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Theme: Discovering York

Discover more about the great city of York through tours of hidden snickets and long-forgotten buildings. Find out about bygone professions and rediscover Rowntrees through the voices of its workers. Explore the secrets behind-the-scenes in York's museums and learn what lies beneath our feet.

What's on

Fri
19
Jun

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

Wed
17
Jun

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

Wed
17
Jun

Unveiling Secrets of the Museum

Join the writers, directors and curators of the production In Fog and Falling Snow and discover how they explored the last 200 years of railways in York.

Tue
16
Jun

Printing in 18th-Century York

This walk will explore the history of printing in the city, uncovering traces of York’s busy publishing industry.

Tue
16
Jun

Behind the Scenes at York Archaeological Trust

A chance to visit York Archaeological Trust’s new archive store for an insight into the work of the curatorial department.

Mon
15
Jun

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

Sun
14
Jun

Professor Herring’s Natural Hystery

York has plenty of guided walks, but never a tour quite like this. ‘Professor Herring's Most Ingenious, Geophantasmagorical and Naturally Hysterical Guide To York’ will be a semi-scientific perambulation of the town centre. Over a couple of hours on a summer Sunday afternoon, the natural secrets that lie within or beneath York, and the scientific discoveries that have been made here, will be cunningly unveiled.

Sat
13
Jun

Unveiling Secrets of the Museum

Join the writers, directors and curators of the production In Fog and Falling Snow to discover how they explored the last 200 years of railways in York.

Sat
13
Jun

Rowntree York Experienced

Try your hand at some of the pioneering dexterity and psychometric tests that the Rowntree Society has recreated for would-be employees at Rowntrees, based on original materials. You might find it harder than you think!

Fri
12
Jun

Rowntree York Heard

Come and listen to the voices of Rowntree York that capture a very rich part of the city’s modern heritage in the atmospheric setting of the courtyard at the King’s Manor.

Fri
12
Jun

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

Fri
12
Jun

A Victorian Walk through York

In 2012 the Castle Museum upgraded Dr Kirk’s Victorian Street to represent York in the 1880s, featuring the lives of seven real York residents and many businesses from that time. Now with the help of a costumed guide you can go out into York and see those places and traces of Victorian York.

Thu
11
Jun

Rowntree York Revealed

The ‘York Remembers Rowntree’ project has uncovered hundreds of stories from former Rowntree employees – come along and find out more about what Rowntree means to the people in York.

Wed
10
Jun

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

Festival themes

Discovering York

Ongoing exhibitions