With Mother’s Day fast approaching, York is the perfect place to celebrate. Shower mum with love and find the best things to do in the city, including fine dining experiences, cookery classes, and some great local gift ideas. With a wide range of accommodation within the city walls and beyond, from luxury spa hotels to fun family self-catering getaways there are plenty of options to make unforgettable memories this Mothering Sunday.

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Things to Do

We've found some of the best ways to spend time with your mum on Mother's Day in and around York, with presents designed to show your mum just how much you love her there’s plenty of ideas that are sure to please.

Take mum to some of York’s most magnificent attractions, the city is filled with fun things to do and has everything from museums, theatres and galleries to hidden gems and iconic historic buildings. Make amazing memories to last a lifetime and discover the places everyone wants to visit with a York Pass. Exploring the city with a York Pass is an excellent way of seeing all the main sights, along with exclusive special offers including evening entertainment, cafes and restaurants.

See the first signs of spring and take a stroll in one of York’s beautiful gardens providing an idyllic haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Stop and sit down for a picnic or enjoy some fresh air and admire the scenery, there’s nothing quite like enjoying some time in the great outdoors.

Treat mum to the relaxation she deserves with a spa day, and if you’re looking for experiences to make your mum feel special, then you might like to spoil her with a facial or a rejuvenating treatment to whisk her away from everyday stresses leaving her feeling pampered and looking great.

Eating Out

Home to a vast array of eateries spanning every cuisine you could wish for, explore York’s vibrant food scene, from fine dining, independent restaurants, modern wine bars and exotic street food each with their own distinctive food offering.

Within the city walls, York serves up some great places to indulge in a decadent afternoon tea. From five-star hotels and independent cafes to dining in a luxury train carriage or a boat cruising along the River Ouse, there are some lovely locations for you to enjoy a quintessentially British treat.


If you can't decide what to buy your mum for Mother's Day, then take her out for a day of shopping so she can pick her own present! The cobbled streets of York offer a unique shopping experience, with designer stores to independent boutiques, each shopping area has its own specialty. Most of the best shops are located in the city centre and if you’re looking to treat your Mum this Mother's Day is no better place for some retail therapy.

Stroll around the Shambles Market and find some unique jewellery or clothes made by local indie designers. Treat her to some fresh flowers from a York florist and if you are planning to cook up a storm for Mum at home, don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce from a range of lovely stalls.

Stay in York

Book a relaxing night away for your mum in York! With over 200 accommodation providers right here, you can find the perfect place for her. Discover some of the best places to stay including luxury spa hotels, boutique getaways and self catering accommodation, there are plenty of places to rest your head after a day exploring the city.