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The Bishop and The Bison

(29 Guest Reviews)

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 4.8
  • Value 4.7
  • Friendliness 5.0
  • Cleanliness 5.0
  • Facilities 4.7
  • Service 5.0
  • Location 4.8
  • Breakfast 4.9

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The Bishop and The Bison Information


The Bishop & The Bison offers a unique interpretation of the British bed and breakfast. Immerse yourself in the luxury and comfort of this independent boutique hotel located in the ancient city of York. The hotel is ideal for a romantic couple’s weekend away, as luxury accommodation for the York Races, or for those seeking the arts, history and heritage. All our guests enjoy five-star hospitality, a hearty breakfast of the finest local ingredients, that has been awarded 5 stars from the AA. Free high-speed wifi throughout the property, the gorgeous Bishopthorpe Dining Room and an outside courtyard for breakfast or for an afternoon drink, or more comfort and relaxation in the President’s Lounge. We offer a complimentary happy hour for all guests seven days a week. We are an LGBTQ friendly boutique hotel. All guest rooms are ensuite and refurbished to the highest standards. We offer free parking to guests who book with us directly. The guest house is fully licensed. Roam free! The Bishop & The Bison awaits to provide you with the warmest of Yorkshire hospitality.

We have chosen a perhaps unexpected name for our small boutique hotel. For the curious, the name brings together two locations close to our hearts. The first is of course the great city of York, the home of the beautiful Minster and its religious presence. The Bishop refers to the long ecclesiastical heritage of the Diocese and Province of York, with its first archbishop Paulinus having been appointed in 627 C.E. The Minster is an airy, welcoming cathedral; it draws you in and makes you feel instantly comfortable with its colourful stained glass windows, the famous Heart of Yorkshire warmly reflecting the day’s light, and the Kings’ Screen standing proudly at the end of the nave. This is a sanctuary of pure grace. The second is the nomadic grazer that roams the Rockies and Great Plains – the bison. We lived and worked in the United States, travelling widely to explore and enjoy this immense continental nation. One of the most memorable trips was to Wyoming and South Dakota where we observed herds of bison chewing amiably at rest or walking in the frosty morning mists of early winter.

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected daily
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing
  • Staff protective clothing
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Guest protective clothing encouraged
  • No shared stationery
  • First aid kit
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Staggered time slots for dining
  • Sanitised tableware
  • Wrapped breakfast


  • Baggage store
  • Bar
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Porter / concierge service
  • Wakeup call
  • Bike lock-up
  • Cleaning service
  • Turndown service
  • Terrace
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Pet(s) live on property
  • Bicycle rental


  • On-site parking
  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Limited parking


  • Cooked breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options
  • Kosher options
  • Halal options
  • To-go breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fine dining
  • Horse racing
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Theatre
  • Walking
  • Cinema
  • History/science museums


  • Check in
    15:00 20:00
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Adults only
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


Unfortunately, given the age of the property, we are unable to make specific arrangements for disabled guests. We apologise for this.


  • Bus from Train Station (1.0 miles)


    Out of the front of the train station turn left. Cross at the traffic lights. The bus stop is next to the war memorial. Take the No. 2 bus (every 10 minutes) alight at Clifton Green. The Bishop & Bison is located just 20 yards from the bus stop.

  • Road from Train Station (1.0 miles)


    There is a taxi rank directly outside of the train station, it will cost you approximately £5-6 and takes just a few minutes to reach The Bishop & The Bison.

  • Road from Train Station (1.0 miles)


    Keep left before leaving the station. Walk through the car park and exit down the ramps. Turn left and cross the bridge over the river, go back underneath the bridge towards upstream and away from the city.

    Then Either

    Take the riverside walk to the next bridge. Turn right onto Water End. Cross at the lights, turn right and continue along Water End to the Main road. Turn left and The Bishop & The Bison is just on your left. 


    Turn right into Longfield Terrace, then continue along Bootham Terrace until you reach the main road. Turn left and continue along The Bishop & The Bison is on the left hand side just after Clifton Green

    Approximately 20 minutes. Not recommended with heavy luggage.

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