Skip the tourist traps

Our top tips to make the most of your time in York

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Tired of touristy stuff? We hear you. Let's skip the clichés and dive straight into York’s hidden gems – the places locals love.

With our top tips, you won’t waste a moment. Experience the heart of York, don't just see it.

We’ll send you five thoughtfully researched emails over the next few weeks:

  • 4 restaurants you MUST book in advance: 4 of the best dining destinations in York. Don't miss out and end up in a boring old Pizza Express.
  • Flat Whites and Batch Brews: Dive into York's coffee scene and discover locally owned, coffee specialists that know their way around a V60.
  • What's that fiery figurehead?: Discover the intriguing story behind the little red devil of Stonegate.
  • 3 gorgeous walks around York: Lace up and embark on a Sunday morning stroll around York. Discover the city's picturesque corners tucked away from the bustling crowds.
  • 5 Surprising Yorkshire Stories: Dive into York's fascinating history with five local yarns, offering a glimpse into the city's rich past.
A collage of three images showing people enjoying themselves in York and the sorts of places you'll discover with these tips.

And the best part? They’re absolutely FREE!

We believe in sharing the love for York without any barriers ❤️

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Meet your city explorers: Paul & Ian

We're not just any guides – we are the architects behind the UK's most captivating treasure hunts. Our passion? Turning fab cities like York into your personal playground.

How do we do it? We spend weeks digging into blogs and history archives and picking the brains of friends who grew up nearby. With that insider knowledge, we're off exploring every hidden spot – from the busiest streets to the most tucked-away alleys, not to mention trying all the amazing local food.

Our goal? To find those incredible spots that make our games a hit.

And with a top-notch 5/5 rating on Tripadvisor and Google, plus over 1,100 reviews, we're confident we've got it right.

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“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