York and the Story of Chocolate

2 nights starting from

  • Tour and truffle making class at boutique chocolatier, The Cocoa House

  • Fairfax House which houses the Terry furniture collection

  • Goddards House, York, home of the Terry family

  • Farewell afternoon tea

The Georgian age marked the beginning of the leisure age with the wealthy having more free time to indulge themselves and the world opening up to popularise exotic new flavours such as chocolate and coffee. This delightful tour combines two great British passions: history and chocolate, and the two are inextricably linked in the gorgeous medieval city of York, which was home to two pioneering Georgian industrialists, Terry and Rowntree, whose industry happened to be chocolate. Our tour will explore this fascinating story with expert guidance from local Blue Badge Guide, Rosemary Barnes.

Available Departures


20 - June - 2022 £ 459.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings


Day 1: Arrive independently at the Parsonage Hotel, Escrick from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Rosemary Barnes – ‘The Pursuit of Pleasure in Georgian England.'

Day 2: Rowntree Model Village, Fairfax House, walking tour and Cocoa House.
A varied day in store as we head to the outskirts of the city to New Earswick to see the model village established by Joseph Rowntree in the early 20th century to house his workers and managers. We then see the outside of the modern Nestlé factory before returning to visit the Georgian Fairfax House that houses some of the Terry family furniture. A walking tour of old York including its atmospheric Shambles and time for lunch (not included) will end at the boutique chocolatier, the Cocoa House, which produces upmarket, gourmet chocolate. Here we will enjoy a guided tour to see the production process and a hands-on truffle-making class. This evening dinner is served followed by Rosemary hosting a quiz - with an appropriately themed prize!

Day 3: Terry's Factory, Goddards House, Tadcaster Road walking tour, Mansion House and farewell afternoon tea.
This morning we head out to York's famous racecourse to see the exterior of the original Terry's factory, now an upmarket housing development, before heading to Goddards House, the delightful Arts & Crafts former home of the Terry chocolate family. From here we head to Tadcaster Road for a walking tour that takes in the exteriors of some of the elegant villas with Terry family connections. We will then head to York's very own Mansion House that has housed the Mayor since 1732 and hosted the great and the good ever since. Finally, we make our way to the nearby Hilton Hotel for an afternoon tea before returning to our hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers. 


  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the three-star Parsonage Hotel & Spa, Escrick, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception and dinner with wine at the hotel
  • Second dinner and quiz at the hotel (no wine)
  • Truffle making class at Cocoa House
  • Afternoon tea at the Hilton Hotel York
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  •  Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Double for Sole Use supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed & breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities


Parsonage Hotel & Spa, Escrick

Lovely three-star hotel dating from the 1840s, located in extensive grounds in the village of Escrick, six miles south of York. The hotel boasts a restaurant, bar, spa and comfortable bedrooms with all modern appointments.

Parking: Complimentary

Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

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