York: Witches and History Old Town Walking Tour

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Experience Yorkshire’s wicked history on this spellbindingly unique walking tour, led by a bewitching guide. Explore the old town, see King's Square, and much more.


  • Explore York's old town on this witchcraft themed walking tour
  • Packed with true stories and delivered by a character guide
  • Travel back through time and explore a very different side to York
  • Start at Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate and see York Minster, Petergate, and Stonegate


Join your characterful witch guide and hear the true historical tales of suspected Yorkshire witches across the ages. Delve into fascinating pieces of York's history along the way too; secrets of St Crux Church, York Minster, Petergate, Swinegate and so very much more await on this character led walking tour. Your friendly costumed guide will enchant you on this exciting escapade, seamlessly weaving history with vibrant storytelling. Did these Yorkshire witches deserve their fates? Cross York’s cobbles and uncover the truth about the likes of Mad Alice – was she driven to insanity? What about John Wrightson, was he really a 'Wrong-son'? Mary Bateman; wise woman or murderer? And did Margaret Clitheroe really deserve her fate…? You make your own mind up on this magical educational journey to the past. Be transported through the twists and turns of York's gates (streets!) and snickelways. You will shuffle down Shambles, hop through King's Square, amble along “Bookbinders Alley” and saunter down Stonegate. The breathtakingly iconic York Minster cannot be missed, and your faithful guide will happily point out a pub where a very famous plotter lived. You’ll learn of hauntings, meet a certain little red devil and discover a building that was hidden away for decades… In an experience that brings together true stories, history, and a wisdom that we can learn from our terrible ways of the past, you are sure to be enthralled by this enchanting city and Yorkshire’s rich witchy chronicles. *Please note this is an outdoor walking tour so dress for the weather, my dears.


Professional character-guide Walking tour

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  • The tour runs rain or shine.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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