Treasure Hunt York

Created with Sketch. York Observatory, Museum Gardens, York, YO30 7BH
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Adventure Calls, Family Friendly, First Timers

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York’s ancient centre is full of hidden treasures and you’re going to discover them!

Starting at the fabulous Museum Gardens, you’ll sneak through a series of snickelways, passing churches, cathedrals and medieval Guildhalls.

Even York experts will surely spot something they’ve never seen before!

You’ll be led around the city by Captain Bess, a snarky pirate who’s testing out new recruits to join her ship. Bess will send a series of maps, clues and directions. Follow the map and solve the clues by searching your surroundings. When you get the right answer, you’ll move on to the next place.

Don’t worry, if you get stuck you can ask for a hint and Bess’ll get you on your way!

The game works a bit like a WhatsApp group, but on a web page instead. You don’t need to download anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.

Before you’re due to start, we’ll send you a link to the game. Open the link to join the game and share it with your team so they can join too.

Once you’re ready, Captain Bess will tell you what to do next.


Things to know:

  • Take your time – it’s more enjoyable to see everything at your own pace. There’s a scheduled break around half-way, but you can take your own breaks if you prefer.
  • Aim to finish before sunset – it’s almost impossible to find or even see clues in the dark!
  • You can play in 2 parts – if it suits your plans, you can pause the game and come back after lunch or even the next day.
  • Bess will be scoring you! Your score is the number of clues you got right first time, without a hint. The score is only for your satisfaction, so don’t struggle needlessly!


What to bring:

  • Smartphones with mobile data and full batteries (it’s okay to share, but it works better if everyone has their own phone)
  • Shoes for walking 2 miles
  • Waterproofs in case of bad weather
  • A witty, cunning and adventurous spirit!


  • Museum Gardens - home to medieval abbey ruins and a gorgeous green space.
  • Bootham Bar - a 11th century city gate and originally part of the Roman fortress.
  • York Minster - one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, it speaks for itself!
  • Holy Trinity Church - a glimpse of the medieval world, hidden in a small leafy churchyard!
  • Dean’s Park - a peaceful garden in the shadow of the Minster and home to the Cathedral Library.
  • Barley Hall - you’ll discover a fine snickelway called Coffee Yard, passing this beautiful medieval hall.
  • The Shambles - a medieval street with timber-framed buildings so close together you could pass things across!
  • Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate - one of the smallest streets in York!
  • Merchant Adventurers’ Hall - a stunning medieval Guildhall.
  • Fossgate - you’ll end your adventure in the trendiest area, with decent coffee, vegan baking of course some fine pubs.


  • Attraction entrance tickets
  • Fully charged smartphone with mobile data

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Created with Sketch. York Observatory, Museum Gardens, York, YO30 7BH


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Lizzie Carter

Member Since 2022

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