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 storyteller and sleuth clad in her distinctive black coat wandering through the unquiet streets and secret passages of the City of York, Scarborough and beyond 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, Scarboro’ or beyond 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 walk with the Lady B may NOT be to your taste.

through november and december…

From January 2024. Walk with us awhile?

THURSDAY in YORK from 7pm
FRIDAY in SCARBORO’ from 6pm
SATURDAY in YORK from 2pm AND 7pm

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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.”


If 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 appeals to the curious…

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

The Secrets Within?

For, with the promise of night fall and as the winter shadows beckon – an untold tale of those who once laid claim to these unquiet streets await eager ears and mystified minds.

Heed the Call?

For when the month of November beckons – the Lady along with her raven headed cane will heed our call and once more will take to the unquiet streets.

Eager Ears Curious?

For curious ears eager for untold tales of murder and mayhem from the comfort of an armchair – our company founder will oblige for one night only!

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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.


a stroll Among the shadows of Scarboro’ Town

Sleepeth in Scarboro’

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

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

And beginning JANUARY 2024 – 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 in search of the long forgotten dead.

Walk Awhile?