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7 Strange Reasons to Visit York

Did you know that York is the UK’s chocolate Capital? Or that it has the oldest shopping street in Europe? Our York hotel hopes to enlighten you with our seven strange reasons you should visit our brilliant city.

 

It’s the UK’s chocolate Capital

Although the sweet stuff arrived in London in the 17th century, York owes its title ‘City of Chocolate’ to the huge Rowntree’s and Terry’s chocolate factories of the 20th century. 5 million Kit Kats are still made in York every single day, and boy, are we grateful! You can even go cocoa at a delicious attraction if you visit York’s Chocolate Story or the scenic Rowntree Park.Kit Kat

 

You might meet a ghost

With over 500 recorded hauntings, York is a firm favourite of afterlife seekers. It’s unsurprising that York is the most haunted city in the UK, considering the city’s violent and volatile history. The Golden Fleece pub is said to be the most haunted place, as fifteen ghouls roam the corridors. If you’re brave enough, take a place on one of the city’s evening ghost tours. We dare you!Night York

 

It has the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe

With its stained-glass windows and magnificent stonework, this breath-taking Cathedral is truly a work of art. It is so well protected that it once had its own police force after an 1829 arson attack. Well worth a visit, this marvel holds the heart of York in its Rose Window.York Minster

 

You can stroll down the oldest shopping street in Europe

The Shambles was once home to the butchers of York, who would display their meat from the overhanging buildings. Although none remain, many quaint, independent shops now reside here. From chocolatiers and fudge pantries to jewellers and artisan bakeries, there is something for everyone at this ancient haunt.The Shambles

 

It’s good enough for a Roman Emperor

In 306AD, Constantine the Great was crowned in York. He is the only Roman emperor to have been crowned anywhere outside of Rome, and we can’t blame him for adopting our gorgeous city. He was also the first Emperor to allow people to celebrate Christmas. What a good egg.Roman Emperor York

 

It’s responsible for Bonfire Night (kind of)

Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. We all adore Bonfire Night, despite its dark history. York born and raised, Guy Fawkes, is the most notorious conspirer of the 1605 plot to blow up Parliament. In the shadows of York Minister is the Guy Fawkes Inn, which stands in the birthplace of the criminal. Why not pay a visit for a beer and a bite to eat?Bonfire Night

 

You can walk along the longest and best-preserved city walls in England

In 1800, the Corporation of York applied for an Act of Parliament to demolish the walls. However, they were met with fierce opposition and by the mid-nineteenth century, the Corporation backed down. Much of the walls were saved and to this day, you can still patrol the two miles of perimeter!York City Walls

We hope these weird and wonderful facts persuade you to visit York! Why not stay the night at our Hotel Indigo York? We’d love to have you. And remember, stay safe and stay alert.

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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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