The Ghost Hunt of York

Haunted York?`
Haunted York?`

Recipe for ghost hunters:

• Take one very old city that goes back way beyond the Victorians, beyond the Normans, the Vikings, the Angles and Saxons, and even beyond the Romans

• Add narrow winding streets with strange names like Skeldergate, Goodramgate, The Shambles, Gillygate and, best of all, Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate

• Mix in stories of intrigue, violent death, and one of the richest histories of any town or city in the UK or, possibly, the world

• Add a pinch about criminals being tortured and executed

• Add a large dash of humour and a few practical jokes

• Stir well and brew for 60-75 minutes under the direction of a “Victorian” tour guide as he leads you through the ginnels, lanes and snickelways of York with spine-chilling tales of treachery and lust

• Be prepared to have your hair raised!

• Serves between 1 and 650 people at a session

The Ghost Hunt of York has been giving visitors a taste of York’s supernatural history very successfully for over ten years and in that time it has led over thousands and thousands of ghost hunters in search of the ghouls, spectres, vampires, wraiths and phantoms. It’s been estimated that there are at least 140 of them in what is said to be the most haunted city in the world.

Whilst it might sound sombre and scary, the Ghost Hunt of York adds a touch of humour, and the 75-minute tour is eminently suitable for kids accompanied by an adult (think of it as “PG” rated). The tour has also been selected to be accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. So it’s ideal for a great family outing.

It’s “dead” easy to join the Ghost Hunt of York, just turn up at 7.30pm in the Shambles – the Ghost Hunt runs every night of the year except Christmas Day come rain, come shine, and there’s no need to book in advance. Costs are: Adult £5, Under 16s £3, but you can save £1 per person by clicking here and printing out the page, cutting out the voucher and bringing it with you.

The Ghost Hunt of York is also available for private parties and group bookings (save cash – organise a party!). It’s also a marvellous way of entertaining business clients – give them a very unusual experience and something to really stick in their memory.

You can find out more details here:
Or you can ring: 01904 608700
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It’s no wonder that the Ghost Hunt of York is the only walk to win the coveted “City Tour of the Year” award from the York Tourism Bureau.


The entrance gates to the city are called “Bars” as in Bootham Bar, Monkgate Bar, etc.

Confusingly the word “Gate” in York’s street names means street, deriving from an old Norse word.

Gilleygate – a Georgian street – takes its name from the Church of St Giles.

More York tourist information.

If you’re after York accommodation, find York hotels and York bed and breakfast on Hello Yorkshire.

Other haunting articles you may enjoy:

Spooksfest York 2011

The Ghost Trail of York

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