When visiting one of the most haunted towns in Europe, it seems only fitting to sign up for a night time ghost walk – which is exactly what my group did in York.
Despite the majority of us being in our 20s we still got to an embarrassingly level of spooked as the Ghost Hunt guide certainly did a great job of getting into character.
You are taken through the old streets of town, including the Shambles (amazing to see during the day time too when it’s not so scary!) where you learn this medieval street was once long ago full of butchers and animal blood lined the pavement.
We got a good dose of the best known haunted tales as the cold English weather and lack of people in sight really added to the creepy mood I have to say. Overall at 5 pounds, we definitely got our money’s worth on this hour long freak out.
During the light hours I particularly enjoyed York Minster, a main feature in town built over 250 years from the 13-15th centuries.
While it is an impressive Gothic style structure that sits here today, apparently the site has church ties as far back to the days of Vikings and William the Conqueror.
Another aspect of York which was wonderful is its city walls. I’m a sucker for some good city walls.
I love imagining how life must’ve been for the people who lived inside them during a time when life was simple (you know, besides having to battle the black plague and stuff) and defence meant shutting down an enemy with stone barricades, not automatic and nuclear weapons.
Only in York for the day, my group ending our time here with a lovely dinner at the 16th century Old White Swan pub, which is said to be (surprise) haunted.
While I didn’t see any ghosts, I did enjoy a ridiculously huge and delicious meat pie which I had been craving for half a year as I hadn’t had one since I left Australia.
Paired with some great cider, needless to say I was beyond happy and the atmosphere of this beautiful place is fantastic.
There’s quite a variety of museums and gardens around town if you have the time to explore them, which I sadly didn’t in just a day.
I’d definitely recommend 2-3 days to get more of an appreciation for the history of charming York!