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Activities for new boarders

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Activities for new boarders

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If you join us at St Peter's, you'll not only have the run of a vast 47-acre riverside campus, with boathouse, swimming pool, gym, art gallery, library and music rooms open for you at evenings and weekends, you'll actually be living in The Sunday Times Best City to Live.

House parents and older boarders are proud of our city and our school's long history here. They'll make sure you know all the 'insider tips' you need to make the most of your time here, and help you get your bearings.

York’s international popularity as a tourist destination means there is a range of fun orientation activities, which our new boarders are able to enjoy either as part of an organised House Trip, or under their own steam in small groups, often accompanied by one of our York native boarders.

Boating on the river

Whilst St Peter’s has its own boat house and rowing facilities, pupils wanting to take it a little easier on their day off have a choice of outings on the river.

Citycruises York offer self-drive boats suitable for older boarders, daytime sightseeing cruises and early evening cruises in the light summer months.

Open Top Bus Tour

The York City Sightseeing open-top buses mean new pupils can tour the entire city of York, learning some fascinating facts about the Roman, Viking, medieval and more recent history of the city using either a recorded audio or a live city guide, many of whom are famed for their anecdotes. (You can even take a tour delivered entirely in the Yorkshire dialect!)

You can get on and off the bus as many times as you like, so it’s a great thing to do on one of your first Sundays here, especially if you just love to explore.


Telling the story of York’s Viking past, Jorvik is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of Viking life as you step back in time.

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Chocolate Story

York is world-famous as the birthplace of many major confectionery brands. Still home to an important Nestle factory, the city truly is a chocolate-lovers' dream.

At York’s Chocolate Story you can discover the stories behind the invention and creation of confectionery classics, and learn about the history and production of chocolate on a global scale.

The opportunity to try handmade chocolates is one few of our boarders seem able to resist!

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Escape Rooms

Test yourself and your friends. Work as a team to escape from a locked room in less than an hour, using your logic and problem-solving skills to solve clues.

Ghost walks and other walks

A ghost walk or two (there are many different routes and themes on offer) is a must during your time in York. They are great fun and surprisingly informative. With so much history, York has more than its fair share of legends and hauntings. There's even a Ghost Bus, which could make a fun evening activity for Houses.

Other themed daytime walks suitable for teenagers include routes focusing on York's chocolate heritage, Jewish links, the snickleways of York and historic churches. There is also a fun Cat Trail of the city, where you try and find one of the dozens of feline sculptures hidden around York.

In past years, houses have run Scavenger Hunts in the city centre, helping boarders to get to know each other whilst competing to find clues around the town.

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York Dungeon

History and horror fans simply must make at least one visit to the famous York Dungeon. Old Peterite Guy Fawkes has his own display, as does highwayman Dick Turpin (another character suspected to have attended the school).