York: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

4.6 / 5

15 reviews

York: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

From $13.83 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.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
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
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Start your treasure hunt at the York Observatory within the Museum Gardens. When you’re ready to begin, type "start" in the game on your phone.

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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 15 reviews

Review summary

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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!

July 18, 2021

York is such an amazing city! I was there for the day, hadn’t done anything like this before but I’m glad I did. It’s a great way to see the sights and spot unusual quirks and lesser known parts. The clues were pitched just right and the maps and Captain Bess are brilliant. I went at my own pace, got take out drinks, perfect!

May 3, 2021

Amazing few hours traveling around York using this experience. Highly recommend if you are stuck or not knowing what to do. Brilliant.

August 18, 2021

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