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York City Walls, York

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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 your York City Walls visit and explore what else you can see and do in York using our York trip planner.
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  • Great walk through history with a little exercise. I completed the majority of it as there where a few places closed along the trek. It’s really a walk through History and a great way to see the city  more »
  • We walked the walls during our stay in York. We were very lucky with the weather-glorious sunshine. They’ve set it up so it’s one way the whole way round which helps with Covid too (you do get the...  more »
  • My husband and I went on a lovely walk with friends along the city walls this afternoon before stopping for a spot of lunch at a nearby pub. It was very chilly, but the views more than made up for...  more »
  • Walking the city walls was such a simple yet enjoyable experience. My only complaint is that the small golden disks people suggest you follow are small, hard to find and often very far from one another. Aside from that walking the city walls is definitely something worth doing if you’re in town.
  • Lovely walk providing incredible views of York Minster and surrounding sites. The city wall full walk takes around 2 hours while passing through several bars (fortified gateways) including Monk Bar which contains the Richard III experience museum & gift shop.
  • Great walk along the wall provides an elevated view of the city centre and York Minster. Recommend the Northern Section between Bootham Bar & Monk Bar is the best section of the wall
  • Great way to spend a nice morning. Next time I will book a tour. Nice walk not very difficult had my 10 year old with me.
  • Even though the weather wasn't the best it didn't detract from the unique perspective that a walk around the walls gives over the city itself. Only completed around a third of the available sections but will certainly be back to complete the more southern sections. It is currently one way (clockwise) and most access points are clearly marked as entry or exit only, and thankfully the vast majority of visitors are complying. Some sections can be quite narrow and you could feel a little hurried if there is a fast moving group behind you but there are frequent sections (old turrets?) that allow plenty of space for you to take a break and allow them to pass. The breaks in the wall serve nicely to enable you to pause your journey and take in some of the shops and bars within.

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