WHEN CAN I WALK?
You can enjoy a meander through the fascinating streets of York with the Lady Brigante on the following days:
WEDNESDAYEvening FROM 7pm
THURSDAY Evening FROM 7pm
FRIDAY Afternoon FROM 2pm
FRIDAY Evening FROM 7pm
SATURDAY Afternoon FROM 2pm
SUNDAY Evening FROM 7pm
The Polite Tourist will also present some more unique walks in celebration of the solstice from the promise of summer through to the advent of winter!
HOW LONG WILL I WALK AWHILE?
Although our Lady B should take up no more than 90 minutes of your precious time – she welcomes curious minds and a question from an inquisitive fellow wanderer may add an additional minute or several to your walk.
REMIND ME OF THE COST?
A ticket will cost £12.
AND as a welcome to THE original Chocolate Box City, Scarboro’ and beyond – The Polite Tourist is delighted to offer York Carers, Delegates, Students, and Members and Veterans of HM Armed Forces a PERK on any of our walks.
WHERE CAN I BUY A TICKET?
You can buy a ticket from our box office with Ticket Tailor.
However, if you would prefer to talk to a real human – that’s fine too!
Our telephone number is 07485 216628.
Or you can drop us a message at email@example.com or by Whatsapp or Signal to @politetourist and if there are tickets available – we will be happy to oblige.
Contactless payments are accepted.
WHERE DO WE RENDEZVOUS?
As our walks through the unquiet streets and secret passageways vary according to the chosen day – the locations for our place of rendezvous along with information on public transport and nearby car parks can be found within the description for every walk we offer.
I HAVE BOUGHT A TICKET BUT NEED TO CANCEL – WHAT DO I DO?
Message us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by Whatsapp or Signal to @politeTourist and we can offer you assistance with the choice of an alternative day for your walk or arrange a refund.
HOW ACCESSIBLE ARE YOUR WALKS?
As The Polite Tourist Limited is determined to offer our clients a professional service in accordance with our values of inclusivity and responsibility – we have an Accessibility and Inclusivity Policy.
Although we are confident that this policy will offer information about our walks in which to make an informed decision – comments and suggestions are always welcome!
BUT WHAT OF THE WEATHER?
As Ranulph Fiennes once famously quipped that “There is no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing.” – sturdy shoes, umbrella, cosy waterproof clothing and a cheerful disposition should be just the ticket!
However, if you want to make sure that you are fully prepared – why not take a quick look at our weather apps for York, Scarboro’ Leeds and Glasgow on this website?
ARE DOGS ALSO WELCOME TO WALK AWHILE?
WOULD YOU OFFER A PRIVATE WALK FOR A GROUP?
Message us by email to email@example.com or by Whatsapp or Signal to @PoliteTourist.
Our telephone number is 07485 216628.
ARE THERE ANY GHOSTS?
As the City of York is home to many ghosts and is arguably one of Europe’s most haunted cities – we cannot promise you that during our walk some mischievous spirit or restless soul will NOT make their presence known!
And as for the unquiet streets of Scarboro’ and beyond – who knows?
WHY ARE YOUR WALKS NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 12 YEARS?
As our walks share the untold tales of long forgotten folk with their real stories of tears, heartache and tragedy including suicide and murder – we believe that young people of an impressible age may struggle emotionally with the telling of these stories.
Our meticulously researched stories of ordinary folk with their lives woven into the rich fabric of a varied and challenging social history are also not for those of a sensitive nature.
AND WHAT ABOUT MY CONCERNS OVER CORONAVIRUS?
In this brave new world we now find ourselves in – The Polite Tourist Limited is committed to providing an enjoyable AND safe experience for our clients.
And in these uncertain times – those considering taking a walk with us may understandably have concerns about their health and safety.
However, we hope that our Public Health Policy will offer a note of reassurance.
WHO OR WHAT IS THE POLITE TOURIST?
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 and through the tales of those ordinary people woven into the rich fabric of an ancient city or town’s social history – our walks are designed to offer an informative and unique experience with a professional and spirited storyteller.
You can also discover our unique ‘Yorky Grit’ in our Etsy Emporium AND there is some rather attractive and sustainable gift wrap available too!
Our unique forum Beneath Thy Feet also welcomes those with an interest in our walking tours.
BENEATH THY FEET? I’M CURIOUS!
Our forum has been created for our fellow wanderers to quench those unanswered questions, appease the curious and dispel gossip from truth for as Walt Whitman once said ‘Be curious, not judgemental’.
And if, the tales of the Lady Brigante have ignited your fascination and riddled with curiosity a question remains unanswered or you are somewhat feeling piqued after your walk – let’s talk!
We ask all who wish to join Beneath Thy Feet to open a registered account.
THE POLITE TOURIST – TELL ME MORE.
The Polite Tourist is a company limited by shares and registered in England.
Our company number is 13160005 with a registered address of Anvil Lodge. Thanet Road. York. North Yorkshire. United Kingdom. YO24 2PH.
The Polite Tourist Limited carries full public liability insurance and our team are registered and verified with the UK Government Disclosure and Barring Service.
Our company founder Tee Bylo is a professional genealogist and death historian with an interest in tombstone symbolism.
Tee is a volunteer taphophile with The Friends of York Cemetery Trust.
She also attends to the enquiry desk in the genealogy research room as a volunteer for the York Family History Society.
I’M INTRIGUED- WHY THE NAME OF ‘DEATH IN A CHOCOLATE BOX’?
The City of York is as synonymous with chocolate as the Queen is to the City of London and our city with her glorious Minster, quaint medieval streets, green parks and sandstone castle turrets has often been described as a ‘Chocolate Box’ and as our walking tours share the tales of the extraordinary deaths of those ordinary folk – the name of Death in a Chocolate Box all but suggested itself!
However, with exciting plans afoot for the true crime Victorian history walk experience to move to Scarboro’ and beyond – we have taken the decision to bring Death in a Chocolate Box under the care of The Polite Tourist Limited.
One company. One brand. One ethos.
And hopefully, less adminstration!
We remain proud of Death in a Chocolate Box and we are confident that its unique and spirited passion will continue to blossom within The Polite Tourist family.
BUT JUST WHO IS THE LADY BRIGANTE?
Although, 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 the 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 – our storyteller, the Lady Brigante is a spiritual sleuth, sometime artist and a seeker of the dead.
She is also a sometime artist.
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?
AND YOUR PLANS FOR THE POLITE TOURIST?
The Polite Tourist will be celebrating the New Year of 2023 with the launch of a NEW walk – Time Please!
And the Summer of 2023 will see the return of our much sought after riverside walk – What Lies Beneath?
And the autumn of 2023 will reveal something VERY exclusive AND exciting!
HOW CAN I FOLLOW ALL THE NEWS?
And for all of the whispers from the archive of a celebrated seeker of the dead, and exciting discoveries about the unique walks, place of rendezvous AND ticket availability – sign up to The Brigante Chronicles to bring forth EVERY snippet of chatter direct to your inbox!
The Polite Tourist can also be found on the Visit York website.
WHERE CAN I LEAVE A REVIEW?
As The Polite Tourist is proudly listed on Trustpilot – reviews are welcomed!
And if you use Facebook – a kind word or three left on our Official Page is always appreciated.
CAN I SHARE YOUR NEWS AND YOUR IMAGES?
Of course! However, as the text, images and videos on this website are the copyright of The Polite Tourist Limited and Steve Evans Photography – we ask that you fully and accurately credit our work and provide a link back to our website.
Death in a Chocolate Box, ‘Yorky Grit’ and the figurative mark(s) are registered trademarks with the Patent Office of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and remain the property of Death in a Chocolate Box Limited.
Last Updated: July 2023