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Issued by: Make It York - Wednesday 24 August 2016



• The first film of Visit York’s brand new travel series is out today 26th August 2016 on Visit York’s YouTube channel: with two more episodes to follow shortly.
• Visit York released a trailer of the brand new series presented by a Yorkshire Terrier named Yorkie earlier this month
• Viewers are given a unique canine perspective of York City Centre’s most iconic sights
• Series designed to showcase the many adventures visitors to York and North Yorkshire can have

The eagerly anticipated first episode of the world’s first travel series presented by a dog has been released today, on National Dog Day [1] and sees a little Yorkshire Terrier become the world’s first canine travel show presenter. National Dog Day honours and celebrates the animals widely regarded as man’s best friend.

The debut episode gives viewers the opportunity to embark on an adventure into the heart of York’s city centre from the perspective of one of Yorkshire’s most famous exports: the Yorkshire Terrier, otherwise affectionately known as a ‘Yorkie’.

Following the release of the travelogue’s trailer earlier this month, the intrepid explorer, dressed in his special adventurer’s outfit, has already melted the nation’s hearts with the preview of his adventures viewed over four thousand times.

In the first film, titled ‘Yorkie’s City Adventure’, he sets off after a comfortable stay at the historic Mount Royale Hotel where well behaved pooches are welcome. You can watch him strolling along the twisting, narrow lane of one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe, Shambles, and meeting Vikings from the site of one of the most astounding discoveries of modern archaeology, at the Jorvik on Tour Exhibition.

The adventurous pooch also dines at the birthplace of a notorious plotter; The Guy Fawkes Inn and explores the history of the city’s chocolate making heritage at York’s Chocolate Story.

Kate McMullen, Head of Tourism, Make It York, said of the episode one’s launch: ‘Over 4,000 people have viewed our trailer of Yorkie and we hope viewers will really enjoy watching our lovable Yorkie in Episode 1. From world-class attractions like York Minster to designer shopping at York Designer Outlet, from stunning national parks to a brilliant festival scene, there’s an adventure awaiting everyone here in York and North Yorkshire.’

Each episode features new attractions where viewers can experience the sights and sounds that the location has to offer. The full list of locations Yorkie visited during the first episode are as follows:

1. The Mount Royale Hotel [2]: stays at the stunning family run historic house hotel
2. Walmgate Ale House: visits the wood-beamed snug and chic dining room of the charming 17th century building
3. Jorvik On Tour: discovers the hustle and bustle of the Viking-age and meets Viking traders (to excite visitors about the re-opening of JORVIK in the New Year)
4. York Minster: advises visitors not to leave without a visit to this world-renowned cathedral
5. Shambles: meanders the narrow medieval street awarded the most picturesque street in Britain [2]
6. York Designer Outlet: shops at the outlet that is home to over 120 stores
7. York’s Chocolate Story: explores the story of the people who make York’s chocolate industry great
8. Guy Fawkes Inn: relaxes in a setting befitting of the time of Guido Fawkes, lit by candlelight and gas lamps
9. The Yorkshire Terrier: stops by this York Brewery pub, a hidden gem situated on historic Stonegate, an obvious choice for Yorkie, the presenter! Just a bowl of Yorkshire water consumed of course!

To celebrate the launch of his first episode, Yorkie will takeover Visit York’s social media accounts on National Dog Day, Friday 26th August to offer his top tips for York and North Yorkshire adventures. Follow Visit York on Twitter and Instagram @visityork and at and ask your questions using the hashtag #AskYorkie

The first episode of Yorkie’s travelogue series will be followed by two more episodes in September, when he explores more of the city and heads out to North Yorkshire. Watch Yorkie’s travelogue series at

For more information, please contact E: or T: 020 7234 9150


Notes to editors:

The travelogue series has been launched in partnership with City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council and Virgin Trains to celebrate Visit York’s ‘the Original City Adventure’ campaign aimed at encouraging visitors to plan their very own adventure in York and North Yorkshire.

The travelogue was commissioned by Visit York to encourage visitors to plan their own adventure in York and North Yorkshire and it is important to note that it is not a guide to dog friendly venues – though well behaved dogs are welcome!

1. National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day and many more philanthropic days to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption. The date of August 26th is significant, as it's the date that Colleen's family adopted her first dog "Sheltie" when Colleen was 10 years old.

2. The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa is just a few minutes from the centre of the historic city of York. A short, pleasant stroll will take you to the very heart of this beautiful city. But remember; in York, the streets are known as gates, the gates are bars and the bars are pubs!

This luxurious hotel is unique in a number of ways, but none more so than its county house feel and beautiful surrounding gardens, something not often associated with an inner city hotel. The Mount Royale Hotel & Spa is situated at the top of The Mount, which is one of the oldest and most picturesque approaches into the historic City of York.

Founded by Richard and Christine Oxtoby in 1967, the hotel was formerly two private houses built during the reign of William IV (1830 - 1837). To this day the Oxtoby family and their staff continue to offer a friendly, warm and professional service, which is highly rated by customers new and old.

3. The unique beauty of the Shambles has been recognised and awarded the title of the most picturesque street in Britain in the Google Street View Awards.

About the Presenter
Yorkie’s real name is Sunny, he is 8 years old, lives in Coventry and likes long walks around the countryside and playing with his toys in the garden.

About Make It York
Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.

About Visit York
Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand.
Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York.

York Tourism Facts
• £608 million annual tourism spend
• 6.8 million visitors annually
• 20,300 jobs supported by tourism