The ultimate geeks guide to York – updated for 2022

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York is definitely a city that celebrates all things geek.

From love for Harry Potter to York Comic Con, to game stores, there’s plenty to excite our inner nerd.

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 for you.

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment below or write to us at [email protected]

OG Games

OG Games. Photo: Rachel Rogers

It’s a paradise for all board, card and party games! Plus, it’s “run by real gamers,” so if you need advice on what to buy for your next game night, you’ve come to the right place.

  • 1 1/2 Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate YO18 York
  • 01904 626175
  • Website

Give the dog a bone

Give the dog a bone. Photo: Rachel Rogers

This quirky gift shop is a treasure trove of “things you don’t need but really want”. Visit the first floor to browse memorabilia from all your favorite fandoms such as Marvel, DC, Game of Thrones, Star Wars and more.

  • 17 Fossgate YO1 9TA York
  • 01904 610771
  • Website

Sore Thumb Retro Games

Sore thumb retro games. Photo: Richard McDougall

This is a must visit for any gamer! A “Retro Gaming Nevada,” it stocks all popular consoles as well as imported games and hardware. There are games from SEGA, Nintendo, Atari and more to browse at your leisure.

  • 7 Gillygate YO31 7EA York
  • 07985 666598
  • Website

war hammer

War hammer. Picture: Facebook

The popular tabletop battle game is right here in York! Collect your next elf or orc to add to your fantasy army and fight your way to victory. With friendly staff and a wide selection of models, it’s definitely worth a look.

  • 13a Lendal, York YO1 8AQ
  • 01904 628014
  • Website

Monk Bar Pattern Store

Monk Bar model store. Picture: Facebook

Founded in 1963, this independent model shop is a must visit for any train or aviation fan. The intricate models are beautiful to look at, and the shop has a wide selection of model trains and puzzles.

  • 2 Goodramgate YO1 7LQ York
  • 01904 659423
  • Website

The Portal Bookstore

Inside the Portal Bookstore. Photography: Rachel Rogers

A bookstore focused on science fiction, fantasy and LGBTQIA! Browse the latest sci-fi and fantasy releases and backlist titles plus geeky pins and badges – it’s every nerdy bookworm’s dream.

  • 5 Patrick Pool, York YO1 8BB
  • Website

traveler man

Traveler man. Photo: Rachel Rogers

This comics and games store is one you could browse for hours! From manga to Studio Ghibli to tabletop games, this friendly and welcoming shop has something for everyone.

  • 74 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
  • 01904 628787
  • Website

The shop that must not be named

The shop that must not be named. Photography: YorkMix

A must visit for any Harry Potter fan. Get ready to relive the magic of the popular franchise as you browse collectibles, homewares, clothing, stationery, jewelry, and more! All officially licensed merchandise.

  • 30-31 Shambles YO1 7LX York
  • 01904 801562
  • Website

Absolutely awesome

Absolutely awesome. Photography: Rachel Rogers

Embrace your inner child and waste an hour browsing through toys, games, puzzles, skateboards, scooters, kites and more! You are sure to leave this fun shop with a smile on your face.

  • 8 Colliergate HX7 6EU
  • 01904 631696
  • Website

Geek York Retreat

Geeky Retreat. Photo: Geek Retreat

Describing itself as “the friendliest place to meet, eat, socialize and play”, Geek Retreat is a place to find lovers of all things geek. Relax with friends while drinking milkshakes and playing board games.

  • 3 Low Ousegate YO1 9QX York
  • 01904 651388
  • Website

York Unleashed Comic Con

Chewbacca meets fans at York Winter Comic Con 2022. Photograph: YorkMix

And as a bonus… the annual York comic con! After the first convention in 2015, its popularity only grew. This year it will return to York Racecourse on August 28, with guest appearances from Will Mellor, Tony Way and many more. Cosplay is encouraged, of course!

  • York Racecourse, Knavesmire, York, YO23 1EX
  • Website
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