York City Walls, York

Ruin · Scenic Walking Area
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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  • No other buildings in York city centre are very tall and so there are fantastic views of York Minster from virtually the whole elevated walk.... often from across ancient rooftops. Extending both...  more »
  • When the weathers on your side,walking around the walls is a way of spending a wonderful couple of hours. You can get off at intervals and explore the shops/bars then walk back up the steps and carry....  more »
  • Due to COVID-19, they have made this a one way system and made sense to do so, even though some.people clearly didn't read the signs that said that. This city walls walk/trail is really relaxing to.....  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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