York Chocolate Trail, York

Follow the Chocolate Trail to take yourself on a York chocolate tour. The delicious walk will lead you through York’s rich and colourful history of chocolate and all things sweet. It’s where many of our best-loved brands such as Smarties, Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Kit-Kit were created.

Sign saying 'Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate' spotted on the York Chocolate Tour

The best way to get your teeth into York’s chocolate history, is to do your own chocolate tour by walking York’s Chocolate Trail. It’s a stroll through centuries of confectionery-making with chances to taste along the way.

The Foodie Travel Guide

 

  • Discover York’s chocolate history
  • Visit York’s chocolate landmarks & businesses
  • Eat chocolate along the way

The Chocolate City

While other northern centres made their wealth from wool, cotton and steel, York became a centre for chocolate in the 19th century. Its rivers brought in the vital ingredients needed to make chocolate – cocoa and sugar – and its railways transported the final products at speed around the country. Firms including Rowntree’s, Terry’s and Craven’s achieved great prosperity and created some of Britain’s best-loved confectionery brands. Their chocolate and sweets were transported to markets worldwide, enabling their businesses to grow into global empires.

The Chocolate Trail

Start by collecting a Chocolate Trail map at the Visitor Information Centre or download it to your phone. The trail is easy to follow and provides plenty of opportunities to spend time in the fantastic chocolate cafés dotted around the city and indulge in chocolate tasting, so it’s guaranteed to make chocoholics very happy.

Terry’s first created the Chocolate Apple before the iconic Chocolate Orange.

Highlights of the York chocolate tour include Bettys Café Tea Rooms which opened in 1937 with its art deco Belmont room, York Cocoa House where you can pop in and make your own chocolate lollipop, York’s Chocolate Story, an attraction aimed at families and Rowntree Park which was set up as a memorial to the cocoa workers who fell during the First World War. Slightly further out of the city, you’ll find Goddards House and Gardens, now a National Trust property, but formerly the home of Noel Terry of York’s chocolate firm. Designed in Arts and Crafts style, the house is complemented by beautiful gardens.

It takes 22 hours to make a Smartie.

TIPS

  • Buy a York Pass to save money if you plan to visit several of York’s attractions
  • Visit in September to enjoy 10 days of culinary heaven at the York Food & Drink Festival, the biggest food and drink festival in England. There’s also a mini festival in June.
  • Need a chocolate gift? Get ideas from the 60 Best Gifts For Chocolate Lovers


WHERE TO STAY IN YORK

The Bar Convent York

The Bar Convent

York, Yorkshire

Situated in the heart of York, The Bar Convent is just over 300m from York Railway Station.

Rooms from £38 a night.

Hotel du Vin York

Hotel du Vin 

York, Yorkshire

In the Mount area, the Hotel du Vin features elegant boutique rooms and a bistro-style restaurant.

Rooms from £94 a night.

Judges Lodging York

Judge’s Lodging

York, Yorkshire

A Thwaites Inn of Character in an elegant Grade I listed Georgian town house overlooking York Minster.

Rooms from £129 a night.


DOGS

Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks, expert on dog friendly days out in Yorkshire

Great one to take me on. I won’t be allowed inside all the places on the trail but I’d love to run around Rowntree Park.

Mr Hendricks


WHERE TO START THE YORK CHOCOLATE TOUR

 

York Information Centre, 1 Museum St, York YO1 7DT