel of the Year for an amazing second year in a row! We are also shortlisted as a finalist for the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2019. Watch this space...

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Award winning venue & hospitality

Grays Court won the prestigious VisitYork Tourism Award 2019's Hotel of the Year for an amazing second year in a row! We are also shortlisted as a finalist for the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2019. Watch this space...

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A warm welcome since 1091

One of the most historic buildings in England; Grays Court is the oldest inhabited house in York. Witness to political favours courted by medieval Minster Treasurers and three royal visits, the building provided home and sanctuary to the illustrious Gray family for two hundred years. 

Helen Heraty and John Edwards bought Grays Court in 2005 as a business and home for their seven children. They have restored beautiful Grays Court with great care and respect, and Helen now opens the doors for your enjoyment.

A warm welcome since 1091

One of the most historic buildings in England; Grays Court is the oldest inhabited house in York. Witness to political favours courted by medieval Minster Treasurers and three royal visits, the building provided home and sanctuary to the illustrious Gray family for two hundred years. 

Helen Heraty and John Edwards bought Grays Court in 2005 as a business and home for their seven children. They have restored beautiful Grays Court with great care and respect, and Helen now opens the doors for your enjoyment.

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Expertly crafted dishes

As the sun sets over the western towers of York Minster, settle into our restaurant and explore the great British food on our evening menu from our innovative chefs using seasonal locally sourced ingredients.

From a relaxed catch up with friends to an exceptional meal over a bottle of English sparkling wine; good food plays a central role in our work here at Grays Court. Exceptional dishes come together with the peaceful beauty of our historic building for an evening that will stay with you forever.

Expertly crafted dishes

As the sun sets over the western towers of York Minster, settle into our restaurant and explore the great British food on our evening menu from our innovative chefs using seasonal locally sourced ingredients.

From a relaxed catch up with friends to an exceptional meal over a bottle of English sparkling wine; good food plays a central role in our work here at Grays Court. Exceptional dishes come together with the peaceful beauty of our historic building for an evening that will stay with you forever.

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Relax with a drink in our Bar and Garden

With an impressive hand-picked selection of excellent wines, we have something to suit every taste. Sink into one of our comfortable seats in the striking Jacobean Long Gallery or relax in our half-acre garden bounded by the City Walls and watch the world go by, as our attentive team guide you through our wine list.

Relax with a drink in our Bar and Garden

With an impressive hand-picked selection of excellent wines, we have something to suit every taste. Sink into one of our comfortable seats in the striking Jacobean Long Gallery or relax in our half-acre garden bounded by the City Walls and watch the world go by, as our attentive team guide you through our wine list.

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Lovingly restored hotel

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Gift experiences

Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant exclusive Gift Experiences are available to purchase online. Personalise a Gift Experience voucher, add a message, preview and send it instantly by email or post.

“Owner and manager, Helen, is friendly, considerate and dedicated to ensuring everyone gets the most out of the hotel. Her policy is “go anywhere where the doors are open” which is great for enjoying the space.”

Rob Cowen, The Telegraph

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Grays Court Hotel, Chapter House Street, York, YO1 7JH