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Curious About York

Curious About YorkYork Minster
High Petergate
North Yorkshire
Telephone: 0115 9502151


Curious About York

Discover York in a new way, with two unique walks of discovery.

Have fun finding answers to clues and matching pictures, whilst reading short tales about some unusual places and people.

Walk 1: Minster to the Shambles

Initially take a walk in a park as you circle York’s magnificent Minster, before entering the city’s narrow streets and lanes with quirky shops and plentiful restaurants. Then disappear up a narrow footpath to an ancient, secret church, before meandering round some little known byways. Finally, it’s back to tourist York, and the Shambles, a famously narrow, old world street with overhanging, timber framed buildings (1.1 miles / 1.8 kms).

Walk 2: shambles to Museum Gardens

From York’s timeworn lanes this walk leads you past contemporary shops, mingled with ancient history. Next it’s out of the bustling centre, past the imposing Minster again, and out through an ancient gateway where a knocker was installed so passing Scots could request entry to the city! Now walk beside Abbey walls, before entering the splendid Museum Gardens with its host of intriguing attractions (0.8 miles 1.3 kms).

Have fun and stay curious...

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It may be worth checking out Curious About York's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Curious About York before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Opening Details:
Our walks are self guided, so can be done whenever you like and in your own time!


"I'm hungry"

Curious About York passes numerous shops and cafes.

"Can I have one of those?"

If you enjoyed your day out, why not try another Curious About walk? Choose from over 50 towns and cities (local ones include York2, Harrogate and Leeds) all available to buy or download. Remember you only pay one set of postage, regardless of how many booklets you buy. If you’d like a personalised walk for an event, please contact us at

"i need a wee"

Public toilets are available on the way.


"are we there yet?"

Curious About York can be easily accessed by train or bus. There are several Park and Ride facilities on the outskirts. Parking in York city centre is difficult. any top tips?

Buggies, prams and wheelchairs can negotiate their way safely around both routes. There is a detour to avoid steps on the first walk if necessary. It’s outdoors, so look out for the weather forecast, but there are plenty of great places to dive into, if you need some shelter!

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:
£4.99 for a download, or £5.50 plus P and P for a pre printed booklet.
Groups please email us for volume discounts on
We are a Children’s University accredited supplier.


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Curious About YorkYork Minster
High Petergate
North Yorkshire
Telephone: 0115 9502151