Cementing York’s reputation as one of the ghostliest cities in Europe, the BID brings you Ghosts in The Gardens – eerie sculptures in beautiful settings.
Following last year’s display in Museum Gardens, this year’s display is bigger and better as there are more ghosts in more of York’s beautiful city centre gardens – at Museum Gardens, Treasurer’s House, The Merchant Adventurers Hall, Middletons Hotel, The Artists’ Garden, Barley Hall, DIG and St Anthony’s Garden. There are twenty-six ghosts in all.
Ghosts In the Gardens is also part of Ghost Week (23rd – 30th October), and a special 26th ghost has now joined the others as part of Ghost Week in collaboration with The York Ghost Merchants. You can find this ghost at DIG on St Saviourgate.
The BID has again partnered with York design agency Unconventional Design to create the translucent 3D sculptures skilfully formed from narrow gauge wire mesh. There are ghostly monks and vikings, and even a spectral squirrel – with lots of new characters added this year.
Claire Palmer of Unconventional Design said “Ghosts in the Gardens has really evolved into not just an eerie installation but a great look into York’s fascinating past and a reminder of all that went before. It’s great to be a part of something so creative in the city centre.”
In 2021 the ghosts proved to be very popular, with families and photographers making the trip to see the ghosts and capture the ethereal sculptures in their beautiful setting.
Carl Alsop, operations manager the York BID, said: “A couple of the ghosts were small or tucked away, and people really enjoyed the challenge of finding them all. This year we really wanted to expand the project to more locations so more people can enjoy them.”
Rebecca Allott, Visitor Experience Officer for the National Trust said “It’s well documented how haunted Treasurer’s House might be, and we still get regular reports of sightings around the house. We’re looking forward to welcoming two temporary additions to the garden as part of York’s newest garden trail for the spooky season.”
Venues and Opening Times
Museum Gardens - Museum Street. Open daily 9.00-18.00
- Viking Man
- Viking Woman
- Highwayman and Horse
- Victorian Female
- Stewart man
Artists’ Garden – access via Museum Gardens or through Exhibition Square via snickleway to the side of the art gallery. Open daily 10.30-18.00
Middletons Hotel - Cromwell Road. Open daily.
- Fishing Cat
Merchant Adventurers Hall - Fossgate. Open Sun-Fri 10-16.30, Sat 10.00-13.30
- Female Merchant
Treasurers House - Minster Yard. Open Sat – Wed 11.00-16.00
- Edwardian Man
- Roman Centurion
St Anthony’s Garden - Peasholme Green. Open daily from 9am.
- Tudor Boy
Barley Hall - Coffee Yard. Open daily.
DIG - St Saviourgate. Open daily.
- Ghost Week Phantom