The Drowned City


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 certain doom. 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.
p.s. Previously called The Great Tale.

£ 40.00 per team

Distance 5 km
Difficulty 3 / 5
Avg Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
Number of clues 19
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Start Times: Start between 11am to 4pm each day
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Communication Methods
Text Messages
Uses text messages charged at your standard rate (free on some contracts).
Telegram App
Recommended. Add up to 5 phones per team, everyone can receive clues and answer too. Requires a data allowance on your phone plan.
Recommended. Add up to 5 phones per team, everyone can receive clues and answer too. Requires a data allowance on your phone plan.

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What You Say

The great things our great customers say about us.


A great day out for a late Mother’s Day present, good fun and a good way to see the sights of York.


We loved the trail! Colleagues from the US, Netherlands, Denmark and UK. As a person who has loved in York for 15yrars I saw things I've never seen before. It was fabulous. The technical hitches were sorted quickly and my other half and I plan to ...


Brilliant family outing, the trail provide a great purpose to go exploring and for us all to work together with the clues. Bring on the next one.


What a way to explore. We all had a fantasetic time; the route was brilliant and so were the pub stops on the way. Can't recommend enough.


We all really enjoyed the experience – some very clever clues leading to bit of York you might not normally visit. Our party ranged from 5 – 41 and everyone had a lot of fun. Though it is great for all ages, I’d like to do one without the kids so...


We really enjoyed it, a great way to explore parts of the city we don’t normally visit and look at it in different ways. Some of the clues were challenging but we figured them out in the end. A good family day out.


You can take extra breaks or come back to your route at anytime. Just continue from where you left off at your own convenience. Handy if the heaven's decide to open! Your team clock will still be ticking, but not everything's a race!
Of course! The fastest way to get setup is to press the "Setup Your Adventure" after you order has been completed. This will take you to the team setup page where you can enter your team name and number and get setup to go within seconds.
If you choose to use Whatsapp or Telegram then up to 5 phones can be connected to one team. The team leader can simply forward their welcome message to each team member who can click the link to join.
You can use Whatsapp, Telegram or Text Messages with our trails. A few trails won't be available via Text Messages as they contain longer text and we've had some reliability issues due to this.
You can receive message on most phone number via SMS (text messages) - which will cost you your normal SMS rate. If you have data, we recommend using Whatsapp or Telegram (free download) which will use your normal Data rate.
  • START: Commence the trail when you're at the start location.
  • HINT: You're at the correct location but don't know how to find the answer.
    (1 Penalty Free)
  • LOST: Got lost on the route? We'll send a detailed path to get you back on route.
    (1 Penalty Free)
  • SKIP: When you're on a set break but ready to move on.
There are time penalties for; incorrect answers, hints and losts. You receive 1 penalty-free of each, but after that you'll have 10 minutes added onto your team time for each use.
Simply; If you don't have a great time on our trail, let us know why and we'll give you your money back in full. Easy!
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