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21 Reasons to Visit York in 2021

The year we’ve all been waiting for is here, 2021. You’ve stayed home for so long, you deserve an adventurous weekend away. And there is no better place for a staycation than the historical city of York.

Here are 21 reasons you should visit York in 2021 - if these don’t tempt you to book, we don’t know what will!

 

1. Jorvik Viking Centre

Did you know York was originally known as Eboracum when the Romans founded the city? Around 7 centuries later, The Vikings invaded and renamed the city Jorvik. Be transported back to 866AD and see what life was like in York at Jorvik Viking Centre.(Photo Credit: York Mix)

 

2. Guy Fawkes was born here

One of England’s most notorious historical figures was from right here in York - Guy Fawkes! If you visit York in November, you certainly won’t see any fireworks at St. Peter’s College. The school refuses to take part in the traditions out of respect for its alumni.

 

3. It’s the UK’s chocolate capital

York is the UK capital of chocolate - and you can see why when you visit. York’s Chocolate Story, York Cocoa Works and more tourist attractions embrace this staple of the city’s history - yum!

 

4. York City Walls

The three-mile walk along York City Walls is encapsulating. Admire the city from every angle on this dreamy stroll, as you pass some of York’s most iconic landmarks.

 

5. The National Railway Museum

Train fanatics and families alike can enjoy the National Railway Museum, which is also home to the only Japanese bullet train outside of Japan!(Photo Credit: Visit York)

 

6. York Minster

York Minster is the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe and contains more medieval stained glass than any other cathedral in Britain - some dating back to 1150. It also took an astonishing 250 years to build! Open all year round, it provides the perfect spot to duck into when the Great British weather decides to pour down!

 

7. The Shambles

The oldest shopping street in Europe can’t be missed - especially their famous weekly markets, where you can find all the treasures York’s independent businesses have to offer. Add some magic to your day and visit the three Harry Potter shops, which can be found at the bottom of the Shambles.

 

8. The Weirdest Laws (Scotsmen, beware!)

If you’re from Scotland - beware! There are laws on the books where it’s perfectly legal to kill a Scotsman with a bow and arrow on any day other than a Sunday. Luckily, no incidents have happened in recent memory.

 

9. The Lucky Cat Trail

Cat statues were dotted around York to frighten off rats and mice which could carry the plague. Today, you don’t need to worry about the black death - but you can still download the trail map and spot the cats for yourself!

 

10. How many attractions?!

We don’t want to brag (we do) - but York is home to more than 30 museums and tourist attractions - more than any other comparable historical city in Britain!

 

11. City Cruises

City Cruises York has a plethora of packages. Whether you want a whistle-stop tour, relaxing afternoon tea or even a 3-course-evening-meal, there’s something to fit into every schedule! Sit back and unwind as the waters take you down the winding River Ouse.

 

12. York Maze

To kill an hour or two, wind your way through the fantastic York Maze! As a bonus, if you join for a national holiday, the maze often holds themed events - our favourite is Halloween.(Photo Credit: York Maze)

 

13. Spooktacular Spectres

Such an old city with buckets of history doesn’t come without a ghost or two. York is home to several ghost hunts and tours - some of which are even held under the cover of darkness. Be warned, our hotel in York may be comfortable - but we’re not responsible for any sleepless nights!

 

14. York Castle Museum

Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068, York Castle Museum is one of the oldest museums in the UK. Covering every era of York, there is no better place to soak up all the knowledge our city encapsulates.

 

15. York Dungeon

The dungeons are a fantastic and fearful place to visit - if you dare. Prepare for the city’s best live actors and gory performances, depicting the grizzly, torturous life in York Dungeon throughout history. You may even be asked to volunteer!

 

16. Castle Howard

Who hasn’t seen Bridgerton, yet? Visit the backdrop of The Duke of Hasting’s estate right here! That’s right - Castle Howard and its beautiful grounds were the backdrop of Netflix’s hit of the season. No reenactments though, please!

 

17. The Golden Fleece

Are you a real sceptic, or a true believer of the supernatural, but up for a good old fashioned English pub pint anyway - a visit to The Golden Fleece is a must! Notorious for its hauntings, you may feel a chill that doesn’t come from the cold air outside.

 

18. Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

Set in a beautiful historic arboretum at Askham Bryan College is a wonderful conservation park, which is home to lizards, raccoons and even marmosets, to name a few. Aiming to educate the future generation of conservationists, the park provides an endearing educational spin on average wildlife protection.(Photo Credit: Visit York)

 

19. Clifford’s Tower

Standing as a monument to the power of medieval English Kings, Clifford’s Tower was twice burned to the ground, before Henry III rebuilt it in the 13th century. With sweeping panoramic views of York that are guaranteed to take your breath away, it’s not hard to see why Clifford’s Tower has made this list.

 

20. Yorkshire Museum

The Yorkshire Museum holds 5 permanent collections, covering biology, geology, archaeology, numismatics and astronomy. Opened in 1803, The Yorkshire Museum is proud to own some of the country’s finest historical treasures.

 

21. York Races

While The York Races may not be back to capacity any time soon - it has to make this list. Some may be lucky enough to dress up in their Sunday best to enjoy the nation’s biggest equine sporting event. Even if you watch from home - get dressed up anyway!

Our York hotel has missed you dearly! We hope this list has given you a few more excuses to visit York when lockdown ends. Until we meet - stay safe, and seize your stay with us as soon as you can! We’ll be here, waiting patiently.

 

All the staff we met, from arriving to departing were very helpful, polite and efficient. Our room was serviced to a very good standard and the breakfast was very tasty!

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Hotel Indigo York Reviews

Sarah,

Lincoln

A lovely hotel within walking distance to the centre of York. Very friendly, helpful staff on reception, bar area and dining room. The rooms were immaculately clean and well presented. The bed was absolutely huge and was extremely comfortable. The hotel has a modern, funky feel to it and was very welcoming. The breakfast was superb . Would definitely stay here again.


John,

Southport

<p>Conveniently positioned within easy walking distance of the city and Minster. This was our third visit so obviously we’re fans. That said although the previous visits were excellent this time the stay was even better. On check in we were given a complimentary upgrade to a superior room as IHG elite members. The room was spacious, clean and well furnished. Large TV. Massive comfortable bed with high quality bedding. Complimentary snacks with fresh milk and the bonus of a Nespresso coffee machine complete with six “pods”. Decent sized bathroom which was clean and well stocked with quality toiletries. Breakfast on both mornings was excellent. Wide choice of hot and cold items. Plenty of quality juices and smoothies. Service excellent even when busy nothing seems rushed. Very highly recommended.</p>


Christine,

London

Excellent hotel. Rooms very nice and extremely clean and quiet. Friendly staff both at reception and restaurant. Breakfast had fantastic choice. Location was really good lots of nice bars and restaurants just minutes away. Short walk to the Shambles and they offered parking just 2 minutes away for a small daily charge. Would definitely stay again. 5 Stars.


Julie,

Perth, Australia

We have found that it’s the little things that make a huge difference when you’re travelling. They’ve nailed the little things here! You’re always warmly greeted when you pass reception. Comfortable bed, soft towels, immaculate room and free chocolate in the fridge! Breakfast is delicious and finally a coffee I enjoyed. Location is fabulous and parking was easy. Well done to the Team at Hotel Indigo.


Carol,

Norwich

We stayed at the Indigo for my birthday recently. It was very modern with quirky room features. The breakfast was world class - such a great variety of treats, including a good selection of gluten and dairy free food. The staff were very helpful and attentive.


Mark,

Milton Keynes

Stayed for 2 nights, very good quality modern hotel with good sized rooms and breakfast. Cold buffet and hot food freshly cooked to order . Great location within a 5/10 minute walk of York center. Would highly recommend.


Ian,

Bandbury

<p>My partner, daughter and I stayed for 3 nights on a city break in April 2018. The room was great, Fresh milk in the complimentary mini fridge, fantastic big bed, really really clean, excellent room service and thick black out curtains. The service was excellent from all the staff at all times - reception staff were helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was also fantastic, so much choice on offer and again, nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is really well located for the city. It was excellent value for money and we would definitely stay there again. Absolutely 10/10 all round.</p>


Brian,

South Ayrshire

This is a nice hotel in a quiet area of York, but still within easy walking distance of the city centre / shambles walls etc. Lovely continental breakfast and a quiet bar area. Ideal if you want a bit of peace in a busy city.


Susan,

London

Stayed one night in this hotel ,was very impressed. A warm welcome on arrival from the receptionist and the room was ready ahead of check in time. The room was lovely, very luxurious with lots of nice touche. Biscuits, chocolate and drinks in fridge. Very close to main town and York Minster. Had a lovely evening meal in the hotel restaurant, very reasonable priced and a nice breakfast in the morning before leaving. Would definitely stay here again.


Poppy,

Letchworth

Lovely hotel close to York centre and near all the main sites. Within 5 minutes walk to the Shambles. Excellent staff and facilities. On arrival complimentary mini treats in room due to it being my Birthday. Complimentary water and chocolate and biscuits in room together with tea making facilities. Made the 2 night stay in York most enjoyable. Would definitely stay there again and recommend.


Dale,

Greater Manchester

We had a very pleasant stay on a Saturday night when visiting York. The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the Shambles and central York area. The staff were all good and friendly with good check in service and also in the bar. The breakfast choice and service was also very good. The room and the hotel was decorated very well. We stay here again if staying in York.

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