York is definitely a city that celebrates all things geeky.
From the love for Harry Potter, to York Comic Con, to game shops, there’s lots to make our inner nerd get excited.
So we’ve put together the ultimate geek guide!
Whether you’re a loud and proud geek or a geek at heart, we hope there’s something here for you.
Have we missed your favourite? Let us know by leaving a comment below or drop us a line at [email protected]
This is a haven for all things board, card and party games! Plus it’s ‘run by real gamers’, so if you need advice on what to pick up for your next games night, you’ll be in the right place.
- 1 1/2 Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate YO18 York
- 01904 626175
Give the Dog a Bone
This quirky gift shop is a treasure trove of ‘things you don’t need but really really want’. Visit the first floor to browse memorabilia from all your favourite fandoms such as Marvel, DC, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and much more.
- 17 Fossgate YO1 9TA York
- 01904 610771
Sore Thumb Retro Games
This is a must-visit for any gamer! A ‘retro gaming Nevada’, it stocks all the popular consoles as well as imported games and hardware. There are games from SEGA, Nintendo, Atari and more to browse to your heart’s content.
- 7 Gillygate YO31 7EA York
- 07985 666598
The popular table-top battle game is right here in York! Collect your next elf or orc to add to your fantasy army and battle your way to victory. With friendly staff and a wide selection of models, this is definitely worth a visit.
- 13a Lendal, York YO1 8AQ
- 01904 628014
Monk Bar Model Shop
Established in 1963, this independent model shop is a must-visit for any fans of trains or aviation. The intricate models are beautiful to look at, and the shop stocks a large selection of model railways and jigsaws.
- 2 Goodramgate YO1 7LQ York
- 01904 659423
The Portal Bookshop
A sci-fi, fantasy and LGBTQIA focused bookshop! Browse through the latest sci-fi and fantasy releases and backlist titles as well as geeky pins and badges – this is any nerdy bookworm’s dream.
- 5 Patrick Pool, York YO1 8BB
This comic and games shop is one you could browse for hours! From manga to Studio Ghibli to table-top games, this friendly and welcoming shop has something for everyone.
- 74 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
- 01904 628787
Belong at GAME
This gaming arena is perfect for any budding gamer. Whether you’re a seasoned, competitive or fresh player – welcome to the world of gaming. There’s gaming PCs, Xbox and Playstation Consoles to choose from, and you can play solo or with your friends!
- 5 Church Street, York YO1 8BG
Play It VR
‘York’s first and only virtual reality arcade’! Enter a new world at this family-run business. Whether you’re looking to be scared or try your hand at a puzzle or immerse yourself in a whole new world, there are loads of games to choose from. Play It VR will close 31 October 2021.
- 50a York Road YO24 4LZ York
- 01904 373030
The Shop That Must Not Be Named
A must-visit for any Harry potter fan. Prepare to relive the magic of the popular franchise as you browse through collectables, homeware, apparel, stationery, jewellery and more! All officially licensed merchandise.
- 30-31 Shambles YO1 7LX York
- 01904 801562
Embrace your inner child and lose an hour browsing through toys, games, puzzles, skateboards, scooters, kites and more! You’re sure to leave this fun shop with a smile on your face.
- 8 Colliergate HX7 6EU
- 01904 631696
York Unleashed Comic Con
And a bonus…York’s annual comic con! After the first convention in 2015, it’s only grown in popularity. This year it will be back at York Racecourse on 8 August, with guest appearances from Miriam Margolyes, James Cosmo, Patricia Quinn and more. Cosplay is encouraged, of course!
- York Racecourse, Knavesmire, York, YO23 1EX