Saturday 1 May to Sunday 20 June 2021

Free admission

No booking required

York city centre

In-person event

Wheelchair accessible

We all know that York is an amazing city. But what makes it truly special is its incredible people.

As part of York Festival of Ideas’ tenth anniversary celebrations, eagle-eyed visitors to the city centre would have noticed information about 10 inspiring men and women from York’s past and present on the Trailblazing York Walking Trail. Whether by bucking the social norms of the day, or through an invention or innovation, each of our pioneers blazed a trail for others to follow.

If you took part in the trail, we hope you had fun as you explored our beautiful city and learnt about some of the remarkable people who have helped shape York and the world beyond. 

The trail has now finished but visit this page from 1 July 2021 to find out more information about our 10 amazing York Trailblazers.



Did you follow the trail and note down the names of the trailblazers? If so, don’t forget to enter our competition to win a £40 Bettys or High Street Voucher. The closing date for entries is 30 June.

Simply complete the trailblazer table and add your details. You can complete your entry online, take it to the Visit York Information Centre, Museum Street, or post it to Events Office, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD.

To enter our competition, you must be aged 13 years or older. 

Trailblazing York Walking Trail was presented in partnership with Indie York.


Indie York

York has a thriving independent scene with 65% of its businesses being independently run. Indie York supports and celebrates those local businesses in our online directory and printed map. There is a unique assortment of specialist shops, award winning restaurants, cosy cafes, characterful places to stay and bespoke services catering to all local resident and visitor interests and needs; many of which can only be found in York.