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York's Chocolate Story: Guided Tour

1. York's Chocolate Story: Guided Tour

Make your way to York’s Chocolate Story in the historic heart of York. Meet the guide and spend 1 hour and 15 minutes on an entertaining tour of the attraction. Discover the secrets of making delicious chocolate as you explore the facility’s 3 floors filled with interactive exhibitions. Join a guided tour to explore the history of chocolate, from the discovery of the cocoa bean thousands of years ago to the world famous chocolate-making families of York. Listen as your knowledgeable guide brings the process to life, and hands out the occasional taster, of course. Towards the end of your visit you’ll have a chance to make your own chocolate creation and watch a chocolatier at work, perfect for adults and children alike. At the end of the guided tour, visit the cafe and gift shop, bursting with artisan chocolate and other delicious creations.

York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

2. York: River Ouse Early Evening Cruise

This 1-hour Early Evening Cruise is an entertaining and informative tour of historic York from the River Ouse. Enjoy the city from a different perspective as a friendly and knowledgeable team guides you leisurely up and downstream. During the cruise, the captain will keep you entertained with live commentary about the sites you pass. Learn about York’s history of flooding and its prosperity as an inland port, as you sail along the river that brought the Romans and the Vikings to this site. You’ll sail on a vessel that features an enclosed and heated saloon, rest rooms and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

York: The Dark Chronicles of York Guided Walking Tour

3. York: The Dark Chronicles of York Guided Walking Tour

Unearth the grim stories and the untold truths of York's dark past on this walking tour. Join your guide to explore secrets long forgotten, and journey back almost 2000 years to the roots of Eboracum. See York Minster and Shambles Market from a new perspective. Learn what happened to the criminals of this city, what happened to the innocent, and what really happens in the shadows of York's mysterious alleyways and streets. Meet your guide outside The Hilt on Goodramgate and travel through the city, passing by iconic landmarks such as Shambles Market and York Minster. You will also discover lesser-known spots such as St. Andrewgate street.

York: City Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

4. York: City Highlights Small Group Walking Tour

Contained within a ring of medieval stone walls, York concentrates 2000 years of history into a remarkably small area. This ninety-minute tour begins at Bootham Bar, the city’s northern entrance, from which every period of York’s development is visible, from Roman times to the present day. You’ll then enter the tranquil, green oasis of the Museum Gardens - a Victorian botanic garden which contains an 18th Century observatory, the remains of a Roman fortress and the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. From here it is a short walk to the Minster - the largest medieval gothic cathedral in the country - which has dominated the city’s skyline for over 900 years. The Minster lies at the heart of a warren of ancient streets whose layout is Viking in origin. You’ll hear tales of Viking invasion while delving deep into the maze of secret passages known as ‘Snickelways’; passing an unhappy mermaid and a little red devil as well as catching a glimpse of a 15th Century banqueting hall. Finally you’ll emerge into the Shambles,York’s best-known cobbled street - once a row of butchers, now instantly recognisable to Harry Potter fans as the inspiration for Diagon Alley.

York: Chocolate Bar Creation Workshop at the Cocoa House

5. York: Chocolate Bar Creation Workshop at the Cocoa House

York is home to the world's most famous chocolate bars and brands, and there is a lot of love here in the chocolate city for all things cocoa. Join us in our academy and learn how to create your very own chocolate bar. You will discover our cocoa origins, we will show you how to work with tempered chocolate, and you will experiment with different flavours to perfect your masterpiece! Once the bars have set, you will be able to enjoy your beautifully wrapped creations at home. During this workshop you will: Discover where cocoa comes from and its origins Learn we manufacture our chocolate here on site Try a selection of our own white, milk and dark chocolate Then work with your chosen chocolate to mould and design a chocolate bar Flavour & Decorate your chocolate bar

Sceptered Isle Chronicles - History walking tour of York

6. Sceptered Isle Chronicles - History walking tour of York

Europes largest Medieval Gothic Cathedral is the starting point, taking in the City's ancient walled defences, Churches with their mysterious Devils Door, then onto the street of Butchered, the famous Shambles and past the Merchant Adventurers Guild hall. Enjoy a 90 minute exploration of York, a city founded by the Roman Empire, a city that would attract some of the first warriors in history , Saxons, Vikings and Normans! walk the medieval wall and find out how the defences were developed and how they made York the finest medieval walled city in the UK. You'll walk the medieval shambles, once butchers shops and be amazed by Yorks Castle ruin and prisons. Learn about the people who have influenced York, from. Guy Fawkes and his Gun powder plot, Evil Highway men and their fate, walk in the footsteps of every British Monarch and see how they influent York, once Englands second City. You'll walk by Yorks Guild Halls and discover how they influenced the city and the whole of Europe before passing York Castle, Jorvik, the heart of the Viking city. Our tour concludes at All Saints Pavement Church with it's famous lantern tower and one of the more unique church services in Britain.

York: York Cocoa Works Guided Tour and Tasting

7. York: York Cocoa Works Guided Tour and Tasting

Learn how chocolate is made at York Cocoa Works with the Chocolate Manufactory Tasting Journey. During your visit, you will be show around the Chocolate Manufactory by a team of chocolate lovers who will share the secrets of cocoa and the transformation into chocolate. You will discover cocoa origins from around the world, learn the rich history of chocolate making in York before taking a peek into the manufactory and watch the chocolate being made. This session concludes with a special tasting conducted by a cocoa connoisseur, sampling chocolate crafted on site with different cocoa flavour notes and strengths to explore the full chocolate tasting experience. Following the journey, you are invited to join us in our Chocolate Cafe where you can use your ticket to enjoy further discounts across our whole product range.

York: Castle Howard Gardens and Grounds Entry Ticket

8. York: Castle Howard Gardens and Grounds Entry Ticket

Explore Castle Howard's 18th-century gardens and discover the backdrop to many iconic films and TV shows, such as Bridgerton and The Great. Look out for wildlife on scenic trails and swing from the trees at the award-winning adventure playground, Skelf Island. After presenting your voucher, explore Castle Howard's 18th-century gardens with around 9,000 acres of the beautiful Howardian Hills. As you wander around the historic parkland, look out for the monuments, pyramids, obelisks, and statues that surround the estate. Get to know the location where many films and television shows were filmed, including Brideshead Revisited, Victoria, The Great, and Bridgerton. Admire familiar sights that have become known across the world as the backdrop to some of the most iconic on-screen moments. Enjoy over 1000 acres of gardens and woodland with picturesque trails and wildlife to look out for, including birds of prey and wild otters. Feel free to take a break in one of the cafes, where you can order food and drinks. Make your way to Skelf Island and mess around in the award-winning adventure playground. Spark your adrenaline as you swing through the trees and make memories with your friends and family.

York: 1-Hour Small Group Evening Walking Tour

9. York: 1-Hour Small Group Evening Walking Tour

Early evening is the most atmospheric time to experience York, the shops have closed, the tourist hordes have departed, the ancient streets lie at your disposal. This hour-long walking tour is for anyone seeking a concise, informal and entertaining introduction to York in the company of an expert local guide. Discover why the Minster is known as a Minster rather than a cathedral, why all the streets in York are called Gates and all the gates are called Bars. Start your tour in Exhibition Square, and see 2000 years of history simply by turning in a circle. Take in all the must-see sights including the Minster, the medieval walls and the Shambles, the inspiration for Diagon Alley. Take the opportunity to enter the maze of ancient cut-throughs and back-passages, or Snickelways as they are known locally.  Although this isn't a ghost tour there are plenty of gruesome true stories to be heard. By the end of the walk you will be ready for your dinner reservation having tasted the full flavour of a city which still has Viking mud on its boots and a tang of cocoa in the air.

York: Introduction to Chocolate Making Experience

10. York: Introduction to Chocolate Making Experience

Discover the basics of chocolate making, from working with chocolate to make simple, gorgeous ganache to how to professionally temper chocolate so you can work with it to create a whole gorgeous array of delights. Participants will take home approximately 300g of their own chocolate creations together with lots of hints and tips to be able to make chocolates easily at home. This initial workshop explores working with chocolate, it's a perfect starter for any budding chocolatier or cake maker that wants to understand more about how chocolate works. During the workshop you will: Learn how to make your own traditional chocolate truffles Prepare tempered chocolate for making truffles Beautifully wrap your creations to take home and enjoy Go home with recipes and your newly found chocolate making skills What will you take away with you? Each participant will take home approximately 300g of your own chocolate creations as well as the recipes to be able to make your own at home.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 232 reviews

Really enjoyed my night. While other tours in York focus on ghosts, this one focuses more on real history of people and events of the past. In my opinion, that is more chilling than supernatural stories. We were lucky to be in a small group, which, in my opinion added more personality to the night and had you more involved. Our guide was witty and humorous and great to be around. Overall would recommend him and the tour to a friend instantly.

Fun way to spend an hour. We were a group of 7 including my 13 year old niece, and we all enjoyed creating our own chocolate bar

Sarah really took the time to educate you you through the experience …my kids loved it too!

Wonderful insight into the history of York. Our guide, Alfred, was excellent.

Was a fun tour. Richard the tour guide was excellent, funny and informative.