Top 5 Reasons to Visit York After Lockdown

We all need (and deserve) a holiday right now. This year has been difficult, to say the least, but with lockdown slowly but surely easing, it’s the perfect time to start planning your escape. Not convinced that York is the place to go? Well, let our hotel in York change your mind with our top reasons to visit!

The History

There is no doubt about it, York has a fascinating history. In the 9th century, the infamous Viking Invasion took place, in which they changed the name of the city to ‘Jorvik’. The invasion remains a significant part of York’s rich history, something which you can learn more about at the fantastic Jorvik Viking Centre. Every year, the Jorvik Viking Festival takes place to celebrate the momentous historical event.

York City Walls

The Shambles

No trip to York is complete without a ramble around The Shambles. As one of the world’s best-preserved shopping streets, which was named the most picturesque street in Britain, there are so many reasons to visit the Shambles when in York. Harry Potter fans will feel like they are walking down Diagon Alley with three shops inspired by the wizarding world. You can even buy your own wand!

The Shambles

The Pubs 

Rumour has it York is home to a whopping 365 pubs – that’s a pub for every day of the year. Whilst we can’t confirm or deny if that’s true, one thing is certain, York has a hell of a lot of pubs. Whether you fancy a quiet pint on a Sunday afternoon or want to do a pub crawl with friends, you won’t be short of choice. Our personal favourite is The King’s Arms – perfect for a hot summer’s day!

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The Ghost Walks

Believe it or not, there have been 500 recorded sightings of ghosts in York. If you dare, you can discover a spookier side of the city on a Ghost Walk and explore the hidden streets and dark alleyways with a theatrical guided tour. The Original Ghost Walk of York was the very first tour of its kind in the entire world, established in 1973. Also, don’t forget to visit York Dungeon to learn more about the city’s gruesome history.

York at Dusk

York’s Chocolate Story

Did you know that two of the world’s biggest confectionery brands, Rowntree’s and Terry’s, were founded in York? Well, now you do! Unwrap the secrets of the city’s chocolate-making past at York’s Chocolate Story and learn the art of the chocolatier. You can even try your hand at making some goodies to take with you – that’s a pretty sweet souvenir if you ask us.

York Chocolate Story

Hotel Indigo York

It would be rude to leave our York hotel off the list! Inspired by the city’s rich history and chocolate past, Hotel Indigo York is the perfect place to stay on your weekend escape. If you’re visiting for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, please drop us an email and let us know what our team can do to make your break extra special. We can do mirror messages upon request.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our hotel in York soon. If you’re planning to get away to York after lockdown, browse our exclusive packages! For now, stay safe and stay well.

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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