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Heading to #York for Theatre of Hate @Ki

Heading to #York for Theatre of Hate @KirkBrandon in December? Why not stay over? #Hostel #BoutiqueHostel

Planning a stay in #York ? Location is k

Planning a stay in #York ? Location is key! We’re the most centrally located hostel. Book now @hostelworld #ttot #lp #BudgetTravel #Travel

Planning a stay in #York ? Location is k

Planning a stay in #York ? Location is key! We’re the most centrally located hostel. Book now @hostelworld #ttot #lp #BudgetTravel #Travel

Love this review left @hostelworld ‘The

Love this review left @hostelworld ‘The fort is rather a hostel, than a hotel with dorms! It’s defintly Englands best hostel! :)..#York #lp

St Valentine Day, only 3 weeks away! Boo

St Valentine Day, only 3 weeks away! Book @hostelworld a romantic weekend away in #York #MoreThanAHostel #TTOT #BoutiqueHostel #CityBreak

Yorkshire Real Ale at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant

We are always keen to champion Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant, located next door to The Fort, as it offers amazing food and a great selection of drinks. In fact they have just teamed up with The Great Yorkshire Brewery and are proud suppliers of Yorkshire Lager.

After many years of experimenting, with help from around the globe, The Great Yorkshire Brewery produces the UK’s first Yorkshire lager: made from Yorkshire water, British barley, malt, yeast and whole hops.

As a guest at The Fort we’d like to remind you that you receive a complimentary 20% discount of all food at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant, so why not head over when you’ve unpacked and try not only their locally sourced food but now locally sourced lager.

If you fancy heading over to The Great Yorkshire Brewery’s website you will see that they have kindly provided a link to not only Kennedy’s, but also us here at The Fort. Thanks guys!

Group bookings at The Fort Boutique Hostel

We recently added space to The Fort Boutique Hostel by converting luxury apartments that were situated next door and turning them into accommodation perfect for larger parties.

We have been inundated with group bookings and thanks to the extra room we can now accommodate them in the new dorm rooms that not only boast the same quirky feel as the double rooms, but also provide guests with a kitchen and en-suite bathroom. We are particularly happy with the largest dorm room, which even has its own relaxation area – perfect for deciding on the day’s activity, watching TV, or simply relaxing after a day in one of the UK’s best loved cities.

If you fancy booking a dorm for a group, then please head over to our website and contact our team to not only discuss a possible discount, but also organise breakfast at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant next door.

Of course, the extra room isn’t just for group bookings, and we are thrilled to be able to offer even more room to York’s number one hostel ensuring our guests have a memorable stay.

You may have also seen on The Fort Boutique Hostel’s Facebook page that we were featured in the Guardian’s travel supplement. Well, the reviewer loved his time with us and we can now boast a third of a page write up in a national publication with great photos!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (at Kennedy’s!)

It has been an incredibly exciting year for us here at The Fort. Not only have we seen bookings go through the roof, but we have also played host to a variety of creative visitors to York. These have included numerous journalists who were keen to venture to York and stay with us in one of our very lovely rooms (not to mention try a breakfast from Kennedy’s, next door).

In fact, if you check out the travel section in the Guardian next Saturday you will see The Fort’s latest review. We were thrilled to be chosen as a destination for a journalist from the Guardian, and will post the link as soon as it is available.

Speaking of Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant, they have just sent out a newsletter to inform all their loyal customers about their planned activity for this New Year’s Eve. Starting at 8pm, you can expect bubbly on arrival with a complimentary hog roast on the roof terrace with music from top live band, FUNKtion.  Not only will Kennedy’s bash allow you the chance to see the  New Year in with style, but you also have the option of heading over to the minster at midnight, to then return and party until 2am.

To ensure that your New Year goes off with a bang then please contact Kennedy’s to purchase your ticket (£20 each) by emailing, as they are limited in number we urge you to book asap!

Regardless of your planned activities to see in the New Year, everyone at The Fort would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The review is in!

We recently welcomed the editor of Plush Magazine to stay at The Fort. As a lifestyle magazine, we felt that it would be the ideal place to showcase just how beautiful The Fort is.

Not only did we receive a thumbs up for The Fort’s quirky décor, but we also received praise for our breakfasts served in Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant (served from 10am).

We are pleased to say that not only has The Fort received a full page spread, but also features in the Leeds Guide, available as a hard copy at numerous vendors across Leeds and also visible via their fantastic website.

Another piece of exciting news is that we welcomed a journalist from the Guardian, who is compiling a review of the best of York. We can report that he not only had a great time at The Fort, but also took advantage of the sumptuous breakfast that is provided at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant. We will keep you posted and feature his review in the when it appears in the paper and online.

For all info, and not to mention updates of what there is to do in this great city, please feel free to check out our Facebook page.

Illuminating York is a firm favourite here at The Fort

As you may have read, via our tweets and also in a recent blog post, we were waiting in anticipation for Illuminating York. We have to say that we were not disappointed.

The main events took place at the Minster and Castle Museum (that’s where our shots were taken), and although there were a few rumbles of discontent that more medieval buildings were not included on the night, it can’t be disputed at how well the whole evening’s events were executed.

York Minster has been at the heart of the festival for a number of years, although this year the exterior wasn’t used but instead the interior of the great cathedral. There was also a sound installation installed in the gardens of the Minster called ‘Contours’; now despite being a festival of light, the harsh Nordic tones that were central to the installation really enhanced the experience.

A nice point to note is that the cathedral was open (that meant we didn’t have to pay the standard £9 entry fee – something that can cause a problem traveling on a budget).

The exterior of Castle Museum was bathed in glorious technicolours that help to tell the story of the city. We have included a link to a great video clip of the event at Castle Museum to show you just how good it was.

As the event has been running successfully for that last 7 years, we should no doubt expect another creative display next year!

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