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7 Best Photo Opportunities in York

A beautiful and historic city, York is full of places to snap an amazing picture. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, our famous landmarks and beauty spots allow anyone to take an amazing photo. This blog gives you inside hints on the best photo opportunities in the city, so when you visit, you’ll be able to take home gorgeous memories.



The Shambles

Come rain or shine, snow or sun, The Shambles is picturesque no matter the weather. As the best preserved medieval street in the world, this landmark is one of York's most famous attractions. The overhanging buildings are very dramatic, and you can get many amazing shots looking down the street. Head to the narrowest point, where you can get a great shot touching either side with your arms outstretched. Don’t forget to snap a pic of the street sign!


York Minster

One of the most famous attractions in our city, York Minster is a sight to behold from all angles. Some of the best and most recognisable shots are gained from the front, but for a slightly different angle get up close and tilt your camera upwards so the Minster rises from the ground. From the outer edges of the city, this church can be clearly seen across the skyline, making for a beautiful sunset image. Alternatively, head to the side of the Minster where tourists may be sparse for a brilliant landscape shot, as pictured above.


City Walls

Surrounding the city, York's walls provide a myriad of image-taking opportunities. For an Instagrammable photo, shoot it down the centre of the walls as shown above. The composition is very inviting, and if you decide to get in the picture yourself the walls will frame you perfectly. For an alternative angle, take a landscape shot from the grass verges at either side to show off the scale and unique architecture. You could even take one from this angle while your friend is standing on top of the walls themselves.


Museum Gardens

As a registered botanical garden, wildlife photographers and enthusiasts will delight in the magnificent array of flora and fauna. York Museum Gardens also house a number of beautiful historical monuments, such as St Mary’s Abbey, pictured above. Originally one of the most powerful and affluent Benedictine monasteries in the country, the ruins still show off the breathtaking architecture. Other architectural photography spots in the gardens include the Hospitium, Multangular Tower and York Observatory, all spectacular examples of the gardens' prominence in York throughout history.


River Ouse

Winding its way through York, the River Ouse is adorned with restaurants, greenery, bridges, and river boats. A shot directly down the river from atop a bridge, as above, is an easy way to get a great image every time. From the riverbank, try angling your camera to follow the flow of the river to add movement and dimension to your images. Buildings and boats on opposite banks also make for great pictures; try crouching for a stronger composition.


Clifford’s Tower

Standing strong and tall, Clifford's Tower is a renowned building, famous for being the largest remaining part of York castle. From the bottom of the hill, the tower looks formidable, and you can see why it was once the centre of government for the north. Some great shots can be taken peeking through the windows, either from the inside or out, and the view from the top is incredible.


York Landmark Signs

Whether standing strong on its own or surrounded by flowers, these signs showing all the famous landmarks and attractions in York are an amazing photo opportunity. Be sure to choose which names you want visible as you angle your camera, and take an upwards, close shot. When your arty eye is satisfied, grab your group and stand underneath it to get a great image with this more modern attraction.


Our boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city, so the very best of York's photography and instagrammable locations are right at your fingertips. Intrigued? Take a look at our rooms.

Beautiful clean rooms, very nice, helpful staff. The breakfasts were amazing with lots of choices. I would definitely stay again and would recommend Indigo York to anyone!

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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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