5 reasons why York should be on your travel bucket list - Hotel Indigo York

5 reasons why York should be on your travel bucket list

York is truly unlike any other place in the world, with its rich history, iconic attractions and vibrant food and drink scene, there are SO many reasons for the historic city to be on your travel bucket list.

But if you’re not yet convinced, here are 5 reasons why everyone should pay a visit to York…

The History

York has so many stories to tell from days gone by. Founded in around AD 71 by the Romans, Eboracum (as the Romans called York) was born. In 866AD, The Vikings invaded the city, a significant moment in York’s history, something which you can learn all about at JORVIK Viking Centre! Our boutique hotel in York recommends taking a stroll along the City Walls and taking in impressive views of the many medieval buildings.

 History of York

The Pubs

Fancy a pint in a traditional English pub? Then York is the place to go! It was once said that the city has a pub for every single day of the year (365), we are unsure if this remains to be true, but even so, that’s a hell of a lot of pubs! The oldest date back to 1644, so be prepared to duck under low beams and cosy up near open fireplaces with a local beer. Or why not do a bit of a pub crawl?

Pubs in York

The Shambles

One of the best-preserved streets in the world, and a tourist hotspot, The Shambles is enough to bring anyone to York. The narrow cobbled street, which was once a street of butchers, is now lined with independent shops, cafe and restaurants. It is also dubbed ‘The real Diagon Alley’ being home to a number of Harry Potter inspired shops. The perfect place to pick up some souvenirs, or just take some gorgeous photos!

The Shambles, York

The Chocolate City

Once known as the ‘Chocolate City’ York has a pretty sweet past! The birthplace of Rowntree’s and Terry’s is no wonder the city has earnt a reputation for its chocolate and sweet treats. You can learn all about York’s chocolate history at York’s Chocolate Story, a decadent experience which takes you through the history of chocolate and try your hand at being a chocolatier.York Chocolate Story

Photogenic Surroundings

Avid photographer, or Instagrammer? York is the place for you, with some of the most picturesque buildings, scenery and attractions in the UK. The area just outside our boutique York hotel, Walmgate is one of the city’s oldest streets and the perfect place to get a couple of snaps. Some of the top places to go for pictures include the City Walls, York Minster and of course, The Shambles!York City Walls

Hotel Indigo York is a 103-room boutique hotel in York, conveniently located a 10-minute drive away from York Racecourse as well as many other top attractions. For more information, call the York hotel on 01904 231 334 or email info@inyoryk.co.uk.

Food & Drink in York

Sip on local gin, craft ales, familiar favourites, and creative cocktails at No.88 Walmgate. Pair with one of our delicious Rustic Pizzas.

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We proudly stand in the historic neighbourhood of Walmgate, just a short walk from all the city has to offer.

At one point Walmgate had 20 pubs on the street, today it is a cool mix of independent restaurants, bars and shops and continues to Fossgate – which boasts even more independent shops, delis, bars and restaurants. Walmgate Bar proudly stands at the end of the road. It is the only existing bar in York with a Barbican and forms part of the York City Walls walk.

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York Hotel's Chocolate Story

Discover the history of chocolate, how to make it and how to taste it like an expert at the York’s Chocolate Story.

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Hotel Indigo York's Latest Special Offers

Chocolate Package

Sweet dreams are made of this! Enjoy an indulgent stay in York and explore the city’s confectionary history. Snack on a complimentary box of chocolates, and wake up to a full English breakfast.

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