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The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York: Visit York Award Winner 2022

York, United Kingdom

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


From plague to Vikings to butchery and murder, discover York’s sinister underbelly on this family-friendly tour led by a guide known for his dark sense of humour. See sights such as York Minster, the Shambles and Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma Gate, the silliest street in England, as you hear tales of bygone days, vile crimes and things that go bump in the night.
  • Walk the streets of York with a guide on a classic ghost tour
  • Family-friendly experience, tailored to those with a wicked streak
  • Great insight into York’s long and fascinating history
  • Get a fresh perspective on tourist favorites such as York Minster

What's Included

  • Guide
  • No scheduled restroom breaks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 1331 Bar & Grill
    9, 13 Grape Ln, York YO1 7HU, UK

    Your guide will meet you outside 1331 Bar and Restaurant / Quacks The Printers on Grape Lane.

Return Details

  • Clifford's Tower
    Clifford's Tower, York YO1 9SA, UK

    The tour concludes at the foot of Clifford's Tower. To find your way back to the city centre, just retrace the last bit of the tour, but if you feel a bit turned around please do ask your guide for assistance!

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Dogs are welcome to join.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • LGBTQ+ friendly.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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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Deathly dark tour full of humour
Bethan_M, Aug 2022
Instructions for the meeting point were very clear and we received a very warm welcome. The walking tour was full of exciting stories full of the history of York. Dorian was incredibly funny and engaged with everyone who was on the walk with us. It was well worth the money and if we return we’d love to do it again!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Bethan, I'm glad to know that you managed to find the start point with ease as that's definitely the first impression we want to make. It's great to hear back from people who have enjoyed the experience and I very much appreciate the recommendation, thank you!
The ghost stories, very...
Yvonne_c, Aug 2022
The ghost stories, very entertaining host. It was interesting to find all the hidden gennels and alleyways
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Yvonne, I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour and were entertained by my stories of woe. There are so many hidden Snickelways in York, I wish we could visit them all! If you have any feedback on what would have made this a 5-star experience for you, please do drop an email to
Thrilling and amusing...
Sien_J, Jul 2022
Thrilling and amusing stories. Excellent way to explore York in the evening. You get to know York in a different way.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
It's great to hear that you were both thrilled and amused, thank you! One of our aims is to show people another side of the beautiful, welcoming York and reveal the dark underbelly, so it sounds like we're doing our job!
Gostly happenings
Gillian_A, Jul 2022
Fun, quirky, intelligently told stories. Well worth every penny and would do again. Dorian Deathly made the whole walk the best final night in York. Would love to do an adult only spooky pub tour with him.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks so much Gillian, it's great to hear that the tour really made your last night in York and who knows, we may very well be planning a late night, adults only tour soon!
Dorian brought the ghost to life!
Carrie_T, Jul 2022
I did a ghost tour when I came here with my family back in 1989 as a child. I wanted to repeat the experience and this was perfect. Have to give it to Dorian, he was an amazing, witty, engaging storyteller. He made the whole tour
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi Carrie, this is great to hear. We love that ghost tours are now becoming a tradition for people visiting York and I'm so glad you chose The Deathly Dark Tours to relive your childhood memory! Safe travels.
Great entertaining tour
tonyosbornefreeserve, Jul 2022
Very enjoyable and informative - also very theatrical. A great deal of talent and a great performance.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks Tony, that's very kind of you. I like to use my theatrical training to take the stories a little bit further and I'm very glad you enjoyed the experience.
Parys_G, Jul 2022
Dorian was an incredible host for this tour. He made it both interesting, intriguing, funny and of course spooky. I attended with friends and we all loved it from start to finish. I would definitely recommend.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with everyone online, it's very much appreciated and I'm so glad you had a good time.
Dorian was entertaining...
Anita_K, Jul 2022
Dorian was entertaining and a gifted story teller .it was a brilliant evening we all enjoyed . The walk around York took you through streets you might have missed
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks for joining me Anita, it's true there are so many places you can easily miss in York. I'm glad you all had a good night.
Well worth it.
mikecot147, Jul 2022
Very good story telling, wiity and informative. Made the tour worthwhile with his antics which made me laugh. Definitely worth going.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks Mike, it's definitely getting more difficult to keep the antics going in this heat! I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour.
aimzyb, Jul 2022
Dorian was fantastic. A great story teller and very very funny. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you :) very kind of you.
Highly recommend, had an...
April_B, Jul 2022
Highly recommend, had an amazing time. Great activity to fill the evening, perfect for a group of friends or as a family.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour, thank you for your great review!
Good way to explore the city
Kimmy_E, Jun 2022
A funny and interesting tour through the darker history of York, really enjoyed it. Was highly entertaining and would recommend to all.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
That's very kind of you, thanks Kimmy :)
A grand evening out.
Natalie_M, Jun 2022
Dorian Deathly is an excellent and highly entertaining guide. A very reasonable price for an hour and half's entertainment. Good humor and learning some of Yorks deadly past. I would recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thanks Natalie, your recommendation means a lot. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour!
Great experience
Molly_M, Jun 2022
The tour was amazing I would highly recommend taking part in this if you’re in York. The stories were very interesting and made better with the guides sense of humour!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thanks so much Molly, it's great to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please do come back again!
More of a theatrical...
Anne_B, Jun 2022
More of a theatrical black comedy experience than enlightening stories of haunting. Only relates 5 stories and took much time to tell each. Good perhaps for families but not for folks looking for more.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Anne, thank you for taking the time to leave me a review. I do describe my tour as theatrical and for people with a dark sense of humour, so I can't apologise for you expecting otherwise. Although I do think you may have left before the end and missed a few stories if you only counted 5, a few of which are very sombre and unknown by most people. I believe that ghost stories need time to burn and shouldn't be rushed. It would of course be very dull if everyone enjoyed the same things in life, but it does make me a little sad to read that you think I missed the mark after all the work I have put into building my tour, especially when most other people give such glowing reviews.
Great tour!
Jennifer_C, Jun 2022
Excellent tour- spooky fun- the guide was very entertaining and it was nice to see the city in a different way!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thanks Jennifer, I'm glad you enjoyed the show.
Jose_F, Jun 2022
Phenomenal story telling by our guide. I definitely recommend his tour to anyone that is traveling to York
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Ooh phenomenal, I love that! Thanks Jose :)
Brilliant evening
Paul_C, Jun 2022
The guide Dorian is very professional, dramatic and tells a good story he grips the crowd. If you want an entertaining ghostly evening then book this
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Glad you enjoyed the show Paul, thanks for the 5-star review!
All you’d expect and more
Charlotte_B, Jun 2022
The ghost tour was a perfect accompaniment to the cooky town of York, and Dorian brought the experience to life with a selection of creepy tales at some key locations. He is a natural storyteller who embodies the role perfectly and fuses the correct balance of horror and humour to bring the stories to life. The only thing that would have made the experience better was darkness, though as we visited in the height of summer, was not something that could have been delivered. Will make sure to schedule the next visit at Halloween and would like to see Dorian again.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thanks Charlotte, indeed the sunshine is a cruel mistress and she doesn't like ghost stories. I definitely adjust my tales to the weather though in an effort to make it work, so I'm glad you enjoyed the tour :)
Excellent and hilarious event
Stephanie_T, Jun 2022
This is a 'not to be missed' ghost tour. Full of interesting local ghost stories and facts. The walk around the town is not at all strenuous and the material is suitable for all ages. Lots of laugh out loud moments from this fabulous story teller. If you only book one thing on your trip to York make it The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Wow, what high praise! Thank you so much for recommending my spooky little tour.
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