Private York Walking Tour

Find out more about the history of York and its people as you stroll along cobbled streets and through narrow snickelways. Lasting two hours, this York walking tour can be tailored around your interests – particular sights you want to see or structured around a theme. Most of the tour guides are current or former University of York archaeology and history students – so are very knowledgeable about the city and its past.

(The Viator blurb seems to have confused York with Oxford or Cambridge as it claims that your guide will be able to tell you about the university’s “incredible history”. Given that the out-of-town campus was built in the 1960s and is a large mass of uninspiring concrete, I’m pretty sure it won’t be part of any walking tour)

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York Walls Walking Tour

Alternatively, you can enjoy a bespoke tour of York’s famous city walls with a knowledgeable local guide. Find out more about the history of this fascinating city and take in some of York’s best sights from the best preserved medieval defences in England. Like the walking tour above, you can add detours to places like The Shambles or York Minster, or schedule refreshment breaks if you so wish.

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York City Walls Walking Tour

Private Ghost Tour of York

York is said to be the most haunted city anywhere in the world. There are a number of group tours that wend their way through the streets after dark, however if you don’t fancy the theatrical costumes or trudging about in large groups then this private ghost tour might be what you’re after. Although your guide will have a repertoire of over two hundred ghost stories, there is also more focus on the history behind the tales. Pickup locations and times are personalised around you, and your guide can even sort out things like restaurant bookings and pub stops.

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Private Viking Walk

Whereas the ghost tour above avoids characters and props, this Viking walk goes full method. Your guide Sigwulf will immerse you in the world of Saxon, Viking and Norman York (or should that be Jorvik?). You’ll find out about characters like Ivan the Boneless, Eric Bloodaxe and Harold Hadrada (one of the three major players in the power struggle of 1066). Like the others above, this tour goes at your pace – no rushing to keep up with a schedule – and can be arranged to fit around your stay in the city.

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