88-96 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL, United Kingdom

Tel: 01904 231 333


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Email: info@inyoryk.co.uk




With so much to explore in the historic city of York, it can be difficult to how to spend your day particularly if you only have a limited amount of time.
So, whether you just have an hour or five hours to spare, make the most of your day with one of the below time suitable suggestions.

Five hours in… Beningbrough Hall

Five hours in… Beningbrough Hall

If you have a whole morning or afternoon to spare Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens is a must-see Yorkshire attraction. Situated just a 30-minute drive from our boutique hotel in York city centre this 18th century mansion is the perfect day out.


Over the years, the mansion’s numerous occupants have made their mark on this Italian-style residence. Previous occupants include the wealthy teenager who built the house and during the second world war the RAF. Beningbrough has now been converted into a beautiful country house gallery.


Explore the eight acres of formal gardens complete with a working walled garden, pergola and less formal areas for the wildlife. If you are a keen explorer there is a further 380 acres of parkland to discover. Inside the house learn about its history and former occupants as you wander through the gallery. You can also enjoy a bite to eat in the Walled Garden Restaurant, with ethically produced food grown in the gardens. Complete your trip with a visit to the Stables Shop, where you can find gifts and treats inspired by special places.

Five hours in...York Chocolate Trail

York is renowned for its rich chocolate heritage and is home to the Rowntree’s Kit Kat, Smarties, and Aero alongside Terry’s Chocolate Orange. This history is celebrated at Hotel Indigo York with quirky confectionary-inspired design, providing the perfect base to start York’s Chocolate Trail, which encompasses a variety of chocolate-themed venues and attractions.
Follow the mouth-watering map to unwrap a delectable history, including stops at All Saints Church with a stain glass window dedicated to Mary Ann Craven the infamous York confectioner, Fairfax House, the home to the Noel Terry collection of English furniture, and Rowntree Park, a present from Rowntree’s to York to commemorate the cocoa workers who lost their lives in WWI.
Discover how chocolate is made at the immersive York Chocolate Story and get a taste of the 3000-year-old history of the cocoa bean before indulging in some delicious samples made onsite.
Five hours in...York Chocolate Trail

Photo courtesy of Visit York.

Three hours in… Jorvik Viking Centre

Photo courtesy of Visit York.

Three hours in… Jorvik Viking Centre

When you think of the history of York, two things often come to mind – Romans and Vikings. If you only have a few hours in which to explore, we would recommend a trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre where you can travel back through time and see York as the Vikings would have seen it 1,000 years ago.


Following flooding in 2015 the centre underwent a multimillion-pound re-development and re-opened in 2017 with new experiences, state of the art galleries showcasing 1,000-year-old artefacts and a real archaeological dig site.  When you arrive at the centre, you start your visit with an immersive display that takes you back to the 1970s when the site was first discovered, you then travel around 10th century York where you experience the sights, sounds and smells that would have greeted you 1,000 years ago in Jorvik. To complete the tour, you explore the galleries filled with artefacts that were discovered in the Coppergate dig in the 1970s.

One hour in… Betty’s Tearoom

No trip to York would be complete without a visit to Betty’s Tearoom. Quintessentially English, the tearoom has been open since 1936, serving only the finest teas, sandwiches and cakes. The stunning interior was inspired by the Queen Mary Ocean liner and the waiters and waitresses wear uniforms befitting the era. For an extra special visit, our boutique York hotel recommends you book the afternoon tea. First served in the 1920s the world-famous Lady Betty Afternoon Tea is full of exceptional flavours and is a treat for all the senses.


When you have finished in the tearoom head to the shop where you can buy delicious teas, divine treats, stylish souvenirs and charming gifts to take home with you.
One hour in… Betty’s Tearoom

As a Yorkshireman, York is one of my favourite places to visit and I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit York as it will add to your overall experience. I visit many hotels in the UK and Europe during the course of my job and I can not remember feeling so pleased with my choice of hotel.

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Hotel Indigo York Reviews



A lovely hotel within walking distance to the centre of York. Very friendly, helpful staff on reception, bar area and dining room. The rooms were immaculately clean and well presented. The bed was absolutely huge and was extremely comfortable. The hotel has a modern, funky feel to it and was very welcoming. The breakfast was superb . Would definitely stay here again.



<p>Conveniently positioned within easy walking distance of the city and Minster. This was our third visit so obviously we’re fans. That said although the previous visits were excellent this time the stay was even better. On check in we were given a complimentary upgrade to a superior room as IHG elite members. The room was spacious, clean and well furnished. Large TV. Massive comfortable bed with high quality bedding. Complimentary snacks with fresh milk and the bonus of a Nespresso coffee machine complete with six “pods”. Decent sized bathroom which was clean and well stocked with quality toiletries. Breakfast on both mornings was excellent. Wide choice of hot and cold items. Plenty of quality juices and smoothies. Service excellent even when busy nothing seems rushed. Very highly recommended.</p>



Excellent hotel. Rooms very nice and extremely clean and quiet. Friendly staff both at reception and restaurant. Breakfast had fantastic choice. Location was really good lots of nice bars and restaurants just minutes away. Short walk to the Shambles and they offered parking just 2 minutes away for a small daily charge. Would definitely stay again. 5 Stars.


Perth, Australia

We have found that it’s the little things that make a huge difference when you’re travelling. They’ve nailed the little things here! You’re always warmly greeted when you pass reception. Comfortable bed, soft towels, immaculate room and free chocolate in the fridge! Breakfast is delicious and finally a coffee I enjoyed. Location is fabulous and parking was easy. Well done to the Team at Hotel Indigo.



We stayed at the Indigo for my birthday recently. It was very modern with quirky room features. The breakfast was world class - such a great variety of treats, including a good selection of gluten and dairy free food. The staff were very helpful and attentive.


Milton Keynes

Stayed for 2 nights, very good quality modern hotel with good sized rooms and breakfast. Cold buffet and hot food freshly cooked to order . Great location within a 5/10 minute walk of York center. Would highly recommend.



<p>My partner, daughter and I stayed for 3 nights on a city break in April 2018. The room was great, Fresh milk in the complimentary mini fridge, fantastic big bed, really really clean, excellent room service and thick black out curtains. The service was excellent from all the staff at all times - reception staff were helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was also fantastic, so much choice on offer and again, nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is really well located for the city. It was excellent value for money and we would definitely stay there again. Absolutely 10/10 all round.</p>


South Ayrshire

This is a nice hotel in a quiet area of York, but still within easy walking distance of the city centre / shambles walls etc. Lovely continental breakfast and a quiet bar area. Ideal if you want a bit of peace in a busy city.



Stayed one night in this hotel ,was very impressed. A warm welcome on arrival from the receptionist and the room was ready ahead of check in time. The room was lovely, very luxurious with lots of nice touche. Biscuits, chocolate and drinks in fridge. Very close to main town and York Minster. Had a lovely evening meal in the hotel restaurant, very reasonable priced and a nice breakfast in the morning before leaving. Would definitely stay here again.



Lovely hotel close to York centre and near all the main sites. Within 5 minutes walk to the Shambles. Excellent staff and facilities. On arrival complimentary mini treats in room due to it being my Birthday. Complimentary water and chocolate and biscuits in room together with tea making facilities. Made the 2 night stay in York most enjoyable. Would definitely stay there again and recommend.


Greater Manchester

We had a very pleasant stay on a Saturday night when visiting York. The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the Shambles and central York area. The staff were all good and friendly with good check in service and also in the bar. The breakfast choice and service was also very good. The room and the hotel was decorated very well. We stay here again if staying in York.

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