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York: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

4.6 / 5

57 reviews

Activity provider: Treasure Hunt Tours
Other experience

York: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Activity provider: Treasure Hunt Tours

From US$ 12.30 per person

Join a mobile-based treasure hunt taking you on a route designed to show you the best of York, highlighting its most popular landmarks as well as hidden gems.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover the best of York on a self-guided, mobile-based treasure hunt
  • Solve satisfying clues and follow beautiful maps sent to your phones
  • Explore popular landmarks as well as some of the city’s hidden gems
  • Learn interesting facts about York and fun stories along the way
Full description
Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore York outdoors at your own pace. Get clues sent to your phone and search your surroundings for the answers as you are led on a beautiful route through fabulous places. Start your treasure hunt in the fabulous Museum Gardens in the center of York. Play using your phones, on which you’ll meet Captain Bess, a snarky pirate who’s testing out new recruits to join her ship. Receive beautiful treasure maps leading you from one spot to the next. Find yourselves sneaking through a series of small streets and footpaths, passing medieval churches, and guildhalls. Use the sent clues to search for your surroundings. When you get the right answer, move on to the next place. Don’t worry, if you get stuck you can ask for a hint to help you on your way. Learn some interesting facts and stories along the way about the things you're spotting and get a better understanding of the history of York.
  • Mobile weblink-based treasure hunt
  • Mobile device

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Meeting point

Start your treasure hunt at the York Observatory within the Museum Gardens. If you can't see an email from the local partner, Treasure Hunt York, or the SMS they sent you, go to: https://treasurehuntyork.com/start

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  • A ticket is required for each participant
  • You will receive a weblink to open on your mobile browser. The screen layout works just like WhatsApp and is very easy to use. You don't need to print or downloading anything
  • The treasure hunt must be completed in daylight, as it's impossible to find clues in the dark
  • The game time depends on how quickly you complete the hunt, with the average between 1.5 to 2.5 hours. You will cover around 2 miles and the route is step-free
  • For larger groups, multiple games (to split the group) can be played 5 minutes apart
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 57 reviews

Review summary

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A great way to see the city. Enjoyed using it on our first day to explore and see places we’d like to go back to. It was good because it included breaks. I’m not sure why we needed both people signed up, it should’ve just been one payment for the group really.

March 30, 2023

What a fantastic time we had!! Hubby was a bit dubious at first, but he loved it and told me it was the favourite part of the trip. We learned loads and saw lots of York we wouldn’t have seen!! Also, the hubby is a wheelchair user, and we found the activity very accessible and suitable. Thank you for a great experience, we would highly recommend it to anyone!! X

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March 30, 2023

This was a fun way to get to know our way around York. The clues were at the perfect level and if we got stuck we could ask for a hint! We only had to do this once or twice. I'd definitely recommend doing this treasure hunt to help you navigate around York and take in some great sights along the way!

March 30, 2023

Product ID: 394543