Quirky and Unusual Things to Do in York - Hotel Indigo York

Quirky and Unusual Things to Do in York

York is one of England’s most popular tourist destinations with plenty of museums, attractions and landmarks to keep you occupied. However, if you want to venture a little off the beaten path and discover something a bit more unique then check out our boutique hotel in York's guide to York’s hidden gems and some unusual activities.


Brave a Ghost Tour

York has gained a reputation as one of the most haunted cities in England and is sometimes referred to as ‘the city of 1000 ghosts’. It’s no wonder then, that York offers numerous Ghost Walks and tours to spook and entertain those brave enough to wander the streets at night and hear the ancient ghost stories and maybe even see them brought to life…


York Cold War Bunker

Tucked away in a residential street not far from the centre, forgotten about against dominating attractions such as York Minster and the Castle Wall is another incredible piece of history, an imposing reminder of Britain’s Cold War legacy. Originally built back in 1961, the York Cold War Bunker was one of 30 built around the country to monitor nuclear explosions and fallout in the event of a nuclear war. The bunker has now gained Scheduled Monument status in 2006 when English Heritage opened it as a tourist attraction.

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Treasurer’s House

Treasurer’s House is an elegant townhouse dating back to Medieval times. It’s located only a few metres from York Minster and was the first ever hosue given to the National Trust complete with a collection. Its 2,000 year history includes 13 period rooms housing one man’s inctedible collection of antique furniture, ceramics and paintings grand enough to impress royalty.

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Merchant Adventurer’s Hall

A unique building in the heart of York, Merchant Adventurer’s Hall was constructed to provide a base for charity, worship and business 656 years ago.  The Great Hall is where the medieval merchants gathered to discussed business; The Undercroft was used as an almshouse to help the sick and poor until the 1900s and The Chapel offered spiritual care to merchants. The spectacular 14th century building is now Grade 1 listed and a fascinating museum with its main functions of business and charity remaining the same.

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Hotel Indigo York is a 101-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.



Food & Drink in York

Sip on local gin, craft ales, familiar favourites, and creative cocktails at No.88 Walmgate. Pair with one of our delicious Rustic Pizzas.

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We proudly stand in the historic neighbourhood of Walmgate, just a short walk from all the city has to offer.

At one point Walmgate had 20 pubs on the street, today it is a cool mix of independent restaurants, bars and shops and continues to Fossgate – which boasts even more independent shops, delis, bars and restaurants. Walmgate Bar proudly stands at the end of the road. It is the only existing bar in York with a Barbican and forms part of the York City Walls walk.

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York Hotel's Chocolate Story

Discover the history of chocolate, how to make it and how to taste it like an expert at the York’s Chocolate Story.

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Hotel Indigo York's Latest Special Offers

Chocolate Package

Sweet dreams are made of this! Enjoy an indulgent stay in York and explore the city’s confectionary history. Snack on a complimentary box of chocolates, and wake up to a full English breakfast.

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