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The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York: Experience of the Year 2024
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The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York: Experience of the Year 2024

By The Deathly Dark Tours
Recommended by 98% of travellers
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Ages 1-100, max of 50 per group
Duration: 80–90 minutes
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  • No scheduled restroom breaks


Start:
  • Quacks Printers, 7 Grape Ln, York YO1 7HU, UK
    Your guide will meet you outside 1331 Bar and Restaurant on Grape Lane 5-10 minutes before before the advertised start time.
End:
  • Option 1
    Clifford's Tower, Tower St, York YO1 9SA, UK
    The tour may end at Clifford's Tower, depending on guide, foot traffic and weather. 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!
  • Option 2
    St Crux, York YO1 8BL, UK
    The tour may end at St Crux courtyard on The Shambles depending on guide, foot traffic and weather. 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!

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Pushchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 113570P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Dogs are welcome to join.
  • LGBTQ+ friendly.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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  • 7 Grape Ln, York YO1 7HU, UK
    Your guide will meet you outside 1331 Bar and Restaurant on Grape Lane 5-10 minutes before before the advertised start time.
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  • The Deathly Dark Tours
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    Joined in July 2020
  • latham_10
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entertaining way to spend the evening. 10 year old enjoyed it too.
    We were led by Dr Dorian and he was very theatrical and entertaining. It was a long tour so good value for money. It was funny and different. Not scary if that’s what you want. Saw the main sights and a few you wouldn’t normally see on a tour. Ended in the Shambles (not by Clifford tower which is where I thought it said it ended.) Also meeting place on website and ticket were different but ended up being next to each other. It was a very big group. I missed where it said how big it would be. Was expecting about 20! Could hear fine but we made our way to the front.
    Written 7 May 2024
  • SLeggett
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite the comedy spooktacle.
    Ignore the few (frankly either harsh or ill-informed) poor reviews. If you came expecting proof of ghosts or frights, you probably need to have a word with yourself. Witty, well presented, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable content. The guide (Dorian) clearly knows his stuff and gets a kick from getting good engagement from his audience. A highly skilled performer/orator, who provided a thoroughly enjoyable 90 minutes even for a total sceptic like me. This isn’t meant to be convincing proof of the existence of ghosts, it’s meant to be (and absolutely IS) entertaining. Thoroughly recommended.
    Written 3 February 2024
  • NJtoUK2008
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great tour!
    Wife and I went on the tour tonight. We had a great time! Dorian delivered a great mix of storytelling, some theatrics, and comedy. Very entertaining with a lot of detailed stories. A must do if visiting York!
    Written 5 January 2024
  • MarkLSelby2
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Educational and light hearted tour.
    Amazing walk around the beautiful city of York, even more impressive in the dark with all the Christmas lights. Dorian makes the tour light hearted, with spooky stories and historic tails of York. Even if the “spooky” side of life isn’t your thing this is a really entertaining tour.
    Written 30 November 2023
  • karentY115BM
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dara Deathly weird and riveting
    Dara Deathly truly entertaining tour Brilliant tour for me and my friends. Dara Deathly led us through the streets of York with dramatic and gruesome tales. She was full of enthusiasm, weirdness and humour with interesting stories. Highly recommend and good value at £10 each for 90 minutes of entertainment.
    Written 28 November 2023
  • sikeca
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ghost Tour
    Great storytelling, good tour of York centre that lasted 90 minutes. Nice added facts (esp. about the gas lamps outside the minster)!
    Written 3 November 2023
  • joshg155
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb
    From start to finish, thoroughly enjoyable Dafydd is an exceptional tour guide, quick witted, entertaining and engaging (not many people can get me to howl like a wolf on command....) if you don't book this tour you deserve to perish......
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Pioneer63865194846
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bravo!
    Fabulous tour awash with personality, intrigue and entertainment. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommend for anyone visiting York!
    Written 15 October 2023
  • tiah870
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour
    Couldn’t recommend the Deathly’s enough. Spoke to both Dante and Davith and such a lovely pair of people. Would go back to York just for them.
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Harris K
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do when visiting York
    Fantastic, entertaining and informative. Really enjoyed the tour around York tonight and what better way to do it than with some spooky stories with Doctor Dorian Deathly. Highly recommended and a great guide!
    Written 7 May 2023
  • leevanhooijdonk1978
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good fun!
    Really enjoyed our tour today. Dr Dorian Deathly was great guide and kept everyone entertained throughout. Thanks for a good evening!!
    Written 16 April 2023
  • N8277TJandrewb
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ghost tour in York city centre
    Excellent family-friendly ghost tour. Great story-telling and plenty of intrigue. Highly recommend (when it’s dark)!
    Written 7 April 2023
  • jennipenny1
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable and entertaining tour
    Informative and entertaining tour with Dr Dorian. Lots of gory stories, probably not suitable for kids under 8. An enjoyable experience and would recommend if you like entertaining spooky stories, probably not suitable for any serious ghost enthusiasts as it's more for entertainment than facts.
    Written 20 February 2023
  • Charles S
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The highlight of our weekend
    Joined Dorian Deathly last night for a breathtaking whirlwind tour of the darkest and most mysterious underbelly of York. I have to say this was the absolute highlight of our weekend in York. My 15 year old son and I absolutely loved it. Atmospheric, funny, macabre and Dorian was both engaging and enchanting. Fantastic acting and story telling! Thoroughly recommend it!!
    Written 19 February 2023
  • betmich203
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    100% recommend!!!
    Absolutely loves this!!! We had Dorian and he was fantastic!!! Even took time to take a picture with my sister (who is a fan) and talk to us and the end of the tour! He completely made the experience enjoyable!! Will definitely be doing this again when we come back!!!!!!!!!
    Written 8 February 2023
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Cheryl O
York, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I joined Mr Deathly’s ghost tour around York tonight and had a brilliant time. I’ve lived in York for 18 years and yet found myself on streets I’ve never seen before, with a great range of tales of disease, death, murder, tragic accidents and ghostly goings on. He is super knowledgeable as a tour guide, and entertaining and funny as he presents all of the stories to the group. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting York, or local residents who want to see the city from a different perspective.
Written 15 August 2020
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Amy
York, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We had a great time on Dorian Deathly's tour this evening! I moved to York a few months ago and had been meaning to do a walking tour, and this one was everything I could have hoped for and more. We saw lots of locations without it feeling like too much of a trek, and I learned a lot about my new home. There was a good mix of spooky, historic and humorous content and I appreciated Dorian's sense of humour. He's a really engaging performer and I felt like the tour was a great value for money socially distanced activity. We didn't encounter any ghosts but I did get a slight fright when I spotted a Danny DeVito cut-out in a window near the Golden Fleece pub...
Written 29 October 2020
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hugomcqueen
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
What an absolute joy this tour is! Dorian is clearly passionate about York and the stories that he tells about the city.

We've done half a dozen ghost walks in the city, and they all have something to offer. Dorian's dry delivery as he tells tales of tragedy works wonderfully.

Some ghost tours can be a little light on information, maybe just stopping outside a building to say "there's a ghost in here".

Dorian has dug up the history of what happened, the awful accidents that took place, and how that resulted in the spirit. It all flows wonderfully, and he is one of the best storytellers I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Is it scary? That's on you. There aren't any gimmicks, nobody wearing a mask waiting to jump out the shadows. Just good storytelling. For my wife and I, we were both genuinely unsettled by a story told outside an old church in deathly pitch darkness. Five minutes later we were howling as we were told how to kill a man with a chocolate orange.

Book this tour, you won't regret it.

As a final note, it must be incredibly stressful to operate a walking tour in the covid world. The group was large, but within guidelines and the instructions were clearly and easy to follow with the occasional humorous reminder to "never rub your bubble against a strangers bubble."
Written 27 September 2020
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AdyS
Stradishall, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first tour of this type in York. My daughter booked this as part of my wife’s 50th Birthday weekend celebrations. She did a lot of research on line & this tour came up top…for good reasons! Our young guide, Danty Deathly, was brilliant, very theatrical & he really created the mood from the outset, but his humour throughout made the entire tour even more enjoyable. The route is very cleverly chosen. Our tour was on a Saturday evening on the first weekend of the Christmas Market, so the city centre was heaving. However, the locations were all quiet & allowed Danty to ‘perform’ without distraction to him or the group, which was quite large. The stories were interesting & delivered faultlessly & with flare. The tour lasted around an hour & fifteen minutes & covered an area in the city centre, Shambles, The Minster & Clifford’s Tower. Overall, now knowing the cost, this was massively value for money & I would recommend to all who are thinking of doing a York ghost tour.
Written 22 November 2022
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lucyyork92
York, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Having watched Dorian Deathly's online exploits throughout lockdown, we decided Halloween week was the right time to go on one of his IRL walking tours, taking our 9yo with us. From the offset the whole tour felt safe with all the group sticking in their bubbles. The streets of York were busy with other tours, people hunting for mini ghosts and a protest near the minster, Dorian took all of this in his long stride, guiding us to quieter spots without a hitch. As a long time York resident, and veteran of several ghost tours over the years, I was very pleasantly surprised to hear some tales that were new to me. The tour was absolutely suitable for younger audience members, with a good mix of spooks, history, humour and grossness (which my son found particularly funny.) I would absolutely recommend this for families, my son was rather taken with the little badge and mini tea light all the children were given to make them feel safe, a very nice touch.
Written 30 October 2020
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Eastmidlandsmassive
Swadlincote, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Picture it: a cold,dark, wet & windy late January evening; 40 or 50 intrepid souls gather in a quiet side street of York's labyrinthine old quarter, combined only by their communal inquisitive spirits (yes its a pun) and a love of the macabre. Dorian shepherded the throng with a whimsical, witty, well rehearsed welcome, then lead the seething throng onwards, for a further 90 minutes (or so) of history & mystery.

Two adults, and two 17 year olds, thoroughly enjoyed the tour, but would recommend layering up for the evening, especially around the minster, as the wind was whipping through us all!

This was a fantastic way to get to know some areas of this beautiful city that you might not find in the usual guide books.

10/10 on content and delivery. Only 9/10 for the weather though ;)
Written 30 January 2022
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Oof what a review! Thank you very much, hopefully one day I will master the power of weather control, but for now I will just embrace mother nature's cold, northern love.
Written 31 January 2022
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Lucy Stead
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We have visited York many times but as a Covid birthday meant no party we decided to take on a ghost tour. Dorian’s tour was the right amount of gore and ghost to sustain the audience for 1 1/2 hours - even our kids at 16,12 and 7. They kept up with the history and humour and it was good to see someone with a passion for the history as well as keeping the crowd enthralled. We knew bits and pieces of specialist history but feel much more informed now. Well worth the money and a superb ‘back door history’ to some of the lesser known areas of York. He won’t disappoint. We loved our tour tonight. (Despite kids being embarrassed at my loud scream!!!! And laughter) Many thanks.
Written 29 October 2020
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Leslie Spilman
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
It must be said that the evenings spent in front of my computer listening to Dorian and Mrs D telling Tales from the Fireplace during the looooong Spring and Summer of 2020, actually helped me survive the lockdowns. (I've had to choose one month when I engaged with the Deathly Dark Tours, in 2020, but in reality it was from February through to Christmas.)

I live alone and was keeping myself [and others] safe, by self-isolating as much as possible. It was quite depressing. I missed my friends and being a part of get-togethers, so much. In virtually joining Mr and Mrs D, I felt connected to the rest of the world in a weird but very nice way, especially when Dorian read out two of my own ghost stories, on two different occasions. You wouldn't believe the boost it gave me. It made me feel like I was still a part of the world.

I also loved the virtual ghost walks, and am intrigued enough to want to come to York and take the tour in person... Love his sense of humour!
Written 27 August 2021
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Richard Gatecliffe
York, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Whether you are a York resident or a visitor, Dorian Deathly’s tour is for you. We were treated to 90 minutes of interesting facts and dark snap shots of history from all over the city centre. Well blended with gallows humour (no pun intended) and a wonderful flowing interaction with the wide ranging audience made this a treat. We enjoyed every minute.
Written 31 October 2020
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Rob Daniels
Preston, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
It is no wonder this tour has won awards, it's by far the best tour I've been on. Dorian Deathly clearly knows his material and has a passion for the subject that comes through with every spooky tale he tells.

Starting in a dimly lit, cobbled Grape Lane, the tour party is led through York's streets, past the Minster (or the ‘Metropolitical Church and Cathedral of Saint Peter in York’ as we were told is the correct name), along the famous Shambles, and through some of the alleys (or ‘snickleways’) stopping along the route for ghostly stories, gruesome histories and humorous anecdotes.
Mr Deathly’s captivated audience is taken from laughing out loud to cringing at tales of pigeon poultices and plague-ridden buboes, each element building on the tale being woven. It is difficult to go into any more detail without giving away spoilers and this really is a tour to be experienced in person.
With a route that is adapted to avoid construction (such as the current restoration work on Clifford’s Tower) or hot-spots for ‘trouble banter’, this is a tour that can be returned to on subsequent visits to York, and I am sure there will be new tales added, or others included that were omitted (we were even given a choice of story in one location), so that each tour will be different.

The round of applause at the end of the tour was very well deserved, if you’re heading to York add this tour to your itinerary, you won’t be disappointed.
Written 28 September 2021
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