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    the cat tour

    by davesut Written Apr 19, 2014

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    When we were in the tourist information centre I noticed the cat tour which takes you around various places of the city centre looking for cat sculptures on the side of various buildings. It's another way to see the city centre and takes you to a few places that you would not see. enjoyed by me anyway

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    YORK GHOST WALK'S!

    by balhannah Updated Jan 31, 2012

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    Ghost walk

    York is known as one of the most haunted cities the world

    I came across the this stilted person giving out Ghost Walk pamphlet's, took one, and then took his photo!

    I read the pamphlet and wished I had the time to take the walk, it sounded interesting!

    Tales are told.....
    THE Orphans of Bedern is a famous story of the ghosts of the York Industrial Ragged School.

    In the mid 19th century, Bedern became the home of a workhouse for orphan's. The owner was paid to look after them well, however, he didn't, and the children starved and died.
    He tried to cover this up by placing them in a large cupboard, but with more and more bodies put in the cupboard, the smell became unbearable, so he decided to dig a grave. The ground was too frozen so he was left to live with the dying corpses.
    As the story goes, at night when he was trying to sleep, he could hear the bodies screaming, thus turning him into a "madman!"
    He ran through the workhouse killing the remaining children and was found the next day on top of a mound of dead children and dragged to the local asylum where he remained for the rest of his days.
    Many people have heard the playful song of the orphans since.

    Just one of many interesting stories you will hear.
    The York Ghost Walk Experience tour combines professional story telling with re-enactments bringing past events back to life. Some of the most unusual re-enactments are those of The Headless Earl and The Gray Lady (a nun who was walled up alive).

    Where?
    The York Ghost Walk Experience starts at York's famous Roman Column every night at 7pm.
    The Column is right outside of York Minster and very easy to find.

    How Much?
    Adults @ £5.00
    Child (Under 14) @ £3.00

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    Walking Tour of York

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 17, 2011

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    York's Historical Heritage

    I joined a free walking tour of York which is run by The Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York.

    The Tour begins outside the City Art Gallery in Exhibition Square and they last approximately 2 hours. The tour takes you through York's historical heritage from its Romans' finding in AD71. The tour travels through time by visiting sights that were known to the Roman legionnaires, the Danish Vikings and the Benedictine monks. The tour includes a short walk on some of the City Walls and a visit to the Minster. Finally, the tour takes you down The Shambles, a medieval street, then onto The Pavement where the tour concludes.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend doing this free walking tour. The guides are members of the Association and it was nice for them to share their local knowledge of York with us.

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    FREE walking tour of York

    by Dabs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We stopped by the York tourism office before heading into York and a bright yellow brochure for a free walking tour given by the Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York caught my eye so we hurried over to Exhibition Square near the City Art Gallery to join the 10:15 tour. Over 100 volunteers lead tours through York, we were lucky enough to get a retired teacher who enjoys history who gave us a very thorough explanation of the origins of York from the Romans to the Normans to Medieval times. The walk covered parts of the walls, the ruins of St. Mary Abbey, a walk along a portion of the walls to the area by York Minster, through Monk's Gate, to the Treasurer's House, St. Williams College and finally through the Shambles. It lasted about 2 hours and we enjoyed every minute of it.

    This is a definite must for history buffs, if you are looking for the cheesy, yet entertaining, tours of ghosts and scandals and the like, this isn't it, only 1 ghost story the entire tour and even that had an historical slant to it.

    Additional tours between April 1-October 30 at 2:15 pm and also at 6:45 pm in June, July and August, no need to prebook.

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    Monks Tour

    by jobekenobi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We went on the Monks pilgrimage as something a bit different from the ghosts tour (I was bit scared!). It was very interactive as we were asked to dress up and pretend to be monks, which I hadn't realised we would be doing! It was good fun but not for the shy as we had to help act bits out. All very funny and friendly though.

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    Walks and tours

    by Airpunk Updated Aug 30, 2010

    York has dozens of walks and tours and it is difficult to get an overview. It ranges from classic city guide tours to pub crawls and ghost walks. I have been on three of the latter which are described in my things to do section. Further, including self-made ones are also available from the tourist information office. There was once one called “breadcrumbs trails” which was interactive. Their reflecting beads (“breadcrumbs”) are still seen in the city. Support for it is no longer available, but if you happen to get the book, you can still follow the coloured beads.
    You’ll find signs with offers for most of the tours throughout the city. At Coppergate, close to the church, there’s usually a larger collection of them.

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    Original Ghost Walk

    by Airpunk Written Aug 30, 2010
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    I’ve been on two other, almost identical ghost walks in York before: The “Ghost Hunt“ and the “Ghost Trail”. The Original Ghost Walk was different to them. The forementioned walks focused heavily on comedy while the “Original Ghost Walk” had its focus on the ghosts themselves. Our guide was an expert on paranormal activities in York and I think that up to a certain point he believed in supernatural forces. The tour was very informative and not bad at all. But the guide failed to catch my personal attention. I do not think that it was because of his scottish accent, but I did not see the spark between guide and audience that I have experienced with every (!) British Guide up to this point. The tour went on for approximately 1 ½ hours with a lot of information about all the ghost stories in York. Finally, we ended our tour in front of York Minster, concluding with a real scare with the name of Guy Fawkes who lived in a house nearby.
    I recommend this tour to anymone who is interested in paranormal activities, urban legends and their backgrounds. People who do not like theatrical effects or insinuating jokes and prefer hard facts are better done with this tour. For humourous evening entertainment, this tour is not the right one. In case you are just out for some ghost stories and a good laughs, go to one of the two mentioned above (see separate tips).

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    The Ghost Hunt

    by Airpunk Updated Aug 30, 2010
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    The Ghost Hunt is one of many ghost story walks offered in York and is one of the best known. However, you need to know what you expect here to really enjoy it. The ghost walks focuses mostly on comedy rather than on ghost stories. The latter are also an essential part of the walk as is the scary atmosphere which is created by the excellent actor. However, if you expect only urban legends and don’t like the kind of humour, than it is not the right tour for you. The humour is suitable of adults and older kids, younger kids (or their parents) may have problems with some sexual jokes. They are not too harsh (e.g., the actor points to a column and asks, if they have seen an erection like this), but not the kind of humour for younger children. If parents allow, kids are however welcome and are invited to the front row to take part in a scary, more suitable joke. A really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good portion of humour with a very scary actor. Meeting point is at 7:30 p.m. at the Shambles. The actor will pick anyone up who is there for the walk. You will easily recognize him. It’s the only person looking like a victorian undertaker and ringing a bell when he walks down the Shambles.
    However, here’s the biggest warning: The Ghost Trail and the Ghost Hunt are in some kind of clinch. They use pretty much the same script! I have written to both of them and each one states that theirs is the original one. I have no clear preference for any of it – as I said, they are almost identical. Chose only one of those two!

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    The Ghost Trail

    by Airpunk Written Aug 30, 2010
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    The Ghost Trail was the first ghost story walk I participated in. It was led by a younger guy, dressed as a victorian undertaker. He seemed to be pretty new in the business, but still very good. When he was telling a ghost story about a bishop in front of a side entrance of the Minster, our actor was irritated by someone from the church listening to the story right at the entrance. The story focuses on humour, and although the atmosphere gets scary sometimes, the tour focuses on humour rather than the ghost stories. There are also some sexual jokes, clearly suitable for most adults and older kids, but parents of younger kids may feel unwell. However, kids are welcome and are invited to come to the front row and take part in the one or other more suitable, scary joke. If the focus on jokes and the kind of humour does not disturb you, this is a walk I would like to recommend. If you go here with wrong expectations, you may be disappointed. The meeting point is at 7:30 p.m. at the main entrance of the Minster.
    However, here’s the biggest warning: The Ghost Trail and the Ghost Hunt are in some kind of clinch. They use pretty much the same script! I have written to both of them and each one states that theirs is the original one. I have no clear preference for any of it – as I said, they are almost identical. Chose only one of those two!

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    It Doesn't Matter Which- all good

    by Arizona_Girl Written Jul 21, 2010

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    Did two different evening walking tours. Just depends on what you're looking for. Do you want more of the scary stories or are you looking for some fun stories and different details of the city. Talk to the tour guides, is this the "Family Friendly" tour or the not. I preferred the "family friendly" tour. Still had some ghost stories (everywhere in York does) but it also had a broader scope of stories than the other tour.

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    The York Ghost Walk Experience

    by Britannia2 Written May 12, 2009

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    Ghost walk

    In my opinion of the two ghost walks I have been on there is very little to distinguish between the two - both good fun with good guides and here is the latest I have seen.
    This tour leaves the Roman Column by the Minster at 19.00 each night (not 24, 25 and 31/12)- no need to book just turn up and the cost is £4.50 adults, students £3.50 and children £2 May 09).
    This walking tour lasts 90 minutes and takes in passageways you may not otherwise find , secret sites and medieval stone coffins.

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    Ghost hunt of York

    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 27, 2009

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    Ghost hunt

    At 19:30 every night whatever the weather and aways on time , a Victorian guide wearing a frock coat, top hat and carrying a Gladstone bag will collect brave visitors at the bottom of the Shambles for a ghost hunt of York.
    This is good fun for all the family and lasts about 75 minutes and there is no need to book. The cost is £5 for adults and £4 for children ( as at April 09))

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    York City Sightseeing

    by Britannia2 Updated Jan 17, 2009

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    The distinctive red buses you see around the city are those from York City Sightseeing - one of the two companies that offer a bus service around the city for tourists. Prices are:-
    Adult £9.00
    Concession (over 60 or student) £7.00
    Child £4.00
    Family (2 adults and 3 children) £20.00
    Special for 1 adult, 1 child £10 (2008 prices)
    Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Last full tour starts at time shown - finishes 1 hour later. April-September: 09.00-17.00 Daily March-October:09.00-16.30 Daily February: 09.30-16.00 Daily November-January: 10.00-15.00 daily
    Some buses disabled friendly. Children are handed children's packs of sweets and crayons an there is an audio commentary in 9 languages.

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    a Ghost walk.

    by margaretvn Updated Apr 27, 2008

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    a walk goes every night at 20.00 from the King's Arms Pub (the famous pub that floods). There is also one that lasts about 75 minutes and starts from the Shambles.
    It is fun and in the dark evenings it is a lovely way of seeing the wonderful old buildings of the city illuminated.

    Ghost Hunt of York: 608700

    original Ghost Walk of York: 373090

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    Original Ghost Walk of York

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 24, 2008

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    I had no idea York had two ghost walks until recently on a trip to York. The walk that claims to be the Original leaves from the Kings Arms Pub on Ouse Bridge at 20.00 each night ( late comers meet at Clifford Tower steps at 20.30) and this walk (in 2008) costs £4.00 for adults and £3.00 concessions. The one difference between this walk and the walk that also features on my pages is that it relies purely on the walk and the stories the guides tell rather than some of the theatricals of the other company who make ghost walks in the city.
    The guides are all Blue Badge guides.

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