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York - The Chocolate City

While other northern cities made their wealth from wool, cotton and steel, York went its own sweet way and built a city from chocolate. Its rivers brought in the vital ingredients, while the railways transported the final products at speed around the country.

Some of the world’s most well-known names in chocolate began life in York – Rowntree’s created Kit Kat, Smarties and Aero, while Terry’s came up with the Chocolate Orange and All Gold collection, and Craven's were famous for their French Almonds and Mary Ann Toffees. These global brands are inextricably linked with York’s social and industrial development.

The city recently celebrated 250 years of being home to the renowned confectioner Terry’s. Today, this sweet legacy continues with treats ranging from humbugs to fudge produced in the city, with chocolate remaining a vital part of York’s past, present and future.

Chocolate Map

Chocolate Events

Chocolate eventsFrom chocolate lollipop and cake making to themed tours across the city, check out all the delicious chocolate activities York has to offer.

York’s Chocolate Story

York's Chocolate StoryEnjoy an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations.

Watch Film

Watch filmBecky Hayes discovers the York Chocolate Trail and tastes some delicious samples along the way, follow her footsteps around the city’s chocolate highlights.

York’s Sweet Past

Chocolate: York's Sweet PastExperience this celebration of all things chocolate at the York Castle Museum. Travel through the ages and enjoy an interactive tour of York’s sweet history!

Hotel Indigo Break

Hotel IndigoIndulge in the ultimate Chocolate Break! Experience a chocolate-themed bedroom, a chocolatey treat, 2 course meal and entry to York’s Chocolate Story.

Sweet Treats

Something SweetThose with a sweet tooth are spoilt in York, with an extensive range of bakeries, cafes and deli’s offering sweet treats and afternoon teas.


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Download Map

Download and print your free copy of the York Chocolate Trail to begin your journey of discovery around the chocolate city.

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