York’s Top 5 Autumn Activities - Hotel Indigo York

York’s Top 5 Autumn Activities

With its incredible architecture and cosy pubs, York makes a magnificent visit all year round. Each season brings change, which our city takes in its stride to become increasingly beautiful and unique. Read on to find out York’s top five autumn activities.

Shop at Shambles Market

Autumn is the time to indulge in oven-cooked comfort food, and the Shambles Market is the perfect place to pick up ingredients. With over seventy stalls, fresh seasonal produce from independent traders is plentiful. For an elegant dining room centre-piece to compliment your meal and brighten up your table in the colder months, visit the florist for a beautiful bunch of flowers.

Shambles Market

Visit Clifford’s Tower

As the days draw to a close, venture to the top of Clifford’s Tower and watch the early sunset over the stunning York landscape. Absorb panoramic views of the city with the opportunity to see the ornate orange-leafed trees from a new angle. You’ll feel as proud as the Tower itself as you stand upon all that remains of the grand York Castle.

Clifford's Tower

Warm up in a coffee shop

Gloves and scarves can keep you toasty in the outdoors, but a hot drink warms you to the core and feeds the soul. York is home to the famous Betty’s Tea Room, but the branch does not go without competition. An independent café stands on every street corner of York, with baristas ready and waiting to greet you with a hot mug of coffee and a slice of cake.


Buy a new autumn wardrobe at the unique shops

Fall in love with the most current fashion trends this season. Our independent boutique shops will help you layer up with daring denim, chunky knits and black leather boots. And, if you’re craving a bargain, visit McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, where you can gain a generous discount on designer brands.

York Designer Outlet


Do a pub crawl

Take a break from the outdoor elements with a stop in York’s many cosy pubs. As you walk to select your destination, you will notice that the city’s pubs pride themselves on their breathtaking historical architecture. The interiors are as magnificent as their exterior, where you can put your feet up and enjoy crackling fires, delicious pub grub and real ale. Begin your venture early on, and you’ll be all crawled out by 10pm!


We hope that our list of York’s top five autumn activities has enchanted you to plan your autumn staycation in the city. Our boutique hotel is located in central York, so you don’t have far to walk to your nice, warm bed after a day of discovering seasonal delights. Give yourself more time to explore and take advantage of our latest offer, where you can get three nights away for the price of two!

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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Hotel Indigo York's Latest Special Offers

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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