York’s Chocolate Story is an interactive museum experience dedicated to the history of chocolate, notably York’s history and connections with chocolate making. The famous Rowntrees chocolate factory was opened in 1890 and has been owned since by Nestle.
The attraction is located in the heart of York’s city centre in King’s Square and it first opened in 2012. Today you can book on guided tours of the museum and even experience making a chocolate bar for yourselves to take home with you. They also offer chocolate making workshops.
A guided tour takes around an hour to an hour and a quarter.
York’s Chocolate Story Things To Do Review
As the experience is a guided tour you are booked onto sessions. You all wait next to the lift and then your journey through the history of chocolate begins. The guide will take you around a series of rooms that help you understand more about the chocolate we eat today.
Our visit begin in a room where we were given a history of chocolate making in York. For most of the visit we were given chocolates that we could eat. This was definitely a bonus! The tour was really interesting for young and old and children were made to feel as involved as possible which was a nice touch.
Our tour guide took the whole chocolate making process back to basics. We learnt how cocoa is transformed from beans to what we eat. We even got to taste cocoa as it tastes from the moment it’s picked. The taste is really quite repulsive and we were all pretty amazed that anyone ever discovered what adding milk and sugar can do to this produce.
As we were shown how the beans are transformed we were able to taste the produce at all the different stages. We were even taught how to taste like an expert. It was all great fun and as well as the talks and demonstrations there were a few exhibits to look at along the way. There were films, exhibitions, displays and more. Of course not only do you get to try the chocolate but you experience many wonderful aromas as you are moving around the tour.
Once we had learnt all about the history of chocolate in York and how chocolate is made it was time to make our own chocolate lollipops. They have a big vat of chocolate on the go which one of the guides provides you with chocolate lollipops from. You are given your own decorating station and away you go. You can put on as much or as little as you want.
You write your names on the bag and they then take them away to set. This process was done quite quickly while we were on the final part of the tour.
The final part of the tour was watching the chocolate makers busy making all manner of wonderful delights. They even had some wonderful chocolate box type chocolates set out on the counter for us all to try. This was really interesting, especially seeing all their different moulds and techniques.
If you’ve not had enough chocolate you can also visit their gift shop or their cafe which serves a lot of chocolate treats. They even sell their exclusive world famous hot chocolate. In fact I’ve just reminded myself that I need to return soon to try it.
York’s Chocolate Story FAQ & Further Information
Address: 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD, North Yorkshire. Phone: 01904 527765
Category – Interactive museum – Indoors – Suitable for all ages although children from the age of 4 and over will get more out of a visit.
What are the ticket prices?
Adults £15.95, children age 4-15 £13.50, children under 4 are free and family tickets are available.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Interactive museum with a fully guided tour where you can try chocolates, learn how chocolate is made and make a chocolate lollipop. There is a cafe and toilets.
When are they open?
York’s Chocolate Story is open almost all year round. For up-to-date information please visit their website.
Is there food available?
York’s Chocolate Story is open almost all year round.
Is there parking?
There is parking nearby, charges apply. It is easier and cheaper to visit York using their park and ride services.
Are they dog friendly?
Only assistance dogs are permitted by prior arrangement.
Are they accessible?
Information on accessibility.