The exterior of The Black Swan pub

Historic Pubs

A typical walk around the city includes around 15 pubs, with a chance to listen to and talk with our guide at each. Below is a selection of the premises we may visit.

The Royal Oak Mollie Turnbull

The first pub on our walking tours, The Royal Oak has a long history which is evident inside and out. Nowadays it is a real ale pub that offers locally sourced, home-cooked food as well as live music performances.

The Black Swan Inn (pictured top)

Said to be York’s oldest haunted pub, The Black Swan Inn has a fascinating history as well as many a ghostly tale to tell. It still offers a number of traditional rooms for bed and breakfast as well as a restaurant, beer gardens and live music.

Ye Olde Starr InneIMG_0077

Believed to be the oldest licensed premises in York, The Olde Starr Inne is in a Grade II listed building that would be easily missed if it weren’t for the large sign that spans Stonegate. The pub serves traditional food and offers great views of York Minster from its beer gardens.

The Golden FleeceGolden Fleece

The second oldest licensed premise in York. The Golden Fleece claims to be York’s most haunted pub and has many wierd angles to its floors and ceilings. The pub offers accomodation and freshly prepared home cooked food.

The Blue BellBlue Bell

The Blue Bell is an Edwardian gem that survived the changes that affected many pubs during the 20th Century. The Blue Bell is the smallest pub in York and occupies a Grade ll*  listed building.