7 Must-See Historical Sights Near our York Hotel - Hotel Indigo York

7 Must-See Historical Sights Near our York Hotel

The city of York is packed with historical sights and attractions, revealing secrets about our diverse past. Despite being a smaller city, York is definitely mighty, and has played a central role in England’s development.

With ancient walls, a magnificent Minster, and medieval architecture, our incredibly preserved city is a glimpse back in time. In this blog, we share the must-see historical sights near our central York hotel.

The Shambles

One of the most famous streets in England, the Shambles is a 14th-century walkway with overhanging buildings. In some places, the street is so thin you can touch both sides with your arms outstretched! Rumoured to have inspired Diagon Alley in Harry Potter, this cobbled lane is home to many shops, pubs and tearooms.

York City Walls

Did you know York is a walled city? Built by the Romans, this structure stretches over 3.4 kilometres, making them the longest city walls in England. They’re also the oldest, defending the town since the 13th century. A stroll along their full length takes around two hours, and there are lots of information points and refreshment stops.

York City Walls

York Minster

York Minster is one of the grandest cathedrals in the world, and is an excellent example of gothic architecture. Keep an eye out for the Heart of Yorkshire, carved from stained glass and stone. ‘Grotesque’ statues feature cheeky figures making crude gestures, a tongue-in-cheek style which defines this unique art form.

York Dungeons

Experience the history of York firsthand as you step into the city’s past. York Dungeons focuses on some of the more gruesome events, using actors, immersive storytelling and special effects to depict York’s darker history. Whilst York Dungeons are a modern attraction, they provide a fantastic look into York’s most famous historical people and events.

Clifford’s Tower

Initially constructed by William the Conqueror to help him gain control of us Northern rebels, Clifford’s Tower is the largest remaining part of York Castle. With a spotted history, including being burned to the ground twice, the tower has served York since 1068. With history as a Royal Mint, military defence centre and prison.

Cliffords Tower Snow

National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York is home to an unrivalled collection of locomotives and engineering parts. Telling the story of rail transport and its effect on the people of Britain, this museum is partially housed in the late York motive power depot. Filled with fascinating facts for everyone, from curious people to locomotive enthusiasts.

York Races

Many modern racegoers may not realise, but racing has taken place on the current site in Knavesmire since 1731. The first grandstand was not in place until 1754, which was funded by 250 people at a price of five guineas each. This structure held a legacy as being the first grandstand anywhere in the world, making racing history and changing the industry.

Our luxury hotel in York is perfectly situated to access these historical sites with ease. The decor in our building is also inspired by York’s past, with a focus on Yorkshire-made furniture and our chocolate heritage. Take a peek at our gallery to see more.

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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