Giving businesses a five star fright

Businesses visiting York’s leading hotel could come face to face with a colourful cast of characters – from Vikings, to Dick Turpin and even Guy Fawkes.


Five AA star hotel, The Grand, York, has joined forces with The York Dungeon to create a special offer for corporate clients holding meetings or events at the hotel.


From September through to February 2020, bookers can incorporate a tour of the popular attraction into their schedule at no extra charge – giving delegates the chance to meet famous faces from York’s past and delve into the darkest moments of its history.


The opulent five-star hotel – which was built as Palace of Business for the North Eastern Railway in 1906 – is a prestigious venue for corporate functions, from meetings and conferences to formal dinners and team building events.


And, along with room hire and a two-course lunch created by the hotel’s chefs, the new package will incorporate a private, 75-minute tour of The York Dungeon, with elaborate sets and performers re-enacting key historical events.


The tour also gives delegates the chance to survive The Curse of the Witch – The York Dungeon’s newest show which promises to “bring terror to life.”


Visitors are transported back to 17th century England to meet one unfortunate soul accused of witchcraft and condemned to the gallows – and they have to decide whether she is innocent or guilty.


“It’s scary stuff,” said Philip Bolson, general manager at The Grand, York, “and a great way of putting people’s analytical and decision-making skills to the test.

“But a trip to The York Dungeon is also terrific fun – which is why we are delighted to be able to offer this complimentary trip to our corporate clients.”


The package is available for parties of 10 or more and could be scheduled for morning or afternoon for day delegates – or as a pre-dinner treat for businesses extending their stay with a 24-hour package.


The hotel’s day delegate package costs £55 per person from September to December and £45 in January and February 2020.


Prices for the 24-hour package, which also includes dinner in a private dining room and an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s 207 bedrooms, start at £223 per person.


For more information about meetings and events at The Grand, York, call 01904 380038, email or visit