York Ice Trail
Where can I get a York Ice Trail map?
Free trail maps are available from the Visitor Information Centre on Parliament Street or can be downloaded here.
Do I need a ticket?
No tickets or pre-booking needed, York Ice Trail is a free event.
Who makes the Ice Sculptures?
UK and Europe’s leading ice specialists, Icebox will design and create all the sculptures for the 2023 trail for the second year working closely with Make It York.
Aren’t the sculptures just molded?
Each of our sculptures are carefully designed with our event sponsors and hand carved in the Icebox workshop. See how the sculptures are made for yourself by watching the live carving at St Sampson’s Square during York Ice Trail.
Will the sculptures have melted on day two?
Each sculpture on the trail has a duplicate replacement on our second day, so whether you visit on Saturday or Sunday the sculptures will be as fresh as possible.
What are the opening times?
The trail starts at 10.00am and runs through to approximately 5.00pm, weather dependent.
Why do some sculptures get removed during the day?
York Ice Trail is populated with ice sculptures that are not immune to the elements. On a particularly wet, windy or even sunny day the ice will melt faster. We do our best to preserve sculptures as long as possible, but sometimes they need to be removed for the safety of our visitors. In some instances, sculptures may also get damaged and need to be removed as a result so please refrain from touching the sculptures.
I have accessibility needs and would like to attend the York Ice Trail, how can I find out more about planning my visit?
Make It York is proud to organise many free events and festivals throughout the year for residents and visitors to enjoy. We are committed to ensuring that everyone can participate, with access requirements in place to support with additional needs. You can view our accessibility guide here.
Which of the sculptures are interactive / fun for families / selfies
All of the interactive sculptures are marked with a camera on the trail map as a photo opportunity so should be easy to find on the trail.
How long is the trail to walk round?
The full trail will take around 2 hours to walk round and see all 36 of this years sculptures (4.9 miles)