The ghost trail of york is a must see trip if you are staying in the area, it is very reasonably priced at just £4 for adults and £2 for children over the age of 3 when we visited. It starts at £7.30 and is run every evening, we went in winter which added to the spookyness of the night with it already being dark.
The tour lasts just over an hour and during this hour a friendly guide will take you through spooky tales of past and present that are sure to have your spines tingling.
I have only been once so far so am unsure of weather the tales are the same each night or if they vary them but the spookyness of the storys was enough to keep you slightly spooked and your nerves on edge without it being too scary, my five year old daughter loved this, i though over an hour would be a bit long for her but her attention never slipped once, although she did jump a few times and clung to my hand very tightly.
Our guide was brilliant he was thourough with details in the stories he was telling and kept all our imaginations running wild for the whole hour, the walk begins at york minster and ends at the shambles, the storys are of ghosts that haunt york, the plague and other spooky reasons that this place has so many peole from the past still roaming around.
I would definately recomend this to anyone as it is a great story weather you are a believer in ghosts or not, it is fun and imaginative.
I went on this walk as part of a trip with the Girl Guides who I volunteer with. I didn't quite know what to expect. It started at around 7pm on the Shambles - famous street in York. The Guide was in Victorian costume with a top hat. Right from the start he spoke in a loud and powerful voice. We lined up and gave him our money, (5 pounds for adults and 3 for children under 16) and then he pretended to walk off with it, very funny!
He took us around the streets of York and told us interesting tales in an amusing way. He also at one point pretended to cut into his arm which was quite realistic, and scary and then amusing. There were a few sexual innuendos mentioned throughout which I felt was quite inappropriate considering the audience, however most of the children did not understand the jokes thankfully!
The tales were told in a great way and allowed us to see York in a different light.
The Guide kept up his role throughout and allowed us to take photographs with him afterwards as well.
The downsides I would say are that as it was summer we did this in the daylight, which could be a positive or a negative depending on how you feel about ghost stories! Also I felt it could have been slightly longer - maybe one or two more tales.
Overall though it was a great experience and something different to do to entertain the family.
The Ghost Trail of York is one of many ghost trails in the city. This one starts outside the West doors of the York Minster every night from 7:30 pm. You can not miss the leader as he is always dressed in a victorian black suit with top hat, cane and cloak. The tour isn´t designed to be scary but light hearted family entertainment. The tour walks to 4 differant locations in the city and tells you a loacl haunted tale. I found the trail pretty funny, entertaining and interesting. Its lasts about 1 hour and gives you time to pop into a good loacl pub afterwards. I reconmend doing this as its a cheap hour of something to do in the evenings.
In the summer when I did it with my parents it had a very busy crowd, it was also pretty light in the evening which didn´t quite give you atmosphere. Howere by chance I was in York last year in the Winter for a weekend doing some christmas shopping as decided to go with some freind to show the tour to. Its was cold dark and wet then and the tour was a lot more enjoyable !!
Prices on the spot are about 4 pounds for an Adult and 2 pounds for a child under 16. There are concessions i believe. Also the second time around I was staying in the York Youth Hostel where they sold a discounted ticket for this Ghost Trail at 2.90 for an adult and 1.50 for a child under 16. Quiet a good discount !!!