This tour of York was created by Sophia (Argentina), Alice (Peru) and Leonor (Argentina).

Chocolate in York

York is the UK’s home of chocolate, while other northern centres made their wealth from wool, cotton and steel, York went its own sweet way and built a city from chocolate. This great tradition continues to this day, where all over the city there are echoes of York’s chocolate past.

York’s Chocolate Story is a visitor attraction and chocolate museum on King’s Square, in York. Opened in March 2012, it shows the history of chocolate making in York, including the Rowntree’s factory which opened in 1890, owned since 1988 by Nestlé.

If you love chocolate, York is the perfect place to indulge your passion. Follow Visit York’s chocolate trail and discover how chocolate shaped the city and some chocolate-themed cafes, chocolate shops and historical sights along the way.

Top things to do in York
  • The Historic Shambles Shopping Street
  • York Minster, constructed in the 1200s
  • York Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068
  • The historic city walls that encircle York
  • Ghost Walks and Spooky Stories… York is the bithplace of Guy Fawkes!
  • Visit the Jorvik Viking Centre and learn about the Viking invasion of York in the 800s.
Traditional Foods

There are many traditional foods you can eat if you visit York.

Parking is a gingerbread cake with oatmeal and black treacle (a syrup made in the refining of sugar).

Yorkshire Curd Tart is made with fresh curd and a filling of currants and egg.

Yorkshire Pudding is not actually a desert, rather it accompanies main meals and a Sunday roast. It is a simple recipe made out of flour, eggs, milk and water.