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York Dungeon’s resident Witch and Edinburgh Dungeon’s Foul Clenger share their tips on the most scary fun things to do in their respective cities.
Dungeon peasants are no strangers to the odd ghoul, but York claims more haunted pubs than anywhere in Britain so no trip to York would be complete without a tipple in one of the city’s fine, ghostly establishments, like The Golden Fleece at number 16, Pavement. Dating back to the early 16th century it is regularly frequented by a whole host of apparitions.
In fact, if you can’t get enough of spooky goings on, why not try a walking Ghost Tour – the darker way to enjoy the cobbled streets of York at night. There are numerous options available, which can be booked from the Visit York tourist office.
History buffs will enjoy the sights, sounds and dark-age smells at the Jorvik Centre, where York’s rich Viking past is brought to life with lifelike animatronics and an excavations exhibition. But our witch’s favourite artefact on display has to be the giant fossilised Viking poo (thankfully behind glass!)
Only the brave will dare enter The York Dungeon, however. April 13 sees the launch of The Curse of The Witch – a terrifying new show all about surviving an encounter with Isabella Billington, a York resident who maintains she is not evil, although things may not be as they seem!
Escape the crowds of Edinburgh’s Old Town with a visit down one of the city’s many closes. These narrow alleys off the sides of the famous Royal Mile were originally locked up at night as they led to private lands. Some were even used to quarantine plague victims in the 17th century - but nowadays you’re more likely to catch a hipster in a bar there than boils on your sweaty bits! The Foul Clenger (or plague cleaner) used to roam the closes at night cleaning up the slops to rid the city of disease.
Skip the deep fried mars bars and instead sample some excellent spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience – where you’ll also learn all about the history and process behind Scotland’s favourite drink.
At Holyrood Palace Mary Queen of Scots married her second husband Henry Stuart and witnessed the murder of David Rizzio her alleged lover. It has since shed its gory past and today is Queen Elizabeth II’s official residence in Scotland.
Mary has long passed, but her spirit still haunts the Edinburgh Dungeon where you can find her in our latest show ‘The Cursed Crown’ making visitors’ heads roll with terror all day long!
You can enjoy 2-4-1 entry on a visit York Dungeon and Edinburgh Dungeon with your Transpennine Express ticket. Click here to find out more.
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