I’m so excited to share these photos from my time in York! We got in pretty late and found Hotel Indigo York easily. The inside is absolutely adorable! The photo of the bedroom’s gallery wall that I posted over on my Instagram was definitely one of the most liked images from my trip. The attention to detail had me walking around the room for awhile (I literally read the lampshade for about 10 minutes) and taking everything in.
We went downstairs to try out the Yorkshire Meatball Co., which is actually in the same building as the hotel. This is the UK’s first and only meatball bar in existence.
When traveling, one thing we look for first is an accommodation with great location. We love to be in the heart of historical centers or urban areas when visiting a new city.
York is a an ancient fortified city, with large stretches of walls and gates still standing and in great condition, given their age. The Hotel Indigo York was located just inside one of these gates (Walmgate, which has sections dating back to the 12th century).
It was a short walk from our hotel to pick up our York Pass from the York Visitor’s Center, and we couldn’t keep from stopping every block to admire the beauty and charm of the city.
From there we were able to make several stops as we wandered through the streets. First was at the awe-inspiring York Minster. This historic and imposing structure is England’s largest gothic church, and it towers over the entire town.
From there we headed down Low Petergate, a beautiful pedestrian stretch of narrow road with eclectic and eye-catching shops, street performers, and restaurants. We couldn’t help but stop by York’s Chocolate Story for some quick and delicious chocolate fondue and tea, and our York Pass gave us free admission to the interactive guided tour through York’s confectionary history.
A few stops later, we found ourselves at Clifford’s Tower, a dramatic (and photographic) medieval castle perched on a mound, just across from the York Castle Museum. Our pass got us into both attractions, but the stunning panoramic views from the tower were truly breathtaking. It didn’t help that there was a swift breeze that kept us on our toes when peering over the edge of the tower. Tyler and I actually switched off going up the stairs and into the tower. After a full day in York, Fox finally succumbed to sleepiness and he enjoyed a well-deserved nap as we alternated our visit to the historic structure.
As we left York and headed toward Scotland, I couldn’t help but wish we had more time to see more of the city. We only scratched the surface of the amazing activities offered by the York Pass and our experience with this charming city and its people is not something I will forget.
Special thanks to Visit York, Hotel Indigo York, and the Yorkshire Meatball Co. for hosting me and my family during our stay in their beautiful city. We had a blast!