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9 Activities For Your York Bucket List

York is a city with a rich history and an exciting future. With many hidden treasures and lots of independent businesses, it’s easy to get stuck on what to do first. Our luxury hotel is sharing some of the best things to do for your York bucket list.

 

Scare yourself on a night-time ghost tour

As charming and quaint as York appears now, our city has a bit of a spooky history. Dare to wander the city in the dark, visiting the city’s most haunted pub and the sites of many gory stories. Your trusted guide will protect you from the ghosts and ghouls, but you’ll never see York in the same way again…

 

Meander along the city walls

One of York’s most famous tourist attractions, you can’t visit without going for a stroll on the city walls. York has more miles of intact walls left than any other place in England. With great views over the city, they’re a wonderful vantage point to spot any hidden shops, bars or restaurants that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. 

 

Visit a proper Yorkshire pub for a pint

You can’t visit Yorkshire without going for a proper pint in a local pub! Our county has lots of excellent breweries, and many of their beers are stocked in our city. Choose from our huge variety of pubs to nip into for a refreshment, perfect for a quick break from exploring our bustling city. There's nothing better than a bit of Yorkshire hospitality.

 

Count how many cat statues you can spy around the city

It’s a bit of an unknown fact that York has lots of cat statues hiding around the city. Easily unnoticed and hiding in plain sight, once you start seeing them you can’t stop! Count how many you can spot around the city, or pick up a leaflet from the York Cat Trail store. It’s a great, free activity for an hour or so of fun.

York City Cruises

 

Drive your own boat with York City Cruises

All hands on deck! You and up to seven of your friends can captain and steer your very own boat with City Cruises York. After a short introduction, you can head out on the river for a whole hour. It’s an amazing way to spend a sunny afternoon, and an even better photo opportunity. 

 

Try one of everything at Shambles Market

Shambles food court has way too many delicious food spots to choose from, so don’t choose! Share a small plate from each of the vendors, and split it between a couple of you so that you don’t have to compromise. Street food favourites can be found every day of the week, with vendors changing so there’s always something new.

 

Chat to a Viking at Jorvik Viking Centre

How many people can say they’ve spoken to a Viking? Jorvik Viking Centre is an incredibly interesting attraction, with a few different sites and activities. Suitable for all ages, it’s an amazing look back in time, perfect for history buffs. If you need any more convincing, they won Attraction of the Year 2022 at the Visit York Tourism Awards.

Chocolate

 

Sample the finest chocolates at Monk Bar Chocolatiers

York isn’t known as the Chocolate City for nothing! The original home of famous companies like Terry’s and Rowntree’s, York’s sweet legacy continues today. Monk Bar Chocolatiers are the longest established artisan chocolatiers in the city. Sample their rich delicacies at their shop on the Shambles, for an extra special treat.

 

See the Heart of Yorkshire in the Minster

When you take a peek inside York Minster, be sure to look up to the Great West Window to see the magnificent Heart of Yorkshire. Created from a mixture of stonework and stained glass, it perfectly fits the gothic cathedral’s style. It’s rumoured that couples who kiss under it stay together forever.

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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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