Family Event, Guided Tour, Outdoor Event, Walking Event

An Ice Tour of York

Up Next: 5th February 2022, 2:00pm

Get your skates on for An Ice Tour of York! Coming to the city on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February, and Saturday March 5th (the weekend of the York Ice Trail), this is the only York walk to put the 'ace' in glaciation!

In An Ice Tour of York, we reveal how ice has shaped every corner of the city, in amazing ways, over thousands of years. We begin by hunting for the Monk Bar ice house, then glide serenely down to Peasholme Green to meet the Blue Coat Ice Man. After that, we'll slip past Roman ice-potters and Viking lice-dodgers on Hungate and Coppergate, before carefully crossing the ice floes of the Ouse. After walking erratically along Queen's Staith, we'll put on our crampons to ascend a glacial hill via Capaldi's ice cream factory. And when we reach the summit, we'll finish by asking "What's Micklegate without ice?" to which the answer is nothing*, as the great street wouldn't be there if it wasn't for a glacier in the Vale of York, 15,000 years ago.

*but also Mklgate, obviously.

York's Hidden History Opening Hours


Our programme of York's Hidden History walks will start up again in spring 2022. In the meantime, we are offering Air, Fire, Earth and Water walks ( as part of the York Residents' Festival ( on Saturday January 29th and Sunday January 30th. We are also running An Ice Tour of York ( at 2pm on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February, during the York Ice Trail ( weekend.

Outside of our scheduled walks, we are very happy to offer private walks and tours of York. Please contact us to find out more about what we can offer. The Hidden Horizons office is normally open from 10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.

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