The Black Swan – with a rich history stretching over 600 years, this seriously haunted building has been home to the Sheriff of York and two Lord Mayor’s of York, a coaching station and is one of York’s oldest licensed houses. A Witch’s Coven allegedly met in this building in the 1500’s; members of the Hell Fire Club were guests here in the 1600’s, in 1839 it was the venue for a new Lodge of ancient druids and during WW2 it was used as a horse refuge due to the substantial stabling.
Ghostly sightings – There have been various reports of a woman wearing a long white dress standing in front of the fireplace, staring into the flames; a short, plump Victorian man dressed in workman’s clothes, wearing a bowler hat has been heard tutting and fidgeting. Who is he waiting for? A man has been seen descending the stairs – but only from the waist down. Wearing boots, his footsteps cannot be heard. A young boy has been seen playing from room to room and who is Michael the painter? Let’s find out!
The public areas – We will investigate the front rooms of the pub where the Victorian man and child has been seen, the back room where the woman in white has been seen, the infamous staircase, the bedrooms and the upper room that was allegedly used for cockfighting in the 17th century.
Will you stay overnight? – If you are feeling brave enough, why not book one of the haunted rooms? Ask us about prices.
What to expect on a PRY night – On a ghost hunt you can use your senses to feel if someone or something is with you, you can then try to support this with the modern day equipment as well as using more traditional methods. At PRY we help you to explore your senses to investigate the paranormal using traditional and modern communication techniques and guest participation is encouraged! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned investigator, this event will leave you wanting more.
Please bring your own hot drinks. We will provide a range of individually wrapped snacks and bottled water.
The venue has free onsite parking to overnight guests only.
Parking is available at Q-Park Shambles, a 5 minute walk away.
** Tickets £45pp (a £20 deposit will secure your place, with the remainder due 7 days before the event) Tickets are not issued – we have your details so just come along on the night!**