The beautiful city of York is home to many incredible things to do over Easter. Whether you are looking for a family getaway or a romantic retreat during this period, there is something for everyone. The cobbled streets, where history lies around every corner offer a truly special place for a holiday, no matter the season.
During Easter, the sun begins to shine a light on a wonder of places that are perfect for getting you into the seasonal spirit. Here are five things that you can do in York this Easter.
Dive into History at Beningbrough Hall
We think that the beauty of the Easter period lies within the fresh flowers that are beginning to bloom and the sun that shines through the trees. This Easter in York, you can visit the historic Beningbrough Hall. Only a short 30-minute drive away from the city center, this stately home offers gorgeous interiors and a beautiful garden.
The house itself features paintings from the National Portrait Gallery on display and you can take a trip back through time to discover what 18th-century life was like for those who had the privilege to live in this beautiful area. Imagine grabbing a flask of tea or a yummy hot chocolate and immersing yourself in the rich culture of the hall, then taking a potter outside and soaking in the smell of the fresh flowers in the garden. For those with children, it is important not to miss the large play area and the fantastic den zone in the wilderness area!
This spring, treat yourself to the perfect blend of history, art, and the joys of Easter at Beningbrough Hall. Beninbrough Hall also often hosts delightful Easter-themed activities for you and all the family to enjoy. You can view the website here of the National Trust property.
Enjoy Getting In Touch With Nature At Castle Howard
Castle Howard, is very similar to Beninbrough Hall in what it has to offer and is also a 30-minute drive from York City Centre, but it is on a much grander and larger scale!
Castle Howard is very famous. From having its very own TV show on BBC to being where the Queen & I was filmed, to even being the star in an Arctic Monkey’s music video, the estate has had a lot of media attention over the years.
Nestled in the peaceful Yorkshire countryside, it is the perfect place to go during Easter. Whether you want to walk through the gardens with your significant other or let the children be amazed at the history of the house, there is so much to do and see. The glow of the 1,000 acres (yes, that’s right!) of garden is a sight to behold on a lovely spring day. There is a walled garden, a woodland garden and plenty of lakes and waterways, and you can even go and find the temples and monuments if you fancy. For the little ones that have heaps of energy to burn, there is a great adventure playground.
Castle Howard is also known for hosting some great Easter events. You can see their website here.
Laugh And Sing At Show-Stopping Performances
In the city centre itself, York is lucky enough to have three fantastic performance venues that host a variety of shows, musicals, and even operas.
There is The Grand Opera Opera House that offers a taste of the traditional, with red velvet seats and a large stage, this iconic venue has been home to a variety of famous shows throughout the years. The York Barbican takes a more modern twist and often is the host to independent or smaller performances but these tickets still go very fast! The last venue is the York Theatre Royal, a place of history and its doors opened in 1744.
It is worth mentioning that just after Easter, The Grand Opera House will have the songs from ‘Joseph And His Technicolour Dreamcoat’ echoing on its stage each night from the 12th of April up until the 20th of April and tickets are available from £13.00.
Enjoy the magic of live performances in York this Easter, complete by the vibrant energy of York in spring.
Get Hands-On At York’s Chocolate Story
Do you love the smell of chocolate as much as we do? If you do, then York’s Chocolate Story is the perfect place to go this Easter! We can’t think of a better time to go to this experience as chocolate is certainly a necessity this time of year.
Here, you can explore the journey of chocolate from bean to bar through interactive exhibits and engaging demonstrations, while discovering the delightful chocolatey history of York! Let your taste buds try so many new flavours in the tastings and create sweet memories with your loved ones. York’s Chocolate Story combines fun and education, making it an ideal destination for a family-friendly Easter outing.
York’s Chocolate Story usually hosts Easter activities but the information has not yet been released on these so keep your eyes peeled and taste buds ready! You can buy tickets for the experience and view the website here.
Enjoy A Boutique Stay At Hotel Indigo York
How about taking some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life this Easter with a unique stay in our gorgeous hotel?
Nestled in the very heart of York, our hotel offers the perfect base for all your Easter activities and is within a super commutable distance to places just outside of the centre. Our rooms provide a delicate mix of style and luxury and you can enjoy some delicious food at our very own No.88 Walmgate restaurant. Just on the doorstep, you can take a stroll through the nearby cobbled streets and soak in the city’s charm and heritage.
Whether you’re on a romantic getaway, a family retreat, or an adventure on your own, this boutique haven guarantees a warm and unique experience to make your Easter in York truly memorable.