This Winter, we have some special themed tours and experiences to offer on board our CitySightseeing York buses

We’ve got Mad Alice joining us at the end of October to scare you silly with gruesome tales from York’s bloody past. Special Halloween buses are running at the end of October and start of November before our Christmas tours kick off in mid-December!

All of our tours begin at Exhibition Square next to Stop 1. Find out how you can book our special tours this winter below!

You can keep up with the latest news on our Facebook page and on Twitter @Yorksightseeing we’d also love to see pictures of your spooky and festive adventures with us!

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Find out what you can expect from our special tours, and book your tickets, below!


Mon 26 October – Sat 31 October

Tours leave at 4pm from Exhibition Square and run for one hour



Join us on board for The Bloody Tour of York, hosted by York’s own Mad Alice. She died in 1825, but she’s not letting that stop her from spreading the story of York’s terrifying history, covering plagues and executions and everything in between.

If it’s gory and gruesome and it happened in York, you can bet you will hear all about it, including stories of the infamous  highwayman Dick Turpin and the treasonous Guy Fawkes. The tour will take you to all of the city’s most historical and blood-soaked landmarks and show you a new side of York you’ve never seen before.

Kids will love the tour just as much as the adults in an afternoon of informative and entertaining fun for all the family.


Thu 29 October – Sat 31 October

Tours leave at 7pm from Exhibition Square and run for 1h 20 mins



We’re taking you on a spooky journey through time this Halloween, as our tour guides use a stolen time travel device to summon famous historical villians to bring a new level of immersion to our tour.

The darker side of York will be the focus on this special tour, with visitors from the past including the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin and the forboding Head Doctor of Bootham Mental Hospital, who will hijack the tour and tell you all about their gruesome tales.

Join us this Halloween for a night of thrills as we reveal a whole different side of York.

Tue 15 December – Tue 22 December

Tours leave Exhibition Square every hour from 10am to 3pm


Festive magic is all around on board our Sightseeing tours of York this Christmas. Discover the jolly side of York and it’s historical importance in our Christmas traditions.

You can also join in in some activities on the tour to get you in the festive mood, from carol singing to tree decorating and plent of games!

Historical figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Queen Victoria will also make an appearance, and explain how they influenced how the people of York celebrate Christmas to this day.

If you’ve been good, you might get something special from Father Christmas!


Getting to York


If you’re coming from Leeds, Whitby, Scarborough or any other surrounding town, it couldn’t be easier to make your way to York.

Below you can find the timetables for our other buses:

Cityzap – Leeds to York

Coastliner – Leeds to York & Malton, Scarborough, Pickering and Whitby

CastleLine – York to Castle Howard and Malton

22 – Boroughbridge then Ripon & Knaresborough to York

Buy tickets for these journeys here.