How to spend a romantic weekend in York - Hotel Indigo York

How to spend a romantic weekend in York

York has to be one of the most romantic cities in the UK. The historic city serves as the perfect retreat for couples looking to escape their busy lives and spend some quality time together. Our hotel in York explores some of the ways you can spend a romantic weekend in our beautiful city!

Hop on a river cruise

Float along the River Ouse, as you and your partner see the city in a different light. Whilst onboard, sit back, relax and admire iconic York attractions, like York City Walls, York Minster and The Shambles. City Cruises York has a variety of sightseeing cruises available, including romantic candlelit evening cruises (for that extra bit of romance!)

York City Cruise

Take a chocolate-making workshop at York Chocolate Story

Nothing says ‘love’ more than homemade chocolate, and there is no better place to try your hand at being a chocolatier than at York Chocolate Story. Unwrap the history of chocolate and discover the stories behind some of the greatest names in confectionery, like Rowntree’s and Terry’s which were founded right here in York. At the end, you and your partner will get a first-class lesson in how to make the sweet stuff from expert chocolatiers.

York Chocolate Story

Spend a cute day date at The Shambles

No romantic getaway would be complete without a ramble around The Shambles. Mooch around the little alleyways and boutique shops or stop for a brew and bake in the quirky coffee shops and cafes. Add some more magic to your day with a trip to the Harry Potter shops, located at the bottom of the street. If you’re a self-confessed Potterhead, you’ll be in your element here with merchandise inspired by the wizarding franchise – it really will feel like you’ve stepped into Diagon Alley.

The Shambles, York

Candlelit dinner and cocktails

Lucky for you, York has a vibrant food and drink scene! There are plenty of romantic restaurants and bars which are perfect for a delicious three-course menu or couple of relaxed cocktails. For a candlelit dinner, we recommend Lucia’s, Piccolino or our very own No.88 Walmgate, located in our boutique hotel in York. Fancy a tipple after? Head to the Botanist, Fossgate Social or Dusk.

Romantic Candlelit Dinner

Get snug at our boutique hotel in York

After a busy day, get cosy in our boutique hotel bedrooms. Snuggle up in our plush beds or unwind with a relaxing bubble bath. Whatever you’d prefer, our boutique hotel in York can accommodate. Fancy watching a film before bed? Our 40-inch Smart TVs offer a wide variety of channels, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect rom-com!

Indigo York Bedroom

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

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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