Team building activity

Information for organisers

Treasure Hunt York is a great activity for a team-building event, office away day or an activity to bring together remote teams.

How the game works

The game works like a Whatsapp Group chat with a pirate character who leads each team around York. They have to figure out cryptic clues by finding things in the city.

Everyone in a team can access their link on their own phones. They all see each others' messages just like a group chat.

Screenshot of a group message

Demo game: Treasure Hunt York

Here’s a demo game (open on your phone):

Split into teams of 6

For big groups we suggest breaking into teams of up to 6.

Each team should start 5 minutes apart. That way they aren’t on each others' toes but they’ll see each other at any planned breaks along the way.

Duration & breaks

The game takes 1½ - 2½ hours depending on breaks.

We recommend planning in a break at one of York’s excellent venues along the way.

Here’s a map of York showing the full route (no spoilers!):

Start and end points

The game starts at the Observatory in Museum Gardens and takes them on a fixed route that we’ve carefully designed.

It ends at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall on Fossgate.

Make it a competition

When each team finishes, they get a Captain’s Log which has their score.

To get a perfect score, they’d need to get every clue right first time with no hints.

When the first team finishes, you get an email with a link to all the Captain’s Logs. That means you can look at each team’s Captain’s Log and see their score at the bottom.

We suggest competing on score rather than time as it’s nicer ṫake your time rather than rushing.

How to book

Pay by card

The fastest and easiest way is to book online and pay by card.

You’ll get all your games and instructions instantly.

Pay by invoice

Contact us if you’d prefer an invoice. Invoices must be paid at latest 3 working days before your game.

Once it’s paid, we’ll create your games and send your instructions manually.

We normally charge a manual payment fee. To avoid this, book online and pay by card.

You allocate teams

You’ll get an email with a unique link for each team.

As the organiser, you allocate people into teams and give the links to the people in each team.

Need help?

Get in touch and we’ll sort you out.

Ready to book?

Book online now.

“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