13 Fun Summer Things To Do In York - Hotel Indigo York

13 Fun Summer Things To Do In York

If you’re looking for some summer fun in York, you’re in luck! Our luxury hotel is sharing 13 activities that will help you make unforgettable memories in our city this year. Get out and explore everything York has to offer.

York Minster

York Minster

One of the most iconic buildings in York and a must-see for any visitor. The beautiful Gothic cathedral is home to many works of art and historical artefacts. You can even take a tour to learn more about its history.

Street food at Shambles Market

If you’re looking for a quick bite, Shambles Market is the place to go. From Indian cuisine to wood-fired pizza, there’s something to suit every taste. Of course, you can’t leave without trying one of the world-famous Yorkshire pudding wraps!

York Cat Trail

Explore York’s cutest residents with the York Cat Trail. Pick up a map from one of the participating businesses and see how many of the city’s cats you can find! You can find more information and a map online here.

Magical mini golf at Hole In Wand

Hole In Wand is York’s very own magical mini-golf course, located in the historic Shambles. Putt your way around the 18-hole course and see if you can spot all the Harry Potter references!

York Museum Gardens

York Museum Gardens

The York Museum Gardens are an amazing place to relax and enjoy the open air. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and see the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and incredible plants. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic.

Sample artisan chocolates

Sweet tooth? Our city is famous for some of the world’s most beloved brands, including Terry’s, Craven’s, and Rowntrees. Nowadays, you can visit smaller, independent shops to see (and taste) handmade delicacies.

Self-drive boat

If you’re looking for a unique way to see York, why not hire a self-drive boat and cruise down the River Ouse? It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, and an even better photo opportunity.

York City Walls

York City Walls

York’s City Walls are the longest medieval town walls still standing in England. They are nearly two miles long, and you can walk or cycle along them. Take in the stunning views of York and get a different perspective of the city.

National Railway Museum

Learn all about the history of railways. See iconic locomotives up close, take a ride on a miniature railway, and explore interactive exhibits. It’s the perfect activity for any train enthusiast!

York Races

York Racecourse is one of the most popular summer venues in York. Enjoy a day at the races with live music, food and drink. There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of York Races!

Shambles York


The Shambles is one of York’s most iconic streets and a must-visit for any first-time visitor. Stroll down the medieval street, explore the independent shops, and stop for a few snacks along the way.

Rooftop Beer Gardens

York has some amazing rooftop bars with stunning views of the city. Relax with a refreshing drink and take in the sights of York from above. For the best rooftops in the city, check out this blog.

Clifford’s Tower

One of York’s most striking landmarks, Clifford’s Tower is a must-see. The views from the top are incredible, and you can learn all about the tower’s history on a guided tour.

So there you have it, 13 Fun Summer Things To Do In York. We hope you enjoy exploring our city and creating some amazing memories this summer. York is the place to be, so why not book a stay at our luxury hotel with one of our special offers? We look forward to welcoming you.

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