Judge’s Lodging

York, Yorkshire

Warm watchful service and comfortable rooms are among the treats in store at this elegant townhouse hotel in the old heart of York


21 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

The Experience

In the centre of York is a handsome Georgian townhouse with a strikingly luxurious interior. In the cellar: vaulted rooms, cool tunes, stone floors, Farrow & Ball colours, quirky mismatched furniture. Upstairs: a pair of dining rooms, grand, elegant and eye-catching. Vintage grey-blue panelling, tall sash windows, semi-circular sofas, illuminated sculptures. All is cosy but classy, and the service is informal but attentive. The food is impressive too, and packed with flavour so tuck into the likes of slow cooked beef and Thwaites ale pie with clapshot potatoes and buttered kale, or a warming helping of moules frites. The wines are wide-ranging and the beers are Thwaites. Join the punters on the galleried decked terrace and unwind, then treat yourself to a stay in a room with feature wallpapers and fabulous beds. The garden rooms in the courtyard are small and can be noisy, so pay more for the smartest and quietest at the top of the house, one with an original marble fireplace and a York Minster view. Breakfasts are generous.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Open all day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Starters from £5. Mains from £12.


Nightly price
from £110
21 Doubles
From £110



Out of this world


Judges Lodgings, York really did deliver! We received a very warm welcome from the kind well informed receptionist. The room was great, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean with an impressive view of the Minster. It's very well placed for exploring all that wonderful York has to offer! The whole place is great including the very tasty food and can't be faulted in any way, but the staff are what make this place stand out! Don't hesitate, you will have a great stay!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Max Butler

  • We have two of the largest sun terraces inside the city walls - perfect for enjoying a refreshing drink on a sunny day.
  • York has more miles of intact city walls than anywhere else in England - great for exploring the city!
  • We're just round the corner from York Minster - in fact some of the rooms at the back of the building have a view of the cathedral.
  • Our name comes from the time between 1806 and 1976 when the building was used as a residence for judges when they were attending the quarterly sessions at the Assize Courts at York Castle.
  • The Shambles is believed to be the oldest shopping street in Europe, even getting a mention in the Domesday Book of 1086.
  • The International Ghost Research Foundation announced in 2002 that York is officially the most haunted city in Europe - we even have a few ghosts of our own!