The Wonders of York in Winter - Hotel Indigo York

The Wonders of York in Winter

From the comfort of our home, we want our guests to know; we miss you. However, the work we do for you doesn’t stop just because we’ve temporarily closed our doors! For this blog, we’re digging deep into York’s magical activities this winter season, so you can experience it for yourself when we can eventually welcome you back.

York Minster

This is Britain; when it rains, it pours – but, York Minster Cathedral has your back. Open daily all year round, the Minster is an absolutely glorious monument of York. Over 700 years old, it is known all over the globe as one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals.

Providing a great deal of shelter, duck into the cathedral if the heavens open while you’re browsing the shops in York city centre. Brimming with historic artifacts, art, a grand organ and priceless stained glass windows, the Minster will take the breath from your chest and the chill from your bones as you explore this iconic, architectural wonder in the heart of York.

York’s Chocolate Story

Fun fact: when England was the workshop of the world, many cities traded in steel, coal, fabrics and linens. But, not York! We are the home of chocolate. This winter, why not take a masterclass at York’s Chocolate Story? Learn about York’s history of chocolate and be inspired whilst sampling chocolates, with world-class artisan chocolatiers guiding you through the notes and flavours. Learn the perfect tricks to making chocolate, craft yourself an edible souvenir, and end the masterclass with a complimentary choctail! The perfect finish to the sweetest day, that will warm you from the inside out.

Axe Throwing at The Hilt

A brilliant indoor activity for families with children 13 or over; limber up and try your hand at the latest sensation taking over our nation! The Hilt is the perfect indoor space. With your own alley to throw axes at the bullseye, the layout is great for social distancing, and the exercise will have you warmed up enough to take off your jackets in the first 5 minutes.

With a nod to the Viking era; a huge part of York’s history, this ancient skill is hilariously fun. After challenging your family, head into their restaurant to enjoy authentic Nordic bites and tasty snacks, washed down with an original mocktail.

Enjoy a Bevvy at The Golden Fleece

York’s oldest bar, The Golden Fleece, was built in the early 16th century, and was mentioned in York City Archives as far back as 1503! This historic, traditional public house serves fine ales and beers, and is toasty warm throughout… But… if you do notice a sudden temperature shift, it’s probably not the winter outside creeping in. In fact, the Golden Fleece claims to be the most haunted pub in York, so be careful you don’t take the seat of an old regular from centuries passed.

Explore the Magic of The Shambles

Just as you leave the Golden Fleece, you’re welcomed to the best preserved medieval street in the entire world; The Shambles. Even more beautiful under sparkling snow, The Shambles provides an amazing experience of traversing the independently-owned shops, winding through the cobbled streets and marvelling at the overhanging timber framed buildings from a long-ago era. Explore the markets, open daily and make your way through one, or all of the five snickelways that lead off the street to find hidden gems of your very own.

We hope you enjoyed our top winter wonders in York, our history is deep-rooted in our city and in our blood – experience history in the modern era with your own eyes, knowing we’ll be here when you decide to put your “wow”s and “whoa”s to bed, and get some rest yourself.

Make sure to take advantage of our 3 for 2 offer! Plan ahead to enjoy your post-lockdown escape with us. Book by the 31st December for stays up until March, and start 2021 the right way.

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