Competition: Win A Family Trip To York – Including A Stay At A 5* Hotel!

Competition: Win A Family Trip To York – Including A Stay At A 5* Hotel!

Competition: Win A Family Trip To York – Including A Stay At A 5* Hotel!

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Visit York and LNER.

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Fancy whisking the whole family away by train for a weekend in York? How about staying in a 5* hotel, exploring the beautiful city’s Roman and Viking history, and visiting a variety of attractions, museums and art galleries?

What if we told you that you could do all this — and more — for free?

We’ve teamed up with Visit York and LNER to give you the chance to win a family trip to York, with accommodation, activities and train travel all covered. Here’s what the prize includes:

Stay at The Grand, York

The Grand, York is an excellent base for exploring the city.

A two-night family stay at the swish The Grand, York. It’s the only 5* hotel in York, and is located overlooking the city walls, just a five-minute walk from York station, making it an ideal base for exploring… if you can tear yourselves away, that is. The stay includes bed and breakfast, and spa access, so you can make the most of the swimming pool, spa whirlpool, gym and relaxation area at this Grade II* listed hotel.

Visit York Passes

City Cruises York is included with the Visit York Pass.

Make the most of your city adventure with a two-day Visit York Pass for the whole family. These handy little tickets get you access to the city’s top attractions, including (deep breath)… Clifford’s Tower, The York Dungeon, City Cruises York, JORVIK Viking Centre, York Castle Museum, the Van Gogh Immersive Experience, York Minster, York Cocoa Works, The Yorkshire Museum… and plenty more.

Start your day in the 10th century on the ride experience at JORVIK Viking Centre, before stepping inside Van Gogh’s famous paintings, then walk down a recreation of a Victorian street at York Castle Museum. Learn how chocolate is made (and take part in a special tasting) at York Cocoa Works, and explore the beautiful interior of York Minster. Finish your day ogling views over the city from the top of Clifford’s Tower.

You can spend your second day going a little more off the beaten track. Wave your Visit York Pass to get into York Cold War Bunker, a blast-proof hideout designed as a nerve-centre to monitor fallout in the event of a nuclear attack. Alternatively, descend five metres below a city centre pub to visit a Roman bath house, rediscovered during excavations in the 1930s.

York’s a fairly compact city, so getting between most attractions on foot is a doddle — and a great way to see the historic streets and buildings. Look out for some wonky houses and shops as you go!

Return rail travel between London and York

Get from London to York in under two hours. Image: Charlotte Graham

You don’t need to worry about getting there because that’s covered too. The prize includes a free LNER Family Return ticket for up to two adults and four children. Travel on an LNER Azuma train from King’s Cross to York from 1 hour 49 minutes. Relax and let off steam in the new family lounge at King’s Cross, then once you board, enjoy free wi-fi, plugs at every seat, and locally-sourced hot and cold food and drinks from the Let’s Eat Cafe Bar.

The Grand, York where you’ll be staying is just a five-minute walk (through the historic city walls, so that’s your first sight ticked off) from York station, making your whole journey seamless. Check into your room, ditch the luggage, and get out exploring straight away.

To be in with a chance of winning this family trip to York, simply fill in the form below by 15 March 2023. Terms and conditions apply*.

*Terms and conditions: The prize is for a family of four, including two adults, and two children up to 15 years old. The prize will be in the form of a code and booking link.

The free prize draw is open until 15 March 2023. There is one prize available. The prize is in three parts:

1) One Standard Class, LNER Family Return ticket from London King’s Cross to York. A family is defined as being between a minimum of 1 adult and 1 child (aged 5-15 years old inclusive) up to a maximum of 2 adults and 4 children (aged 5-15 years old inclusive). Book at least seven days in advance of outward journey. Available on LNER services only, subject to availability. For more information, please visit The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash or prize alternative available. Ticket must be used within six months of the competition closing and will be issued within 10 working days of the winner accepting the prize. Value: £99.  LNER travel is subject to availability and excludes peak travel dates: 28 March-16 April 2023, 28 April-1 May 2023, 5-8 May 2023, 26 May-4 June 2023 and 25-28 August 2023 inclusive.

2) A two-night stay at The Grand, York for a family of four. Includes Bed and Breakfast and spa access. Subject to availability, excludes half terms & summer holidays Children are up to 15 years old.

3) Break also includes 2-day Visit York Passes for the family of 4. Visit to see what is included. Passes are mobile passes and will be valid from the first day of activation and must be used over two consecutive days.

This free prize draw is open to UK residents with a valid UK postal address only. One winner will be randomly selected from the database of entrants who completed the prize draw online entry form. Employees and family of LNER, Make it York, Londonist and any of the companies providing prizes or any agencies connected with the set up of this prize draw are not eligible to enter. No cash alternative. Non-transferable. The winner will be contacted by email. The winner must confirm that they’re eligible and able to accept within 24 hours of the email being sent. If a winner does not contact us within this time period, we reserve the right to choose another winner at random from all other eligible entries. All entrants must be aged 18 years or over. By entering this competition, you are agreeing to Londonist transferring your data to LNER and Make it York.

Last Updated 01 March 2023