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York: Witches and History Old Town Walking Tour232 Reviews
Uncover the wicked history of York as you explore the secrets of the Shambles on a witchcraft-themed walking tour. Be led by your character guide and listen to the legends of York's medieval old town.
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- Get goosebumps as you discover the spooky and wicked history of medieval York
- Explore the dimly-lit alleys of York's old town on a witchcraft-themed tour
- Hear stories delivered by a character guide that'll send chills down your spine
- Travel back through the ages while exploring the spooky Shambles of York
- Walk through Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, York Minster, Petergate, and Stonegate
DescriptionJoin a characterful witch-guide to discover York's history and unearth the secrets of the Shambles on a walking tour, with the option to participate in potion-making. Tread lightly as you walk through York Minster, Petergate, and Stonegate—the very grounds on which these mysterious events occurred. Meet your guide and begin your walking tour. Hear historical tales and legends that focus on witchcraft. Explore the Shambles, as you step back in time and discover the unpleasant origins of this now picturesque street. Watch out on the cobbles as you lend your ear to terrible tales of the witches of Yorkshire. Walk to Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, the smallest street with possibly the longest name in York. It is said the name means 'What a street.' Then, view the remains of the St Crux Church, originally the largest medieval parish church in York. Continue to King's Square, learning more about the area and hearing the tale of the magical tree with a witchy connection. Next, follow your guide through the old quarter of York, the Minster Quarter, where you pass the vibrant shopping area of the city. Stroll through Low Petergate and High Petergate and listen in awe at the fascinating and chilling stories of the past. Marvel at the grandeur of the world's most magnificent and iconic cathedrals, York Minster. Right opposite that, see the St Michael Le Belfrey Church. Hear some more spooky and witchery tales and a name that might spark some recognition. Gaze at the architecture of medieval buildings, gorgeous Georgian townhouses, and other period styles in Stonegate, one of York's most historic roads. Discover the alleys, ginnels, and snickets of the city and walk through York's longest snickelway (narrow alleys running between York's streets). Feel the chills in the air in the hidden courtyard of Barley Hall. Back to where it all began, this spellbinding old town walking tour lets you discover the wicked history of medieval York. In addition to exploring York, you can also opt to enter the Potions Cauldron for an immersive potion-making experience. Uncover the secret room and get lost in another world as special effects take you on a quest to make the perfect potion.
IncludesProfessional actor-guide Walking tour Cauldron experience (if option chosen)
- The tour runs rain or shine The wearing of a witch hat is optional