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  • Comedy Horror Show: York Ghost Bus Tour

    1. Comedy Horror Show: York Ghost Bus Tour

    Let the darker side of York's history send a chill down your spine as you discover the city’s dark and terrible secrets. Board the Necrobus and get ready to embark on a 75-minute theatrical sightseeing tour. Enjoy a comedy horror journey around York's seedier past as your creepy conductor shows you the sights from a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. The on-board actors and eerily decorated bus will ensure you have the spookiest ride in town. Learn about the sinister side of many of York's most famous landmarks including Clifford’s Tower, York Minster, and Dick Turpin's grave. Let your imagination run wild as you hear about the ghosts that reside within the medieval walls of one of England's spookiest cities.

    We were a bit dubious about this trip but I must say we really enjoyed it.our conductor Paul Bearer was very good and knowledgeable,he made us laugh a good few times.Takes about an hour and we felt was worth the money so won’t spoil the content for everyone.Great fun.

  • York: City Highlights Walking Tour

    2. York: City Highlights Walking Tour

    Contained within a ring of medieval stone walls, York concentrates 2000 years of history into a remarkably small area. This ninety-minute tour begins at Bootham Bar, the city’s northern entrance, from which every period of York’s development is visible, from Roman times to the present day. You’ll then enter the tranquil, green oasis of the Museum Gardens - a Victorian botanic garden which contains an 18th Century observatory, the remains of a Roman fortress and the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. From here it is a short walk to the Minster - the largest medieval gothic cathedral in the country - which has dominated the city’s skyline for over 900 years. The Minster lies at the heart of a warren of ancient streets whose layout is Viking in origin. You’ll hear tales of Viking invasion while delving deep into the maze of secret passages known as ‘Snickelways’; passing an unhappy mer...

    Alfred was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable but presented the information in a fun and interesting way. A really enjoyable and informative tour.

  • North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York

    3. North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York

    See the best of Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors on this fascinating and exciting full-day tour to one of Britain's most scenic areas. See the charming market town of Pickering before heading off the beaten track into the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, where there will be plenty of chances throughout your day to capture memorable photos and time to enjoy the picturesque scenery. Visit the scenic moorland village of Goathland and see the station turned into ‘Hogsmeade’ for 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone'. Discover the traditional seaside town of Whitby, enjoying a lunch of fish and chips and then taking a stroll along the harbor or visiting the dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which was the inspiration for the novel ‘Dracula’. Drive through more classic Yorkshire countryside as you make your way through Egton and Egton Bridge towards Glaisdale. This peaceful villag...

    It was amazing! We learned alot about Yorkshire and the moorlands. Lee had a ton of trivia to keep us informed and entertained throughout the drive. And the moorlands are breathtaking! The towns of Helmsley and Pickering were absolutely gorgeous and are must see places when you visit Yorkshire. Whitby was a bit of a let down due to the number of tourists there -- it was chaotic. But the fish and chips shops kind of make the visit there, worth it.

  • York: A Harry Potter-Themed Guided Tour of York

    4. York: A Harry Potter-Themed Guided Tour of York

    Get sorted, play quizzes and games.  Experience some fantastic costumed re-eanactments, and learn about the Harry Potter universe and history of York. Set off on your journey around town, enjoying Harry Potter trivia quizzes from your guide along the way to earn points for your house. With an animated scoreboard, video clips of movie scenes, costume pieces, and reenactments, this is an interactive experience that allows you to live out your Harry Potter dreams in York. You also have the chance to use your spell knowledge to outwit members of other houses. Marvel at locations, such as the fictional Diagon Alley, invisible to the Muggle world, platform for the Hogwarts Express, soak in the views from the city walls! Explore the fantastic Harry Potter shop! And so much more!

    The York Harry Potter tour was brilliant. A great mix of Potter magic and York history. My daughter (11) loved it. Recommended for all ages.

  • The Yorkshire Dales Tour from York

    5. The Yorkshire Dales Tour from York

    Escape the crowded streets of York for a full-day sightseeing tour of the Yorkshire Dales, and discover one of England’s most dramatic landscapes. Depart York at 09:30, and travel through Boroughbridge en route to Ripon. See the city’s imposing stone cathedral and the bustling market square, site of the Ripon obelisk. Continue to Masham in Lower Wensleydale. Famous for its family-run breweries, steam engines, and annual sheep fair, it’s thriving market (Wednesdays and Saturdays) is still going strong 762 years since the 1st charter. Continue towards Middleham, nestled between 2 rivers. Pause to look at its magnificent castle with the largest castle keep in the North of England. Next, go to the gateway town of Leyburn ("A Town for all Seasons"), and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Stop for lunch in Reeth, and admire the natural amphitheater surrounded by spectacula...

    A great day out with a very knowledgeable driver. Visited places we would not have found on our own. Lovely trip

  • York: River Ouse Floodlit Evening Cruise

    6. York: River Ouse Floodlit Evening Cruise

    Relax and enjoy a romantic end to your evening in York on this 70-minute Floodlit Evening Cruise. Your ticket includes a choice of refreshments; adults and concessions aged 18 and over can choose from a hot drink and a biscuit or a glass of Prosecco. Children and concessions aged under 18 can choose from a hot drink and a biscuit or a soft drink and a biscuit. Boarding commences at 20:45 and the boat departs at 21:15 from the King’s Staith Landing in central York. The boat returns to the departure location at 22:25. Sail a circular route on the River Ouse, as you enjoy a relaxing mix of jazz and swing background music. The on-board floodlights will illuminate landmarks along the water edge, as you take in the historic sights of York from a different perspective. You’ll sail on a vessel that features an enclosed and heated saloon, rest rooms and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines...

    This boat trip offers good value for money in a relaxed environment. The bar offers a good range of drinks including hot drinks on a cold day. The crew were friendly and helpful

  • York: Evening Dinner Cruise

    7. York: Evening Dinner Cruise

    During the two and a half hour cruise, as you wine and dine, you will be kept entertained by a live and informative sightseeing commentary, interspersed with background music. You will be served a glass of house wine as you step aboard, before being treated to three delectable courses, followed by a choice of tea or coffee and chocolates. You will take in great views of York's riverscape before heading beyond the city limits to view the spectacular 13th Century riverside residence of His Grace the Archbishop of York, Bishopthorpe Palace. You will then continue further downstream towards the villages of Naburn and Acaster Malbis, before returning to the city center.

    Excellent staff, very friendly. Food Excellent, we were so surprised about the quality of the food. Booked for my husbands birthday and was pleasantly surprised.

  • York: 1–Hour Evening Walking Tour

    8. York: 1–Hour Evening Walking Tour

    Early evening is the most atmospheric time to experience York, the shops have closed, the tourist hordes have departed, the ancient streets lie at your disposal. This hour-long walking tour is for anyone seeking a concise, informal and entertaining introduction to York in the company of an expert local guide. Discover why the Minster is known as a Minster rather than a cathedral, why all the streets in York are called Gates and all the gates are called Bars. Start your tour in Exhibition Square, and see 2000 years of history simply by turning in a circle. Take in all the must-see sights including the Minster, the medieval walls and the Shambles, the inspiration for Diagon Alley. Take the opportunity to enter the maze of ancient cut-throughs and back-passages, or Snickelways as they are known locally.  Although this isn't a ghost tour there are plenty of gruesome true stories to be hear...

    Sarah was a really good. informative and made the tour very interesting, fun and easy to remember, we had two children aged 9 and 13 and they both said - ‘that was really good Mam’ - they expected to be bored but were far from it !

  • From York: Day Trip to Whitby and The North York Moors

    9. From York: Day Trip to Whitby and The North York Moors

    The tour heads out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a scenic drive through the Vale of York. The first stop is at the Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, where your guide will tell you the story of how it was carved into the hillside in 1857. The next stop is in the picturesque market town of Helmsley, where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops, or just have a leisurely Yorkshire brew in one of the cafés. After Helmsley, you will head off through Hutton-le-Hole into the heart of the scenic North York Moors National Park for some photo stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the Moors) and Ralph’s Cross.   Then, stop in the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire village of Lealholm to see the stepping-stones over the River Esk — a great photo opportunity. It is then just a ...

    First-rate,knowledgeable,guide with very clear delivery, and considerate attention to detail. He made the trip most enjoyable and refreshing. The small group of ten was perfect and the bus clean and comfortable. Would certainly recommend the trip to anyone wanting an insight into Yorkshire.

  • Guided Cycling Tour of York

    10. Guided Cycling Tour of York

    Explore the ancient city of York on a thoroughly modern bike with an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. This tour will take you off the beaten track to fascinating historic places you won’t see on a typical bus or walking tour. You will travel at a safe and leisurely pace, staying on cycle paths and designated lanes for most of the ride. York has always been a magnet for visitors. There were the Romans, of course, who first settled in the area in AD 71. In the 9th century, the Vikings dropped in for an eventful 200-year stay. The year 1068 saw the arrival of the besieging forces of William the Conqueror, and in the 17th century, York was a hotspot in the English Civil War.   Although today’s residents much more fun to be around, those of the past have all left their marks and their stories. Although factual, the cycle tours are designed as a good-humored look at the fascinating and ...

    This was excellent bike tour, a must do if you have time. The guide was excellent and provided us with great details of the city. It was the best tour we have had till now. We strongly recommend this tour to know York and his history. We enjoyed it.

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What people are saying about York

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 91 reviews

Alfred was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable but presented the information in a fun and interesting way. A really enjoyable and informative tour.

A fun couple of hours cycling around York. Taken to the best bits for views.

Good. Bit of fun quite interactive props etc Caroline our guide was great.

Very fun way to explore the city on your own. Highly recommend.

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, funny and informative