The World Tour of York
11am and 2pm / Every Saturday / St. Helens Square.
Meet in St Helens Square, (opposite Bettys Tea Rooms).
Look for the Black and Gold Uniform. Booking essential.
Also Available - Tailor made guided walking tours for groups and individuals. exploringyork.com
Musket & Muslin Historical Walks
Seventeenth and Eighteenth century costume guided walks around the city of York together with a programme of associated talks. York guided tours, walks and historically themed talks are available for individuals, groups, school parties and businesses. musketandmuslin.co.uk
Guy Fawkes Trail
A walk exploring the (several!) birthplaces and haunts of one of York's most infamous sons - Guy Fawkes of Gunpowder Plot fame.
Choccy and Sweetie Tour
York has played a big part in pleasing the sweet tooth. Hear the history of Terrys, Rowntrees & Cravens. See sweets being made and taste some delicious samples!
York Hologram Tour App
The City of York is embracing a cutting-edge invention that brings the past to life right in front of your eyes. Revolutionary smartphone technology called UltraReality is allowing visitors to enjoy hologram performances by historic characters that pop up out of the very fabric of the city’s ancient buildings.
City of York Council and the Yorkshire Air Museum have harnessed this breakthrough technology – developed in the city – to create the York Hologram Tour app, the world’s first city tour to use hologram guides as part of an innovative business venture.
Called the ‘City of York Hologram Tour’ app, it’s available to download free from the Apple App Store and Google Play - to guide visitors around the city with hologram appearances. Smartphone users who want to enjoy the complete tour pay just £2.99 to unlock the full collection of historic holograms, each giving their personal take on York’s fascinating history.
The City of York Council app features hologram characters which appear around the city. Besides Richard III's breathless valet who breaks the news of his master’s death at Bosworth, there’s the bullish ‘Railway King’ George Hudson, as well as Gunpowder Plot perpetrator Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin’s hangman.
The Yorkshire Air Museum, the first Museum in the world to feature this technology, will has trigger points where characters and their stories will come alive in a historic setting, keeping the Museum at the forefront of the digital revolution. Visitors can discover 19th century Yorkshire aviation pioneer Sir George Cayley, ‘bouncing bomb’ innovator Sir Barnes Wallis, legendary aviator Amy Johnson and famous Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Lettice Curtis, the first woman to fly a four engine heavy bomber.
The free version of the City of York Council app features four holograms and provides both live 2D street plans and dynamic 3D augmented reality maps to effortlessly guide users, metre by metre, to the nearest hologram trigger point as well as to the city’s top attractions and great places to eat and drink. While for the price of a decent cup of coffee – just £2.99 – the full tour app can be downloaded complete with twenty two, 90-second holograms, providing the visitor with up to two days of unique exploration opportunities around the UK’s favourite city destination.
Curious About York?
Have fun discovering York with two self-guided, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Find answers to clues and match pictures whilst reading stories about this fabulous city – you’re guaranteed to spot things you’ve never noticed before. The two walks can be enjoyed separately or joined together to form one longer walk – depending on available time and energy! Walks are suitable for all ages (detours to avoid steps are marked on the route map), and typically take 1-2 hours each to complete. Booklet of two walks available to buy or download from curiousabout.co.uk
Have fun and stay curious!
Smell York Guide Book
A new guidebook to the city of York has been released, packed with pictures, useful information and local smells! This unusual book is the UK's first scented travel guide, aimed at tempting travellers to York by teasing their noses with a bouquet of delightful aromas. The guidebook 'Smell York' is infused with the scents of afternoon tea, chocolate, wild moorland, a day at the races, steam trains, and gunpowder!
As tourists turn the pages of the book to learn about York, they will be greeted by smells of coal, steam and oil from the golden age of York’s railways as well as horses galloping to the finish line at York Racecourse, the fresh fragrance of wild heather growing on the North York Moors, York's chocolate-making heritage and the city's spring daffodil's. Also the Christmas aroma of burning frankincense, mince pies and Advent candles in Britain’s Christmas Capital. Available in the Visit York Visitor Centre (1 Museum St, YO1 7DT)
Association of Voluntary Guides
Meeting daily outside York City Art Gallery next to the fountains. Free guided walking tours of the city. Leaving from Exhibition Square at various times. avgyork.co.uk
"We took the 10.15 walk on 2nd Feb, Steven was a very well informed guide making it interesting and enjoyable we learnt a lot. I would recommend it to anyone".
York Cat Trail - Discover the historic York Cat Trail.
Free fun for all the family, this trail is based on cats that appear on buildings around the city centre. It has been designed to ensure that you see not only the cats of York, but also the most interesting and beautiful parts of our city. Highlights along the way include the Museum Gardens, Clifford's Tower and York Minster plus a walk down the Shambles and on the City Walls. The trail should take around 1 hour to complete. Pickup a your trail map at The Cat Gallery shop - 45 Low Petergate, YO1 7HT Print your trail map here
York Lucky Cats located at 34 Shambles also have a 'Fabulous York Cat Trail' which you can follow. (www.yorkluckycats.co.uk)
Bloodwise York Balloon Walk Sunday 18 March 2018 York Sports Club
Join a Balloon Walk and be part of a community taking on events all around the country for one common goal: beating blood cancer.
The three mile route will follow the River Ouse from Clifton Ings Meadows along into the centre of York. We will follow the tree-lined riverside path along the Ouse's west bank, with picturesque views of the city and York Minster ahead. Crossing the river at Lendal Bridge we will take in the museum gardens, surrounded by the vast botanical collection and the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, before returning along the river to Clifton Ings.
The majority of the route is along flat-paved footpaths but some parts are over grassed areas and footpaths so may not be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Please wear appropriate and comfortable footwear and dress for the weather.
Entry fees for the Balloon Walk
Entry is just £15 for adults and £5 for children and we welcome walkers of all ages and abilities. Families of four can enter for £35. The price includes light refreshments.