Summer Schedule 2022

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

6.00pm & 8.00pm

Limited spaces. Tickets must be booked in advance.

No tours running 17th-21st August 2022


Join Mad Alice as you wander the streets and snickleways to historic landmarks.  With 2000 years of history, York has fascinating stories of the macabre and the extraordinary.  Uncover the tales of the Romans, the Viking invasion and the Plague amongst tales of torture and execution.

The history of the city is brought to life in this award-winning  90 minute tour which is suitable for gruesome little ones.

Learn about the city’s most famous son Guy Fawkes and what really drove him to want to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605.  Dick Turpin, the famous Highwayman was hanged at York in 1739 but he was caught by sheer luck.  Margaret Clitherow, martyr and Saint lived amongst the entrailed and blood-soaked Shambles in the 1580’s.

How did their deaths come about and what is their lasting legacy in the City of York. Find out all this and more on the tour that even has spiked severed heads talking….

Suitable for all ages and fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The walk takes a steady pace around the city. If there are any mobility issues, please talk to Mad Alice at the beginning of the tour who will tailor the tour to be more comfortable.  Accompanying carers are invited onto the tour free of charge.

Hounds of Hell welcome, they can protect us from the Barghest.  Well behaved owners are also welcome. Lancastrians?…questionable. Scots, well, citizens of York are allowed to shoot you with a bow and arrow.  It is recommended to adopt a Yorkshire accent.  

Mad Alice has been awarded 3rd place of 10 FINALISTS in the country for a Tourism Superstar Award in the 2018 Visit England Tourism Awards.  You can watch Mad Alice in the Promotion Tourism Superstar video below.


Although Mad Alice makes every effort to attend every tour, unfortunate events do happen…a broken leg in 2017 for example.

Tours may be cancelled last minute due to extreme weather conditions, sickness or personal circumstances. Tickets for cancelled tours will be refunded or exchanged for another day. Follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date. Every effort will be made to give substantial notice.

Please refer to **IMPORTANT NEWS** for current list of cancelled tours.  

Suitable for all ages… under 4’s free.

January – 18:00 (Saturdays only)
February/March – 18:00
April to October – 18:00 & 20:00
November/ December- 18:00

St. William’s College, College Street, YO1 7JF
(it’s the black and white building at the back of the York Minster)