York City Walls, York

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#2 of 167 in Historic Sites in Yorkshire
Experience York's ancient history by walking along the incredibly well-preserved York City Walls. The walls date back to Roman rule over 2,000 years ago. Walk their entire 3.2 km (2 mi) length if you can. Less than one-third of the 108 walled towns throughout Britain have even a single gateway remaining. These walls, though, retain four main and two minor gatehouses, all of which are still ornate and intact. Take the self-guided audio tour to hear about how the walls developed through the Roman era, the Dark Ages, and the Viking and medieval periods. Be careful in sections with steep drops and no protective barrier. Your ticket for the walls includes free admission to the Richard III Museum, where your tour starts and finishes. Plan to visit York City Walls and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended York attractions using our York tourist route planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Do not miss a walk along the city walls of York. The view is amazing, especially when you approach York Minster. The passage is sometimes narrow and without protection, be careful.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Having visited York many times, we had never walked the city walls. We were determined to do this on our weekend visit. My partner expected to complete the walk in around 15 minutes, but it took us mo...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    fabulous walk well maintained. lovely views2 1/2/miles long some areas you have walk in between wallpath as there are breaks in the wall  more »

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