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Historical Gems Tour & A Taste of York Chocolate

Encounter a remarkable one-of-a-kind walking tour packed with intriguing hidden discoveries, plus a very important taste of chocolate!
Location: Tour Meeting Point: Davygate Graveyard
+44 (0)330 043 6292 Call Us
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About Us

Want to see the best of York? You are in for a cultural (and tasty) treat! Join your eccentric character guide and get an up-close walking tour experience of the city and its delightful hidden gems. York is a marvellously mysterious place, and you are going to experience it at its best. So, get ready; culture, history, heritage, and best kept secrets await on this character led walking tour.

You will pass by famous landmarks and have some of their surprising secrets revealed; Bettys, Bootham Bar and York Minster to name but three. You’ll learn the unknown truths of York’s most infamous characters Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin. And York’s’ hidden gems? Well, you are in for many a surprise! Your savvy guide will point out treasures hidden in plain sight that even locals don’t know about; concealed courtyards, unusual statues, secluded snickelways, and curious artefacts that are so often simply passed by. Every gate (that’s a street!) has its own unique story to tell, and you’ll hear the scintillating stories of each as you amble along with your trusted guide.

Oh, and chocolate! Very important here in York! Included on this charming tour is a delicious taster from York’s Chocolate Story. A handmade chocolatey delight made on-site right here in York. This local treat hand-picked by our partners adds a satisfying savouring in a city steeped in chocolate history.

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, our Historical Gems Walking Tour will allow you to get to know this beautiful city through a different perspective, discovering exclusive insights that few people get the chance to experience.

Not only is the tour packed with hidden history and fascinating facts, but our character guide brings an energy to the tour that is uplifting and entertaining, making it an unforgettable experience for all. Our sharp, witty sleuth cannot wait to share their vast knowledge with you

*Do please dress for the weather chums! The tour runs in rain or shine (sometimes even snow!).

Book your tickets HERE!


· 1hr 15mins (75 mins)


· Professional character guide

· A chocolate sample from York’s Chocolate Story

Not suitable for:

· Children under 5

· Certain mobility impairments


· Enjoy captivating and entertaining storytelling through a knowledgeable character guide.

· Uncover many of York’s hidden historical gems.

· See the citys’ famous landmarks and have some of their surprising secrets revealed!

· Follow and explore a lesser-known path around York’s Old Town.

· Enjoy “a taste of” Yorkshire chocolate, included in the tour price.

Good to know:

· The tour runs whatever the weather so please dress accordingly.

· Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes early to check-in. “No shows” will not be refunded.

· Due to operational reasons the tour must start on time, if you are running late, please contact us asap at or on +44(0)330 043 6292.

· The route is step-free but the streets can be uneven and cobbled in parts. Please contact us ahead of a tour if you have mobility impairments.

Meeting location & instructions:

Meet your guide at the forgotten Davygate Graveyard, opposite Cooplands (on Davygate). Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early:




Opening Times

Thursdays - Sundays at 11am & 1pm

To check available tour times please visit: York - Historical Gems Tour

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