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

Tel: 01904 231 333


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Email: info@inyoryk.co.uk



Have a Spooktacular Halloween in York

York has previously been named Europe’s most haunted city and thanks to its rich history dating back to medieval times it’s easy to see why. The city was frequently invaded, which has led to plenty of horrific tales…and reportedly angry, lingering spirits. The GRFI (Ghost Research Foundation International) went a step further and claimed in a survey that they discovered York was the most haunted city in the world with a huge 140 ghosts and 504 reported ‘hauntings’! To get you in the spirit of the most spooktacular season of the year, we thought we’d share some of York’s most haunted spots with you (but don’t worry, our boutique hotel in York is completely ghost free, so you can come back and relax after a day’s ghostbusting)!


Peculiar Pubs

Now a Wetherspoons, The Punchbowl on Micklegate is said to be haunted by its former landlord, who tragically burnt to death in a fire. He has been spotted in the cellar and one of the upstairs bedrooms. Other supernatural inhabitants include a young woman strangled by a drunk and a woman who died of a broken heart.

One of the most iconic pubs in York, the traditional Ye Olde Starre Inne on Stonegate was used as a hospital during the English Civil War, so as you can imagine, it’s teeming with ghosts. Apparently, the cries of amputees can be heard, and the pub also houses some feline ghosts. Rumour has it two black cats were bricked up between the door and the bar to protect the building against bad fortune. Dogs visiting the pub reportedly growl and throw themselves at the place the cats were entombed.


Spooky Streets


Linking Swinegate with Low Petergate, Lund’s Court, or Mad Alice Lane as it used to be known, is believed to be haunted by former resident Alice Smith. She was hung for the crime of insanity at York Castle in 1825 and her ghost can still be seen gliding down the alleyway.

Bedern, a narrow alleyway off of Goodramgate, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of nineteenth-century dead children. It was once the site of York Industrial Ragged School for orphans and impoverished children, which was run by a violent drunk who, as local gossip rumoured, beat children to death. He then hid the bodies in a cupboard and thus their restless souls haunt they alleyway…




Haunted Houses

One of York’s most famous paranormal sightings was in the cellar of the Treasurer’s House behind the Minster in 1953. Apprentice plumber Harry Martindale heard the sound of an approaching horn and saw a dishevelled Roman soldier on a horse emerge through a wall, followed by more uniformed soldiers. It was later discovered there was a Roman road 15 inches below the cellar floor, and that this was not the first sighting.

If you head over to the Principal’s House you may see a famous figure. It is rumoured that Catherine Howard, the fourth wife of Henry VIII, has been seen dressed in green and carrying roses. The building lies on the site of the rose garden where the queen apparently liked to spend her time in York. She was later beheaded, reportedly for infidelity.


Ghost Walks

Unsurprisingly, York boasts a whole hoard of Ghost Walks and Tours, exploring both famous and lesser-known haunts across the ancient city, for those who daren’t wander the cobbled streets alone…  Check out York’s ghost tours here.

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 info@inyoryk.co.uk.

My partner and I have just spent the most wonderful long weekend in this gem of a hotel. I cannot fault one single aspect of this wonderful hotel, which is bright, has a wonderfully modern decor and is spotlessly clean throughout. 

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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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