We’re ALL goin' on a Summer Holiday

Posted on August 1, 2023

A group of friends playing treasure hunt

The UK is BURSTING with amazing places, people and things to do. Having a Great British adventure this summer? With Treasure Hunt York you’ll see some of the best bits, and hidden gems that York has to offer. Whether you’re travelling for miles or minutes, grab your shipmates and keep reading!

With so much to see in York it can be hard to make sure you’re not missing out. Our routes have been cleverly designed and playtested to guide you to the best spots, from tourist highlights to local hangouts, you and your crew are sure to uncover some real treasures.

How does it work? ☠️

It’s designed for adults, so you’ll have a laugh together. If you’re adventuring with a large crew, we recommend splitting into smaller groups and seeing who can solve the final clue first! (after a few refreshment breaks along the way of course!) Captain Bess, our bossy pirate leader, sends cryptic clues, and treasure maps to your phone, shipmates work together to solve the clues and discover the next part of the journey. Ages 8+ are welcome too if you want to make a family day of it!

An illustration of how Treasure Hunt York works

Adventures wherever you go! 🗺️

Did you know Captain Bess has tours all across the UK? Wherever you’re going in the UK this summer, there might just be a Treasure Hunt tour nearby! See our other cities here.

🍹Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot?🍹

Whether you’ve lucked out and the sun is shining on fair York, or the rain is dampening play, fear not! Treasure Hunt York takes you past some excellent pubs and cafes, you can stop whenever you want to, grab a drink and cool down (or dry off! ☔) There’s no need to rush, take your time and enjoy it, grab some selfies, go viral on tik tok- you’ve got time!

As well as the best hidden gems, the route goes round some of the must-see sights of York including:

Museum Gardens - home to medieval abbey ruins and a gorgeous green space.

The historic Abbey Ruins in Museum Gardens in York

Bootham Bar - a 11th century city gate and originally part of the Roman fortress.

York Minster - one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, it speaks for itself!

The stunning York Minster in the sunshine

Holy Trinity Church - a glimpse of the medieval world, hidden in a small leafy churchyard!

Dean’s Park - a peaceful garden in the shadow of the Minster and home to the Cathedral Library.

Trees in Dean’s Park, behind the minster

Barley Hall - you’ll discover a fine snickelway called Coffee Yard, passing this beautiful medieval hall.

The Shambles - a medieval street with timber-framed buildings so close together you could pass things across!

The narrow buildings on the shambles

Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate - one of the smallest streets in York!

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall - a stunning medieval Guildhall.

Fossgate - you’ll end your adventure in the trendiest area, with decent coffee, vegan baking of course some fine pubs.

By the end of the game, you’ll have unearthed the treasures of York and know which areas you’d like to come back to.

“We thought the clues were pitched at the correct level, not too easy and made you look very closely at your surroundings, without being impossible to solve.
We had a fun day exploring York with a few pit stops for refreshement between clues.”

—Grendel46, Tripadvisor


Telephone: 01904 500 868
Text us: 07380 309380

Gardens and Guildhalls starts from:
York Observatory, Museum Gardens, York, YO30 7BH

Play our second game in York: Walk the Walls