In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen a lot of rainfall in York, and we all know that a rainy or stormy day is often a culprit of dampening one’s holiday. One sure thing to still have a great time, regardless of the weather is, you guessed it, to stay indoors. York has plenty to offer in term of indoors activities and there is definitely enough to keep you entertained no matter the amount of sunshine in the sky!

Visit all the museums with a York Pass

York has a number of museums all within a short walking distance from each other. Browse the collection of items as part of the ‘”Museum of Broken Relationships” exhibition at York Castle Museum, make your own chocolate lolly at York’s Chocolate Story and feed a virtual reality dinosaur at the Yorkshire Museum. To make all these visits easier and save you some money, pick up a York City Pass that will let you visit over 20 attractions for one great price!

Indulge in a spa day at The Grand Hotel & Spa

A spa day is always appreciated, especially when it’s grey outside. Extend an hour-long massage into two hours, get a facial scrub and a manicure, relax in a steam room and soak in a whirlpool spa with a refreshing cocktail. The Grand Hotel & Spa is our number one choice – you won’t regret spending a day treating yourself to some luxury.

Travel back in time to Viking-age York

From the freezing North to the heat of Spain; the Vikings travelled far, leaving their mark across the world through trading, raiding and discovery. Just like the Norse in the 9th century, voyage to York for the 36th annual JORVIK Viking Festival this month. The Viking Encampment will take place at the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall and all the activities are available throughout the festival. Weather cannot stop the Vikings!

Join a cooking class

Cookery is art. On a rainy day, why not learn how to cook a new dish? Join a cooking class with The Cookery School at The Grand, York. Learn how to tackle traditional Italian dishes, make handmade pasta and some finger-licious sauces from the freshest Yorkshire ingredients. Meet like-minded people and surprise friends and relatives with your amazing fine dining cooking skills.

Have a cuppa in one of York’s independent coffee shops

Is there a better way to enjoy a rainy day than with a cup of hot coffee in your hand? There are so many amazing independent coffee shops that make rich and delicious lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and all other delicious hot drinks. For a rich taste, head over to Spring Espresso, if you have a sweet tooth why not try Brew&Brownie and treat yourself to some fluffy pancakes as well. For those of you who prefer tea over coffee (same here!) why not try a traditional Japanese Matcha at Ippuku Tea House.

Immerse yourself in the art of Van Gogh

Located in St Mary's Church, it’s your last chance to a journey into the world of one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century through a magnificent spectacle of virtual reality, music, animations, optical illusions, and 360-degree projections.

See the new Exhibition at York Art Gallery

Internationally acclaimed artist Harland Miller’s largest exhibition to date has opened at York Art Gallery on February 13th. It features some of Miller’s best-known works alongside new paintings created especially for the exhibition. See the renowned ‘Penguin Book Covers’, inspired by the dust jackets of volumes from the 1950s and 1960s, and the ‘Pelican Bad Weather Paintings’ which evoke the culture and geography of Yorkshire as a whole.

Travelling to York

Currently there are no travel restrictions in place in the run up to half term linked to Storm Dennis, however please check on your travel provider’s website for the latest news.

When travelling by car, please check the Met Office ( website before departure to be aware of any weather disruptions.

For any information about travelling in York, please check iTravel.

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