After a quick stop at Holy Trinity Church and picking up a cheeky free sample from the Fudge Kitchen (well it is rude not to), we headed over to York Chocolate Story. Being a self confessed chocoholic, I was secretly looking forward to this attraction the most. Also, having being born and raised in York, many family members and friends have worked in one of York's chocolate factories over the years so I was looking forward to learning about York's chocolate history.
York Chocolate Story is set over 3 floors and starting on the top floor we were shown around the building by a friendly tour guide who provided information about how chocolate became such a huge industry in York. The tour included videos and hands on activities about York's history and about how chocolate is made. My girls thought it was fab (I think the samples of chocolate throughout the tour helped - although they weren't particularly keen on tasting the cocoa nibs).
It was great to hear the history and see the old photographs of Terry's, Rowntree's and Craven. To top off the end of the tour, we were able to put our creative minds to work and make our own chocolate lolly to keep (I think Millie had eaten hers before we had even left the building) and whilst they were setting, we got to see the professionals at work, making fabulous salted caramel truffles - delicious!
After the tour had finished, we had a wonder around the shop and checked out the other chocolatey delights on offer. My cheeky sister, kindly bought me some peanut butter chocolate shards - yummy! I will definitely be heading back soon, if not to do the full tour, I will definitely be back to the shop (I spotted some fantastic gift ideas) and to check out the cafe as the milkshakes and hot chocolates looked amazing!
After a packed, unusually hot day, we decided to choose an activity which didn't involve walking - a boat tour along the Ouse with York Boat. I had planned ahead and saved my chocolate treat for the tour and made the most of the relaxing cruise up and down the river. A great way to see the sights and to take some photos of York from a different perspective!
Finally, we ended our day with a stroll back along the bar walls via Rowntree's Park (the park from my childhood). An epic day with my fabulous family.
PS: I hope you like Eva's "donut" hat - she made it herself!