York is a hotbed for a huge number and variety of independent businesses. It’s these shops, restaurants, stalls, cafes and other businesses mixed with the city’s historic sights and quirky streets that make York such a unique place to live, work and visit.
York is without doubt a city of Independents, with over two thirds of all businesses being independently owned and run.
Established in 2016, Indie York is proud to have such a diverse and vibrant group of around 200 members who provide a special business scene in the City. Indie York brings these businesses together to support them and help them grow and thrive.
Our website, social media and paper map provide a useful guide for residents and tourists alike; showcasing York’s wonderful alternatives to the usual high street names. Every business is a star in its own right.
York is also known for its indie ‘quarters’ such as the Fossgate, Swinegate Latin quarter, The Shambles, Micklegate and Bishy Road as well as the ‘Fifth Quarter’ which includes Bootham and Gillygate businesses.
We hope the Indie York map and website will be a great starting point to help you discover and share, the huge range of extraordinary businesses from specialist shops and brilliant cafés, to intriguing galleries and top restaurants in York.
The York area is great for walking – from the extraordinary heritage of the city centre, with its many fascinating buildings, old streets and unique ambience, through the wonderful open spaces of the largely preserved medieval Strays, to the outer villages with their green belt surroundings and excellent pubs. And the walking is easy.
Over many years, walks have been created in York to help people discover and enjoy the city. Unfortunately, many of the publications describing them have a short lifespan and they soon disappear.
We have pulled together over 75 such walks that have been published, ranging from a short stroll in the footsteps of King Richard III in the city centre, to longer walks across the Strays and in York’s surrounding countryside. We have reproduced only those for which we have been able to obtain permission, and on the condition that they are freely available to Trust members and the wider public.
This list of published walks is only a beginning. As new walks come to light, we hope to include them to the benefit of everyone. Do let us know if you create a new walk! The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted that the Rowntree Society has published a booklet of five new walks around the Rowntree family’s and company’s world. You’ll find those below.
We hope you enjoy the walks, learn about York, have fun and keep fit!
Dr John Bowes Morrell and his brother Cuthbert had been buying, restoring and rehabilitating medieval properties in York for many years when they formed Ings Property Company Ltd in 1945. Following their deaths this continued under the guidance of Dr Morrell’s son, William, until 1976 when these properties were bequeathed to charity and the company’s name changed to York Conservation Trust Limited. From its beginnings in 1945 with 7 properties the Trust now owns and runs over 85 buildings, consisting of 79 residential and 66 commercial lets.
Restoration and conservation has to be balanced with the need to put the building to its best use, both from the point of view of its tenants and in the life of the City.
Wheelwrights YORK now work alongside York Conservation Trust to offer a selection of these historic properties to enjoy as holiday lets to book and visit York.
The Visit York Visitor Information Centre is based in the heart of the city, not far from the iconic York Minster. Our friendly assistants are here to share their expert local knowledge of attractions, travel information, places to eat, shops and events with you. As well as our personal service, we stock hundreds of free information leaflets and guides about York and beyond. We have a fantastic shop selling York merchandise, maps and gifts and you can pick up tickets for local attractions, events, bus passes and much more.
Looking to save money on your visit to York? Buy a York Pass and get entry to over 30 top attractions for one great price. We also have an accommodation booking desk if you’re looking for somewhere to rest your head in York.
Partisan is a vibrant, independent coffee shop, licensed restaurant and arts space in Micklegate, York. At Partisan we serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea every day of the week – see here for our daytime menu. We also open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for casual dining – click on the link below for more information about our evening menu and service.
We work with well established dealers, as well as sourcing objects and furnishings and regularly host exhibitions for local and national artists. Most of the objects, art and furniture are for sale, and can be found on our online shop or in Partisan itself. Feel free to enquire about any purchases you would like to make with a member of staff or get in touch.
Parallel are an interactive mapping and data visualisation business. They have produced a fantastic resource using an 1852 map of York, which they have stitched together to produce an interactive map where you can overlay the current street layout and navigate your way through the city on an historic tour using the GPS location on your mobile.
Try it out on your mobile – it’s amazing.
You will also be able to pick up a map from our office, produced by the Historic Towns Trust, that provides a wealth of additional historic information to accompany this.
Parallel’s mapping projects
Interactive maps and exploratory exercises investigating the capabilities of data-driven Mapbox GL JS vector maps and 3D rendering. Free resource for geography students in UK schools.
Discover the places you love to find.
Jump right into the city and find the best things to do and see – all in real-time and at the push of a button.
The Connected app allows you to create a simple profile, without disclosing any personal data. Simply download the app, set your preferences by areas of interest; dining, culture, sport, theatre, events, retail, bars etc to instantly enable promotions and messages relevant to your preferences.
It’s as simple as that – you’re now Connected!
What Shall I do Today..?
To fully experience the city and uncover all the hidden gems, you can use Connected in a variety of ways.
Connected, allows you to receive real-time messages from relevant businesses and retailers linked to your preferences. So you won’t miss out on a fabulous coffee from the independent cafe off the beaten track – nor miss the art exhibition from the boutique gallery only a short walk away.
Connected – the city in your hands!
Connected will show you a list of promotions available in your location. These could be events or festivals taking place right now or special offers available to visitors of the city.
Or you can simply use Connected to find the nearest cobblers, or locate a park – just enjoy the city in your hands.