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The Drowned City - Immersive Treasure Hunt Adventure in York - The Secret City

The Secret City

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An immersive adventure through York's past and present. Unravel cryptic clues as we take you on a journey through the city. Meet figures of myth and history, solve riddles, enjoy charming cafes and quirky pubs. Do you have what it takes to defeat ancient monsters and save the city?
Work as a team to decode each clue and search for a nearby answer. All sent to your mobile phone via Telegram or Whatsapp (free on all app stores).

About This Deal


History and mythology collide in this tale of ancient York. Meet a Roman Emperor, a Norse monster, and a Greek sea goddess. Riddle your way through fact and fiction, as you try to save the city from being made a modern day Atlantis. Along the way, discover stunning buildings, historic statues and taverns fit for Caesar himself.

There are three optional pub/cafe breaks on this trail; each one a third of the way around.

Distance: 5.0 km
No Local Knowledge Required!
Difficulty: 3 / 5
Avg Duration: 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Number of Clues: 19

How it works:
When you reach your start point, you will receive cryptic instructions, sent to your phone. Decipher them, send us your answer and you will be given the next clue. One by one, these riddles will take you on a journey through the city and through legend itself. Solve them all to complete the trail.

Hints are available if you need a helping hand, and you can ask for directions if you get lost.

Feeling competitive? All our games are timed and ranked on our leaderboard. Why not challenge your friends!

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Travellers should be comfortable with walking around 5km.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • You'll be on the trail in your own group walking through public places outdoors. All pub/cafe stops are optional and can be decided whilst on the route.
  • A trail of riddles sent to your phone; solve each clue to unlock the path!
  • Sent via Telegram/Whatsapp smartphone app. Free on all App Stores.
  • Hint messages to help you with clues if you need a nudge in the right direction!
  • Lost messages to help you with directions if you need them.

Departure Point
Constantine the Great, 4 Minster Yard, York YO1 7JB, UK

Departure Time
Telegram App - Recommended 10/13/2020 - 6/2/2023
Monday - Sunday:11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Whatsapp 10/13/2020 - 6/2/2023
Monday - Sunday:11:00 AM - 07:00 PM

3 hours 30 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the The Secret City in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.