The Polite Tourist offers true crime walks through Victorian history. Through York, Scarboro’ and beyond.

Innovative, meticulously researched and inspired by true crime stories from the Victorian era – our walks are designed to offer an informative and unique experience with a professional and spirited storyteller.

Described as the bête noire of the long forgotten dearly departed – our storyteller, the Lady Brigante is a spiritual sleuth, sometime artist and a seeker of the dead.


the Shadows of Victorian History.


To the Twilight World of the Lady B.


A Fellow Taphophile at Beneath Thy Feet.


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Mayhem in Micklegate?

‘The lawn is pressed by unseen feet,

And ghosts return

Gently at twilight, gently go at dawn.

The sad intangible, who grieve and yearn…

~ ‘T. S. Elliot

The Polite Tourist presents a Thursday Evening Walk in YORK – Mayhem & Murder in Micklegate.

For those of a curious and hardy temperament – why not come along and listen to the Lady Brigante one Thursday evening as she shares with you the tales of those ordinary folk including the story of the flighty wife, the quiet couple, a mysterious visitor and one terrible discovery.

And ALL lost to history – until now!

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Waking the Dead of York and Beyond

With the coming of dusk…

And with the door of an atelier closed for the day – it is possible to catch a glimpse of a celebrated miniaturist and storyteller clad in her distinctive black feline boots wandering through the snickelways and secret passages of York in a quest to wake the dead.

To St Mary's Parish Church in Bishophill York with the Lady Brigante


And for those of a curious and hardy temperament – why not come along to the ancient City of York and listen to the Lady Brigante as she shares with you the tales of the illustrious, the miscreants, artists, misfits and those ordinary folk who have ALL been lost to history – until now!

However, for those of a sensitive nature who are averse to real stories of tears, heartache and tragedy – a meander through the fascinating streets of York with Lady B may NOT be to your taste.

Walk with us awhile?

a stroll Among the shadows of Scarboro’ Town

Situated on the exhilarating coastline of North Yorkshire and affectionately known as the ‘Queen of English watering places’ – Scarborough occupies a fascinating place within the history of seaside resorts.

And along with a history of besieged castles, dinosaur remains, literary prodigies, fishing ports, religious persecution, folklore, medicinal drinking waters, smuggling, and pirate radio – Scarborough enjoys an enduring charm.

As Autumn beckons this OCTOBER – the Lady Brigante will be peeling back the murky shadows of a seaside town’s criminal past with a stroll through the old cobbled streets of Scarboro’ Old Town in search of the long forgotten dead.

sleepeth in scarboro’ walk awhile?

Observations from Fellow Peregrinators

On a recent visit to England, this writer was delighted to make the acquaintance of a fellow devotee of the macabre: the Grande Dame of the Night, Lady Brigante.

The eloquent Lady turned out to be a fellow Necropolis Hunter, Grave Digger, and Browser through Dusty Archives; in short, a dark soul-mate.

Placing my trust in the erudition and resourcefulness of Lady Brigante, I allowed her to lead me on a walking tour through the dark, narrow, and labyrinthine streets of York; and I found myself spellbound by the Dark Lady’s tales of history, murder, and highwaymen.

After the tour, we enjoyed a nightcap at a haunted, historic pub. This cat is looking forward to her next opportunity of skulking the streets and graveyards of Yorkshire with Lady Brigante.”

If you are in York make sure you book a tour with the Polite Tourist on her wanderings through the dark side of the city.

We did and it was fantastic!

The first time we went on a walk down Walmgate with her she brought the past to life with vivid accounts of the goings on behind innocent looking windows and doors.

Well worth it and it brought this ancient beautiful city into different, sinister but exciting, life and unlike some fantasy ghost walks her stories are real and true! A must!”

Through Straker's Passage with the Lady Brigante

A Mourning Walk?

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”


Would you like to enjoy a unique and private stroll far from the maddening crowds through the secret passages and old snickelways of the City of York including a wander along the riverside?

Why not take A Mourning Walk with the Lady Brigante one evening and learn of the long-forgotten dead?

And there will also be the opportunity to learn something of an ancient city’s most infamous ghosts along the walk.

Curious much?

Musings from the desk

A ChocBox Death

If the tales from the annals of Victorian crime pique your curious mind but an evening walk through the shadowy streets of York is not possible – fret ye not!

Unfortunate Son!

On this day in the year 1739, a notorious felon by the batismal name of Richard Turpin from the County of Essex went to the gallows at York Tyburn attired in a smart new frock coat and shoes.

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‘Yorky Grit’ Peculiar to York.

From an Ancient City of Warring Armies, Restless Ghosts, Religious Persecution, Delicious Chocolate, and Infamous Outlaws – ‘Yorky Grit’ is THE Quintessential Memento from York!

From the shelves of The Polite Tourist emporium and designed by the Lady Brigante – this is an exclusive hand-made miniature from the City of York.

With a pinch of sand and locally sourced Yorkshire grit, and dressed in our exclusive recycled label – this little bottle will add a peculiar and perfect finishing touch to your cabinet of curiosities.


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Ordinary People. Extraordinary Deaths.

We’re All Stories, in the End’

~ Steven Moffatt

‘I am a soldier with the 10th Hussars and on a chilly January morning in 1889 – I was found hanging from a pole in the stable block of the York Cavalry Barracks.

On the day following my death the city coroner opened the inquest at our military hospital and as a succession of witnesses stepped forward to offer testimony – my tragic story would unfold.’

A Soldier in Shadow

Privately Unwell?

‘What can POSSIBLY be told about a life of ONLY 5 weeks?

My death from parental neglect on Christmas Day in the year 1884 would shine a harsh and uncompromising light into the darkest crevices of York’s society as the pitiful story of my life unfolded…’

A Baby in Shadow

Suffer the Little Babe?

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The Bête Noire of the Dead

‘Twixt Night and Morn!

The Lady Brigante loves nothing more than shocking unsuspecting folk with the tale that she was abandoned at birth by gypsies and raised en famille with kindly mice in the crypt of an old church.

Alas! The truth is altogether more unremarkable for although blessed with an illustrious and extensive lineage – Lady B was in truth raised in genteel affluence in the ancient City of York.

Described as the bête noire of the long forgotten dearly departed – the Lady B is a storyteller, spiritual sleuth and a seeker of the dead.

with quill and ink by candlelight.

For curious minds who are mindful to eavesdrop on the creative musings from an artist’s atelier or eager to discover the mysteries hidden within the Brigante Vault and the unquiet graveyards with their secrets of the long forgotten – why not cross the threshold to a little slice of the web to which the Lady B has since laid claim?

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