How to Spend a Day In York - Hotel Indigo York

How to Spend a Day In York

Are you planning your next trip to York? There’s so much to do and see in York that trying to come up with inspiration for your trip can be a challenge when there’s so much to choose from!

We’ve created the perfect itinerary for your day in York, so all the hard work is done for you. Keep reading to see what top activities you should do during your stay.

Have breakfast at our hotel

The best way to start your day in York? Tucking into our tasty breakfast of course! Choose from a wide range of pastries, fruit and bread on our continental buffet, before indulging in one of our freshly cooked breakfast options.

We have something to suit every taste, whether you prefer a classic full English in the morning or a tasty avocado toast. You’re free to do breakfast your way.

Visit The Shambles

The morning is the ideal time to wander along The Shambles, as it tends to be quieter than if you visit during the afternoon.

This picturesque medieval street is on everybody’s York to-do list – and for a good reason! Lined with timber-framed buildings, quaint shops, and delightful cafes, it’s a charming and beautiful historic spot to soak up. 

Lose yourself in its narrow lanes, soak up the magical atmosphere, and perhaps pick up a unique souvenir or two in one of many quirky shops along the street.

Discover JORVIK Viking centre

You can’t visit York without exploring its Viking past!

Step back in time and discover the Viking era through interactive displays, reconstructed streets, and even the chance to smell authentic Viking scents! It’s an experience that will transport you back in time, and immerse you in the history of the city.

It’s a fun activity for all ages and is a definite must-see during your time in York.

Find out more and book your ticket here.

Wander along the York City Walls

A visit to York wouldn’t be complete without exploring the magnificent York City Walls. 

Take a leisurely stroll along these ancient pathways and discover the stunning views of both historic landmarks and the modern cityscape. Don’t forget to stop at the various gates along the way, such as Micklegate Bar and Monk Bar, each with its own fascinating history to discover.

Relax on a river cruise on the Ouse

Wind down in the afternoon with a relaxing river cruise along the Ouse. There’s a selection of great cruises you can take down the river, so you can sit back and rest your feet after a day of exploring.

Take in the picturesque scenery as you sail down the river, you can also treat yourself to a drink on most of the cruises!

Enjoy York’s nightlife

York is home to a vibrant nightlife. Indulge in a delightful dinner at one of the many restaurants offering a range of cuisines, from traditional British fare to international delicacies. 

Afterward, catch a show at one of York’s renowned theatres, such as the York Theatre Royal or the Grand Opera House, which host a variety of performances, including plays, musicals, and concerts.

If you fancy an evening tipple later on, you won’t be short of options as there are approximately 365 bars to choose from in York. That’s one for every day of the year!

Relax at our Boutique York Hotel 

After a day of fun discovering York, you can rest your tired feet back at our luxury hotel. Whether you choose to take a long soak in the bath or go straight to bed for an early night, you’re bound to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

You can book your next staycation in York here.

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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