Let us entertain you - tours & visits
Tour in the city: A truly unique history and gin-drinking walking tour of York. Dreadful past: tasty present.
Distillery visit: An insight into gin distilling plus gin tasting & drinking. Yum.
We recommend this tour - it's completely different and a thoroughly entertaining way to appreciate York's macabre history. And enjoy three great serves of York Gin in three of the city's best bars and pubs. It's really not like any other gin tour.
Led by award-winning ‘Mad Alice’ - one of the most popular tour guides in the city, according to TripAdvisor.
The Bloody York Gin Tour is a unique two-hour walking and gin-drinking tour, mixing horrible history and restorative York Gins at three bars along the route.
It follows the stories of the city’s most notorious and lesser-known outlaws including Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and ‘The Yorkshire Witch’, Mary Bateman.
The tour price of £35 includes 3 different single York Gin & tonics, including the super-strength York Gin Outlaw, a tribute to the city’s baddies.
The tour is in the centre of the city York, within the city walls.
You can pop in on spec just to say hello and buy gin from the distillery, or book an organised visit to include proper G&Ts, learn more about the gin and how it's made.
The distillery - a taxi ride from the centre of York - is a glorified chicken shed. (Note: There are no chickens any more - and we’ve actually made it look quite nice, but be please aware it’s a working distillery.)
You are welcome to pop into the distillery on spec and we will happily show you around (if we’re not actually making gin, talking on the phone, dealing with deliveries, or out! - it's a good idea to call first 01904 848900).
Or you can book a distillery visit for £15pp for a Thursday or a Friday afternoon - email to request a booking
What you get with a booked tour - (expect to stay from one and half to two hours):
- Mini tastes of all our gins
- Enjoy 3 single York Gin & tonics - choose from classic York Gin, York Gin Cocoa, York Gin Roman Fruit (all 42.5%) & York Gin Outlaw (a Navy Strength 57%)
- Meet the makers of York Gin
- The history of gin from the C17th until today
- How cats and gin are related
- The York Gin story
- All the botanicals in our gin
See where York Gin is made including our copper still, Ebor, and our recipe still, Julie.
- Buy bottles of York Gin at 10% discount of website price
- Order engraved bottles of York Gin at 10% discount
What you don’t get:
See the gin being made - we can’t guarantee we will be making gin during your visit (our schedule changes daily) - but you might!
Make your own gin - there are lots of Gin Schools in Yorkshire - Rare Bird in Malton, Hothams in Hull, Slingsby’s in Harrogate - which are all excellent.
A beautiful purpose-built distillery. Ours is a traditional, working gin distillery and isn't a gin bar. It really was a chicken shed, surrounded by other chicken sheds!
We’re a couple of miles from the centre of York. An easy taxi ride. If your group is coming in your own vehicle, one of your group will need to be a named driver. (We have the full range of Fever-Tree tonics and other soft drinks, tea and coffee.)