Things to see & do

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Take a walk through chocolate...

Goddards is just pleasant stroll from central York, so we've devised an easy walk to the city centre that will take you through years of Terry family history.

A 1930s Childhood

 © Betty Lawrie

Enter the world of a 1930s child with our brand new interactive exhibition in the old playroom. Explore what it was like to grow up before the days of television and video games.

A 1930s Childhood

Try your hand at our vintage bagatelle game © Rebecca Burton

Enter the world of a 1930s child with our brand new interactive exhibition in the old playroom. Explore what it was like to grow up before the days of television and video games.

A 1930s Childhood

Learn about some 1930s schoolwork  © Rebecca Burton

Enter the world of a 1930s child with our brand new interactive exhibition in the old playroom. Explore what it was like to grow up before the days of television and video games.

A 1930s Childhood

Seach for your favourite 1930s classic in our bookcase © Rebecca Burton

Enter the world of a 1930s child with our brand new interactive exhibition in the old playroom. Explore what it was like to grow up before the days of television and video games.

A 1930s Childhood

Challenge your family to some vintage games © Rebecca Burton

Enter the world of a 1930s child with our brand new interactive exhibition in the old playroom. Explore what it was like to grow up before the days of television and video games.

Designs of Distinction

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15 July - 1 November

Discover the art of designing the perfect chocolate box with displays of Terry's chocolate packaging through the ages - from their iconic 1767 range to the last ever chocolate orange made in the York factory.

Top 3 family activities

  • Explore the maze of paths that weave through the gardens © Amanda Harman

    Family fun sheet

    Pick up one of our wildlife activity sheets from the Summer House and search for some creepy critters.

  • Challenge your family to some vintage games © Rebecca Burton

    Vintage games

    Have a go at some vintage games and challenge your family to dominoes, draughts, chess and table tennis.

  • Imagine what childhood was like before the invention of TV and videogames © Rebecca Burton

    Learn about life in the 1930s

    Imagine what it was like to live as a child in the 1930s and learn some fun facts about chocolate.

Planning a group visit?

Enjoy a group visit to Polesden

Get the most out of your visit to Goddards by pre-booking a special guided tour by one of our knowledgeable house guides and discover Noel Terry's fascinating family home. 

Treat your group to a spot of afternoon tea or relax over a light lunch in the elegant Dining Room.

Call 01904 771930 for more information.

Don't forget to...

  • Browse our selection of second hand books for sale in the summerhouse.
  • Use our vintage typewriter to record your own memories of the Terry family.
  • Find our Japanese isu tree in the gardens, a rarity in the north of the UK.
  • Try a slice of delectable Chocolate Orange cake in our tea room.
  • Check our events listings to see what special activities are taking place.

Get on your bike!

Enjoy a day out on your bike © David Levenson

Enjoy a day out on your bike

Make a day of it here in York and enjoy a gentle bike ride from Goddards to Treasurer's House. Along the way you'll see some famous landmarks and some beautiful wildlife - perfect for a family day out.

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