History of the York Priory

The house was built in 1876 (look at the drainpipe at the front of the building) as a wedding present and was originally called The Manor House. It had a study, dining room, nursery, staff quarters & butler’s pantry. It stretched from the lounge walls to the dining room wall.

The family lived here for a while but after they had 5 children it became too small and they moved on to a house further up Fulford Road.

My Grandma, Lily Jackson, established the Priory Hotel in 1930. It was the only one between York and Selby, and had 12 bedrooms. Our family is still only the second family to own the property.

She had recently become a widow and needed some sort of income to support herself and her 2 small children. She had formally been trained as a cook in the Army, and based at Edinburgh Castle, so she chose to establish the Priory and welcomed many of the officers from York Garrison during the war, and was affectionately called the “second Officers’ Mess”. My Grandfather’s picture (also a military man) is hanging in the lounge. The York Garrison is still operational, and comprises two Stations – Fulford Imphal Barracks and Strensall Station.

In 1955 my mum and dad took over the running of the hotel and made it as it is today: In 1975 we bought the rectory next door to the hotel and extended it, making 16 en-suite bedrooms. Then in 1985 we opened the Old Ruin Bar (originally called Pam’s Bar – my sister Pam was born in there!), and in 2016 the connecting Orangery was opened.

In The Images

  1. Grandmother - Lily Jackson who established the boarding house 1930s
  2. Dad - George Jackson


The York Priory Guesthouse prides itself on its comfortable facilities, friendly staff and high level of service that you would expect from a four-star, family-run Guest House.

The York Priory was a Grand Victorian End Terrace, of a private residence, that was converted into a hotel in the 1930s by the present owner's grandmother. It's always fondly remembered by customers for the Twin Gothic Arches in the gardens, an original `Victorian Folly'. The guesthouse is period styled in William Morris wall-coverings - he was a famous designer of the Victorian Era. Eclectic and unique it is a far cry away from the modern, purpose built chain hotels.

The Guesthouse could not be better located for the city centre. It's situated less than a mile away from the city centre via pretty riverside promenade, which take you to the historic attractions and a wonderful selection of 1st class restaurants and bars.

The York Priory has a large car park to the rear of the guesthouse providing ample free parking space for all the customers of the hotel, for the duration of your stay in York. Just park your car - you won’t need it!

If walking isn't your thing then several buses stop outside and return right in front of the guesthouse, all of which go to the city centre and the station.
The York Priory is proud to welcome well behaved owners, and their dogs. We are pet friendly and welcome your pets by prior arrangements (a small surcharge is applicable). Special terms and conditions will apply when bringing your pet.

All our bedrooms are en-suite and we have accommodation to suit all, from a large Adjoining family room that sleeps 5 people over 2 rooms to the smallest room in the house, a single bedded room overlooking the gardens. The romantic 4 Poster Room has a large bathroom with a full size bath, luxury bathrobes and satellite TV. The cosy Classic rooms all have flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, whilst the comfortable Superior bedrooms are individually decorated and ideal for a longer stay with luxury bathrobes, satellite TV (including a free home movie package), tea and coffee making facilities, with an upgraded hospitality tray.

The York Priory is ideal for an overnight stay or for a longer, more relaxing break, visiting the sights of York. Make it more than just a brief visit there’s plenty to see and do especially as it’s just an hour’s drive away if you want to see anything that North Yorkshire has to offer. On your return, relax into your bedroom or enjoy a drink in the Old Ruin bar, or in the adjoining Orangery.
Whatever your reason for your visit to York you can be sure of a warm Yorkshire Greeting at The York Priory.

Situated inner ring road A1036 in the Fishergate area of Fulford Road. The York priory is only a 1/2 a mile from the city centre and attractions. Conveniently located for York university and the racecourse.

The Twin Gothic Arches

When the house was built in 1876 it just so happened that the York Theatre Royal was undergoing a face-lift. It was a Victorian fashion to have a folly in your garden, they were the Gazebo’s of the day. The original owners bought the stonework from the Theatre Royal and the arches to the side of the gardens are those.

The twin arches were brought here about 1905, origin unknown, and they were stood separately. Due to the new car-park entrance in the 1960’s they had to be taken down and re-erected tighter, where they stand today.

After the stonework was introduced in 1905 the name of the house was changed to Priory House, hence the hotel’s chosen name when my Grandma established it.

In These Images

  1. Lily Jackson stood with 1 arch, as they were originally erected separately when they were originally acquired in 1905.
  2. The arches after they had been re-positioned together, taken in the late 1960s
  3. A view of the stonework from the Theatre Royal, and rear of the property.