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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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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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