Top 5 free things to do in York this summer! - Hotel Indigo York

Top 5 free things to do in York this summer!

A weekend away with a loved one is exciting to plan! From choosing where to eat and drink, what to do and finally which hotel to stay at. When you add up all the costs, you can be looking at a fairly expensive weekend away. But don’t worry; our boutique hotel in York has come up with the top 5 free things to do when you visit the city this summer. Read on to find out more…

Yorkshire Lavender

Ok, so the first one on our list isn’t technically ‘free’ however it won’t break the bank with their £3 admission fee! Yes, we’re talking about Yorkshire Lavender farm, just a short drive from our York hotel. Immerse yourself in the sweet smell of this plant, whilst walking around one of their many lavender gardens or perhaps you fancy the challenge of escaping their lavender maze! If that’s not enough for you, why not head to their tearooms and try a delicious lavender scone, or even some lavender ice cream!

Yorkshire Lavender

(Photo Credit: Yorkshire Lavender, Facebook)

Dick Turpin’s Grave

If history is your forte, then you might be interested to know that notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin’s grave is located in the city and only a 2-minute walk from our hotel in York! Located at St George’s Church, few gravestones remain and space is now mainly used for a public park. However, one gravestone that has stood the test of time is that of Dick Turpin, real name Richard Palmer. On the day of his hanging in York, a large crowd gathered to witness Turpin in the flesh – cementing his almost ‘celebrity-like’ status back in the day.

Dick Turpin Grave

(Photo Credit: York Mix)

York City Walls

What better way to explore York than taking a stroll around the city walls? Measuring a comfortable 3.4km, completing the entire circuit will take you around 2 hours. Every year, around 2.5 million people head on an adventure around the City walls and explore York’s rich history. There is five main bars and gateways along the way, with one Victorian gateway, one small gateway and 45 towers. It’s a great day out, plus, with 365 pubs in York you’re sure to find somewhere to stop for a drink along the way!

York City Walls

(Photo Credit: Visit York)

The Shambles

It’s prettier than the name suggests, honestly! This cobbled street is now home to quirky little shops and tea rooms and is one of the best preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. None of the original shop fronts has survived but many still have exterior wooden shelves outside, to remind you of a time when cuts of meat were sold through the windows! The narrow design of the street itself meant the meat was always kept out of direct sunlight, to stay fresher for longer! This street is a great little step back in time.

The Shambles

York Market

Set back just behind the Shambles is York Market. This bustling shopping area houses over 85 market traders making it the perfect place to pick up a treat for yourself (or a loved one) or simply just soak up the atmosphere. Selling local produce, veg, sweets, flowers, cosmetics, clothing and gifts, you’ll definitely find something you want…even if you didn’t want anything!

York market

(Photo Credit: Visit York)

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 info@inyoryk.co.uk.

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