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Be Smart - Throw Axes

Looking for an exciting start to a night out?

Planning a social and want something fun to do?

The Hilt's got you covered!

To avail yourself of our student discount, email us with a photo of your Student ID and we'll send you the code!

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Student League

Students throwing axes at The Hilt

social and friendly series of tournaments over a 6 week period per season 

An axe embedded in the bullseye of a target

Aimed at students from all of York's further and higher education institutions; Uni of York, York St John, York College and Askham Bryan College

Novelty Viking helmets

The winning team earns themselves a trophy and - more importantly - bragging rights

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  • What are your hours of operation?
    Monday (Closed) Tuesday 2:00 - 6:50 Wednesday 2:00 - 6:50 Thursday 2:00 - 6:50 Friday 2:00 - 8:05 Saturday 11:30 - 8:05 Sunday 11:30 - 4:20 Yes, we know the hours are strange. Each session lasts 1 hour and 5 minutes, with a 10 minute gap between.
  • Do you take walk-ins?
    We highly recommend booking ahead of time to avoid disappointment. You can walk in, but booking at least 48 hours in advance will give you the best chances of getting a space. Vikings always planned their raids, and you should do the same.
  • Can I take pictures?
    Yes! Document your successes and choose a mean looking filter! If you're posting on Instagram, make sure to tag us @thehiltofyork
  • How do I use my gift certificate?
    We get this one a lot. All you need to do is make your booking and proceed to the payment screen where you will see an option that says "Gift Certificate". On your certificate will be a code that starts with "G", enter that code there. Boom! Done!
  • Can we book a private bay?
    Of course! If you have a group of 8 or more, you can book an Exclusive Session for just your party. Fewer than 8 participants is a Social Session and you will probably end up sharing your bay with other throwers. If you would like to book an Exclusive Session, but you have fewer than 8 participants, you will have to pay the full price for 8 people.
  • What is your minimum age?
    Our minimum age to participate is 13. The axes weigh 1.6 kgs (3.5 lbs). Our coaches are trained to work with younger participants all in a safe environment.
  • Can I bring an axe to throw?
    We will provide the axes, please leave your own weaponry at home.
  • Are you dog and child friendly?
    Certainly! We are always happy to have dogs in the building! Kids are fine too... Please be aware that it can get very noisy in the building and both can find that quite distressing. We would recommend avoiding Saturdays as those are our loudest days.
  • Are the axes weighted?
    Well... yes... everything in existence is has weight. If you mean, "Will the axe always stick in the target no matter what?" No. Physics doesn't work that way. Our coaches are good, but they're not miracle workers.
  • Is it safe?
    We take safety seriously. All throwers are enclosed in a cage, with dampening pads above, below, and on the ground infront of targets. Spectators stand behind a secure partition while awaiting their turn, and axe coaches are present for the entirety of the session to ensure rule adherence. In addition, our axes and targets are checked before each session to ensure their integrity.
  • Can I drink alcohol?
    Not until after your session. Soft drinks will be available during the session, but mead and ale will need to wait until after the action.
  • Are you wheelchair accessible?
    We have a ramp to help wheelchairs clear the 6 inch step at the point of entry, but this is suitable for smaller wheelchairs and walkers only. Larger motorised wheelchairs may struggle to navigate the small amount of space between the ramp and the curb. We also have a disabled restroom, and our coaches are trained to assist people with a wide range of mobility issues. We'll get you throwing if we can!
  • Can I cancel/change my booking?
    We ask for a minimum of 7 days notice in order to issues refunds. Sessions can be cancelled after this time but not refunded. Requests to change bookings must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the session start. If you need to change your booking please email, and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • Do you offer any discounts?
    Yes! We offer a 15% discount for NHS workers, Armed Forces Personnel, Police, Firefighters and Students. Email with the relevant ID and we will disclose the appropriate discount code. We can no longer offer discounts using Blue Light Cards.
  • How long does it take?
    Our standard session is 1hr 5mins. The first 5 minutes include an overview of our safety rules and your group's bay assignment, followed by a full hour of axe throwing with food and drink orders available after the session.
  • What should I book for my group size?
    Our recommended group sizes are 2 - 24, with groups between 8-24 able to use our Exclusive Booking options at no extra charge. Groups over 24 people can be accommodated, just shoot us an email to
  • How can I pay?
    Online bookings must be made with a valid debit or credit card online. We do not take cash because it's messy.
  • What can I wear?
    Viking outfits preferred, but normal clothes are more frequently favoured. We are throwing axes so no open toed shoes or loose hair please.
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