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Half-day Tours

Peggy's Cove and Halifax Tour with Lobster Roll Lunch

Discover Halifax sightseeing gems on this small-group 5.5-hour tour that takes you to several places skipped by large tour groups. Visit Peggy’s Cove, one of the most beautiful and photographed lighthouses. At the SS Atlantic Heritage Park, learn about the 1873 marine disaster that predated the ‘Titanic’. Pay respects at the Swiss Air Memorial and the Titanic Gravesite, and wind through the Hydrostone, a neighborhood built after the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Dig into tasty lobster rolls at a diner that overlooks Hackett’s Cove. Transport from hotels or the port included.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Ghost & Vampire Tours

The Ghost Bus Tours - York

Delve into the dark recesses of York’s history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit notorious local haunts of restless spirits, and pass eerie sites such as York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, and the grave of Dick Turpin, infamous highwayman and murderer. Throughout the tour, hear anecdotes and fascinating facts about York’s grisly past, and make key stops for a closer look at the city’s most haunted buildings. 
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour, York City Highlights and York Minster

With rich Roman and Viking history, and beautiful architecture, York is widely considered among England’s must-see cities—but exploring independently means you may miss its hidden secrets. On this tour, follow your private guide through historic York and find out what makes the city special. Explore top attractions like Clifford's Tower, the Jorvik Viking Centre, the Roman walls, and St Mary’s Abbey, and enjoy sweeping views along the River Ouse.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour from York

Without a hire car, it’s impossible to round up the sights of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a day from York. This small-group tour delivers: with a minivan drive through Swaledale and Wensleydale, stone-walled hills, winding passes, and villages. See Jervaulx Abbey, waterfalls, and market towns, break for lunch (own expense), and get a full rundown on the area from a guide—something you’d miss if going alone.
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

North Yorkshire Moors and Whitby Day Tour from York

Escape the city for the wild landscapes of the Yorkshire moors on this full-day tour from York. Set out on a scenic drive through the North York Moors National Park; visit sites from the Harry Potter movies in Goathland and snap photos of landmarks like Beggar’s Bridge, Hutton-le-Hole and Rosedale Abbey. Enjoy free time to explore the seaside resort of Whitby, where you can learn the legacy of Dracula and try the town’s famous fish and chips (own expense), before visiting the market town of Helmsley.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Oak Island and Peggys Cove

Oak Island is an ocean island that has had a mystery for about two hundred years. There have been numerous books written about this mystery and an American television series titled "The Curse of Oak Island". Also, the lighthouse at Peggys Cove may be the most photographed lighthouse in Canada.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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York Evening Express - early evening walking tour

York is at its most magical around sundown. The tourist crowds have departed, the streets are empty. Enjoy a one-hour evening stroll which includes all the major sights of York - including the Minster, walls and world-famous Shambles - but will also take you deep into the medieval labyrinth of secret passages and short-cuts known as 'Snickelways'. There are plenty of ghost tour options in York - but why listen to stories when the truth is far more surprising? The early evening start time is perfect for working up an appetite. Informal, entertaining and 100% phantom-free.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Walking Tours

York Walking Tour including York Minster

Delve into England’s colorful history and admire architecture dating back to the Middle Ages on this morning or afternoon York walking tour. Follow a guide through the streets of York and discover landmarks including Bedern Hall, Clifford’s Tower, Fairfax House, King’s Manor, the Multangular Tower, St. Mary’s Abbey, Stonegate, and St. William’s College. Hear how Emperor Constantine, Guy Fawkes, and Richard III shaped modern York, and learn of the English Reformation as you explore York Minster.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

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Best of York on Foot

The story of York is the story of England in wood, stone and chocolate. Let our expert guides lead you on a ninety-minute journey through 2000 years, from the arrival of the Romans to the birth of the KitKat. This family-friendly walking tour includes all the key sights - including the Minster and Shambles - though we will also lead you deep into the medieval maze, or Snickelways. This is the secret side of York you would never be able to experience from an open-topped bus!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Custom Private Tours

Private Ghost Tour of York

Designed for travelers with a historical interest in the supernatural, this private 2-hour ghost tour of York — one of the most haunted cities in the world — allows you to customize your itinerary to suit you. Choose to visit sites with countless reports of ghost sightings, including York Minster, The Shambles, and The York Dungeon, and listen to frightening tales rooted in York’s 2,000-year-old history. The start time and location of your tour is up to you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Robin Hood Bay, Whitby and the North York Moors

Explore the North York Moors National Park on a full-day trip from York, without having to organize trains, buses, or a hire car. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with a driver-guide, absorb the scenery, historical towns, and villages; and visit Pickering, Whitby, the smugglers’ village of Robin Hood's Bay, and more, to explore independently. Along the way, hear tales of the ancient landscapes—background you may miss if exploring alone.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Movie & TV Tours

York: Interactive Harry Potter Field Trips

As well as being full of architectural treasures, York also has a strong association with the world’s most famous wizard. Get an intimate glimpse into the city while visiting places significant to J K Rowling and Harry Potter on a magical walking tour, ideal for fans of the books and movies. Traveling on foot means you’ll avoid traffic and be able to stop at points of interest without the hassle of parking.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Viking Walk of York

Learn about York's history and legends on a 2-hour Viking walking tour with a private guide, Sigwulf. You'll walk through town to see historical landmarks and listen to stories from the Viking days. Departure time is flexible to suit your preferences.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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York & Yorkshire in a day

York and its surrounding countryside are home to natural attractions and ancient treasures dating back centuries, but organizing transportation to explore independently cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, follow your guide on a walking tour of York and delve into the Yorkshire countryside by air-conditioned vehicle. Discover sites of interest like Rievaulx Abbey and the North York Moors, and explore both city and countryside in a day.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 11 hours
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Cultural Tours

Bronte’s Parsonage

Delve into Yorkshire’s industrial and literary history with this day-long tour from York. You’ll step into a world that existed at the time of the Bronte sisters on a visit to Bolton Abbey and the village of Haworth where the sisters penned their novels. Visit the Salts Mill of UNESCO-listed Saltaire and a model village, which is believed to be the world’s first, then discover the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Door-to-door minibus transport and onboard commentary from a guide complete the experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Full-Day Heartbeat Locations Tour from York

Uncover the charms of 1960s Yorkshire on a full-day tour from York, visiting film locations from classic British TV show Heartbeat. Admire the rugged scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors, get a taste of local life in villages like Pickering and Goathland, and visit the seaside resort of Whitby, also famous for its Dracula connections. Along the way, visit Heartbeat locations like Aidensfield Station, Bernie Scripps Garage and Funeral Parlour; stop for a drink at the Aidensfield Arms pub (own expense) and tuck into traditional fish and chips (own expense).
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Private Tour: Walking Tour of York

Join for a discovery walking tour of York, which gives you a fantastic overview of this beautiful city. Understand the history of this great walled city (and walk on the walls), from Roman history, through the Vikings all the way to chocolate.
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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York Carriage Awaits - Pedicabs Tours of Historic York

See York in a different way—via an environmentally-friendly pedicab. With a local guide, explore the highlights of the city including Minster Yard, King's Manor, Exhibition Square, Bootham Bar, and more. Choose from two lengths of tours, depending on how much time you have and how much you’d like to see.
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Wizard Bus Tour

Harry Potter fans, climb aboard the Wizard Bus for a tour of filming locations around Yorkshire. This full-day guided tour includes narration on Durham Cathedral. A train ride takes passengers from Grosmont to Goathland Station, aka Hogsmeade, with lunch and a bit of “magical” spending money provided for souvenirs. Finish with a stop at the Hole of Horcum and York Shambles, the inspiration for Diagon Alley—ideal for wizarding friends.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$74.74
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  • 8 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Explore an extraordinary 2,000 years of history on this walk through the City of York. You'll experience Roman, Viking and medieval York, see all the sights of the City, including some of the great buildings of the world - and some less expected ones. As you walk you'll learn the history of this great City, and the central role it played in the history of England. From its humble beginnings as a riverside Roman settlement, to its turbulent takeover by the Vikings, and on to its thriving medieval period. You’ll hear about kings and queens, and the lives of ordinary people and hear stories of invasions, executions, personal sacrifice, floods and even ghosts.So, if you’re visiting York, uncover some of the great figures and lesser known characters that have shaped this beautiful city by the River Ouse. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes

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The Wizard Quest - Interactive Magical Walking Tour Of York

A Magical Tour Of York! Interactive fun for all ages. Make potions, learn useful spells, find magical creatures and defend the city against the forces of evil..
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  • 45 minutes
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  • 45 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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1 Day Bath and English Villages Backpacker Tour - Departs from London

Not much time? Wonder where the Romans did for their pleasure and relaxation in Bath! A walking tour will be included amongst the honey-coloured Georgian architecture where you can sample some traditional English treats including sweets, pasties and cheese. In the afternoon we will take you to a village where Harry Potter scenes have been filmed, and also ‘the prettiest village in England’!
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Instagrammable York history experience

The tour is brand new for 2019 but is already picking up amazing reviews.It is especially aimed at those who are looking to have an enjoyable, entertaining walking tour combined with a focus on capturing the magic of the beautiful city of York for your memories & social media posts.The tour lasts 3 hours and takes you off the beaten track into areas that visitors often miss. You will learn some history and experience some wonderful sights and you will make a connection with the city that will stay with you.I believe in creating intimate experiences & moments that stay with you. The maximum group size I normally work with is limited to 10 people. This ensures that everyone stays involved & engaged with the tour & you can ask as many questions as you like. It also means there is always someone to help you to create your images with tips on how to capture the perfect shot or to take shots of you against some stunning backdrops that will get plenty of reaction on social media.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Castle Howard - The Finest Stately Home in Yorkshire

Exploring the Yorkshire stately home of Castle Howard without a guide could leave you glossing over or missing some of its history and treasures. Get the best from a visit and travel there with ease on this private day trip from York. Admire the rooms, art, and furniture; stroll the gardens, and hear background and snippets—including stories of the house’s starring TV roles—that you might miss if alone.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$285.02
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation


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