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York, United Kingdom
Private Ghost Tour of York

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Designed for travelers with a historical interest in the supernatural, this private 2-hour ghost tour of York — one of the most haunted cities in the world — allows you to customize your itinerary to suit you. Choose to visit sites with countless reports of ghost sightings, including York Minster, and The Shambles, and listen to frightening tales rooted in York’s 2,000-year-old history. The start time and location of your tour is up to you.
  • Private custom 2-hour ghost tour of York
  • A personalised expereince designed for travelers interested in history and the supernatural
  • Choose to visit locations of reputed haunting such as York Minster, The Shambles, and the Castle and Battlements
  • Listen to ghost stories rooted in York's 2,000-year-old history
  • Select a start point and start time to suit your schedule
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Tour escort/host
Hotel pickup and drop-off (by foot, city centre hotels only)
Private tour
Entrance fees (2 small museums located around the walls are available for entry separately)
Food and drinks
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Roman Column , 11 Minster Yard, York YO1 7HH, UK

Outside York Minster near the entrance to the gift shop is the Roman Column. Its easy to find and right in the centre of town, a great place to meet!

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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
3/15/2016 - 8/23/2023
Monday - Sunday:07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.We will meet you at the reception of your hotel, or alternatively anywhere of your choosing (for example we can meet you after lunch at your restaurant, or alternatively finish the tour somewhere where you can get something to eat / drink)
Greet your private guide at a start point specified in advance of the tour. Opt to convene at your York accommodation or launch straight into the ghost walk by meeting at a haunted location of your choice.

Over the course of two hours, your guide reveals the parts of York’s haunted history that appeal to you most. Opt to visit spine-chilling locations such as York Minster, The Shambles, and The York Dungeon, all of which are particularly atmospheric late at night, and hear stories from a repertoire of more than 200 tales.

York's 2,000-year-old history features treason, torture, treachery, and murder, so you're guaranteed to hear tales that capture your interest. If you desire, your guide can arrange refreshments and restaurant reservations for during or after your tour. This personalized experience can be tailored to your every request.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
York Minster
York has a rich and bloodthirsty history stretching back nearly 2000 years, and its little surprise that it is widely regarded as the most haunted city in the world. These personalised tours last approx. 2 hours and provide a totally unique, bespoke and entertaining history of Europe's most haunted city. Each tour is designed just for you, and your guides have over 200 ghost stories to tell so please get in touch with the local provider if you have any special interests or needs. You will be taken on an atmospheric trip round our ancient city and shown the fascinating hidden areas most tourists miss. Refreshments can also be arranged along the way with some excellent coffee shops, pubs and restaurants to check out (own expense), and in addition will also tour other parts of the city too (the Castle, York Minster, Shambles and more) should you require. As your local tour guides are passionate about the city, they can also handle any restaurant bookings or just general advice about other things to do in York during your stay. As these are bespoke tours, please contact the local provider as soon as you can in advance so your booking can be guaranteed and the guides have enough time to prepare the tour for your adequately. The flavour of our tours is to tell the stories, but in a verified historic context. Please note your guides are not 'actors' and don't use props or get dressed up in Victorian outfits. What they will do is tell you the truth of the ghost story in that area, as well as backing it up with the history of the area and possible reasons for why that area is haunted. Please note that on this tour it will be only yourselves and your tour guide, for a truly personalised experience of the city.
Pass By:  
Treasurer's House
Hear the tale of the most famous ghost story in the world!
Stop At:  
York City Walls
A world heritage site - the only place on Earth to see Roman, viking & medieval defences all in one place - we bring it back to life including 3D reconstructions!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Shambles
The most famous medieval street in the world, but it has a very dark history!
Stop At:  
King's Manor
Now part of the University, this was once the house of the Abbot of St Marys
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Jorvik Viking Centre
Site of the only viking houses to be found anywhere in the world! Please note entrance price is not included as part of the tour
Pass By:  
York Castle Museum
A huge motte and bailey castle that once controlled Northern England - we bring it back to life including 3D reconstructions!
Pass By:  
Clifford's Tower
A huge motte and bailey castle that once controlled Northern England - we bring it back to life including 3D reconstructions!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please inform the local provider of the preferred pick up point at the time of booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY York Walls Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the social distancing policy during Private Ghost Tour of York?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Excellent tour for those looking for more than the typical ghost tour." See review
  • "You can’t drink all the time you’re in York so get some history!" See review

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star-5
A Ghost Tour Focused on York's Rich History
Tiffany_P
, Jun 2022
We had a fabulous evening tour with John. He was highly engaging, and the tour focused on helping us understand the historical context behind some of the more popular tales of York's ghost sightings. This is not a tour where someone dresses up and acts out far-fetched dramatic tales about ghosts. Instead, you'll walk away from a highly enjoyable evening with a much deeper understanding of York's violent, but true, history.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Tiffany, it was wonderful to meet you all and thank you for the lovely review! Hope you have a great remainder of your holiday and thanks for putting up with my 'tour guide in training' son ;)
star-5
York ghost tour
Martin_D
, Apr 2022
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide We enjoyed it great experience Was friendly and interactive....
icon Response from Host , May 2022
thank you Martin, it was greatr to meet you!!
star-5
More a History Walk than a Ghost walk - Just what we wanted
Jennie_G
, Mar 2022
We wanted a factual history talk by someone who really knew their stuff. We won with John. He is exceptionally passionate and knowledgeable about the history of York.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
thank you so much for the lovely review it was a pleasure to meet you!
star-5
Great tour
Teresa_P
, Feb 2022
Our tour guide John met us at our hotel even though our hotel wasn’t on the pick up list. He was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable he was able to answer all our questions and was genuinely enthusiastic about the history of York and it’s ghosts. We both really enjoyed the tour and would definitely recommend it to our family and friends.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
thank you for much for the lovely review it was a pleasure doing the tour with you! Hope you had a great time in York hope to see you again!
star-4
A night time tour of York’s hidden corners
Tony_G
, Nov 2021
John collected us from our city centre hotel and whisked us away to the Roman era with historical details of the Ninth Legion’s activities in and around York. He described the archeology of the Minster and the city walls plus a number of other sites. We walked Bootham Bar and the Kings Manor through the centre via the Shambles and Jorvik centre as far as the castle and Clifford’s Tower. We traveled the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages to more modern times. John’s knowledge of the history of York is extensive and his explanations were peppered with spooky tales of alleged paranormal activity. All extremely entertaining. Having passed other walking tours in our two hours ramble it is important to stress that although a private tour is undoubtedly more expensive it is so much more enjoyable to have had John’s undivided attention and an opportunity to ask any question without having to vie with 30 others to do so. An interesting and worthwhile experience. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Very informative...
Martin_T
, Nov 2021
Very informative historical commentary and very eye opening. Thoroughly recommend the tour. John was an excellent host
star-5
A must go ghost tour experience
AnneMarie_R
, Nov 2021
Great tour our guide was very knowledgeable did the tour at the right pace for us Gave us a good overview of York
star-5
Highly recommended
Richard_L
, Nov 2021
This tour was amazing, full of historical accuracy and ghost stories that had not been embellished. Jon is a natural orator, warm, funny, and kept the whole family enthralled as we walked York’s dark streets. Highly recommend.
star-5
Fantastic tour John our...
Mark_A
, Sep 2021
Fantastic tour John our guide was punctual polite and very informative. We learned so much about the wonderful city not just about ghosts of the city but about the Romans, saxons, and vikings we would recommend this tour .
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
thank you Mark it was lovely to meet you!!!!!
star-5
Informative, fun and so much more than expected!!
Mark_W
, Sep 2021
John was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We had an amazing time. We learnt a lot of things about York and had plenty of laughs. If you are looking for something more than a gimmicky ghost tour then this is definitely for you. John is a fantastic tour guide.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you so much the lovely review - it was lovely to meet you both. Congratulations from both of us on your wedding and hope you had a great honeymoon!
star-5
How interesting was that!!
Jerry_G
, Aug 2021
We chose this private tour to end the evening after a fantastic meal. John gave our small group of 4 a truly memorable experience, the history of this amazing city from its origins of Roman occupation to the modern day was a lot to take in but made very interesting and real by walking, pausing, familiarising and explaining some great facts from a wealth of knowledge. York was not a place anyone wanted to be sent to, a front line Roman legion who had more scraps than our chippy.
star-5
Excellent!
Kevin_S
, Aug 2021
Excellent. John had great knowledge. Thank you so much we both really enjoyed it!! Highly recommended!
star-5
Casual yet still professional
Daniel_S
, Aug 2021
Was very casual yet still very professional,, John had an amazing knowledge of the area and could have asked any questions we had easily
star-5
Top class guide with an immense knowledge of history
Colin_B
, Jul 2021
The secret garden of Catherine of Aragon and St Mary's Abby. Also that the Minster is actually a cathedral
star-5
Excellent
Christopher_E
, Jul 2021
Thanks for a really enjoyable tour. It was a great mixture of ghost stories and history. We saw parts of York that we wouldn't have seen and it confirmed our intention to return to this amazing city. The tour was informative, entertaining and very friendly. Thank you so much.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
thank you so much it was amazing to meet you!!
star-5
Fabulous
Kristy_N
, Jun 2021
Absolutely fantastic so glad I booked this on was more personal funny and informative the host john was fabulous definitely made the trip would highly recommend thank you so much
star-5
Excellent ghost tour..x
Angela_H
, Jun 2021
Amazing tour with John ..very knowledgeable and made the stories come alive ..Involved us in the tour ..which made it all the more interesting especially for my teenage daughter.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
thank you so much it was lovely to meet you all hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Super
Rachael_C
, May 2021
Me and my partner had an amazing night. Thank you so much John, you made our experience memorable. Well worth the money and learned so much. My partner has not stopped talking about the experience since it finished haha.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
thank you for the kind words I'm so glad you enjoyed it !
star-5
Superb
Paul_B
, May 2021
I really enjoyed his ability to set a scene and tell a story and not be over the top and not exaggerate the facts. His knowledge of York is sublime. I particularly enjoyed his knowledge around Henry VIII and his 5th wife and past regression story about a lady. Highly reccomend this tour and well worth the money paid would go on another tour when we visit York again. Thank you John
star-5
Great tour 👍🏻
Hayley_S
, Nov 2020
The tour was brilliant, John was highly informative on the history behind the town of York. And the stories we were told were very interesting. I’m glad we went off the beaten track and didn’t follow the path most of the other tours did. Would highly recommend this tour if you are interested in the feminine history or York’s dark past

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