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Ghostly Shadows at Treasurer’s House

Where can you find galloping iron horses, Viking gods and some of York's oldest ghosts? The answer - National Trust Treasurer’s House, just behind the Minster.

As darkness descends, at 6.00pm on Wednesday 30 October, The garden of Treasurer’s House will spring to life as contemporary dance performers, Viaperformance from York St John University turn the garden in to the home of the Viking Gods, Asgard, inviting visitors to use all of their senses to enjoy the first of four nights of eerie illumination and experience. Also in the garden are the magnificent life size cast iron animal forms made by Award winning sculptor Andrew Kay. From 6.30pm visitors will be able to venture inside Treasurer’s House you can hear of the many ghostly tales of York’s most haunted house, brought to life with coloured lighting twinkling candlelight and eerie sound effects.

To mark the unique place this festival has in York, Treasurer’s House will throw open its doors free to York card holders on all four nights of the event.

Lisa Holden Visitor Services Manager said.

“This year is set to be one of the most colourful and unusual events yet with so much going on. The garden is free for all to enjoy and the house will be free to National Trust members and YorkCard holders all four nights of the event. It’s a great night out where you can discover more about York’s most Haunted House as eerie lighting, twinkling candles, ghost stories and sound effects tell some of the more unusual stories about the history of the house.“

The fusion of light, sound and ghostly tales will illuminate the past as a spell is cast over grand period rooms. Ghost cellar tours will also be available for those 8yrs+ and the free to enter tearoom will be open from 5pm for hot food. Pre-booking advisable for the tearoom.

Cost: Adult £4.50 Child £2.25, Free to NT members, FREE to York card holders

Tearoom open from 5pm for hot food
Garden open from 6pm
House open 6.30pm-8.30pm

Illuminating York is supported by City of York Council, Arts Council England, Visit York, York St John University, English Heritage, York Museums Trust, York Archaeological Trust and the people of York.

Cutting-edge technology creates a colourful celebration of York’s heritage from spectacular sites to hidden gems. The 2013 Festival runs from 30 October – 2 November from 6pm – 10pm each evening. Tickets for the two main projections (Triquetra at Clifford’s Tower and the Story Teller at the Yorkshire Museum) cost just £6 per adult and £5 for under 16s for both (£4 individually). The events will be free to for Under 5s (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets will be available from 1 October from York Theatre Royal in person or on 01904 623568 or For more information, visit

For more information please email or call 01904 624247. Vistor information about the rest of the city wide event can be found at


Media Contact: Lisa Holden, Visitor Services Manager 01904 685563
Visitor Enquiries: 01904 624247 email