York Witches & History Walking Tour

Created with Sketch. Meet at the street sign "Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate"
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Culture Vultures, Family Friendly, First Timers, History Buffs

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Discover a wicked history of Yorkshire, explore lost stories, find hidden gems and learn from the past, all with a bewitching guide! 

Are you ready to learn historical facts? Are you ready to be thoroughly entertained? Join this spellbinding experience that takes you from the Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate sign (the shortest street in York with possibly the longest name) through York’s mysterious old town, finishing on back the famous Shambles.

Join your characterful witch guide and hear historical tales and legends of Yorkshire witches across the ages. Discover York’s history along the way and unearth secrets of the Minster, Shambles, Petergate, Stonegate, and much more!

Your costumed witch guide will enchant you on this journey to the past. Lend your ears to tales of the unexpected, stories of Yorkshire’s real witches and the great injustices that befell them. Scuttle across the cobbles as you uncover the truth about Mary Bateman – wise woman or murderer? You decide. What about John Wrightson, was he really a “Wrong-son”? And did Margaret Clitheroe really deserve her fate…?

Follow closely on the heels of your witch guide as you twist and turn your way through York’s winding gates (streets) and snickelways. Make you way through King’s Square and along bookbinders alley. Marvel at the breathtakingly iconic Minster, and pass by a pub where a very famous plotter lived. Stick close to your coven as you learn of hauntings, meet a little devil and discover buildings hidden away for decades, on this journey packed with true stories, history and entertainment.

In a tour that brings together history, magic, and a sense that we can learn from the past, you are sure to fall in love with this city, its hidden gems and fascinating (sometimes chilling) history. A spellbinding tour where you’ll discover the wicked history of medieval York.

*Please note this is an outdoor walking tour so dress for the weather, my dears.

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  • Curious tales of Yorkshire witches
  • Shambles
  • York Minster
  • Barley Hall
  • Many a snickelway...


  • Entertaining Character Guide


  • Entrance to attractions - this is an outdoor walking tour

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Created with Sketch. Meet at the street sign "Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate"


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