On the 7th April 1739 Dick Turpin, the most notorious criminal in English history was executed in York. Hear the real story of the infamous highwayman. Separate the truth from the legend as you learn about a faraway world. In the 18th century you could be hanged for stealing a loaf of bread. On this tour we focus on crime and punishment and on what went on behind closed doors in the fashionable city of York. A city where if you had the money anything was possible and no questions were asked. A fascinating glimpse into life into the high life and the low life the Georgian city. A tour not for the faint hearted
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.
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 60 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.
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.
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.
Lorraine (Canberra Australia 🇦🇺) P.
26 July 2021
York is associated with the Minster and the Shambles. I'm so glad that John highlights the beautiful Georgian architecture in this tour. The history of that time period and the story of Dick Turpin was also fascinating. Thank you so much!
25 July 2021
True story told while strolling though the city. John related true history and brought us into the past in a city that still appeared to be in the past. Off the beaten path a bit but the story brought in a specific time period. It was a slice of history encompassing the mores and laws of the time. Enjoyed the focus on the architecture
24 July 2021
This guide is spectacular! Not only are his tours jampacked with history and details, but he brings so much passion and a beautiful sense of humor to his stories. If you listen attentively, you would discover all kinds of hidden gems in his off the cuff comments. Any time spent with John Wright is enriching, intense, and delightful!
Cathy (Essex, England) M.
24 July 2021
John interacts so well with us on the chat it feels like we are there with him. So much fascinating information. Amazing tour guide
24 July 2021
Great tour with John. So much information, Georgian houses to see, all studded with Dick Turpin story. Really good.