Top 5 Ghost Walks & Tours
Said to be the oldest supernatural tour in the world, The Original Ghost Walk of York guides visitors around this ancient city’s cobbles. The frights begin every night at 8pm at The Kings Arms pub near the Ouse Bridge.
British Tourist Association and Equity-trained tour guides relay fact-packed stories that will have you gripped. Forget tricks and gimmicks, this is all about ripping yarns with a smattering of scares. For anyone sceptical of the paranormal, it’s simply a great way to enjoy the city by night too. But even if you consider yourself ghoul-proof, don’t be surprised if you find your pace quickening on the walk back to the station afterwards...
The award-winning Shiverpool guides you around Liverpool's eerie Georgian Quarter and docks. And this year, the folk behind these theatrical thrills are offering special bus and Halloween tours too.
Spooky? Yes. But Shiverpool’s tours are akin to a living Horrible Histories experience, bringing to life tales from medieval times to the modern day.
If the 90-minute experiences leave you hungry for more, why not make a real night of it with the Auld City Shivers tour and food package, which includes food and drinks at Ma Boyle’s Alehouse & Eatery?
We don’t do spoilers, but suffice to say you can expect a few shocks along the way from secondary cast members. And this wouldn’t be the Liverpool we know and love if you didn’t experience a few giggles too.
Headless horsemen? Check. Witches sentenced to a grisly death? Check. Newcastle may be a city with a reputation for throwing a party, but it’s got more than its fair share of skeletons in the cupboard too.
Dark Trails and Ghastly Tails provide visitors with tours of some of the settings for these past horrors. Deliciously spooky-sounding spots such as the Black Gate killing pit are on the itinerary for tours open to ghost hunters of all ages.
The Ghostwalks Hull team have a busy October ahead of them. As well as regular tours to the city’s ancient haunted coldspots, they are putting on several Halloween special events near the eeriest date in the calendar. On the 29th October, their Halloween Docklands experience takes visitors to the wretched scene of 1849’s cholera outbreak that claimed the lives of over 2,000 locals. And at 10.30pm on the 30th you can relive the horror of 1643’s bloody siege of the city in the Inner Sanctum tour – or see first hand what happens to a witch when they are unmasked in the Old Town Midnight Walk Special, at the same time the following night…
This year’s main Halloween tour - House of Horrors - ends at the Festevil Fair at the Guildhall, which brings together exhibitors ranging from arts and crafts makers to spiritualists. Here you can restock your cupboards with supernatural goodies: from novelty Halloween cakes to pagan beakers.
Larger-than-death guide Flecky Bennett retells some of Manchester’s most spine-tingling ghost stories on his 90-minute tour of the city’s streets. And if you’re brave enough to join this engaging host for his underground experience, you’ll also get the chance to take part in a mini paranormal investigation. Bennett’s passion for all things Mancunian shines in his retelling of dark accounts of ghostly tales. It’s an experience that will grip you like a hungry zombie.
In the tunnels beneath Manchester’s Deansgate will you rouse the ghosts of tragic opera singer Maria Malibran or Nurse Ann, who cut her own throat three times with a cutlass? Both are said to haunt these subterranean passageways. And while Flecky doesn’t guarantee you’ll bust a ghost, he reckons plenty of people have reported strange activities...