York’s Chocolate Story, York
York’s Chocolate Story is a popular family attraction. Visit and you’ll discover York’s unique chocolate history and learn about the founding families who made the city world-famous for its chocolate and confectionery.
Definitely one for families rather than serious chocolate connoisseurs. Children will love the tour especially the chocolate tasting and lollipop making. They will squeal with delight at all the temptations on offer, but it’s also a light-hearted and easy way for the whole family to learn about the ‘City of Chocolate’. If it’s a rainy day in York, this is the place to come with the kids.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Discover York’s unique chocolate story
- Make chocolate lollipops
- Watch chocolate demonstrations
- Visit the chocolate café
Discover York’s Chocolate History
York’s Chocolate Story is located right in the centre of York on King’s Square. Once inside, you’re taken on a guided tour of different zones designed to be interactive and fun for kids. The tour starts in the cinema room with a short film about South America and the early origins of chocolate.
Meet York’s Famous Chocolate Families
In the Story Zone, you’re given an entertaining and clever introduction to the Tuke, Rowntree, Terry and Craven families. These famous families all opened their own cocoa houses and chocolate shops in York during the 18th century. Using multi media, a character from each family literally comes alive and tells you about their business. You also discover the stories of real people who worked in York’s chocolate factories and find out what it was like to have a job making chocolate.
Make Chocolate Lollipops
Downstairs in the Factory Zone, kids learn how cocoa beans are transformed into chocolate before making chocolate lollipops. They can also watch the chocolatiers at work in the kitchen. Of course, it’s all cleverly designed so you end up in the Indulgence Zone where you’ll find a Chocolate Cafe and a rather large chocolate shop (we warned you).
- During busy times such as half term, queues can form so buy your ticket in advance to secure your preferred time slot
- Did you know that if chocolate develops a white coating this isn’t mould, it’s sugar coming to the surface (apparently chocolate can last for up to 90 years)
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FIND HOTELS NEAR YORK’S CHOCOLATE STORY
The Bar Convent
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
In the Mount area, the Hotel du Vin features elegant boutique rooms and a bistro-style restaurant.
Rooms from £94 a night.
Sadly, not a doggy day out for me. Why don’t you bring me home a new toy instead?