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Top 5 Amazing York Treasure Hunts & Scavenger Hunts

  • Work together to solve fun challenges & puzzling clues
  • Guided by clues sent to your phones
  • Explore York's historic landmarks and hidden gems
  • Discover top-rated pubs, bars and cafes
  • Compete for top spot on the York leaderboard
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Next Steps

1. Select your game, pick a trail of your choice and receive your welcome email.
2. Rally your team and enter a team name and phone number(s) into the system.
3. Receive your welcome text, then head to the start location on a day and time of your choice.
4. Text START to receive the first in a series of cryptic directions. Solve the puzzles to unravel your mystery.
5. Discover unique places, the secret and hidden of your city - and great independant pubs/cafes!
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CityDays York Hunts

Each hunt explores a different area of city in one of two ways. Our classic treasure hunts & scavenger hunts use puzzle-filled directions to guide players to exciting new sights. Our Story trails do all this with the added bonus of an immersive story on top - play the main character and relive a tale from the city's past or experience a story all your own.

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Action-packed Treasure Hunts & Scavenger Hunts in York

How the York days out work

Discover York's secret places

Experience York's unique places and share stories in independent pubs & cafes, curated for each York Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt.

Fun challenges

Engaging puzzles and captivating stories reveal York in a new light.

Play together or competitively

Work as a team or compete head-to-head to set the fastest time on our York leaderboard.

Fully flexible bookings

Alter your booking freely; change the date, time, number of people or chosen York Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt. Even stop and start once you've begun.

Fun activity for all groups

Corporate Treasure Hunts
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Relaxed York date treasure hunts
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York competitive team building treasure hunts
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York Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt Sights

York Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt Reviews

The great things our customers have to say about CityDays Treasure Hunts & Scavenger Hunts

JBR Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt


Great fun

Potten End Old Boys Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Potten End Old Boys

Excellent way to spend a couple of hours in the City. I used to work there and saw things I never knew were there. Well…

United Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt


Really enjoyable experience. We learnt new things about the city of Brum.There is scaffolding outside the hotel opposit…

Kungaloosh Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt


Our second City Days treasure hunt and another fabulous day! My husband was born and bred in central London and once ag…

Windsor oldies Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Windsor oldies

Great day out exploring parts of London you would never normally do

Seekers of Aravos Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Seekers of Aravos

I was in a team with my partner and our 9 year son. We had a blast. There was something for us all!

Are you okay? Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Are you okay?

We really enjoyed the scavenger hunt! It was a great way to get outside and enjoy the city in a different way. We both …

Three Women and No Baby Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Three Women and No Baby

Second one I have done. Such a brilliant format. The clues are well written and make you really look at what’s around y…

3 Gen Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

3 Gen

Great way to entertain teenagers, they loved it.

Bopchkin Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt


A great way to learn about a city and have fun doing it. The clues were good and the walk was about right

Team Hammond Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Team Hammond

My wife and I had a fantastic day of exploring and refreshments. We will definitely be back!

Daryls birthday Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Daryls birthday

Really fun morning. Would definitely recommend

Bickle's Bongles Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Bickle's Bongles

The clues were excellent - easy to follow without being too easy to solve! Took us on a very pleasant journey around Lo…

Donkeys@2pm Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt


It was excellent. Only error we made was at the Plague for the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. This was because the bronz…

Jannie's jaunts Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Jannie's jaunts

Great fun and a fabulous way to look around a city, our first time, but not the last

Berin Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt


Had the most amazing time doing our murder mystery trail! Well thought out, perfect clues, and a lovely city to do it i…

Bestiesss✨ Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt


Amazing day out!!

duckz Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt



Team Kataraang Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Team Kataraang

Was a super fun day, even as Oxford students!It was great learning so many new things about the city and paying attenti…

Doctor and the Cats Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt

Doctor and the Cats

Great fun and interesting places to discover, especially Mercato Market

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Transform York into a Living Treasure Chest with a York Treasure Hunt


Your urban odyssey starts here…

Plunder the hallowed heights of York with a CityDays York treasure hunt!

Like a living board game, you move around York’s curious landmarks and historic anomalies by solving puzzles, answering riddles and sniffing out clues. 

Absorb history, find hidden gems and explore like you never have before as you delve into a treasure hunt in York that takes you beyond the obvious and into the unnoticed with CityDays!

The Best Urban Treasure Hunt in York


With a boatload of nationally famous landmarks dotted around such as The Shambles, York Minster, and York Castle, it’s easy to get sidetracked by the must-sees of York. Locals and visitors alike get swept up in their magic - and we understand why. 

They are the shining beacons that keep history, culture and York’s unique identity alive. Think of them as the dark blue Monopoly squares of York: they’re exclusive, special and highly-desired

But don’t forget: you’ve got to pass go and land on the other squares first - and trust us when we say you’ll be surprised at what you stumble across along the way, if you only pay attention. 

Our treasure hunts in York have been designed to expose the best aspects of the city. 


Like a live action board game, you’ll move around the landmarks, weave between historical monuments and collect facts as you go. No detail is too big or small - and you may have to look up, down, left and right before you figure out the answer! 

That’s part of what makes CityDays’ York treasure hunts the best in the city. 

There’s around 2000 years’ worth of history waiting for you. And all of it has to be seen to be believed…

Any questions? Here’s how it works

Sustainability and Environmental Impact

The whole premise of our business relies on appreciating the beauty and intrigue of urban environments, so the last thing we want to do is leave rubbish lying around.

We believe that York has enough curious objects and fascinating features that any physical contribution we’d make would pale in comparison to the existing stuff. We also don’t support littering, so we don’t leave any tangible objects for you to find.

Instead, we’ve made use of existing buildings, curious city quirks, sculptures, pieces of street art and even street furniture as clues.

The only stuff you’ll leave our York scavenger hunts with are fond memories, plenty of knowledge and potentially a place at the top of our leaderboard. 

Oh, and plenty of photos too - don’t forget to send them in to us, we love seeing them and we might even reward you for your efforts…

Team-Building Scavenger Hunts in York


We’re proud to say that we’ve helped many businesses in York and around the world plan better, more exciting and more sustainable team-building activities for over five years. 

Will your business be next?

Our team-building scavenger hunts in York have been designed to boost your team bonds, heat up your colleagues’ competitive sides and teach them a thing or two about the city they live and work in.

We offer premade routes and bespoke trails that cater especially to your businesses’ needs. 

So if you want to start or finish at a particular venue, that’s no problem. 

If you need to stop by somewhere specific - we’ll add it in. 

And whether you have a team of five or 500 to organise, we’ll organise it all for you. 

Challenges are at the heart of our York treasure hunts, so it’s only fair that you challenge us in return. 

Send us your queries and put us to the test!

Narrative, Picnic and Classic Routes: Choosing Your CityDays’ Treasure Hunt in York


York holds a very special place in our hearts and it seems we’re not alone. It was one of our original CityDays cities to receive a trail and remains a fan-favourite destination for our explorers. 

Since those halcyon days, we’ve expanded our trail roster to include all manner of York treasure hunts. 

Here’s a quick breakdown of our trail types:

Classic: The original style York treasure hunt that delivers history, fun, exploration and plenty of pub, cafe and bar recommendations along the way.

Picnic: The perfect blend of exploration, puzzle-solving and learning but with added stops to local gourmet hotspots where you collect delicious sweet and savoury treats throughout the trail.

Story: A York treasure hunt with a plot twist! We’ve woven a fictional narrative alongside facts to give you even more fun while exploring. These are often themed routes where characters reveal York’s secrets in an engaging and occasionally cryptic manner!

Available Trails and York Treasure Hunts

Interested in finding out more about the kinds of self-guided treasure hunts in York we provide? Here’s where you get a tiny sneak peek into where you can find your next adventure…


Quirks and Snickets

Embark on "Quirks and Snickets," a puzzle-filled journey revealing the hidden historical gems of York. Begin at bustling St Helen's Square and weave through the city's unique snickelways, solving clues as a team while uncovering fascinating facts about York's past. 

Discover which Viking warrior influenced a well-known nursery rhyme, the number of Roman emperors who met their ends in York, and the comically named, famously short street.

Your adventure includes Roman ruins, a historic city gate, the medieval Barley Hall, an elegant 18th-century townhouse, and the world-renowned Shambles. Alongside these landmarks, enjoy puzzles, excellent cafes and pubs, and a series of unexpected discoveries. This trail is perfect for anyone - locals, visitors, or history enthusiasts - eager to explore the secrets nestled in York's iconic streets.

The Drowned City


Dive into an extraordinary blend of history and mythology with an interactive adventure set in the ancient streets of York. Encounter a Roman Emperor, a Norse monster, and a Greek sea goddess as you solve riddles and navigate between fact and fiction to avert the city's impending doom. This team-based quest offers a unique way to see York's most prominent sights and lesser-known wonders.

Your journey includes stops at Museum Gardens, the majestic York Minster, Dean's Park, the historic Treasurer's House, Clifford's Tower, and the serene Holy Trinity Church. Plus, you’ll visit taverns that could have hosted Caesar himself. Along the way, engage with puzzles that reveal historical anomalies and immerse you in York's thrilling atmosphere.

This adventure is ideal for dreamers of all ages, offering a captivating way to experience the rich mythology and mystery that make York a truly unique destination.

A Fatal Feud


Time travel meets murder mystery in this York treasure hunt set in 1491. 

A murder has occurred, setting the city abuzz with rumours. Assemble your team of sleuths and embark on a journey through time to solve this historic crime, using only your wits and detective skills…

Your quest begins at Clifford's Tower, leading you on a clue-filled trail around York to locations tied to this age-old mystery. Test your abilities to see if you can identify the perpetrator.

Explore historical landmarks including Tower Gardens, the ancient city wall, Mansion House, the awe-inspiring Yorkminster, the quaint Shambles, and a uniquely coloured tower. The journey is enriched with puzzles, stops at charming cafes and pubs, and numerous unexpected discoveries.

This trail is perfect for true crime aficionados and history buffs, offering an immersive and engaging day out in the legendary city of York.

York Gourmet Food Hunt


Embark on our York Gourmet Food hunt, a unique puzzle trail exploring the city's finest cafes, delis, and bakeries. Collect picnic items from local, independent businesses, showcasing York's diverse food scene - all included in the price of your ticket. 

Enjoy historic pastries, exquisite cakes, and a selection of meats and cheeses, all while engaging in an escape-room style York treasure hunt. 

Solve clues, uncover city secrets, and culminate your adventure in a beautiful garden to enjoy your treats. Suitable for vegetarians and meat-lovers, this experience blends fun, food, and history for an unforgettable York adventure.

Ghosts of York


Join "The Ghosts of York" for a spine-tingling York treasure hunt that turns you from ordinary citizens into paranormal investigators.

This unique York scavenger hunt casts you and your team as the protagonists in your very own ghost story. Spanning 1.5-3 hours and covering 3.7 km (2.3 miles), it offers interactive messaging with spectral fictionalised characters that once called York home, including Roman legionnaires, a woman accused of witchcraft, a nobleman obsessed with gold, a drunken monk and a Viking who was skinned alive…

This unlikely cast will have you doing challenges, and solving puzzling clues suitable for all levels. With optional breaks at haunted pubs, delve into the lives of the ghosts, the origins of their haunting tales, and their sightings since passing away. 

"The Ghosts of York" provides an informative and immersive exploration of folklore-inspired fiction, historical facts, and eyewitness accounts.

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