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Top 5 summer attractions in York

We love York in every season, but especially in summer! Home to some of the best attractions in the UK, York has so many stories to tell, with a history which dates all the way back to the Romans (when the city was founded). Aside from its rich history, the picturesque city is a sight to behold, with beautiful views which can be seen from the City Walls or on a River Cruise.

To give you an idea of things to do, our boutique hotel in York has put together a guide to the top 5 summer attractions in York. 


Shakespeare Rose Theatre

To be, or not to be: that is the question. Shakespeare Rose Theatre is back! Following its an extremely successful inaugural season in 2018, Europe’s first pop-up theatre returns to York with four of Shakespeare’s most popular plays; Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. The attraction won big at the 2019 Visit York Tourism Awards taking home the crown for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and ‘Innovation in Tourism’ – very well deserved if you ask us!Shakespeare Rose Theatre[photo credit: Tales of a Backpacker]

York River Cruise

One of the best ways to see York is by foot (in our opinion), but if you fancy something a little different, and want to save yourself some leg work, we’d highly recommend hopping on a River Cruise! You’ll be able to sail past the iconic medieval landmarks and get snap some fantastic photos too. Winner of ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’, City Cruises York offers a unique experience, you can even enjoy a bite to eat if you book the ‘dinner cruise’ package.

York River Cruise1


Clifford’s Tower

Start your York adventure at one of the city’s best-loved landmarks, Clifford's Tower! The largest remaining part of York Castle, the 11th-century tower has an impressive history, originally constructed by William The Conqueror, burned down in 1190 and later used as a prison (we know!). From the top, you can see stunning panoramic views across Old York!

Clifford's Tower


York City Walls

The BEST way to see York is with a walk around the City Walls. Not far from our boutique York hotel, the ancient walls which are around 3.5 kilometres long, offer some of the best views of iconic attractions such as York Minster. If you’re an inspiring or avid photographer, the City Walls provide a fantastic opportunity to get some incredible snaps. Fun fact, around 2.5 million people walk along the walls each year!

York City Walls


York Museum Gardens

Head to York Museum Gardens when the weather is fine, and don’t forget to pack a picnic! The botanic gardens can be found in the stunning surroundings of St Mary’s Abbey, just a short walk from our York hotel, and provide the perfect place to relax with friends and family! Best of all, it’s completely free, so you don’t have to spend a penny to have a fantastic day out. 

York Museum Gardens

This summer, Splendid Hospitality is giving you the chance to WIN 1 of 4 fantastic prizes – including a stay in York! All you have to do is take part in the My Splendid Summer photography competition, head over to the website to find out more. Click here!

We have just had a super stay here celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. The location was ideal for us only a short walk to the restaurants, bars and shops and the car park only 2 minutes walk away. The rooms are amazing very comfortable and clean. There were some complimentary nibbles in our room when we arrived which were amazing and greatly appreciated and made our stay even more special.

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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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