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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  • Amazing! The Walls were amazing and found in so many places. If you come on the train you immediately see them the moment you leave the station. Note here to go left to get into the center from the tr...  more »
  • After breakfast a walk round this fantastic wall was a must. Any spare time in York take a slow stroll on the wall the views of the Minster are great and photo shots of this magnificent building and t...  more »
  • One of the best ways to get an overall view of York is to take a walk around the walls. They are well preserved and provide a fascinating experience. Every visitor to York should walk at least a part ...  more »
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  • Beautiful. There are some sections of the wall that do not have railing, however. I would not feel safe taking a child, stroller, or anyone remotely unsteady on those parts.
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