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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 to visit York City Walls and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended York attractions using our York tourist route planner.
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Despite York’s relatively small size, accommodations come in a variety of styles. You can choose from privately owned townhouses, low-cost hotels, luxurious international chains, and quiet B&Bs and guesthouses. For that ultimate urban experience, consider staying in the historical city center. This part of town is packed with options for every taste and budget, all close to York’s main attractions, as well as its main transportation systems. Just a short walk from the city center, family-run guesthouses in quiet neighborhoods offer cozy rooms and modern amenities at a fraction of the cost of the big hotel chains. Alternatively, the surrounding countryside is filled with charming private homes eager to welcome guests.
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  • In this town a street is a gate, a gate a bar and a bar a pub! It is well worth walking around the walls to explore its features and go down to visit various places.  more »
  • A wonderful way to cover the City of York, most of the walls are adjoining but you may have to get of at certain places and rejoin, but easy to follow and gives a very different aspect of York.  more »
  • We started the walk at Bootham Bar and walked clockwise round the wall. We came off the wall for lunch at Monks Bar and again for drinks at Skeldergate Bridge where we sat in hot sunshine beside the r...  more »