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Fancy yourself a budding Bukowski? Or do you just love curling up with the latest Colleen Hoover? York is the perfect staycation destination for readers and writers. With a rich literary history and a scene that’s booming with great events and inspiration right now, there’s no better place in the North to be for literary fans. 

At Hotel Indigo York, we’re experts in our neighbourhood. Today, we’re sharing our insider knowledge of York for readers and writers. If you’re searching for the best spoken word night or bookshops to grab gifts to take home for all your bookish pals, we have you covered.

York's History with Writers and Writing

The city of York has a rich literary history. Books have been produced in York since the 8th century. Looking around the city you can spot lots of remnants and nods to the history that shaped the city. 

The statue of Minerva on the corners of High Petergate and Minster gates marks the former site of the bookshop owned by John Foster from 1580-1607 which was the meeting place of one of Britain’s first ever book clubs. The statue was created by Francis Wolstenholme who hosted the York Book Club as well as sold books in Minster Gates from 1820-1855. 

A visit to York is never complete without a trip to York Minster, but did you know even the Minster plays a role in York’s literary history? The Minster is home to the largest cathedral library in the country with over 90,000 volumes. This includes The Wicked Bible, a reprint of the King James Bible which accidentally omits the word ‘not’ from the Ten Commandments.

Patron of the Arts and writer Elizabeth Montagu lived at Treasurer’s House in York during her early childhood before going on to lead The Blue Stockings Society. 

Everywhere you look in York there are literary connections that span out, making it the perfect place to spend a booklover’s weekend.

A photograph of literary York showing the old buildings, shops, and cobbled streets.

York Bookshops

In 2020 there were over 15 bookshops in the city alone. It’s an impressive feat. York is home to some incredible bookshops. Here are some of the greatest: 

  • The Minster Gate Bookshop – This shop is a book lover’s dream. It’s a tall winding building with books in every nook and cranny you can spot. They even have a great collection of rare and vintage editions. 

 

  • The Little Apple Bookshop – This quirky little gem specialises in children’s books and is the most adorable bookshop in the entire North. 

 

  • The Portal Bookshop – One of the few LGBTQ bookshops in the UK, Portal is a welcome retreat in the city. With hot drinks and nibbles for store browsers, and incredible events, it should definitely be on your list. 

 

  • Travelling Man – Specialising in comic books, graphic novels, zines, and board games, Travelling Man is one for the geeks. 

 

  • Janette Ray Booksellers – If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your arty other half, then Janette Ray Booksellers is the one for you, specialising in rare books on architecture, design, and photography

A photograph of antique books to demonstrate the literary scene and bookshops of York.

York Literary Events

With the city of York being so rich in culture and attracting so much talent, it’s no surprise that there’s a variety of literary events that take place over the year that readers and writers would love. From poetry nights to book clubs to festivals celebrating writing – there’s definitely something for you. 

 

Howl 

While a relatively new event in the York literary scene, Howl Poetry Night is making waves, inviting poets from across the North including March’s headline poet, Manchester-based,  Rebecca Phythian. The open mic usually has slots on the night so if you’re interested in sharing some new poetic musings, you’ll likely be in luck. Based in the award-winning independent wine bar and charcuterie cafe Howl, it also makes the perfect setting for a date night or excursion with friends. Audience members are always welcome, so head down for their monthly spoken word night. 

 

Say Owt

This poetry collective, Say Owt, run experimental, inclusive events in York regularly. From slams to workshops to open mics and beyond, they’re the go-to group for all things gobby and political in the Northern poetry scene. The collective is comprised of spoken word artists like Henrty Raby, playwrights, and community activists. Keep an eye on them for some of the coolest and most innovative events in the literary world. 

 

Rise! 

While York is home to some incredible open mics that allow you to get your voice heard, there’s also plenty of space for celebrating standout performers in the spoken word world. Rise! Is a new event held at Bluebird Bakery that brings together exciting performers once a month. 

 

The Spoken Word 

Hybrid events are an incredible innovation in the modern world, allowing access to people who are housebound, disabled, or otherwise unable to attend in-person events. The Spoken Word is a hybrid in-person/Zoom event that takes place in the Exhibition Pub in York. It runs monthly and is an open mic that truly does serve everyone. They showcase poetry, prose, monologues, and music, meaning you’ll be in for a delightful variety of performances all night. Take a look at The Spoken Word website for more information on their next events. 

 

Literature festival

The York Literature Festival is a yearly occurrence, taking place in March this year. With dozens of events spread throughout York, it’s one of the biggest literary events the North has to offer. 

This year some of the incredible highlights on the festival itinerary included a folk horror day with a talk on Thomas Hardy and the Folk Horror Tradition with Rob Edgar and Alan Smith, and a creative writing workshop called Writing Horror Fiction. The workshop is led by Naomi Booth, author of the short story collection Animals at Night, and is sure to be incredibly inspiring for any budding horror novelists out there. 

But if poetry is more up your street, you must catch Lemm Sissay: Let the Light Pour In on 30th March at the Grand Opera House. The show features BAFTA nominated, award-winning writer and broadcaster as he shares his morning routine and the remarkable poems he’s written as dawn breaks over the last decade. It’s not a show to miss. 

As the festival is uniquely located in the historic city of York, it makes sense that it would highlight some of the fantastic literary backgrounds of its surroundings. David Holt will be taking visitors on a Literary Walk of the city on the 23rd of March if you’d like to get up close and personal with the city’s history. 

If you’d like to keep up to date with the York Literature Festival and check out what they do, visit the York Literature Festival website. 

 

Other events 

York is a city literally bursting with incredible cultural nights and events. The best way to find an event you might like is to find a venue that regularly hosts the kind of events you’re looking for. You can check the venue’s website regularly or sign up for their newsletter to see what’s on. Or you could follow your favourite writers and creatives to see when they’re coming to York. For example, in spring, TikTok’s famous poet Isabella Dorta is heading to Impossible York as part of her UK tour. If poetry about situationships and being too sad to get out of bed sounds like your cup of tea then it’s time to book your ticket ASAP

 

Check out our social media @hotelindigoyork as we love to shout out what’s going on right in our neighbourhood too. 

Photograph of the reading nook in Hotel Indigo York, perfectly suiting the literary fans.

Hotel Indigo York's Reading Nook

At Hotel Indigo York we love York’s literary scene and want to play a role in it too. That’s why you’ll find a hidden gem in our hotel. Tucked away on the bottom floor, you’ll find our mini library. Here you can browse the book selection and if you’re feeling it, drop off your well-loved novels. It’s a mini community library to encourage sustainable reading practices. Next time you plan a visit to York, make sure you’re not neglecting Hotel Indigo York’s role as a top literary spot. 

Yorkshire's Literary Scene

Yorkshire’s Literary Scene 

If you’re visiting York for a book lover’s holiday then don’t neglect the wider world around the city. Yorkshire is one of the most important counties in the UK in terms of its connection to literature. The Brontë sisters, J.B. Priestley, Ted Hughes, Simon Armitage – what do they all have in common? They were all born and lived in Yorkshire at some point. York’s train station has links all around the county, allowing you quick access to visit famous sites like the Brontë parsonage or head through to Leeds and Sheffield to attend some great Creative Writing Courses and literary events. York is only an hour and ten-minute drive to Whitby too, making it an ideal base for gothic fans to follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. 

 

Those were the top spots in literary York, perfect for a bookish trip to the city. Whether you’re a reader looking to enjoy grabbing some second-hand editions or a writer excited about the chance to share your voice on stage, the city really does have it all. Book your next trip with us now and join the great tradition of York’s readers and writers. 

Fancy yourself a budding Bukowski? Or do you just love curling up with the latest Colleen Hoover? York is the perfect staycation destination for readers and writers. With a rich literary history and a scene that’s booming with great events and inspiration right now, there’s no better place in the North to be for literary fans. 

At Hotel Indigo York, we’re experts in our neighbourhood. Today, we’re sharing our insider knowledge of York for readers and writers. If you’re searching for the best spoken word night or bookshops to grab gifts to take home for all your bookish pals, we have you covered.

York's History with Writers and Writing

The city of York has a rich literary history. Books have been produced in York since the 8th century. Looking around the city you can spot lots of remnants and nods to the history that shaped the city. 

The statue of Minerva on the corners of High Petergate and Minster gates marks the former site of the bookshop owned by John Foster from 1580-1607 which was the meeting place of one of Britain’s first ever book clubs. The statue was created by Francis Wolstenholme who hosted the York Book Club as well as sold books in Minster Gates from 1820-1855. 

A visit to York is never complete without a trip to York Minster, but did you know even the Minster plays a role in York’s literary history? The Minster is home to the largest cathedral library in the country with over 90,000 volumes. This includes The Wicked Bible, a reprint of the King James Bible which accidentally omits the word ‘not’ from the Ten Commandments.

Patron of the Arts and writer Elizabeth Montagu lived at Treasurer’s House in York during her early childhood before going on to lead The Blue Stockings Society. 

Everywhere you look in York there are literary connections that span out, making it the perfect place to spend a booklover’s weekend.

A photograph of literary York showing the old buildings, shops, and cobbled streets.

York Bookshops

In 2020 there were over 15 bookshops in the city alone. It’s an impressive feat. York is home to some incredible bookshops. Here are some of the greatest: 

  • The Minster Gate Bookshop – This shop is a book lover’s dream. It’s a tall winding building with books in every nook and cranny you can spot. They even have a great collection of rare and vintage editions. 

 

  • The Little Apple Bookshop – This quirky little gem specialises in children’s books and is the most adorable bookshop in the entire North. 

 

  • The Portal Bookshop – One of the few LGBTQ bookshops in the UK, Portal is a welcome retreat in the city. With hot drinks and nibbles for store browsers, and incredible events, it should definitely be on your list. 

 

  • Travelling Man – Specialising in comic books, graphic novels, zines, and board games, Travelling Man is one for the geeks. 

 

  • Janette Ray Booksellers – If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your arty other half, then Janette Ray Booksellers is the one for you, specialising in rare books on architecture, design, and photography

York Literary Events

With the city of York being so rich in culture and attracting so much talent, it’s no surprise that there’s a variety of literary events that take place over the year that readers and writers would love. From poetry nights to book clubs to festivals celebrating writing – there’s definitely something for you. 

 

Howl 

While a relatively new event in the York literary scene, Howl Poetry Night is making waves, inviting poets from across the North including March’s headline poet, Manchester-based,  Rebecca Phythian. The open mic usually has slots on the night so if you’re interested in sharing some new poetic musings, you’ll likely be in luck. Based in the award-winning independent wine bar and charcuterie cafe Howl, it also makes the perfect setting for a date night or excursion with friends. Audience members are always welcome, so head down for their monthly spoken word night. 

 

Say Owt

This poetry collective, Say Owt, run experimental, inclusive events in York regularly. From slams to workshops to open mics and beyond, they’re the go-to group for all things gobby and political in the Northern poetry scene. The collective is comprised of spoken word artists like Henrty Raby, playwrights, and community activists. Keep an eye on them for some of the coolest and most innovative events in the literary world. 

 

Rise! 

While York is home to some incredible open mics that allow you to get your voice heard, there’s also plenty of space for celebrating standout performers in the spoken word world. Rise! Is a new event held at Bluebird Bakery that brings together exciting performers once a month. 

 

The Spoken Word 

Hybrid events are an incredible innovation in the modern world, allowing access to people who are housebound, disabled, or otherwise unable to attend in-person events. The Spoken Word is a hybrid in-person/Zoom event that takes place in the Exhibition Pub in York. It runs monthly and is an open mic that truly does serve everyone. They showcase poetry, prose, monologues, and music, meaning you’ll be in for a delightful variety of performances all night. Take a look at The Spoken Word website for more information on their next events. 

 

Literature festival

The York Literature Festival is a yearly occurrence, taking place in March this year. With dozens of events spread throughout York, it’s one of the biggest literary events the North has to offer. 

This year some of the incredible highlights on the festival itinerary included a folk horror day with a talk on Thomas Hardy and the Folk Horror Tradition with Rob Edgar and Alan Smith, and a creative writing workshop called Writing Horror Fiction. The workshop is led by Naomi Booth, author of the short story collection Animals at Night, and is sure to be incredibly inspiring for any budding horror novelists out there. 

But if poetry is more up your street, you must catch Lemm Sissay: Let the Light Pour In on 30th March at the Grand Opera House. The show features BAFTA nominated, award-winning writer and broadcaster as he shares his morning routine and the remarkable poems he’s written as dawn breaks over the last decade. It’s not a show to miss. 

As the festival is uniquely located in the historic city of York, it makes sense that it would highlight some of the fantastic literary backgrounds of its surroundings. David Holt will be taking visitors on a Literary Walk of the city on the 23rd of March if you’d like to get up close and personal with the city’s history. 

If you’d like to keep up to date with the York Literature Festival and check out what they do, visit the York Literature Festival website. 

 

Other events 

York is a city literally bursting with incredible cultural nights and events. The best way to find an event you might like is to find a venue that regularly hosts the kind of events you’re looking for. You can check the venue’s website regularly or sign up for their newsletter to see what’s on. Or you could follow your favourite writers and creatives to see when they’re coming to York. For example, in spring, TikTok’s famous poet Isabella Dorta is heading to Impossible York as part of her UK tour. If poetry about situationships and being too sad to get out of bed sounds like your cup of tea then it’s time to book your ticket ASAP

 

Check out our social media @hotelindigoyork as we love to shout out what’s going on right in our neighbourhood too. 

A photograph of antique books to demonstrate the literary scene and bookshops of York.

Hotel Indigo York's Reading Nook

At Hotel Indigo York we love York’s literary scene and want to play a role in it too. That’s why you’ll find a hidden gem in our hotel. Tucked away on the bottom floor, you’ll find our mini library. Here you can browse the book selection and if you’re feeling it, drop off your well-loved novels. It’s a mini community library to encourage sustainable reading practices. Next time you plan a visit to York, make sure you’re not neglecting Hotel Indigo York’s role as a top literary spot. 

Yorkshire's Literary Scene

Yorkshire’s Literary Scene 

If you’re visiting York for a book lover’s holiday then don’t neglect the wider world around the city. Yorkshire is one of the most important counties in the UK in terms of its connection to literature. The Brontë sisters, J.B. Priestley, Ted Hughes, Simon Armitage – what do they all have in common? They were all born and lived in Yorkshire at some point. York’s train station has links all around the county, allowing you quick access to visit famous sites like the Brontë parsonage or head through to Leeds and Sheffield to attend some great Creative Writing Courses and literary events. York is only an hour and ten-minute drive to Whitby too, making it an ideal base for gothic fans to follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. 

 

Those were the top spots in literary York, perfect for a bookish trip to the city. Whether you’re a reader looking to enjoy grabbing some second-hand editions or a writer excited about the chance to share your voice on stage, the city really does have it all. Book your next trip with us now and join the great tradition of York’s readers and writers. 

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.

A garden at Easter

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.

Different types of chocolates on display at Easter

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.

We hope this list of five things to do in York this Easter helps you feel inspired. You can book your stay with us here

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.

A garden at Easter

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.

 

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.

Different types of chocolates on display at Easter

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.

We hope this list of five things to do in York this Easter helps you feel inspired. You can book your stay with us here

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.

Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Special

Do stream engines make you nostalgic? Did you grow up watching the Polar Express wishing for your own wintery adventure? Perfect for little ones (as well as the young at heart), the Santa Special trips on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway are truly magical. See all the delights that the stunning countryside has to offer and meet Mr Claus himself. Grab your tickets now.

A garden at Easter

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.

 

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.

Different types of chocolates on display at Easter

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.

We hope this list of five things to do in York this Easter helps you feel inspired. You can book your stay with us here

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.

Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Special

Do stream engines make you nostalgic? Did you grow up watching the Polar Express wishing for your own wintery adventure? Perfect for little ones (as well as the young at heart), the Santa Special trips on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway are truly magical. See all the delights that the stunning countryside has to offer and meet Mr Claus himself. Grab your tickets now.

A garden at Easter

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.

 

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.

Different types of chocolates on display at Easter

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.

We hope this list of five things to do in York this Easter helps you feel inspired. You can book your stay with us here

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.

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.

Nestled in the heart of North Yorkshire, the historic city of York is a charming destination that seamlessly combines its rich heritage with a vibrant modern atmosphere. But sometimes, amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, we all crave a moment of tranquillity. Luckily, York offers an array of relaxing adventures just a stone’s throw away. 

Wander through the Yorkshire Dales

A mere hour’s drive from York lies the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales National Park, a true haven for nature enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, from rolling hills to cascading waterfalls. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the numerous trails, each revealing its own unique beauty. 

Explore the routes by visiting: Best Walks in the Yorkshire Dales  

Cruise the River Ouse:

For a leisurely experience, hop aboard a scenic river cruise along the tranquil waters of the River Ouse. Drift away from the city’s hustle and let the gentle current carry you through picturesque scenery. It’s the perfect way to unwind and see York from a different perspective.

Book your cruise by visiting: York Boat Trips, Cruises and Tours 

Visit the York Museum Gardens 

Tucked away behind the medieval walls, the York Museum Gardens provide an oasis of calm amidst the city centre. Stroll through beautifully manicured gardens, discover ancient ruins, and marvel at the vibrant flowers in bloom. Find a quiet spot to sit and read a book or simply enjoy a picnic surrounded by history.  

Plan your visit: York Museum Gardens  

Explore the Howardian Hills:

Venture just beyond the outskirts of York, and you’ll find the charming Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This idyllic countryside offers a chance to reconnect with nature and unwind. Take a leisurely walk along the country lanes, or stop by one of the villages and savour a delicious cream tea.

Discover how to get there by visiting: Howardian Hills 

Discover the Grandeur of Castle Howard:

Immerse yourself in the splendour of Castle Howard, located just a short distance from York. This magnificent stately home, with its stunning architecture and vast estate, offers a serene and captivating experience. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine paths or find a peaceful spot to sit and soak up your surroundings. 

Plan your trip by visiting: Castle Howard House and Gardens

 


Looking for a place to stay when you next visit York? Book a room in our luxury, York hotel: Hotel Indigo York.

Did you know York was once home to the royal family? Thanks to its fascinating history, York has a never ending list of places to explore. In this blog, our hotel in York describes the best things to do, inspired by royalty so you can feel like the King or Queen you are!

Walk York City Walls

One of the most popular things to do in York is to walk the historic City Walls, which are a scheduled ancient monument. Built in the 13th century when York was the capital of England, they formed part of York castle. Our York hotel is a two-minute walk away from one of the entrances to the walls at Walmgate Bar.

Climb Clifford’s Tower

One of the last remaining structures of York Castle, Cifford’s Tower has played many roles over its history, one of which was as the Royal Mint. Today, visitors can climb the tower for spectacular views across the city. A recent renovation has opened even more of the tower to showcase rooms and features that have been hidden for centuries.

National Railway Museum

If you’re looking for things to do in York for the whole family, the National Railway Museum is a must-visit. The museum has frequently held many royal-inspired exhibitions, including Royals on Rails, and is also home to Queen Victoria’s royal carriage. The carriage was restored in 2019, when HRH The Princess Royal visited to admire the work.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard was built by Sir John Vanbrugh and Sir Nicholas Hawksmoor, both of whom have built other royal houses, including Blenheim Palace. The residents of Castle Howard historically include Lords, Ladies, Earls and Dukes. The castle and gardens are full of heritage, and the Fitzroy Restaurant is one of the best places to eat in York.

Explore York Minster

York Minster is one of the best things to do in York, but it also has many historic, royal connections. King Richard III planned to be buried here, but unfortunately, his wish was not fulfilled. The Minster has also been the location for royal weddings. The most recent was in 1961, when the Duke of Kent married Katharine Worsley in the presence of royalty from across Europe. In 1328, it was the site of the wedding of Edward III and Philippa of Hainault. 

Micklegate

Part of the York City Walls, Micklegate Bar marks the traditional royal entrance into the city. Historically, reigning monarchs must pass beneath it when visiting York, stopping to ask the Lord Mayor’s permission to enter. When King Charles III and the Queen Consort visited York in November 2022, they passed under this gate to greet the Lord Mayor of York.

Feeling inspired by these royal things to do in York? Enjoy a luxurious stay at our hotel in York, and feel like royalty with our special offers.

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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