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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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  • Decided to walk the walls on the first day of our 4 day trip. Luckily it was a beautiful spring day and seeing all the daffodils along the the way was so lovely. On part of the wall there was a... 
    Decided to walk the walls on the first day of our 4 day trip. Luckily it was a beautiful spring day and seeing all the daffodils along the the way was so lovely. On part of the wall there was a...  more »
  • The walk was lovely with a clear path all the way, easy for children. Lovely views of the city. We started the walk on the wall and went off and on and viewed the city at the same time. 
    The walk was lovely with a clear path all the way, easy for children. Lovely views of the city. We started the walk on the wall and went off and on and viewed the city at the same time.  more »
  • What a lovely walk and a great way to see York and the Minster views are great and you can have a steady walk round in an hour and half. Plenty of places to stop for a snack on route and then join... 
    What a lovely walk and a great way to see York and the Minster views are great and you can have a steady walk round in an hour and half. Plenty of places to stop for a snack on route and then join...  more »
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  • Great as long as you don't suffer from vertigo at various points. Don't take the very young. Comparable to the walls of the old city of Jerusalem in terms of views and safety (where I wouldn't take a toddler) - but these are free, so there are more walkers and you have to negotiate who walks on the safe side ...... More and higher railings please.
  • York as anyone will tell you is always very pretty. Unfortunately we went on a very wet weekend after attending a wedding in Skipton. Walking along the wall is a must and gives you a sense of the city and does seem to be a great way to get across it. I dread to think how busy the wall is during the peak summer months.
  • Worth a visit to the historic city walls. It's approximately a 4 mile walk all the way round with some good views across the city. Make sure you leave time to drop into the centre for good food and shopping. There are a few car parks right next to the walls I usually use Foss bank. Alternatively there are park and rides and it's fairly cycle friendly too.
  • Well worth doing the walk on the city walls around York. Although missing in places finding the next section to carry on the full lap is easy enough. Just make sure you have Google maps or similar. Lovely views of the city from many parts of the wall and the gate houses are spectacular. For a small charge you can go into one of the gate houses and look around, has information boards and film playing.
  • Wow! Can't think of any other experience like this, with access to the walls totally free and a must see as part of any visit to wonderful York. There are a number of different sections, with it possible to do a whole lap of central York by joining these up. Great views with such cool history.

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