Things to do near York - Hotel Indigo York

Things to do near York

Nestled in the heart of North Yorkshire, the historic city of York is a charming destination that seamlessly combines its rich heritage with a vibrant modern atmosphere. But sometimes, amidst the hustle and bustle of city life, we all crave a moment of tranquillity. Luckily, York offers an array of relaxing adventures just a stone’s throw away. 

Wander through the Yorkshire Dales

A mere hour’s drive from York lies the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales National Park, a true haven for nature enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, from rolling hills to cascading waterfalls. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the numerous trails, each revealing its own unique beauty. 

Explore the routes by visiting: Best Walks in the Yorkshire Dales  

Cruise the River Ouse:

For a leisurely experience, hop aboard a scenic river cruise along the tranquil waters of the River Ouse. Drift away from the city’s hustle and let the gentle current carry you through picturesque scenery. It’s the perfect way to unwind and see York from a different perspective.

Book your cruise by visiting: York Boat Trips, Cruises and Tours 

Visit the York Museum Gardens 

Tucked away behind the medieval walls, the York Museum Gardens provide an oasis of calm amidst the city centre. Stroll through beautifully manicured gardens, discover ancient ruins, and marvel at the vibrant flowers in bloom. Find a quiet spot to sit and read a book or simply enjoy a picnic surrounded by history.  

Plan your visit: York Museum Gardens  

Explore the Howardian Hills:

Venture just beyond the outskirts of York, and you’ll find the charming Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This idyllic countryside offers a chance to reconnect with nature and unwind. Take a leisurely walk along the country lanes, or stop by one of the villages and savour a delicious cream tea.

Discover how to get there by visiting: Howardian Hills 

Discover the Grandeur of Castle Howard:

Immerse yourself in the splendour of Castle Howard, located just a short distance from York. This magnificent stately home, with its stunning architecture and vast estate, offers a serene and captivating experience. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine paths or find a peaceful spot to sit and soak up your surroundings. 

Plan your trip by visiting: Castle Howard House and Gardens


Looking for a place to stay when you next visit York? Book a room in our luxury, York hotel: Hotel Indigo York.

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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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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