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Founded by Roman conquerors, capital of a Viking Kingdom, witness to some of the most turbulent events in England's early modern history- is it any wonder that York might just be a little bit haunted? Whatever your opinion of the supernatural this ancient city has a vast amount of sinister tales to tell, and the guides aboard the York Ghost Bus Tour are professionals in bringing the best bits to life. Led by an onboard cast of theatrical actors you'll depart on a nighttime sightseeing tour of York's most iconic landmarks, from Clifford’s Tower and York Minster to Dick Turpin's grave. The bus itself features a state-of-the-art sound system and SFX technology. Find out more below.
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Summary

York Ghost Bus Tour Available All Year Round.

Excluded days include December 24, 25, 26 & 31; and January 1.

Pricing Conditions

Child tickets aged 5-15 years. 

Concession tickets include seniors (60+) and students.

Tour Start Times*:

18:00: Fridays and Saturdays.

19:30: Daily.

Tour Departure Point:

Bus Stop (RE) by York Station, the south side of the Royal York Hotel on Station Road.

Tour Duration:

Approx. 75 minutes.

*During peak seasons such as Halloween new show times may be added. When this happens we'll inform followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Details

Days/Times Currently Unavailable:

  • 18:00 | All Available.
  • 19:30 | 06/02.

About The York Ghost Bus Tour:

The York Ghost Bus Tour takes place aboard a black-painted 1960s routemaster bus. Your journey aboard the 'corpse coach' is narrated by the creepy conductor, who knows all of York's most haunted buildings and the woeful tales behind them like the back of his quivering hand. You'll be further entertained by the buses onboard cast of actors, who transform the journey from a simple horror themed bus tour into an unforgettable night of dark comedy sightseeing.

Discover the spirits that lurk deep within the oldest quarters of York. Key points of interest along the route include the ruins of St Mary's Abbey, York Minster, the Monkgate, and Knavesmire (a centuries old site of public hangings). The latter was where the execution of famous highwayman Dick Turpin took place. His grave opposite St George's Church is another important spot on the tour.

You might at some point feel an icy chill and maybe even a ghostly hand appear on your shoulder. The nature of the Necrobus is such that spirits do occasionally manifest themselves alongside passengers. But fear not, the staff are trained in dealing with all sorts of paranormal activity!

How To Start The York Ghost Bus Tour:

To start the haunted night bus tour select your preferred date, book your tickets, and print out the email voucher you receive from this site. Take this voucher to the bus stop by York Station (the south side of the Royal York Hotel) on Station Road. For departure times see the column on the left.

The Tour's Haunted History:

The story of the British Ghost Bus Tours begins in the 19th century with the Necropolis Bus Company. This unusual funeral service once operated a fleet of vehicles designed to ferry the deceased, pall bearers and up to 50 mourners to the place of interment. As the bus navigated city streets a 'mourning whistle' would signal its approach and prompt passing gentlemen to remove their hats and bow as a gesture of respect.

The Necrobus service operated until 1967 when a fire raised the company depot and destroyed virtually the entire fleet. Only one routemaster survived, and after being mothballed for 40 years was finally resurrected as the black 'carcass coach' that plies York's medieval streets and terrifies passengers today.

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Important Information & Usage instructions

Please arrive at the ghost bus tour departure point at least 15 minutes prior to the start time (18:00 or 19:30).

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York Ghost Bus Tours Map & Timetable

York Ghost Bus Tours Map & Timetable