York - A walk on the Knavesmire - Punters, plagues and public executions

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A walk on the Knavesmire - Punters, plagues and public executions

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(23 reviews)
South Bank & Dringhouses, York, United Kingdom
45 mins

About the tour

A walk across the historic and scenic Knavesmire home of York Races since 1731. The tour starts at the historic Terry's factory - home of the iconic Chocolate Orange before a tour of the world famous race facilities and the site of York's gallows, the place of Dick Turpin's public execution in 1739. Along the way you will learn about how the Quakers made York a city of chocolate, how York Races became the Ascot of the North and how plague victims lived and died in the city. Another great tour showcasing a side of York known to the locals, but often missed by visitors.

Meet John Wright

John Wright

Take a walk with John through the ancient streets of York. John is a natural storyteller with a wealth of knowledge about the city. He will help you to make a connection with the beautiful city that will stay with you. His passion for his home city of York shines through as he shares his thoughts on the city, its’ history, stories, fascinating characters and quirks. John’s enthusiasm and his ability to entertain and explain will guarantee you a memorable and intimate experience.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to York with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from York. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Elaine B.

15 July 2021

Good content,

Susan O.

13 July 2021

I know that when I settle down for a tour with John I will have an absorbing, informative and often quirky time. This tour was no exception. Thanks, John.

Annette H.

13 July 2021

Great to see such an iconic place as the original Terrys factory and how it has been transformed. John shared such a personal story with us, it was lovely to listen to and very touching. The area is so interesting and I look forward to repeating this tour as I would love to see everything again.

Candy, Vancouver Canada H.

13 July 2021

Great tour. Different view of York. Keep up the great work John.

Jackie W.

13 July 2021

This isn't a 'Pretty Postcard' tour - It's fast paced, full of fascinating history & is a valuable addition to all the great tours of York.

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