Walking Tours in York – Because York is such a compact city and much of the city streets are pedestrianised a walking tour is an absolutely perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening. You can really get up close and personal on York’s lesser known snickets and alleyways and learn so many interesting facts with a fun and entertaining guide.
The Wizard Walk of York
The Magic Hatter is bringing his award-winning entertainment to the streets, with his NEW Wizard Walk of York.
“Magic, mystery, comedy and excitement plus a dash of York’s history…the ingredients for a truly unforgettable experience for all the family!”
Public tours are running on selected evenings, starting from the bottom of The Shambles opposite The Golden Fleece. Pre-booking required. Private tours are available for birthdays, school groups, brownies, cubs and more. A wonderfully whimsical tour that wizard fans will go Potty for!
Wizard Wand Kits are also available, subject to availability. A handcrafted wand and instructions for seven tricks that young witches and wizards can learn at home. Plus a FREE printable certificate! To check days, times and book online visit the wizarding website at www.wizardwalkofyork.com.
The Bloody Tour of York
Join Mad Alice on The Bloody Tour of York as you wander “the streets and snickleways to historic landmarks. With 2000 years of history, York has fascinating stories of the macabre and the extraordinary. Uncover the tales of the Romans, the Viking invasion and the Plague amongst tales of torture and execution.
The history of the city is brought to life in this award-winning 90 minute tour which is suitable for gruesome little ones. Learn about the city’s most famous son Guy Fawkes and what really drove him to want to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605. Dick Turpin, the famous Highwayman was hanged at York in 1739 but he was caught by sheer luck. Margaret Clitherow, martyr and Saint lived amongst the entrailed and blood-soaked Shambles in the 1580’s.”
Accessibility: Suitable for all ages and fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The walk takes a steady pace around the city. If there are any mobility issues, please talk to Mad Alice at the beginning of the tour who will tailor the tour to be more comfortable. Accompanying carers are invited onto the tour free of charge.
Tour Start Location
St. Williams College, College Street, YO1 7JF
When is the Tour?
January 18:00 (Saturdays only)
February/March – 18:00
April to October – 18:00 & 20:00
November – 18:00
December – 18:00 (Saturdays only)
How long does the Tour last?
How much is the Tour?
£12 adults and £6 children (under 5’s are free)
The Original Ghost Walk of York
The Original Ghost Walk of York is “believed to be the first exclusive Ghost Walk in the World! Established in 1973, we have decades of practice when it comes to providing you with a legendary and disturbing experience. We offer a night of history and mystery in York, promising to capture your imagination and inspire the mind. The Original Ghost Walk of York is famous for being genuine, authentic, and magical, exploring the haunted spots of York. We take pride in our excellent reputation, allowing you to face your fears and encounter genuinely mysterious experiences, all from one of the most famous pubs in Britain. Find out why!”
Ghost Tour Start Location
The Kings Arms Pub, 3 King’s Staith, York YO1 9SN
When is the Ghost Tour?
6.30pm and 8pm every night except 24th, 25th and 26th December
How long does the Ghost Tour last?
How much is the Ghost Tour?
£7.50 adults and £5 children
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White Rose York Tours
“What’s On The Free Tour?
On the White Rose free tour of York you will see and hear the history of one of the most fascinating cities in Britain or anywhere else in the world. The tour lasts three hours, and this includes a break for refreshments just after half way. If you do not feel like you can last the full tour, please feel free to come with us for the first half, and then see how you feel! Our free tour includes:
- York Minster and the Liberty of St Peter
- The City Walls* and Gatehouses
- St Mary’s Abbey and the Museum Gardens
- The Shambles
- York Castle
- Roman and Viking Invasions
- Catholic Saints and Martyrs
- English Kings and Queens
- Dick Turpin and the truth about the Moonlight Ride
The tour commences every morning (year round) at 11am and every afternoon from April to October at 3pm. Also, additional tours run Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm November to March. All our tours start outside the West Entrance of York Minster.”
- Distance: 0.63 miles / 1 km
- Steps: 1,312
“From the Brontë sisters, to Bram Stoker and Ted Hughes, Yorkshire has long been associated with celebrated authors who have drawn inspiration from the desolate beauty of its rugged moors and ruined abbeys. The city of York itself has a rich literary history, and has been known for producing books since the eight century when famous scholar Alcuin’s internationally renowned collection was destroyed by Viking invaders. Daniel Defoe and Charles Dickens were regular visitors, with the latter referencing the Minster in Nicholas Nickleby.
And, of course, Harry Potter fans couldn’t visit York without a trip to ‘The Shop That Must Not Be Named’ on the Shambles.This whistle-stop tour of literary York lasts between 30-60 minutes and covers two-thirds of a mile. Starting on Stonegate, you’ll pass by the Minster, through Dean’s Park and finish on the grand terraced-lined streets of Bootham. On the way you’ll also go by some of York’s specialist bookshops, a grand library, and other literary landmarks.”
Learn more about this literary tour here.