On the Beat Private Walking Tour in York: Murders, Crime, and Mystery
The walled city of York was founded by the ancient Romans and is famous for its 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster. Your private guide on this unique tour is a local Yorkshireman and former former York police officer. Learn what it's like to be 'on the beat' in York whilst visiting York Minster, Clifford's Tower and other must-see landmarks.
- Start the tour with an overview of York's chilling criminal history.
- Visit Clifford's Tower built by William the Conqueror
- Hear tales of The Highway Man at Dick Turpin's grave
- Wander down the oldest street in York
- Visit one of England’s most famous tea rooms
- Learn the city’s dark history at St Georges Field, the site of executions in the 1800s
Your private tour starts opposite Clifford's Tower outside Castle Museum, where the former officer-guide will give you insight into York’s lengthy criminal history, up until the present day. Hear tales of the serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper, the unusual dealings at the York Magistrates Court and the old police station where police officers first started working from in 1892.
Hear about the stories of dark dealings along the River Ouse, as you make your way to Dick Turpin’s grave site. Wander down The Shambles, one of the city’s 14th century streets, which lent its likeness to several of the Harry Potter films, including where Harry and his friends hid from the Death eaters. Your guide will tell you of the abounding mysteries in the city’s sites which have stood for more than 2000 years, one of the world’s oldest police forces and of the city’s oldest inhabited house. Your private tour finishes at Guy Fawkes Inn in High Petergate, a traditional Yorkshire pub which overlooks York Minster.