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York Minster

York

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore York city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover York's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
York is home to over 30 museums and tourist attractions – more than any other comparable historical city in Britain. York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, taking 250 years to build, from 1220 till its consecration in 1472. The Shambles is believed to be the oldest shopping street in Europe, even getting a mention in the Domesday Book of 1086. Apparently still on the statue books is a law which makes it legal to shoot a Scotsman in York, but only with a bow and arrow and definitely not on Sundays.

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Curious About... York

  • An exploration of York's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced York in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Minster to Shambles - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Initially revel in the splendour of York’s magnificent Minster, before entering the city’s narrow streets and lanes with quirky shops and plentiful restaurants. Then it’s up onto the walls at a famous Gate, with fascinating views of the city, then historic buildings and tales of times past. Finally, it’s back to tourist York and the Shambles, a famously narrow, old-world street with overhanging, timber-framed buildings.
1.5 hoursNot OK - City Walls

2. King's Square to Museum Gardens - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From the narrow lanes of York this walk leads you past contemporary shops, mingled with ancient history. Next it’s out of the bustling centre, past the brooding Minster, and out through an ancient gateway where a knocker was installed so passing Scots could request entry to the city! Now walk beside Abbey walls, before entering the splendid Museum Gardens with a host of intriguing attractions.
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

Downloads
You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"First time in England, and so much to see. Had a wonderful time in York, and so much history and culture to discover. Thanks for helping us make sense of this amazing country!"


Latest Revision : May 2021


York

Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail