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Hidden Secrets

Discover York's hidden gems with your group.


Treasurer's House York - A Hidden Treasure in the shadow of York Minster

Treasurer's House and Gardens

Start the day at the Treasurer's House and Gardens, located on the doorstep of York Minster. This historic house has four centuries of styles on display in an elegant interior. Watch out for the ghosts of a Roman legion reputedly march through the cellars!


Fairfax House Groups Information

Fairfax House

Come and unlock the splendour within York's premier Georgian historic house. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Restored to its former glory in 1984, it now enjoys a reputation as one of the most distinguishedtownhouses in Britain. Its richly decorated interior is filled with the famous Terry collection of furniture and clocks. Today Fairfax House once more transports you to the grandeur of city-living in 18th century York.


Goddards Groups Information

National Trust, Goddards House & Gardens

Goddards was the home of Noel Terry, of the famous Terry's of York chocolate firm. The house opened last year for visitors to discover the story of the famous family and life at the chocolate factory. Designed in the Arts and Crafts style, the house is complemented by beautiful gardens.

 


Visit the Merchant Adventurers' Hall York and take in the beauty of this medieval hall

Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Merchant Adventurers' Hall is a must for any group tour. Set in fantastic grounds nestled by the River Foss, this hall has been the home to trade and commerce in the city for over 650 years and holds many secrets ready to be discovered.


Mansion House Groups Information

Mansion House

Step through the doors of ork's civic history from the simplicity of the hallway to the grandeur of the State Room. Find the secret drawers hidden in a bureau and discover the chamber pot! The Mansion House, home of the Lord Mayor, is a fascinating building just waiting to be discovered!


Micklegate Bar Museum Groups Information

Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar

Micklegate Bar, the iconic royal gateway of the City of York, invites you to discover The Henry VII Experience.

Explore the life of the first Tudor King as he created a new era in English History, after defeating his rival Richard III.


Quilt Museum and Gallery Groups Information

Quilt Museum and Gallery

Housed in the beautiful medieval guildhall of St. Anthony's the Quilt Museum has a fascinating collection of historic and contemporary quilts and textiles that are exhibited in a changing programme of events. The Museum runs drop-in sessions and workshops at certain times of the year. 


Richard III Experience at Monk Bar Groups Information

Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

Learn all about the King recently unearthed under a Leicester car park.

Richard III, King of England 1483 - 85 - a hunchbacked monster guilty of the murders of his nephews, the so-called 'Prences in the Tower'? Or a talented ruler, defamed by biased historians? Decide for yourself in a superbly reconstructed modern-day trial, presenting the case both for, and against, England's most notorious King.


Barley Hall Group Visits

Barley Hall

The medieval townhouse of Barley Hall, once home to the Priors of Nostell and Mayor of York, had been hiding under a relatively modern façade until 1980s. Come see the stunning buildnig with beautiful timber frames, high ceilings and magnificent great hall.  


Roman Bath Museum Groups Information

Roman Bath Museum

How many pubs can boast a 2000-year-old Roman bath-house in their cellar? Descend 5 metres below the bar room and into the world of the legionaries. Excavated in 1930 while digging a new cellar, a modern steel walkway suspended above the ancient remains now takes visitors through the Tepidarium (warm room), Caldarium (hot steam room) and Frigidarium (cold plunge pool), before returning to the modern world and perhaps a drink at the bar.


York Army Museum Groups Information

York Army Museum

York Army Museum explores the history of Yorkshire's famous regiments; the Royal Dragon Guards, and the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire. With over 80 showcases housing military artefacts collected over the last 300 years, see and live again the battles, courage and sacrifice made by the soldiers who forged an empire.


York Brewery Visitor Centre Groups Information

York Brewery Visitor Centre

Established in May 1996 just inside Micklegate Bar Walls, York Brewery is an independent traditional working brewery providing customers locally and around the country with the first real ales from within the walls of York for over 40 years. 

The brewery consists of a 20-barrel brew plant and produces a range of multiple award-winning ales, including Centurion's Ghost Ale. Join us for a guided tour around the brewery for an informative and entertaining insight into the art of the Master Brewer. The tour includes a half pint sample of one of the brewery's ales.


York Cold War Bunker Groups Information

York Cold War Bunker

The most modern and spine-chilling of English Heritage's properties, the York Cold War Bunker uncovers the secret history of Britain's Cold War. Enter the blast-proof dors and investigate the more unusual side of York's heritage.


The Bar Convent Groups Information

Bar Convent Museum

Discover the secrets of the Bar Convent. Founded in 1686, the sisters established the first school for girls in York during perilous times, when it was illegal to be a Catholic. The building has a fascinating history with a free museum, an 18th century domed chapel with priest hole, a Victorian entrance hall complete with Maw tiled floor and there is also a beautiful garden at the rear. The Convent has an award winning Café, a highly recommended 19 bedroom Guest House and offers modern Meeting/Conference Facilities inside a heritage environment. It is near the train station and close to the city centre.


Holy Trinity Church on Goodramgate

Holy Trinity, Goodramgate

Discover the hidden gem, the Holy Trinity, in a small, secluded, leafy churchyard on Goodramgate. Enter the yard through an 18th-century archway and enter a whole new world in the shadows of the York Minster.

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