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Indulge Yourself in the home of chocolate

Discover how rivers, railways and Quakers brought chocolate to York and to the world. Take a mouth watering wander through time, packed full of chocolate pioneers and famous confectionery.

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Visitor Information Centre

Visitor Information Center

1 Museum Street, YO1 7DT

Trail Point 1

Begin at the VIC to pick up your trail leaflet, with splendid views of York Minster. The Minster was incidentally the only free trade area in the city in the 18th Century drawing international confectioners to this area.

Visit St Helen' s Square, where you can still see what was an elegant Terry' s Chocolate Shop and Tea Room; the name is still quite visible. Terry' s original factory lay behind the shop.

Terry's man Shop and man room

The Mansion House

St. Helen' s Square, YO1 9QN

Trail Point 3

In 1914, the Lord Mayor and Sheriff sent a bar of Rowntree' s chocolate to every York soldier fighting in WWI – one of the original tins with the chocolate bar still inside is on display.

Terry's cast Shop and cast room

York Castle Museum

Eye of York, YO1 9RY

Trail Point 4

Arrive at York' s renowned Castle Museum which exhibits many of the brand names that made York world famous for confectionery. Step back in time at the Terry' s sweet shop and Cocoa Temperance Room.

Rowntree Park

Rowntree Park

Terry Avenue, YO23 1JQ

Trail Point 5

A gift to the City by Rowntree' s in 1921 as a memorial to the cocoa workers who fell during WWI. Listed gates were added to the park for those who died in WWII. Bronze plaques within the Lych Gate honour both events.

farntree Park

Fairfax House

Castlegate, YO1 9RN

Trail Point 6

Houses the Noel Terry collection of English furniture and clocks from the family home on Tadcaster Road. The collection was given to York Civic Trust in 1980 following his death – Noel was great grandson of Joseph, founder of the Terry confectionery business.

farntree Park

All Saints Church

High Ousegate, YO1 8RZ

Trail Point 7

Gaze at the stained glass window, commemorating Mary Craven of confectionery fame and paid for by her offspring. Nearby is the JORVIK Viking Centre, located in Coppergate on the original spot of Mary Craven' s shop and factory.

farntree Park


Fossgate, YO1

Trail Point 8

Onto Fossgate, where Mary Tuke' s original grocer' s shop once stood and where the Rowntree dynasty started off in chocolate when apprentice and Mary' s distant cousin Henry Isaac Rowntree acquired the cocoa business from her.

Home to the Company of Merchant Adventurers, which controlled most trade and industry in York. As a woman, Mary could only join the guild as the daughter or widow of a member. Mary was neither and therefore fined and threatened with prison.

farntree Park


28 Pavement, YO1 9UP

Trail Point 10

(Now Pizza Hut). This was the Rowntree' s store established by Joseph Rowntree senior, a Quaker from Scarborough. In 1858, the team of apprentices working at Rowntree' s grocers included Mr George Cadbury and Mr Lewis Fry, learning their craft alongside J.S. Rowntree.

Opening 31 March 2012 this delicious new attraction will take you on a mouth-watering journey through the story of chocolate and confectionery. From its Central American roots to our present love affair with all things sweet explore from bean to bar how chocolate is made and sample sweet treats too!


Pop into York Cocoa House on Blake Street

a loving recreation of York' s 17th Century cocoa houses. Enjoy chocolate wine, chocolate chilli, chocolate-making workshops and demonstrations.


Try out Florence Wren at Bootham bar

Sweets from yesteryear, still available by the quarter!


Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms

Has been handcrafting the finest chocolates for nearly 100 years, using rare Venezuelan criollo beans for their richness and depth of flavour.


Bettys Stonegate

Located in a listed building on Stonegate just a stone' s throw from York Minster.


Don' t miss British chocolatier and cocoa grower, Hotel Chocolat

With its rare and vintage Purist collection on Coney Street.


Gifttag Chocolate Box

Fossgate also boasts Yorkshire company Gifttag Chocolate Box heaven for chocolate lovers and fans of fudge


Hairy Fig

Don' t miss the Hairy Fig purveyors of fine fodder and all things nice.


Melton' s Too

Don' t forget to try out the Chocolate Assiette see our special offers section


Chocolate Heaven

Indulge yourself at Chocolate Heaven in the Shambles, specialising in high quality exclusive chocolates with a luxurious taste.


The Chocolate bar at CHOCOLATE - Yorks Sweet Story

Opening 31 March come in and indulge in your passion for chocolate!


Monkbar Chocolatiers

Indulge yourself at Monkbar Chocolatiers at Goodramgate, specialising in high quality exclusive chocolates with a luxurious taste.