A Bloody Tour of York launches

April 5th, 2013
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A new “Bloody Tour” of York will uncover the truth about some of the city’s most famous landmarks with Mad Alice as guide. In a city famous for its ghostly sightings, not one of these hearsay stories will be told. Instead the gruesome facts will come to life through the gory and often humorous storytelling of Mad Alice.

Spanning 2000 years of history, discover how the Romans and the Vikings built this city on a fearsome reputation. Kings and Queens over the centuries have left their own bloody footprint on the city as well as Saints and other famous figures like Guy Fawkes.  Tales of executions, murder, witchcraft and intrigue are rife throughout the city. Hear how the city has the reputation for one of the bloodiest cities in history.

A special Premier tour is taking place on Sunday 7 April at 6pm from outside St. William’s College, College Green, commemorating one of York’s most famous criminals, Dick Turpin. On this day in 1739, Turpin was hanged for the petty crime of horse stealing, yet he was known for being one of the most savage highwayman in his day. On this tour, you will uncover the Man from the Myth which has been embellished over the centuries. Discover other gruesome execution stories that took place within the city walls and how York had more gallows than any other city in the country. Learn how the Hangman was the celebrity of his day and how more often than not some hangings went exceedingly wrong…

Tours will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Weekend Sundays beginning from 18th April 2013. Meet at 6pm outside St. William’s College, College Green.

: All Tickets for this first tour on 7 April are £5 per person (£3 aged 15 and under).

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