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The Wonders of York in Winter

From the comfort of our home, we want our guests to know; we miss you. However, the work we do for you doesn’t stop just because we’ve temporarily closed our doors! For this blog, we’re digging deep into York’s magical activities this winter season, so you can experience it for yourself when we can eventually welcome you back.

 

York Minster

This is Britain; when it rains, it pours - but, York Minster Cathedral has your back. Open daily all year round, the Minster is an absolutely glorious monument of York. Over 700 years old, it is known all over the globe as one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals.

Providing a great deal of shelter, duck into the cathedral if the heavens open while you’re browsing the shops in York city centre. Brimming with historic artifacts, art, a grand organ and priceless stained glass windows, the Minster will take the breath from your chest and the chill from your bones as you explore this iconic, architectural wonder in the heart of York.

 

 

York’s Chocolate Story

Fun fact: when England was the workshop of the world, many cities traded in steel, coal, fabrics and linens. But, not York! We are the home of chocolate. This winter, why not take a masterclass at York’s Chocolate Story? Learn about York’s history of chocolate and be inspired whilst sampling chocolates, with world-class artisan chocolatiers guiding you through the notes and flavours. Learn the perfect tricks to making chocolate, craft yourself an edible souvenir, and end the masterclass with a complimentary choctail! The perfect finish to the sweetest day, that will warm you from the inside out.

 

 

Axe Throwing at The Hilt

A brilliant indoor activity for families with children 13 or over; limber up and try your hand at the latest sensation taking over our nation! The Hilt is the perfect indoor space. With your own alley to throw axes at the bullseye, the layout is great for social distancing, and the exercise will have you warmed up enough to take off your jackets in the first 5 minutes.

With a nod to the Viking era; a huge part of York’s history, this ancient skill is hilariously fun. After challenging your family, head into their restaurant to enjoy authentic Nordic bites and tasty snacks, washed down with an original mocktail.

 

 

Enjoy a Bevvy at The Golden Fleece

York’s oldest bar, The Golden Fleece, was built in the early 16th century, and was mentioned in York City Archives as far back as 1503! This historic, traditional public house serves fine ales and beers, and is toasty warm throughout… But… if you do notice a sudden temperature shift, it’s probably not the winter outside creeping in. In fact, the Golden Fleece claims to be the most haunted pub in York, so be careful you don’t take the seat of an old regular from centuries passed.

 

 

Explore the Magic of The Shambles

Just as you leave the Golden Fleece, you’re welcomed to the best preserved medieval street in the entire world; The Shambles. Even more beautiful under sparkling snow, The Shambles provides an amazing experience of traversing the independently-owned shops, winding through the cobbled streets and marvelling at the overhanging timber framed buildings from a long-ago era. Explore the markets, open daily and make your way through one, or all of the five snickelways that lead off the street to find hidden gems of your very own.

 

We hope you enjoyed our top winter wonders in York, our history is deep-rooted in our city and in our blood - experience history in the modern era with your own eyes, knowing we’ll be here when you decide to put your “wow”s and “whoa”s to bed, and get some rest yourself.

Make sure to take advantage of our 3 for 2 offer! Plan ahead to enjoy your post-lockdown escape with us. Book by the 31st December for stays up until March, and start 2021 the right way.

 

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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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