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Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure through the stunning landscapes of the United Kingdom? Look no further than self-drive tours, the perfect way to explore this diverse and captivating country at your own pace. With a wealth of picturesque destinations and scenic routes, the UK offers endless possibilities for those seeking an immersive travel experience. In this article, we’ll guide you through some of the best routes for epic UK self-drive tours, starting from London and leading all the way to the legendary Loch Ness.
The Classic English Countryside Route
Heading north from London, immerse yourself in the classic charm of England’s countryside. This route takes you through picturesque villages, rolling green hills, and historic landmarks that will leave you in awe. Begin your journey by driving towards Oxfordshire, where you can explore the prestigious Oxford University and wander through its enchanting streets lined with medieval architecture.
Continuing northwards, make a stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visit his childhood home and soak up the literary atmosphere before venturing further into the heart of England’s countryside.
Next on your itinerary is the breathtaking Peak District National Park. Drive along winding roads that snake through dramatic landscapes adorned with heather-covered moorlands and limestone cliffs. Take a leisurely walk or hike one of many trails to fully appreciate this area’s natural beauty.
The Scottish Highlands Adventure
Leaving England behind, cross over into Scotland to experience its awe-inspiring landscapes along one of its most iconic routes – The North Coast 500. This circular route begins in Inverness and takes you on a journey around Scotland’s northernmost coastline.
As you drive along this route, prepare to be mesmerized by rugged mountains, pristine beaches, ancient castles, and sparkling lochs. Don’t miss out on exploring famous attractions such as the Eilean Donan Castle, the fairy-tale-like Dunrobin Castle, and the mystical Loch Ness.
The Scottish Highlands offer endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Take a hike in the Cairngorms National Park, go wild swimming in one of its many lochs, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the breathtaking landscapes around you. With each passing mile, you’ll feel more connected to Scotland’s rich history and untamed beauty.
The Welsh Coastal Expedition
For those seeking coastal beauty and fascinating history, a self-drive tour along Wales’ stunning coastline is a must. Starting from Cardiff, head west towards Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This rugged and diverse landscape boasts breathtaking cliffs, golden sandy beaches, and picturesque seaside towns.
Continue your journey northwards to Snowdonia National Park. Drive through winding mountain roads and be rewarded with panoramic views of majestic peaks and serene lakes. For adrenaline junkies, Snowdonia offers ample opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, or even zip-lining at Europe’s longest zip line attraction.
The Magical Irish Adventure
No UK self-drive tour would be complete without exploring Ireland’s enchanting landscapes. Begin your Irish adventure in Dublin and drive along the Wild Atlantic Way – a coastal route that stretches over 1,500 miles along Ireland’s western seaboard.
As you traverse this scenic route, marvel at dramatic cliffs like Slieve League and discover charming villages such as Dingle or Galway. Immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich culture by stopping at historic sites like Blarney Castle or exploring the vibrant streets of Dublin’s Temple Bar district.
Embarking on a UK self-drive tour allows you to create your own unique travel experience while immersing yourself in some of the most captivating landscapes this country has to offer. From London to Loch Ness, these routes will take you on an unforgettable journey through England’s countryside, Scotland’s Highlands, Wales’ coastline, and Ireland’s magical landscapes. So grab a map, hop in the car, and get ready for an epic adventure through the United Kingdom.
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1. The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York: YorkMix Award Winner 2023
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Now is the perfect time of year to embark on a ghost tour: the weather is starting to turn, the evenings are getting darker, and there is a distinct air of spookiness in the air as Halloween approaches.
York is one of the most haunted cities in the UK, with The International Ghost Research Foundation even declaring York the most haunted city in Europe at one time.
Founded in 71AD by the Romans, York has a 2,000-year history stained with murder and torture, not to mention witches and highwaymen. It’s said that York has over 500 haunted spots within the city walls, mostly due to Viking invasions, the Norman Conquest and the civil war.
So if you like to walk on the spooky side of life, why not book yourself a ghost tour around York? We’ve selected some of the best the city has to offer, including walking tours and bus tours.
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A ghost walk is a great way to see the sites of a city, while learning about its dark past. The structure of a ghost walk is typically as follows: yourself and fellow ghost-fanatics will meet at a specific start point, and the group will be guided around some of a city’s most haunted and infamous locations by an expert tour guide. As you move along the ghost walk, the guide will tell you plenty of anecdotes and secrets about the city’s history, and there will be opportunities to ask questions, too.
The ghost walking tours and bus tours the RadioTimes.com team have selected typically run from 60-minutes to 75-minutes, with the longest one being two hours.
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Best ghost tours in York at a glance:
- The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York, from £10
- Dark Chronicles Horror Walk of York, from £10
- Shadows of York, from £12
- The Bloody Tour of York, from £13.50
- The Ghost Bus Tours, from £14
- The York Dungeon, from £23 £19 (save £4 or 17%)
- Ghost Bus Tour of York, from £20
- York Witches & History Walking Tour for Two, £24
- York Witches Tour & Cauldron Experience for Two Adults and Two Children, £52
- Private Ghost Tour of York, from £65
The York Dungeon
We couldn’t create a guide to the spookiest things to do in York without including The York Dungeon, now, could we? At The York Dungeon, you’ll walk through 10 terrifying live actor shows from Isabella Billington, York’s most infamous witch, and Guy Fawkes, just to name a few, who will all tell stories of the city’s dark 2,000 history.
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The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York
The English city of York has a rich history, from the plague to Vikings, and it has plenty of dark happenings, too, like murder and butchery. Despite its brutal past, this specific ghost tour is a funny one — it’s led by a guide who is known for his dark sense of humour, and it’s a family-friendly experience. In The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York, you’ll visit locations like York Minster, the Shambles, and Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma Gate (yes, that’s its real name).
It’s worth mentioning, too, that this walking tour is the 2023 winner of a YorkMix Award.
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Shadows of York
What do you call an alleyway? In Nottingham, we alternate between using the word ‘jitty’ or ‘twitchel’, and in York, they’re called snickelways. In the Shadows of York ghost tour, you’ll visit these snickelways and head down lesser-known streets to hear all about York’s dark past, but with the guided tour, you’ll be sure you won’t get lost! There’s the chance to ask questions throughout this ghost walk, and you’ll learn things you wouldn’t usually on an ordinary trip to the north-eastern city.
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The Bloody Tour of York
Like all medieval cities, York has a bloody past, and you can learn all about it in The Bloody Tour of York ghost walk. In this immersive guided tour of York, you’ll hear alternative stories of witches, murderers and queens, centred around top tourist attractions such as the Shambles, York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre, and more.
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York Witches & History Walking Tour for Two
Are you a fan of things that go bump in the night? Then look no further than this witchcraft tour around York, one of the most haunted cities in the UK. This 60-minute walking tour has a special focus on witchcraft, telling you stories about the spooky Witches of Yorkshire as you wander along the streets of York’s Medieval Old Town.
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York Witches Tour & Cauldron Experience for Two Adults and Two Children
Did you know there’s also a cauldron experience in addition to the York Witches walking tour? As well as the ghost walk, you’ll enter The Potions Cauldron in York’s city centre for a drinks making experience; the immersive event challenges you to create the perfect potion.
Buy York Witches Tour & Cauldron Experience for Two Adults and Two Children for £52 at Virgin Experience Days
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Dark Chronicles Horror Walk of York
Ghost walks are brilliant ways to cover ground of a city you might not have visited before, and a great chance to learn stories which won't be frequent in many walking tours or history books. Dark Chronicles Horror Walk of York takes you on a trip of York’s famous sites, as well as lesser known ones, to find out secrets of the city by an experienced tour guide.
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Private Ghost Tour of York
If you’re visiting York for a short time only, we’d recommend trying this Private Ghost Tour of York experience to make the trip that little bit more special. Plus, if you’re short on time, this tour is perfect as you can choose your own start point and start time.
With the Private Ghost Tour of York, you can customise your experience, and learn about things that are of special interest to you. You can choose to visit locations of haunted spots with a notorious reputation, such as the Castle and Battlements.
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Ghost Bus Tour of York
Want to experience the ghoulish sites of York and hear the terrifying tales but walking isn’t really your bag? Then why not try a ghost bus tour instead? Choose from either an afternoon or evening departure on this vintage bus, and drive by eerie sites such as York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, and the grave of Dick Turpin (the infamous highwayman and murderer), all while listening to fascinating stories from an entertaining tour guide.
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All aboard, ghost fans, this spine-tingling tour is sure to have you shivering in the seats of the 1960s Routemaster bus. The 75-minute bus tour is hosted by a creepy conductor as well as on-board actors, and they will share with you some of York’s darkest secrets.
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The 8 Best Ghost Tours in York England
York is one of the best cities to visit if you love ghosts and dark history. The medieval city has over 2000 years of history, and going on one of the best ghost tours in York, England, will make your trip extra spooky.
As one of the most haunted cities in the UK, York’s ancient streets have some of the best places to visit with a dark history in England .
If you plan your trip to York and want to spend an evening with ghosts and dark history but aren’t sure which tour is for you?
Spend an evening with ghosts, ghouls and dark history by going on one (or all) of the best ghost tours in York, England.
Whether you prefer interactive and theatrical or something off the beaten track, there is a ghost tour just for you. See below my list of the best ghost tours in York, England, to find your perfect tour.
The Best Ghost Tours in York England
The bloody tour of york.
Are you craving a more alternative ghost tour in York? The Bloody Tour of York tells you tales of witches, murderers and queens! Fill your evening with unique ghost stories and historical tales you won’t hear on other ghost tours.
You will become captivated by tour guide Mad Alice as she entertains you with the history of York’s dark past, its famous inhabitants and how those souls met their grizzly ends.
The Bloody Tour of York provides you with both dark humour and historical facts. It is educational and entertaining! Mad Alice knows how to tell a story.
I think Alice has superpowers (or she is a witch!) because she remembers every guest’s name… it feels really personal and is super impressive.
The tour moves at the perfect pace, and as you walk around, it gets darker. The street lights and old-fashioned shop windows transport you back to the 17 th century.
The Bloody Tour of York is one of the best ghost tours in York, and it is an excellent way to explore the city and learn some history.
Book here: The Bloody Tour of York
What you need to know
- There is a maximum of 40 guests on this tour
- Book in advance so you don’t miss out because tours will book quickly!
Ghost Bus Tour of York
Want to explore the haunted places in York in the comfort of a spooky bus? Check out the Ghost Bus Tour of York .
Venture through York’s gruesome history as you hear the tales of the spirits at Clifford’s Tower, York Minster , and the history of the murderer Dick Turpin.
The Ghost Bus Tour offers a theatrical tour for those who prefer a bit more fun than super terrifying stories.
This tour is one of the best ghost tours in York for families as you get to ride around York on a bus, and the stories are family-friendly.
You will love the tour guides Jackie T Ripper and the frightful driver Bob! They really get you excited and make you a part of the tour.
This tour is totally immersive, and a demon may accidentally possess you or one of your friends! Not to worry, though. You will be saved just in time!
Book here: Ghost Bus Tour of York
- There is a maximum of 54 guests on this tour
- The bus is regularly sanitized
The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York
Are you looking for a tour full of ghostly tales, grim history and humour while exploring York?
The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York brings the city to life. The tour guide Dorian blends history and ghost stories with a fun theatrical performance.
If you love theatrics, drama and dark humour, I highly recommend taking the Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York.
The family-friendly ghost tour follows Dorian as he regales you with tales of York’s dark history, including stories about gruesome crime and the paranormal entities that still walk around York’s cobbled roads.
One of the best things about Dorian, the tour guide, is he can project his voice to everyone; even the people at the back will have no issues hearing his stories.
Also, you can bring your dog on this tour! As you may be aware, animals are usually sensitive to spirits, so bring your dog along to see if they have any interactions!
Book here: The Deathly Dark Ghost Tour of York
- There is a maximum of 55 guests on this tour
Shadows of York
If you are looking for excellent storytelling that will delve deep into the terrifying history of York, be sure to take a tour with the Shadows of York .
The ghost tour guide, Mackenzie, is an amazing storyteller and is incredible at holding your attention while retelling York’s macabre past. She knows her history well and dishes it out with humour.
Learn the history of the plagues that hit York to the dark history of the Shambles.
Book here: Shadows of York
- There is a maximum of 35 guests on this tour
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The Dark Chronicles Horror Walk of York is a tour full of myths, legends and the real stories behind York’s medieval walls.
The tour guides are theatrical, which makes the tour entertaining, informative and engaging.
The Dark Chronicles Horror Walk of York isn’t just ghost stories and lore. Instead, this tour features the real dark and gritty history of York.
Why not head deep into the narrow passageways within York and hear ghastly tales of ghosts, murder and disease.
Book here: Dark Chronicles Horror walk of York
What you should know
- There is a maximum of 30 guests on this tour
Witches & History Tours
If you want to hear more about the history of the Witches of Yorkshire, the York Witches and History Walking Tour is for you.
Follow a costumed guide, a witch, of course, through the dark streets of York, where you will learn about the horrible things witches in England had to endure.
The tour takes you around some of York’s most historic locations, including the Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, St. Crux Parish Hall, York Minster, and the magical tree at King’s Square.
The York Witches and History Walking tour isn’t all doom and gloom! The witch guides are hilarious, making the experience fun and memorable.
Plus, they have a potion-making tour! If you want the potion-making tour, visit York Witches and History Walking Tour with Potion Making .
Book here: York Witches and History Walking Tour
What you should know
- There is a maximum of 10 guests on this tour
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If you would like to indulge and have a tour all to yourself? You need to take a Private Ghost Tour of York. It is just you and your guide, and customizable to your interests.
You will spend two hours learning about the supernatural history behind York. Then, listen to the tales behind York’s 2000 years of history, from treason to torture to treachery and murder!
If you love history, you will love this tour. The tour guide John is knowledgeable and entertaining! This tour is not over the top or full, dramatic or theatrics like many tours in York.
One of the coolest things about the Private Ghost Tour of York? John has over 200 ghost stories, so if you don’t get around to all of them on your first tour, you can go back and have a completely different tour with different stories. You’ll never get bored with this ghost tour!
This tour takes you to places that most tours miss out on and will even take you to a haunted pub or restaurant for some spooky treats and stories along the way! Just be sure to mention you want to stop when you book your tour.
Book here: Private Ghost Tour of York
- This is a private tour
- Social distancing is enforced throughout the tour
Dark Tales of York
Spend an hour digging deep into York’s gruesome past with the Dark Tales of York Ghost Tour . Fill yourself with stories of executions, dark deeds and ghost stories galore.
Hear about the grisly tale of mass murders and battles throughout the historic city, including the terrible fate of Saint Margaret Clitherow – the Pearl of York.
The guide, Nigel, is an incredible storyteller, keeping you hooked on all of York’s spooky stories and horrible histories.
This private group tour is one of the best ghost tours in York, as it can be customized to your interests to make it even better!
Book here: Dark Tales of York
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