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Chocolate and the People of York
York’s CHOCOLATE Story launches exhibition celebrating York’s chocolate past, present and future

York’s CHOCOLATE Story’s new exhibition, Chocolate and the People of York, tells the tale of the original chocolate-making families and those they employed, and celebrates the bright entrepreneurs who continue to keep chocolate’s heritage alive in York today. While other northern centres made their wealth from wool, cotton and steel, York went its own sweet way and built a city from chocolate. The exhibition launches on the 15th September 2014.

In its peak, over 14,000 people worked in the chocolate industry in York. As early as the 1800’s, some of the world’s most renowned confectioners, including Rowntree’s, Terry’s and Craven’s, began making a name for themselves and their famous brands, carving the future for chocolate in the UK. York’s CHOCOLATE Story has gathered real-life tales from those hardworking employees with a collection of fascinating photographs to be displayed in the attraction until 23rd October.

The exhibition will also celebrate York’s ongoing commitment to the chocolate industry. The city continues to produce some of the world’s most-loved confectionary, whilst small businesses including York Cocoa House and ChocAffair pave the way for the future of local and handmade confectionary. Visitors to the exhibition will find out more about the faces behind the companies who maintain York’s chocolate legacy.

York’s CHOCOLATE Story is located in King’s Square in the heart of York. It provides a fascinating fully guided tour for all ages through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. Visitors can discover chocolate’s origins, how to make it, how to taste like an expert and make their own chocolate creation to take home. Entrance to the exhibition is included within the standard admission price.

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Admission to the exhibition is included in the ticket price.

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Admission prices:
Adult £9.95
Concession £8.95
Child (aged 4-15) £7.95
Children under 4 are free
Family of 4 £29.50
Family of 5 £35

The attraction is open daily from 10am – 6pm (last tour 5pm). Closed on 25th December and 1st January.

The attraction is divided into three key zones for visitors:
Story Zone - the journey begins thousands of years ago in the rainforests of Central America and continues through the history of chocolate’s founding families and the fascinating facts behind their finest creations.

Factory Zone - learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate, and take a look at the history of York’s most iconic chocolate brands. Then master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how the experts do it.

The Indulgence Zone - put new knowledge into practice and choose from a selection of chocolate drinks and treats in the Chocolate Café and Shop.

We advise booking your tour online in advance at