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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.

Room was lovely - nicely decorated, clean and very comfortable! The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Great location within walking distance of the centre of York. We'll definitely stay here again when we visit York.

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Hotel Indigo York Reviews

Sarah,

Lincoln

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.


John,

Southport

<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>


Christine,

London

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.


Julie,

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.


Carol,

Norwich

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.


Mark,

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.


Ian,

Bandbury

<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>


Brian,

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.


Susan,

London

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.


Poppy,

Letchworth

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.


Dale,

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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