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Serenity Inn the City is within the newly renovated Cocoa Suites; formerly Leetham Mill (Grade II Listed Building) set on the banks of the River Foss, dating back to 1850.

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Serenity Inn the City is less than a five-minute walk from the city centre where there is lots on offer for a variety of guests, catering to our guests differing holiday needs. The York Shambles, JORVIK Viking Centre, York Dungeon, Clifford's Tower and the York Minster are all well within walking distance. This location is fantastic as it is so close to the hustle and bustle of the City Centre, yet set back on the secluded river Foss, away from the noise with river views making for the most serene luxury experience. 

Cocoa Suites York

Cocoa Suites (within the former Leetham's Mill):

Originally known as Leetham's Mill and more recently,  Rowntree Wharf, this historic once industrial building consists of five stories and a nine-storey water tower. Originally one of the largest flour mills in Europe, it was founded by Henry Leetham in 1860. The building is situated between the River Foss and Wormald’s cut. The mill closed in 1930 and in 1935 it became the Rowntree and Co’s Navigation Warehouse. Cocoa beans were brought to the wharf until the 1960s. In 1989 it was converted into apartments and offices in the 1990's by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and now houses the newly renovated Cocoa Suites luxury development, which is home to Serenity Inn the City.

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Things to do near Serenity Inn the City

York Minster:

Standing at 72m tall and 160m long York Minster is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. It is certainly one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring buildings to be seen on the York skyline. It can trace its history back as far as 627AD where a wooden church was initially erected in order to facilitate the baptism of Edwin, King of Northumbria. The building that can be seen today from virtually any place in the city began its life in 1220 and was finished a lengthy 250 years later. Tragically, after standing strong for 512 years, in 1984 this beautiful example of Gothic architecture was consumed by fire and a large proportion of the south roof was lost. Since then, the building has been restored to its former glory and is one of the main attractions to tourists from around the world. The 230ft main tower boasts an unparalleled view of York and its surrounding areas and if you are able, a climb to the top is a must for visitors to Serenity Inn the City. Serenity Inn the City is located a short 5-minute walk from the York Minster.

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The Shambles:

When enjoying your stay at Serenity Inn the City, visiting the Shambles is essential in order to experience one of the most historic streets in Europe. The Shambles is arguably the best-preserved medieval street in the world. It was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of William the Conqueror in 1086. Many of the buildings on the street today date back to around 1350-1475. This is one of York's premier attractions,  drawing in tourists from all corners of the globe, to come to and experience the street that was the inspiration behind J.K Rowling's 'Diagon Alley' in the famous children's book series 'Harry Potter'. The street today contains many unique gift shops and the area is surrounded by gorgeous independent cafes and restaurants. Serenity Inn the City is located a mere 3-minute walk from The Shambles providing the perfect opportunity to visit the Shambles and see it all for yourself with ease.

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A short walk along the River Foss via Strakers Passage (one of hundreds of hidden snickelways in York) will lead you to the heart of Fossgate. Fossgate is packed with artisan coffee shops and eateries that are perfect for breakfast, brunch or a bite for lunch. This, coupled with fine dining at any time of day, with cocktail bars and craft beer pubs close by, has meant Fossgate has quickly become one of the most popular areas of York a more refined experience and lies just a 2/3-minute walk from Serenity Inn the City. However, although all this lies just on the doorstep of Serenity Inn the City, the luxury designer holiday apartment is set back from this elegant thriving area on the banks of the River Foss.  This means our discerning guests will not be disturbed should they prefer a quiet night in to enjoy our luxury apartment and its vast array of amenities.

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Clifford's Tower York - Serenity Inn the City York

Clifford's Tower:

Clifford’s Tower is one of the best-loved landmarks in York. It is the largest remaining part of York Castle. The 11th-century timber tower on top of the earth mound was burned down in 1190, after York's Jewish community (some 150 strong) was besieged here by a mob and committed mass suicide.  This therefore making Clifford's Tower a site of significant historical importance. The present 13th-century stone tower was probably used as a treasury and later as a prison.  Go inside and enjoy the view of the city from the top of the tower.

Like all the other major tourist attractions, Clifford's Tower is within a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Serenity Inn the City.

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York Dungeon:

York Dungeon is a 75-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York's darkest history, bringing together iconic characters, immersive sets and thrilling special-effects in a unique and exciting actor led experience that you see, hear, feel and smell. Find out the real story of York!

Again, a mere 5 minute walk from from Serenity Inn the City, this fun and interactive attraction can be easily reached on foot.

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Jorvick Viking Centre:

Vikings settled all across the country, but the densest population was found in Yorkshire, where the Vikings had their capital city.  When the Vikings settled in York, they clearly had trouble saying the Saxon name for the city: Eoforwic (which is thought to mean wild boar settlement), so decided to call it Jorvik (thought to mean wild boar creek).

Evidence of the Viking population can still be seen all around York and don't be surprised to find 'real life Vikings' walking harmlessly around the streets of York (this makes for a fantastic photo opportunity too!)

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                                                                          Useful information to help you book and plan your time in York:

Why not try the York Pass and save on entry to many attractions and in restaurants?  

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York Minster:

The largest medieval gothic cathedral north of the Alps with a history spanning almost 2000 years.

Website: https://www.yorkminster.org
Tel: 01904 557216

Treasurer's House:

Now in the care of the National Trust, originally built around 1090 and rebuilt in the 1600’s, Treasurer’s House is home to York’s most intriguing ghost story.

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/treasurers-house-york
Tel: 01904 624247

National Railway Museum:

Tells the railway tale from the Rocket to Eurostar with its vast collections including Mallard (the world’s fastest steam locomotive), and the Royal saloons from the Victorian era. (The road tour-train transports you to and from the Railway Museum from the end of Blake St opposite the church.)

Website: https://www.nrm.org.uk
Tel: 01904 611112

Merchant Tailor’s Hall:

Tucked under the city wall where an outer 17th century cladding hides its 14th century origins.

Tel: 01904 654818

Merchant Adventurer’s Hall:

Built between 1357 and 1361 an outstanding example of a medieval guildhall and one of the best preserved in Britain.

Website: https://www.theyorkcompany.co.uk
Tel: 01904 654818

Museum Gardens:

One of the largest of York’s attractive parks extending from the back of King’s Manor to the banks of the River Ouse. Amongst its marvelous buildings include the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey originating 1086 and the Yorkshire Museum.

Tel: 01904 687687

Yorkshire Museum:

Home to some of the richest archaeological finds in Europe.

Website: https://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk
Tel: 01904 687687

King’s Manor:

Originally built to house the Abbots of St Mary’s Abbey and now the home for Medieval Studies and the Department of Archaeology at York University.

Website: https://www.york.ac.uk
Tel: 01904 433926

York Art Gallery:

Housing old masters as well as a collection of British paintings spanning 4 centuries. Refurbished in 2015 with superb garden too.

Website: https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk
Tel: 01904 687687

Impressions Gallery:

Located in a beautiful Georgian town house exhibiting contemporary photography, film and digital media.

Website: https://www.impressions-gallery.com
Tel: 01904 654724

Jorvik Viking Centre

Newly refurbished for 2017, Explore York’s Viking history on the very site where archaeologists uncovered remains of the Viking-age city of Jorvik. Take a tour through a reconstruction of the Viking-age streets which stood here 1000 years ago.

Website: jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk
Tel: 01904 643211

Clifford's Tower:

Standing on a high mound erected by William the Conqueror the present stone building dates from 13th century. A prominent landmark in historic York offering a tremendous view over the city for those brave enough to ascend its internal staircase to the top of the battlements.

Tel: 01904 646940

York Castle Museum:

Take a trip back in time with a visit to one of the most popular museums of everyday life in England.

Website: https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Tel: 01904

York Dungeon:

Wander through a modern day Dante’s inferno with a bloodcurdling visit to the York Dungeon, an animated medieval horror museum. Not for the faint-hearted!

Website: https://www.thedungeons.com
Tel: 01904


The present Guildhall is a rebuilt version of the 15th century original building which was badly damaged by fire in an air raid in 1942.

Website: https://www.visityork.org
Tel: 01904

Barley Hall:

A hands-on experience of life in a 15th century town house.

Website: https://barleyhall.org.uk
Tel: 01904

Fairfax House:

A magnificent Georgian House built around 1750 presenting the visitor with an enviable insight into privileged life of opulence during the Georgian era.

Website: https://www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk
Tel: 01904


A really unusual place to visit to discover the history of York. Housed in the 15th century church of St Saviour, visitors have the opportunity to see archaeology in action and to handle items as old as 2000 years.

Tel: 01904 643211


As befits a great medieval city, York has many ancient churches, fitting tributes to the wealth and religious piety of its citizens of former times.

Bar Walls

Stroll along the city’s medieval walls for great view of the city.

Entertainment & Leisure

Theatre Royal:

Founded in 1744, built on the site of the St Leonard’s Hospital where remains of the 12th century structure can still be seen. The Theatre Royal is renowned for its wide range of programming and superb visiting artistes.

Website: https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
Tel: 01904 623568

Grand Opera House:

Sorry to report this this building was affected by the floods of Xmas 2015 and will be closed for recovery. Please check before visiting. The Grand Opera House, York, is a beautiful Edwardian Theatre which brings the biggest shows and the brightest stars around. It also offers Theatre Tours and Conference facilities.

Website: https://theatresonline.com/theatres/york-theatres/grand-opera-house
Tel: 01904 623568

University of York Concert Series

Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary the University of York plays host to major orchestras, choirs and other key musical ensembles throughout the year.

Website: https://www.york.ac.uk/concerts/
Tel: 01904 432439

York Racecourse: circa 1 mile

A beautiful 18th century racecourse now hailed as one of the best in England. Chosen to host the Ascot races during 2005.

Website: https://www.yorkracecourse.co.uk
Tel: 01904 620911

Ghostly York:

York is reported to be the most haunted city in England. Try one of the Ghost Tours if you dare!


Boat Trips:

Take a trip along the beautiful banks of the River Ouse and watch the Rowers during the day or dine in style in the evening.

Website: https://www.yorkboat.co.uk
Tel: 01904 628324

Tenpin Bowling:

Website: https://www.tenpin.co.uk
Tel: 01904 690006

Tours & Walls:

Take a tour of York on foot and discover the many snickleways and alleys that make up the Medieval streets of York and walk the well worn path of Kings, Queens, Roman Soldiers and the Vikings all of who helped shape York's rich and vibrant history.

Tel: 01904 706643