Top 5 attractions in York - Hotel Indigo York

Top 5 attractions in York

We may be biased but there is nowhere quite like York. The medieval city is full of history, tales and culture, making it the ideal destination for your next UK city break. Whether you’ve never visited before, or you’ve been countless times, there are so many reasons to book a trip to York. Our York hotel has compiled a list of just a few of the top attractions in the city!


York Minster

Perhaps the city’s most iconic attraction, York Minster is truly magnificent. One of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe, the cathedral has been at the centre of Christianity in England since the 7th century. Offering beautiful architecture, interiors and with more stained glass windows than anywhere else in the country, it really is a must-visit on your York trip. Climb 275 steps to reach York Minster’s Central Tower for panoramic and picturesque views of the medieval city.York Minster


The Shambles 

No trip to York would be complete without a ramble around the Shambles. One of the oldest and best-preserved shopping streets in the city, it’s no wonder it’s a popular tourist attraction. Once home to Butchers’ shops, today the street is lined with boutique shops, cafes and gift shops. It is thought that The Shambles inspired Diagon Alley in the fan favourite Harry Potter, the street is now home to three Harry Potter themed shops; where people can buy props and items inspired by the books and films.The Shambles


York Dungeon

York is famous for its fascinating, and somewhat gruesome history. From the Roman invasion to being the birthplace of Guy Fawkes, the city has some thrilling stories to tell and there is no better place to do this than at York Dungeon. The award-winning attraction enables you to walk through 11 live actor shows, telling the story of York’s dark history and meet famous historical characters such as The Vikings, Dick Turpin and Guy Fawkes! For a darker and scarier experience, adults can join in on the Late Night shows which take place on various nights throughout the year.York Dungeon


York Mansion House

The official residence of the Lord Mayor of York during his/ her term of office, York Mansion House makes for an interesting visit. York’s original house party, the home was built as a place for the Lord Mayor to entertain guests and to house civic collections. Today, visitors can experience York’s present and past, and take a trip back to the middle ages and explore how previous mayors entertained.York Mansion House[photo credit: Little Vikings]

York’s Chocolate Story

Unwrap the city’s rich chocolate history at York’s Chocolate Story and learn more about the biggest names in the industry. The birthplace of Rowntree and Terry’s, York’s fame and fortune have rested on chocolate for almost 300 years – pretty sweet, we know. At York’s Chocolate Story, visitors can discover the stories behind the greatest name in chocolate, learn the art of chocolate making and even try your hand at being a master chocolatier.York Chocolate Story[photo credit: Continuum Attractions]

Hotel Indigo York is a 103-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

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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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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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